SARASOTA, Fla. - Cary F. Yelin, 79, formerly of Youngstown, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Tidewell Hospice House after a three-month battle with lung cancer.
Cary was born June 19, 1933, in Newark, N.J., the son of Henry and Belle Miller Yelin.
While still an infant, Cary moved with his family to Akron, where he matriculated through the Akron public school system, graduating from Buchtel High School in 1950. He attended the University of Akron, earning his bachelor of science in 1954 and later his master of science in chemistry in 1971.
Cary worked in the rubber industry in Akron and as a quality control supervisor for Allied Chemical Co. in Toledo. The majority of his career was spent as supervisor of physical and chemical testing for the Packard Electric Division of General Motors in Warren, and in his last few years with GM as their scanning electron microscopist.
Cary was elected general chairman of the GM Materials Analysis Committee, an organization of over 300 worldwide corporate chemists.
Cary served on the board of directors and was elected president of the Youngstown Symphony Society. He also designed the sound system for Powers Auditorium, the Symphony's venue. He served as audio director and recording engineer and produced the orchestra's radio broadcasts for the local PBS station. In addition, since 1984, Cary wrote the program notes describing all the music performed at the Masterworks Concerts during the orchestral season. For the past six years, Cary wrote the abbreviated concert commentaries that are distributed at the Sarasota Orchestra's Thursday morning concert conversations.
Cary and his wife, Sora, moved to Sarasota in 2004 to the community of Turtle Rock. He served as both board member and president of the Turtle Rock Community Association.
Cary was a devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright for more than 60 years. He and Sora traveled the country visiting and photographing innumerable sites and buildings, and presented slide lectures about the architect. His other hobbies and interests included sailing, tennis, lighter-than-air, photography, history, antique and sports cars, and Formula One racing.
Cary is survived by his loving wife of 53 years; his devoted son, Joshua; three generations of nieces and nephews; their longtime family friend, George Brumbaugh; and a host of loving and caring friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Irwin, who died as a toddler, and Fabian, who died in 1989.
Cary was a man of integrity, high principles and conviction. He was a true partner to his wife in all things, a role model and font of wisdom to his son, a source of strength to them both. He will be sorely missed by them and by his countless friends with whom he shared his warmth, his vast knowledge and his love.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Dec.16 at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism at the Unity Building, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, FL 34231.
Contributions in Cary's memory may be made to his beloved Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.
Arrangements were handled by Alan Moore Funeral Home, in Ellenton, Fla.