Former longtime Rockville Center resident Henry “Harry” A. Kaiser died Oct. 23 in the loving arms of his 66-year-old wife, Carolyn, at her home in Captiva Island, Florida. He was 91 years old.
Whether on the beach or on the ski slopes, Kaiser has made the most of his life. He was born one of seven children to his parents in Baldwin on August 6, 1930, and lived in Rockville Center for more than five decades. Kaiser and his family were active parishioners of Saint Agnes Cathedral. A graduate of Brooklyn Preparatory High School and then Fordham University in 1953, he obtained his master’s degree in business administration from the New York Graduate School of Business.
Kaiser was an important precursor and pioneer in the ski industry, serving for over 35 years as Editor of Skiing Magazine and later as President of The Skiing Company, from which he retired in 1996. A staunch supporter and fundraiser for the United States Ski Team and Chairman of the New York Committee for the United States Ski Team, Kaiser has been widely honored for his commitment to the sport and was inducted into the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2015.
Through five different owners of the publication, Kaiser’s tenure included the president of the Times Mirror Corporation from 1985 to 1996 as editor of Ski Magazine, Skiing Magazine, Trans Word Snowboarding Magazine, and various trade publications. He was editor and vice president of CBS from 1982 to 1985. Additionally, Kaiser was editor and vice president of Skiing Magazine and Skiing Trade News from 1964 to 1982 under the Ziff Davis Publishing Company banner.
Kaiser was also dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the surf, sand and beach environments. Since 1963 he and his family have been active members of the Atlantic Beach Club. At ABC, Kaiser served on the board, was president of the club and its landholding company, preserving the club in perpetuity for its more than 250 members. The deputy. Harry Kaiser became Florida Commissioner for Beach Preservation with the Captiva Erosion Prevention District in 2008. Kaiser has been instrumental in creating ecologically pristine beaches, saving turtle migration and a host of other natural habitats and species that thrive on Captiva Island.
Additionally, Kaiser served in the military during the Korean War as an ordinance and military specialist.
Kaiser is survived by his wife, Carolyn; her five children, Hank, Carolyn, Lorrie, Cindy and Catherine; his 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services and a celebration of life will be held at the end of the strand on a beach. “It’s a blue bird’s day in paradise – sunny skies forever.”