Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 11, 2003

Charles Allen Jr., 84, scion of a family that helped establish the poultry industry on the Delmarva peninsula, died Wednesday at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del., of congestive heart failure, according officials at Allen Family Foods.

"He and his family were pioneers in the poultry industry," said Ed Ralph, former executive director of Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., a regional trade group. "They have contributed greatly to the employment, to the economy, of Delaware and Maryland."

Known for his philanthropy, Mr. Allen donated $1 million in 1994 to establish the University of Delaware's biotechnology lab for poultry research, known as the Allen Laboratory.

A memorial service was to be held today at St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford.

Siggi Wilzig,76, a Holocaust survivor who arrived penniless in the United States and went on to run an oil company and a bank, died Tuesday in New York of multiple myeloma.

Born in West Prussia, Mr. Wilzig was sent to Auschwitz at 16. In 1947, he immigrated to the United States and took a string of modest jobs, investing his meager savings in the stock market. He struck it rich investing in an oil company, later becoming its president. He went on to become president of a New Jersey bank.

Mr. Wilzig was appointed to the Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington in 1980 and was a founding director and fellow of the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University.

In 1998, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is given for serving humanity while honoring the heritage of ancestors.

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