Obituary: Herb Ravitz


Herb Ravitz passed away on MArch 11, at age 91.

Born in America to immigrant parents, Herb was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Sarah, his beloved wife Florence, and his younger brothers Gerald and Samuel.

He is survived by his three children, Michael, Wendy, and Daniel, and by grandchildren
Jordan, Charles, Zachary, Emma, Hailey, and Noah. Herb was a graduate of DeWitt
Clinton High School in the Bronx, and the City College of New York. He earned a
BS degree in Chemistry and served in the Army Chemical Corp in Maryland during the
1950’s. After several post graduate jobs in the chemical industry, Herb founded
Universal Preserv-a-chem. UPI is now a second generation family owned distributor of
additives and ingredients for the food, pharma and personal care industries.

Herb was a larger than life character to all who knew him. He was an entrepreneur
and a maverick; a devoted caregiver to his then ailing wife Florence; and a staunch
supporter of Israel and associated Jewish charities.

He had a passion for trying to make the world a better place, and took particular pride in having funded trips to Israel for Jewish youth. We will miss Herb’s dedication, commitment, passion, and most of all, his love. We grieve today, but will celebrate his legacy forever. Donations in Herb’s honor may be made to the Jewish Broadcasting
Service at

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