BALA CYNWYD, PA. — Harold Isen, former chairman and CEO of Paramount Packaging Corp., died on Dec. 8. He was 93.
Isen, a resident of Bala Cynwyd, was born in Philadelphia on April 11, 1921. He was graduated from Overbrook High School and received a bachelor's degree in commerce from Temple University.
After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1942-1944, he returned to Philadelphia to run Enterprise Paper Co., a business started by his father, Nathan Isen, in 1908.
Over the succeeding decades Isen and his brothers built Paramount Packaging Corp. into a major flexible packaging company, making polyethylene products including bread bags. He retired in 1997 after selling the company to Bemis Co. Inc.
The Isen family calls him “a tireless entrepreneur, a visionary and a leading pioneering figure in the flexible packaging industry,” who will be remembered for his “infectious sense of humor, his unfaltering integrity, and his overabundant heart.”
Services were held in December at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, Pa.