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James Colker

James Colker, American venture capital executive. Trustee Penn South West Association, Pittsburgh, since 1983; board directors Magee Hospital, Pittsburgh, since 1986, Pennsylvania Economic Development Ptnrship, Harrisburg, since 1986. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Pittsburgh High Technology Council (president since 1983), Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Duquesne Club, Fox Chappel Racquet Club.

Background

  • Colker, James was born on February 18, 1928 in Pittsburgh. Son of Benjamin and Dorthy (Swartz) Colker.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Physics, University Pittsburgh, 1949.

    Career

    • Engineer Union Switch and Signal Company, Pittsburgh, 1953-1957. Chief engineer J.W. Fecker, 1957-1964. Executive vice president Goerz Optical Company, 1964-1968.

      President Goerz-Inland, 1968-1974. Chairman, president Contraves Goerz Corporation, 1974-1987. Managing general partner Chief Executive Officer Venture Fund, since 1985.

      Director Dravo Automation Sciences, Inc., Pittsburgh, Blue Cross Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. Chairman Vortex, Pittsburgh, Montronix, Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Works

    • Contributor articles to technical publications.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Denomination: Judaism

    Membership

    Trustee Penn South West Association, Pittsburgh, since 1983. Board directors Magee Hospital, Pittsburgh, since 1986, Pennsylvania Economic Development Ptnrship, Harrisburg, since 1986. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Pittsburgh High Technology Council (president since 1983), Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Duquesne Club, Fox Chappel Racquet Club.

    Clubs: Duquesne (Pittsburgh).

    Personality

    Interests

    Tennis, swimming, sailing.

    Connections

    • Married Janice Seiner, August 17, 1950. Children: David, Harold, Ruth, Sarah.
    • father: Benjamin Colker
    • mother: Dorthy (Swartz) Colker
    • spouse: Janice Seiner
    • children: David Colker
    • Harold Colker
    • Ruth Colker
    • Sarah Colker
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    Born February 18, 1928
    Nationality
    • 1949
      University Pittsburgh
    • 1953 - 1957
      Engineer, Union Switch and Signal Company
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1957 - 1964
      chief engineer, J.W. Fecker
    • 1964 - 1968
      executive, vice president Goerz Optical Company
    • 1968 - 1974
      president, Goerz-Inland
    • 1974 - 1987
      chairman, Contraves Goerz Corporation
    • 1974 - 1987
      president, Contraves Goerz Corporation
    • 1985
      managing general partner, Chief Executive Officer Venture Fund