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AUG. 20, 1946 -- NOV. 1, 2004

David R. Edelman, a vice president of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency in the early 1980s and a former president of Ingram Software, died Monday after suffering a heart attack in Manhattan. He was 58.

A native of Brooklyn, he grew up on Staten Island and lived in Western New York for most of his life, first as a college student and then as a businessman.

He graduated from the University at Buffalo, where he was editor of the student newspaper, the Spectrum, in 1966-67. He also did graduate work in English and business at UB.

In the 1970s, Mr. Edelman was a partner in Waterbrothers, a retail firm that specialized in water beds.

Mr. Edelman was economic and planning coordinator for Erie County in the administration of County Executive Edward J. Rutkowski from 1979 to 1981.

He was vice president and chief financial officer of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency from 1981 to 1983, before leaving to become vice president of Software Distribution, the forerunner of Ingram Software and now Ingram Micro.

He was president of Ingram Software from 1987 to 1988. From 1989 to 2001, he was involved in a variety of start-up companies and consulting groups in Buffalo and New York City.

Mr. Edelman moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1998. He retired about two years ago, though he continued to do some consulting work.

Mr. Edelman enjoyed museums and the opera and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and Israel. He and his wife of 36 years, Sharon Shulman Edelman, rented a house this summer in Italy.

He also was active in a reading club and a poetry foundation in Manhattan.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Amos of Brooklyn and Jesse of Manhattan, and two granddaughters.

Services will be scheduled in Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in Manhattan. Burial will be in Sharon Gardens, Valhalla.


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