Neil Gorchow was born in Sioux City, Iowa and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After receiving a degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa, he returned to Sioux City to join his family business. While there, he served as a chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, as Commander of the Jewish War Vets, and as a member of the board of the Sioux City Federation.
Neil married the former Roslyn Wein in 1955, and in 1956, the couple moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where Neil began his career with Sperry Univac as a Software Systems Analyst. After assignments in Dayton, OH, and Washington, DC, in 1965, Neil was promoted to Vice President of the Systems Programming Division in Blue Bell, PA. While at Univac, Neil participated in developing software for NASA’s Gemini Space Program and attended as a guest NASA’s first night shuttle flight into space.
With the move to the Philadelphia area, the family joined Beth Sholom Congregation. Neil chaired several committees before serving as Congregational President from 1981 to 1984. He also served as co-Treasurer of Solomon Schechter and, along with Roslyn, was honored by Israel Bonds at Beth Sholom.
Neil is a founding board member of the Hebrew Free Loan Society, where he has often helped with granting loans. He has also served on the Advisory Board of Temple University’s Graduate School of Business.Neil also served as a member of the United States’ Emergency Management Agency from 1971 to 1986.
Neil and Roslyn have four married children and are the proud grandparents of 12.