October 19, 2004 by

Sam Lender

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Samuel A. Lender, a bagel baron, died on Oct. 17 of heart failure. He was 84.
Lender’s father immigrated from Poland, and founded a tiny bakery in New Haven, Conn. In the 1930s, Sam and his two brothers worked there, hand-rolling the dough and baking dozens and dozens of bagels.
The Lender sons eventually took over the family business and turned it into a baked goods empire. In 1965, they decided to freeze their bagels and share them with the world. Today, the Lender’s Bagel Company produces more than 1 million bagels daily.
After retiring to Florida, Sam Lender became a philanthropist and political gadfly.

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