Samuel A. Burstein

Class of 1995

Sam was born in Poland on February 18, 1919. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1924 and attended Marshall High School in Chicago. Sam spent 50 years in the candy industry, the first five with Jos. H. Kenworth, representing Mason Mints, before founding Burstein Associates.

Over the years Sam was recognized for his dedication and commitment to both his company and the industry with numerous honors and awards.

He raised twin sons, Stuart and Harvey, both of whom followed in their father’s footsteps to work in the family business.

Over the years Sam served on the Board of Governors Confectioner’s Division State of Israel Bonds and was awarded a State of Israel Prime Minister Medal, conferred by Golda Meir. He was also active in the Combined Jewish Appeal and the Weitzman Institute. He served on the Victory Gardens Board of Directors and was also a past president of the Chicago Candy Club.