Posted on | December 24, 2013
Written by | BevNetwork
Former Seagram Company chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr. passed away the weekend of December 21-22, 2013 at his home in New York. He was 84. His father Samuel Bronfman founded Seagram in 1924. Edgar’s career there began with a position as apprentice taster, and eventually he oversaw production at the main distillery. In 1953, he took over Seagram U.S. subsidiary Joseph E. Seagram & Sons. He took the role of chairman and chief of The Seagram Company in 1971 and held this role until 1994.
Bronfman elevated Seagram’s image and diversified his business to include wines and other industries. In 1994, Bronfman retired from Seagram as his son Edgar Bronfman Jr. stepped into the role.
Edgar Bronfman Sr. was very involved in the Jewish community, serving as president of the World Jewish Congress from 1981-2007 and establishing the Edgar M Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU. He is survived by his wife, Jan Aronson and children from his first and third marriages, as well as 24 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.