Allen Bernard Dorfman passed away Friday of complications related to covid. The longtime Boca Raton resident was 90.
Born in The Bronx, New York in 1930, Dorfman served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the 224th Infantry Regiment. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge for active participation in ground combat.
In 1955, he married his first wife Estelle Schnur, and they had two children: Nancy Goodman of Tucson, Ariz., and Jeffrey Dorfman, of Miami, Fla.
Dorfman had a successful career as a retail executive. He began as an assistant buyer at Macy’s, working up the ranks in various retail corporations to executive positions. He served as vice president of Town and Country Department Store Division of Lane Bryant, Inc.; president of National Belllas Hess, Inc.; senior vice president of Jewelcor, Inc.; and corporate vice president of Vornado, Inc.
In 1978, Dorfman married Elaine Turbe, his beloved wife of 42 years. They loved their family, traveling, and cruising.
After his retail career, Dorfman ran several organizations focused on connecting singles. He served as president of Singles Lifestyle International and as founder of Tri-State Singles. In these roles, Dorfman relished bringing people together. In the 1980s, Dorfman’s groups held 20 events a month and became the longest-running singles social organizations in the New York area. Dorfman believed that human connection was a way for people to improve their lives.
In his fifties, Dorfman retired to Boca Raton, where he and Elaine were active members of the Polo Club. He served as chairman of the Council of Presidents of the Polo Club.
Dorfman is survived by his wife Elaine, his children Nancy and Jeffrey, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
“He lived a full, happy life and will be fondly remembered as someone who loved community,” his daughter said.
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