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December 26, 1980 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-12-26

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Chas. Gershenson's Leadership in Many
Fields Acclaimed on His 80th Birthday

Art Collection Gift 161Auseum'


Leadership that inspired
action in many areas in this
state and nationally is at-
tributed to Charles Ger-
shenson in the scores of
encomia expressed for him
on his 80th birthday.
As former chairman of
the Allied Jewish Cam-
paign he rose to major cap-
taincy in philanthropy and
ained national recognition
is efforts.


He had a vital role on one
of his trips to Israel, which
was linked with a study
mission in Poland, after
which he was among the
discussants of findings in
Warsaw and Prague at a
session of world leaders in
Gershenson was born
in New York on Dec. 25,
1900. He is a graduate of
Highland Park High
School and earned his
law degree at the Univer-
sity of Michigan.
He practiced law in De-
troit and was president of
Ned's Auto Supply until
1954 when the business was
bought by Firestone Tire
and Rubber Co. Since that
time he has headed Wayne
Michigan Building Corp.
which has developed shop-
ping centers, motels and
other commercial develop-
He has been active in
inter - denominational

fund-raising activities, and
has been especially active in
educational efforts. He was
appointed by Gov. George
Romney to the Wayne State
University Board of Gover-
nors in 1963, on which he
served for a year, and he
served for several terms on
the Michigan Higher Edu-
cation Authority which
supervises scholarships and
Gershenson has served as
an officer or on the govern-
ing boards of United Corn-
munity Services, the Wayne
State University Press, the
Detroit' Cultural Commis-
sion, Detroit Adventure, the
Standard City Club and the
Hundred Club of Detroit.
He was also active with
the Jewish Welfare Fed-
eration, was president of
the Jewish Community
Center in 1963-1964, on
the Sinai Hospital board,
and was a member of the
National Jewish Welfare
Board and the national
campaign cabinet of the
United Jewish Appeal.
He is also affiliated with
Temple Beth El, and was
president of the Franklin
Hills Country Club in
During World War II,
Gershenson was a captain
in the U.S. Air Corps from
August 1942 to December
He also is a member of the
Anthony Wayne Society, a
life member of Brandeis
University and active on
behalf of the American
Jewish Committee, from
whom he received an award
"for meritorious service in
the development of the In-
stitute of Human Rela-
He received a plaque
and honorary award
from former President
Lyndon Johnson for par-
ticipation in the 1964 UJA
National Inaugural Con-
Gershenson was invited

to membership in the New
During the term of De-
York Academy of Sciences, troit Mayor Louis Miriani,
which is not limited to med- Gershenson was awarded a
ical doctors, but is open to Citizen Extraordinaire
persons who hold a degree of plaque by the city on the oc-
doctor in any given field.
casion of his 60th birthday.

NEW YORK — Chicago ued at $12 million.
art collector Muriel Kallis
Although the museum
Steinberg Newman will will not receive the collec-
give an art collection tion until her death, it will
mainly comprised of exhibit the works in May.
Abstract Expressionist
works to the Metropolitan
It is another's fault if he
Museum of Art in New be ungrateful; but it is mine
York. The collection is val- if I do not give.


these are only a few of the
features you'll find weekly
in The Jewish News

Rudy Boschwitz Calls Israel
Strategic Asset of the U.S.

NEW YORK — The asserted that "peace in
newly-appointed chairman the Middle East is not
of the Middle East subcom- going to come by estab-
mittee of the Senate lishing a Palestinian
Foreign Relations Commit- state."
tee told the Zionist Organ-
Calling any proposal of a
ization of America last week Palestinian state as "unset-
that the state of Israel "is' tling," he said that if Sen.
indeed a strategic asset to Charles Percy of Illinois
feels that creating a PLO
rtepublican Senator Rudy state would end tensions in
Boschwitz of Minnesota the Middle East, Sen. Percy
added that "while Israel can should "look to" the con-
flicts today among_the Arab
not exist without U.S. aid,
.5., if it is to continue states themselves.
grow stronger, "cannot
exist without Israel."
The nearly 200 ZOA lead- Physicians Meet
ers who were attending the
two-day National Executive William Silen, surgeon-in-
Committee meeting of the chief at the Beth Israel Hos-
Zionist Organization of pital and prof. of surgery at
America, were told by both the Harvard Medical
Sen. Boschwitz and Ivan J. School, has been selected as
Novick, president of. the the chairman of the Ameri-
ZOA, that the Jewish vote can Physicians Fellowship
was now a "swing vote," Surgery Seminar to be held-
which made it more valu- at four different Israeli
able politically.
medical centers from Sept.
Sen. Boschwitz firmly 10-24.

Friday, December 26, 1980 - 53

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