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Victor Dorman, Who Altered Packaging of Cheese, Dies at 80

March 12, 1995

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Victor Dorman, who was responsible for putting paper between slices of cheese, has died from heart failure related to muscular dystrophy. He was 80.

Dorman died March 4 at his home here, his son, Neil, said.

He took over the Dorman Cheese Co., which had been founded by his father, Nathan, in the late 1800s. The company was sold to the Beatrice Foods conglomerate in 1986.

Until the late 1940s, cheese had been sold in bulk.

In the 1950s, the U.S. Slicing Machine Co. developed the interleaver _ a machine that cut a slice of cheese, placed it on a conveyer belt and then, with mechanical fingers, laid down a sheet of paper or parchment.

``My father and his brother, Louis, were the first to do that,″ said Neil Dorman, who served as vice president for administration and finance. ``With the advent of supermarkets and self-service, there was a need for packaged product with a longer shelf life.″

Though other companies followed suit, Dorman became known for its registered trademark slogan: ``The Cheese With the Paper Between the Slices.″

A Brooklyn native, Victor Dorman earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at New York University in the mid-1930s. He was also a World War II Navy veteran.

Besides his son, who lives in Sands Point, N.Y., Dorman is survived by his daughter, Marjorie, of North Hills, N.Y., and two grandchildren.

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