Maurice (Mike) Schlang, of Palm Beach, FL, was always a force to be reckoned with. He had just celebrated his 105th birthday on October 17th with his second wife Barbara (who shares the same birthday), his daughters and friends, after which he succumbed on November 8th at the JFK Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL
Mike and his late wife Florence raised two daughters: Audrey Diamond owner/publisher of the contemporary Arts Review www.artofthetimes.com (West Palm Beach FL) and Adrienne Garnett, artist, arts writer and arts educator (Raleigh, NC). Raleigh architect, Bob Andron, is one of Mike’s many nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mike’s name was legend in Lower Manhattan (NYC) financial real estate management circles. Having formed Schlang Brothers, Inc in 1946, he went on to survive his two brothers, Joseph and David Schlang and his sister, Hortense Andron. Mike’s business sense was unerring; he was strong and tenacious to the end. Long a lover of boating, he joined the New York Power Squadron and continued his sequence of studies all the way through to Celestial Navigation. His commitment to “Giving back” to incoming boat enthusiasts found him teaching all the courses to generations of new members. He was elected to the office of Commander of the New York Power Squadron and received lifetime membership in the organization.
A philanthropist, Mike readily shared the fortune that he made “pulling himself up by his bootstraps.” His beloved Camp Tranquillity in Earlton, NY received much of his attention and resources. Camp TY, as it is still known, was founded in 1919 by Mike’s uncle, Elias A. Cohen as a summer retreat for poor and deserving children from New York City’s Lower East Side. It has continued to flourish under the motto “NOBLESSE OBLIGE.”
A life-long athlete, Mike worked out on his stationary bicycle five miles twice a day with the tension turned up (simulating an uphill run) until his 104th birthday. Deciding then that he might be too old for that practice, he reduced it to once a day, followed by 100 partial sit-ups. What a man!