NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Ronald P. Stanton, a commodity trader, died Monday, Sept. 26, at his North Salem home. He was 88.
Stanton, who was also a director at The Patent Trader newspaper, was born in Wiesbaden, Germany.
He came to the United States with his family when he was nine.
In 1965, he founded Transammonia, Inc., now called Trammo, Inc.
Headquartered in New York City, the company engages in the trade, transportation, distribution and marketing of fertilizer, chemicals, crude oil and other things.
A graduate of the City College of New York, Stanton also had a residence in Manhattan.
A strong believer in tzedakah, or charitable giving, he supported a number of organizations, especially in the areas of health care, Jewish life and education, and the arts.
Stanton served on the boards of New York Presbyterian Hospital, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Yeshiva University.
He also supported the Brooklyn Academy of Music and produced a baroque opera there.
Stanton was instrumental in the building of new facilities at both the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and the Windward School.
His religious life revolved around Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City.
Often called the "Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue," Shearith Israel said to be the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States.
Stanton and his mother, Hedi, attended the synagogue from their first days in this country, his obituary said.
He served on its board, was chairman of its Ministerial Committee and was also a major donor.
He loved sports, especially horseback riding and tennis.
Stanton had three children: Oliver, Hedi and Philip; and three grandchildren: Alexandra, Bradley and Spencer.
Stanton’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory be made to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in support of the Ronald P. Stanton Clinical Cancer Program.
Checks can be made payable to New York-Presbyterian Fund, Inc. They can be sent to: New York-Presbyterian, Office of Development, 850 Third Ave., 12th floor, New York, N.Y. 10022, Attention: Director of Operations.
Funeral services for Stanton will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Congregation Shearith Israel (Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue), 2 West 70th St., New York City.