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Obituary: Harold W. Seidman

Harold W. Seidman

Harold W. Seidman, former Glen Cove civic leader, died on Sept. 27, 2009 of congestive heart failure. Hal, as he was known, lived with his wife Miriam (Mimi) at Peconic Landing in Greenport. They were married for 66 years. Mr. Seidman received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University and an MS in taxation from Long Island University. He served with distinction in the European Theatre being awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Like many of his generation, the Greatest Generation, he did not talk much of his service. He was discharged from the Army in 1946 with the rank of major.

He was variously post commander of the Jewish War Veterans and executive vice president of the Queens County Reserve Officers Association. He remained active in the U.S. Army Reserves until he retired from duty in 1970 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Hal started a private accounting practice in 1946. He later continued as a partner in Fielman, Alcott & Seidman from 1950 until 1980. He continued a solo taxation practice form 1980 through 2001. In 2001 he was recognized for his lifetime achievements by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants with admission into its 50-year Honorary Member Club. He was voted accountant of the year in 1990 by the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also served as arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He was the author of How to Handle Tax Audits (1967; 197) and Personal Income Tax Planning (1972).

In addition to his extensive accounting practice Mr. Seidman served Nassau County in a number of capacities: as chairman of the Glen Cove Housing Authority where he helped in the planning, funding and construction of the elderly complex which bears his name; as president of the Stratford Civic Association of Glen Cove; and as a member of Glen Cove’s Management Council, an advisory and oversight body. Seidman was an adjunct associate professor of accounting and taxation at C.W. Post College. He also taught accounting and tax law at Dowling College.

Hal had a lifelong appreciation for fine wine and with Mimi traveled all over the world. In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter Lynn Tepe of Amagansett, NY, and his sister Yetta Neufeld of Florida. His son Sam predeceased him.

A memorial service will be announced at a future date. Arrangements were handled by the Horton-Mathie Funeral Home of Greenport.