Respondent
Frank, James A.
Interview Date
1975
Abstract
Frank, James comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and philanthropists who were founders in the steel industry; year of birth, 1918;
[T1S1] immigration of great-grandfather William Frank from Bavaria to the United States, 1819; William Frank's early employment as a peddler and in a dry goods store in Ohio; marriage to Pauline Wormser; the couple moves to Pittsburgh in 1845; William Frank becomes a supplier of glass jars to H. J. Heinz, Company; factory burns in 1874; William Frank founds the Hebrew Benevolent Society, the first organized Jewish charitable organization; his death in 1891; a list of his children, including Isaac Frank, James' grandfather; discussion of the William Frank and Sons glass manufacturing business; James collection of Frank bottles; publication of William Frank's memoirs by the Jewish Archives; history of great-grandmother Wormser's family from Worms, Bavaria; education of grandfather Isaac Frank at the University of Pittsburgh and Rensselaer Polytechnical in Troy, NY; degree in civil engineering; a history of his employment as an engineer; 1892, founded the Frank Kneeland Machine Company with Edward Kneeland on Fifty-fourth Street in Pittsburgh; his commission by J. P. Morgan to survey the sheet mills of the United States; Isaac Frank, founder and first president, United Engineering and Foundry Company, 1901; his marriage to Teenie Klee in 1883; a list of their children, including William Frank, James' father;
[T1S2] Isaac's service on numerous boards, including Rodef Shalom Temple, Montefiore Hospital, American Jewish Committee, Chamber of Commerce, and Pittsburgh Foundrymans Association; William Frank's education at Shadyside Academy and Cornell University; his employment with Damascus Bronze; his wife's education; his rise to chairman of the executive Committee at Copperweld Steel; Isaac Frank's role in the early days of National Steel Company, 1929; William Frank, board member, United Engineering and Foundry Company; his resignation as director of the company in 1951; a list of his philanthropies including the Civic Club of Allegheny County, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropists, United Jewish Fund and the Tuberculosis League; his children, including James Frank; William Frank's remarriage; his service with the War Production board in Washington during WWII; <i>Fortune Magazine</i> article about William Frank's activities in March, 1943; he tours Western Europe as a colonel during WWII; his death in 1964; James' mother's family; his life at home; education at Shadyside Academy and Cornell University; employment with Copperweld Steel; his commission in the Air Force; return to Copperweld until 1950; shares management of companies in which his family has interest; founds American Air Surveys and remains there until 1969; later founds an international business consulting firm; marriage to Ruth Ohringer, 1947; children and their families; residences during early marriage; changes in neighborhood; celebration of Jewish holidays; changes in Jewish community; involvement with American Jewish Committee, United Way, United Jewish Federation, Montefiore Hospital, and American Technion Society; social life; travels; hobbies; changes in methods of raising children.
Subjects
Business; Industries; Copperweld Steel Company; Frank, Isaac; Philanthropists; Charities; Steel industry and trade
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Heymann, Bessie
Interviewer2
Silverblatt, Gertrude
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 41
Identifier
ais196440.139
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh