Leonard Fuhrer, Toy Industry Veteran, Dies at 83

October 2, 2013 | The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and its members join in mourning the passing of Leonard (Len) Fuhrer, a veteran of the global toy industry, who died on September 20 at the age of 83.

According to his obituary, Mr. Fuhrer was born in the Bronx, NY on November 23, 1929 to Hungarian immigrant parents. He attended Syracuse University before joining the U.S. Navy, where he served as an Air Intelligence Officer on the USS Bennington and survived an explosion that killed or injured more than 300 people.

For 50 years, Mr. Fuhrer was a leader in the global toy industry. He began his career at Simon & Schuster in 1956, and held executive positions at Topper Toys, Matchbox and Corgi Toys. From 1977-1994, he served as President of the Toy, Hobby, Educational Group for Damon Corporation, where he oversaw many companies including Estes Rockets, Arrow Industries, Hi Flyer Kits, and more. He also served three terms on the Board of Directors of the original Toy Manufacturer’s Association of America (now the Toy Industry Association).

At the time of his passing, Mr. Fuhrer resided in Wellesley, MA and was the Lead Director and Chief Strategic Officer of Active Media Services, a trading company with 14 offices worldwide. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Fran; three children and eight grandchildren.