Respondent
Moritz, Donald
Interview Date
October 24, 1996
Abstract
Respondent, executive, CEO of Equitable Gas Company (EGC), born 1927.
[T1S1] Respondent first Jew to serve on board of Duquesne Club; gives family background; Respondent's siblings, their careers; growing up, living in McKeesport; family Orthodox; Jewish education; Bar Mitzvah. Respondent mentions undergraduate degree in business administration, graduate law degree from University of Pittsburgh; first job; marriage to Janet Papernick; their children. Respondent talks about religious life in McKeesport; children's religious observances. Respondent lists membership including B'Nai Brith, United Jewish Federation. Respondent mentions anti-Semitism during childhood. Respondent tells story how he became employed with EGC; hired by John Brown; Jewish communities misconception about EGC. Respondent recalls Brown's, Respondent's quick ascent up corporate ladder; lists their positions; resigning his position as CEO in 1995; involvement with executive committee of EGC; EGC's view toward Jews. Respondent mentions his 2 trips to Israel, one with Pittsburgh Symphony. Respondent recalls being first Jewish member of Duquesne Club's board of directors; serving as chairman of admissions. Respondent talks about serving on board of Seton Hill; describes importance of their Holocaust Center which instructs professors how to teach abouth the Holocaust.
[T1S2] Respondent recalls father's background, career. Respondent elaborates on his experience at Duquesne Club; his children; career duties at EGC, executive board; brief history of company. Respondent describes his recreational activities, interests. Respondent mentions scholarship EGC set up in his name at University of Pittsburgh's law school when he retired.
Subjects
Brown, John; Business; Industries; Duquesne Club; Equitable Gas Company; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Study and teaching; Israel; McKeesport (Pa.); Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Seton Hill University
Birth Date
1927
City
McKeesport, PA
Profession
Attorney/CEO
Work
Equitable Gas Company
Residence
McKeesport, PA
Length (hours)
1
Interviewer1
Herzog, Bernice
Interviewer2
Herzog, Marvin
Indexer
Frisque
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 38
Identifier
ais196440.320
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh