Michael H. Oshry ’78

Michael H. Oshry ’78 died October 4, 2008, in Mineola, N.Y.


He was born May 5, 1956, in New York City, and prepared for college at Woodmere Academy. A member of Psi Upsilon fraternity at Bowdoin, he graduated cum laude after studying for a semester at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna. After graduation, he entered the family business, Universal Ford, Inc., the largest Ford car and truck dealership in New York City, and became president in 1983. Most recently he was dealer principal at Universal Subaru in Long Island City. He served on the board of directors of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association from 1992 to1995 and as a trustee of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Health & Welfare Trust from 1998 to 2005. He also served as the Northeast Chairman of the Ford Heavy Truck Dealer Council and a Trustee of the New York Ford Dealer Advertising Fund. He was involved in many charitable foundations, including serving as director of Long Island City YMCA, the Variety Boys Club, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra. He is survived by his wife, Linda Karmin Oshry; daughters Olivia, Jacqueline, Claudia and Margo; son David; and sisters Meryl Evens and Suzanne Oshry. He was predeceased by his father, Harold L. Oshry ’40 H’98 in 2002.