Michael J. Fabrikant, a summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard for more than 50 years, died at his Manhattan home on July 27 after a short illness. He was surrounded by his family and his trusted aide, Henkis Moreno.

Michael was born on March 24, 1927. He attended the Walden School in Manhattan and graduated with a history degree from Swarthmore College and an MBA from Columbia University.

During his sophomore year at Swarthmore he was drafted into World War II and stationed in Panama to guard the Panama Canal.

After the war he was employed at Hudson Pulp and Paper Co. and spent the majority of his career at IBM in their White Plains, N.Y. office.

He bought his home in Chilmark more than 50 years ago and could frequently be seen pushing his Gravely tractor on his property. His late wife, Elizabeth McDonald, would bring their children to spend the summer while Michael commuted on the weekends.

In 1993 Michael was introduced by mutual Chilmark friends to Carol Dallos. They were married in 1997. Carol and Michael spent many happy summers together on their Chilmark property, engaging in many Vineyard activities, time with friends and long walks on Lucy Vincent Beach. Michael was an avid bike rider and could be seen on his yellow bicycle on the most challenging Vineyard hills.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth McDonald.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Dallos; his children, Jane Amsden and Peter Fabrikant; stepchildren, Andrew Dallos, Lisa Dallos and Jeffrey Dallos, and six grandchidren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Central Park Conservancy in New York or to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.