Piszek (seated) in 1971
|Born||Edward John Piszczek
October 24, 1916
|Died||March 17, 2004
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
|Cause of death||Bone cancer|
|Other names||The Fishcake King
The Big Fishcake
The Polish Ben Franklin
|Education||Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (business administration)|
|Spouse(s)||Olga Pauline McFadden (d. 1993)|
|Awards||J.E. Bi-Centennial Caldwell Award|
Edward John Piszek (24 October 1916 – 27 March 2004) (PEE-zeck) co-founded the Mrs. Paul's frozen foods brand with John Paul, a bread salesman. Piszek bought out his partner in the 1950s.
His family moved from Chicago to a farm near Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and then to Philadelphia, where his father opened a grocery store. He later earned a degree in business administration by attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the evenings.
The company suffered after Piszek bought Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips in 1979. He sold the business to the Campbell Soup Company in 1982 for close to $70 million.
He wrote a book, "Some Good in the World: A Life of Purpose".
He gave millions to battle tuberculosis in Poland and started the Copernicus Society of America to honor Polish achievements. He bought the Philadelphia house where Tadeusz Kościuszko, the Polish statesman who aided the American Revolution, once lived, restored it, and donated it to the National Park Service. It is now part of Independence National Historical Park.
He was a member of Gore 2000.
- Martin, Douglas (March 30, 2004). "Edward J. Piszek, 87, Dies; Founded Mrs. Paul's Brand". The New York Times. pp. C15. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
- Strybel, Robert. "The Story of a True Pol-Am Philanthropist". Polish American Journal. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
- "Edward Piszek, Obituaries". Retrieved 2009-04-29.