Respondent
Gefsky, Meyer
Interview Date
1975
Abstract
Meyer Gefsky, a graduate of the American Institute of Banking, he made his career in the banking business and served as a fundraiser for Duquesne University and Mercy Hospital; birth year, 1900;
[T1S1] parents' emigration from Lithuania to the Pittsburgh, PA in 1880; names of siblings; father's poultry business in downtown Pittsburgh; father's role in founding one of the first synagogues and cemeteries in the Hill District of the city; discussion of life in parents' home; education, Iron City College and American Institute of Banking; employment at Washington Trust Company; advisory board member, Washington, PA office of Equibank; recreational activities at Irene Kaufmann Settlement and Young Men's Hebrew Association; early life in the Penn Avenue district of Pittsburgh; his fundraising for Duquesne University and Mercy Hospital; his son's education; early medical care; recollection of swimming in the rivers of Pittsburgh; education at Central and Schenley High Schools; his participation in athletics, including a six-year professional basketball tour with the Coffey Club;
[T1S2] changes in policies toward Jewish students at universities in the city; discussion of some of his colleagues in the Coffey Club; attitudes about dating in youth; courtship and marriage to Rae Rosenberg; his personal attitudes about religion; changes in attitudes toward Jews;
[T2S3] his wife's family background; her siblings; her father's role in founding a synagogue in Beaver Falls, PA; children's educations and careers; residences in Pittsburgh; social activities; his interest in other ethnic groups; changes in the city of Pittsburgh;
[T2S4] discussion of his activities during war times; Art Rooney's funding for a USO building; recollection of the Stock Market Crash and the depression; his involvement with Merchants Savings and Trust; his personal satisfactions in life.
Subjects
Athletics; Banks and banking; Kalson's Bathhouse (Pittsburgh (Pa.).); Coffey Club (Basketball team); Economic Depression; Pittsburgh (Pa.); Washington Band and Trust Company of Pittsburgh
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Caplan
Interviewer2
Liff, Betty
Indexer
Zetler, Adrienne
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 53
Identifier
ais196440.156
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh