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Edgar Cullman Sr., Cigar Industry Giant, Dies at Age 93

David Savona
Posted: August 29, 2011

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A graduate of Yale, Cullman served on the Yale Development Board, and loved his Yale football games. He enjoyed games of tennis and fishing for salmon. He was a trustee of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Hotchkiss School, served on the boards of Bloomingdale Properties Inc. and Griffin Land & Nurseries Inc., and was a director on many corporate boards, including Mutual of Omaha, Companion Life Insurance Co. of New York, M. Lowenstein Corporation, U.S. Rubber Reclaiming Inc., Studebaker-Worthington Inc., and Centaur Communications.

Cullman is survived by his wife of 73 years, Louise; their three children, Edgar Cullman Jr., formerly the president of General Cigar, and his wife Ellie, Lucy Cullman Danziger and her husband Mike, and Susan Cullman and her husband John Kirby; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

To read much, much more about Edgar M. Cullman, click here for the interview he did with Marvin R. Shanken in 1994.


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