1927 - 12/23/2012
Milton Kantor, well known throughout the Jewish community and Dayton region made a name for himself as a leader in the grocery marketplace. He started in the grocery business as a teenager, working in his family’s grocery store at the corner of Third and Williams Streets in the Wright Dunbar neighborhood. He’s also known as a big supporter of athletics throughout Dayton. As the former CEO of Victory Wholesale Group he was active in two primary philanthropic arms; Victory Against Hunger (supporting over 30 food banks across the country each year) and the Kantor Brothers Scholarship Fund (supporting 30 college scholarships for the next generation of leaders from Dayton each year).
However food was not Kantor’s only love. Sports also held a special place in his heart. Over the course of four decades he supported athletic programs and particularly the sports programs at the University of Dayton (UD). His fingerprint remains on sports in the Dayton area including scholarship funds at UD; the establishment of Kids Cafes in Dayton and Cincinnati as well as the Burick Gymnasium in Israel. His award as Humanitarian of the Year in 1994 from the National Council of Christians and Jews, now known as the National Council of Community and Justice was a significant highlight of his life.