Paul L. Singer, Prominent Retail CIO, Loses 19-Month Cancer Battle

Former CIO of Target and Supervalu, Paul L. Singer, age 56, passed away on June 11, 2010 after a 19-month battle with brain cancer.

Singer, of Eden Prairie, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Singer was a board member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), Voluntary Inter-industry Commerce Solutions (VICS), The Research Board, Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS), and co-founder of the Retail Orphan Initiative.

"Paul was a visionary business leader who served as CIO of Target, and then of Supervalu. He adopted three girls from Russia and worked with the U.S. Government to encourage adoptions, and in doing so inspired the Retail Orphan Initiative, which is building on his work," according to Cathy Hotka, principal retail IT marketing consultant at Cathy Hotka and Associates.

Singer is preceded in death by his father, Robert D. Singer and survived by his wife of 35 years, Teri; children, Lisa (Aaron) Martin, Rachel, Natasha, Svetlana and Angela; grandchildren, Blake, Sophie and Alison; and mother, Jessie Mae Singer; sister, Patricia (Roy) Hulehan; brother, Ray Singer; and nephews.

A memorial celebration of Paul's life will be held Friday, June 25, at 11:00 am with visitation one hour before at Wooddale Church, 6630 Shady Oak Rd., Eden Prairie. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Steven Curtis Chapman's adoption foundation, Show Hope at
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