Schwartz, Hal

Hal Schwartz - U.S. Army - Vietnam Veteran Rye NY

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Hal Schwartz has lived in Rye for over 40 years and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Now retired, he enjoys traveling, especially on river boats, in the US, Europe and Asia.
Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Veteran Code: VIET-204


Hal Schwartz Rye, NY

RESIDENCY: Resident of Rye for over 40 years. Married and raised 3, now married children, all of which went through the Rye School System.

EDUCATION: Received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY in 1961.

MILITARY: 1963-1965 Army Specialist at the Army Chemical Center, Edgewood, MD. Worked on decomposition of toxic warfare agents in the era of the Vietnamese War.


1965 -1982 Senior Laboratory Manager at General Foods Corporation, Tarrytown NY Research Center. Managed New Product Development and was instrumental in the commercialization of the “Pop Rocks” confection in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

1984-1999 Vice President Technical Research and Marketing at U.S. Chemical, New York, NY., producers of industrial cleaning and sanitizing compounds.

1999-2008 Vice President Marketing at American Cleaning Solutions, Long Island City, NY.


American Legion Post 128, Rye, NY. Treasurer for 4 years.

Rotary Club of Rye, President 2013-20121.

Rye Fish & Game Club, Board of Governors & Secretary.

Rye Senior Advocate Committee. Represent SPRYE on this City appointed committee to assist Seniors in legal, environmental and recreational activities.

SPRYE (Staying Put in Rye and Environs) - Board member and volunteer driver. SPRYE is an “ageing in place“ (AIP) organization to aid older residents to continue to live comfortably in their homes as long as possible while remaining active in their communities.

In our retirement we enjoy traveling, especially on river boats, in the US, Europe and Asia. This enhances my enjoyment of photography.

I am always available to enhance the SPRYE mission and to make the other seniors I work with feel like one happy family in volunteer driving, social functions and in many other ways to help SPRYE pursue their goals.

I am most proud in my working career to take a product (Pop Rocks) from the laboratory bench top and commercialize it to a national test market.

In my retirement I am proud to volunteer and give back and assist Seniors within SPRYE, The Senior Advocate Committee and Rye Seniors to enjoy life and prosper within our community. After all, our Seniors are the ones responsible for getting our local community in the envious position it is in now.

It really gives me great satisfaction when a Senior comes up to me and in a very sincere way, thanks me for the services given.

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5 of 5 ARMY DAYS August 8, 2023
Reviewer: Clayton Rhodes from [email protected]  
Hal, good to see that you are still among the living.

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