HARRISON, N.Y. - Warren Lewis Serenbetz, 91, of Harrison, died Saturday, April 4.
He was born March 27, 1924, in Brooklyn. Serenbetz graduated from the U.S. Navy Officers Training Program at Columbia University and served during World War II.
He earned a master’s degree in engineering from Columbia University in 1949 and soon started working for the Railway Express Agency.
He helped to develop the standards for the international intermodal cargo container and was instrumental in fostering many innovations in the intermodal container business, including chassis leasing in the United States, and the formation of Con-Trailer and Railpool.
During his long career, Serenbetz served as president and chairman of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute, receiving the organization's Connie award.
He served on the board of the American Management Association and as chairman of the compensation committee.
He was the co-founder of the Institute of International Container Lessors and was named CEO of the Year by Financial World magazine.
Serenbetz was a member of the Union League Club in Manhattan, the Apawamis Club in Rye, and the Larchmont Yacht Club.
He served as a member of the board of sessions at the Larchmont Avenue Church and ushered regularly up until his death.
In 1997, he and his wife, Thelma, established the Serenbetz Family Foundation to help provide educational opportunities for deserving children and young adults.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma; four sons, Warren (Cindi) of Wilton, Paul of New Haven, Stuart (Jean) of Stamford, and Clay of Friday Harbor, Wash.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the Larchmont Avenue Church, 60 Forest Park Ave., Larchmont.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Larchmont Avenue Church, 60 Forest Park Ave., Larchmont, NY 10538.
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