Respondent
Hamburg, Lester A.
Interview Date
1987
Abstract
Lester Hamburg, a businessman and philanthropist who managed a war plant during WWII, worked in his family owned business, Hamburg Brothers' and held numerous community positions in Pittsburgh; birth date, August 23, 1916;
[T1S1] childhood in Youngstown, Ohio; attending Sterrett School in Point Breeze, Pennsylvania; move to Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh in 1929; recollections of family life, the Great depression and 1936 flood in Pittsburgh; managing a war plant in West Virginia during WWII; graduation from Taylor Allderdice and University of Pittsburgh; reminiscence about Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to his home; head of United Way while in West Virginia; return to Pittsburgh and Hamburg Brothers; distributors for Victor Records, Majestic Radios, Servel Gas Refrigerators, and RCA;
[T1S2] instrumental in getting Jewish holidays recognized and opening of Duquesne Club to Jews; observations about Israel, Children's Hospital; L. A. Hamburg Hall of Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh's future.
[T2S3] observations about compact discs; director, Pittsburgh National Bank and PNC Financial Corporation; board member, Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Children's Hospital; president, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh; Trustee, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and Robert Morris College; various other community positions held;
Subjects
Banks and banking; Business; Industries; Hamburg Brothers; Carnegie-Mellon University. Hamburg Hall; Philanthropists; Charities; Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Faigen, Ann
Interviewer2
Kimball, Harold
Indexer
Faigen and Kimball
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 19
Identifier
ais196440.185
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh