The Carillon

In Memoriam

Morris Massry

Morris Massry, well-known Capital Region business leader, philanthropist, and longtime University at Albany supporter, passed away Oct. 29, 2018. He was 89.

The founder of Tri City Rentals, Massry served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the United Way, the Center for Disability Services, Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home, Proctors, and Temple Beth El. His dedication to community service earned him such honors as the Cerebral Palsy Humanitarian Award; the Albany JCC Pillars Award; the Daughters of Charity National Health System Heritage Award; and honorary doctorates from The College of Saint Rose, Albany Medical College, and the State University of New York.

For many years, Massry had a close relationship with the University at Albany as both foundation director and loyal supporter. The Massry Center for Business at UAlbany recognizes his family’s long association with the University, as do the Massry Conference Center at the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, the Massry Lecture Series, and the Massry Community Fellows Program.

UAlbany honored Massry in 1987 as The Foundation’s Community Laureate, and in 2003, when he was named Citizen of the University.

Survivors include Massry’s wife, Esther, to whom he was married for 70 years; daughters Jane, Marilyn, Linda, Sheila, and Lisa; son I. Norman; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.