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Sidney P Feldman

September 3, 1931 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Sidney Feldman Obituary

Dr. Sidney P. Feldman, age 92, of Valparaiso, was born on September 3,1931 and passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Helen Feldman, his brother, William J. Feldman and his sister, Shirlee Feldman Chigas (Tass). From an early age, he was immersed in the geography of “Da Region” as he helped with the family’s East Chicago wholesale produce distribution business. Lifelong friendships formed and Sidney’s gin rummy playing skills were perfected at East Chicago Roosevelt High School from which he graduated in 1949. A love of economics and investing was in his blood, so he chose to earn three business degrees, including his doctorate, at Indiana University in Bloomington. While at school, Sid began his lifelong journey as an instructor by becoming a Teaching Associate, and from 1954 to 1956, he dutifully served in the U.S. Navy.

Wanting to expand his horizons and to begin a career, Sidney and his former wife, Rachel, relocated to another basketball mecca, the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, where he was an Associate Professor between 1959 and 1966. Sid’s love of family, friends and Indiana basketball called him back to The Region where he served as a Professor of Marketing and the Chairman of the Division of Business and Economics at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. During his 38-year career that ended in 1994, Sid built the IUN School of Business into a respected institution, and he retired as the highest ranked professor on campus.

Because of his desire to have a greater impact on the business world, he devoted significant time to research and consulting and to the development of several regional academic professional associations. He was the co-founder and President of the Midwest Business Administration Association, founder and President of the Midwest Business Economics Association and President of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences. Sid combined his love of finance and travel by teaching for the American Bankers Association at the Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and at the University of Delaware for many years. He consulted in Wales, UK, which solidified his desire to travel across several continents. Luckily, his stock market savvy freed him of the need to travel on foot, even though he tremendously enjoyed working out throughout much of his life. Like many others in Northwest Indiana, Sid enthusiastically cheered for the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. But unlike most other fans, he could boast about attending the famous New Year’s Eve Bears-Eagles Fog Bowl playoff game and the only MLB All-Star Game held at night at Wrigley Field.

Sid’s greatest sources of joy were his children and grandchildren, who all now feel an unbelievable, permanent void. He was the devoted and loving father of Dr. Karen J. Venditti, Crown Point; Erik L. Feldman (Toby Emerson), Los Altos, CA; and Mark W. Feldman (Ting), Portland, OR. He swelled with pride at the mention of any of his six beautiful grandchildren: Kyle Venditti; Addison, Payton and Ethan Feldman; and Konner and Neena Feldman. Sid was previously married to his children’s loving mother, Rachel M. Feldman, and, for many wonderful recent years, lived with his amazing, loving companion, Linda Downs Herod, whose love and support for Sid were unmatched.

Donations may be made in Sid’s memory to Temple Israel (P.O. Box 2051; Valparaiso, IN 46384), where he was a member since 1968. A celebration of Sid’s life will be held on a later date. Please leave condolences at www.bartholomewnewhard.com

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