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Charles Schlaifer

Charles Schlaifer, American advertising executive. Recipient Social Conscience award Karen Horney Clinic, 1972; Honorary fellow Postgraduate Center Mental Health.


  • Schlaifer, Charles was born on July 1, 1909 in Omaha. Son of Abraham Schlaifer.

  • Education

    • Privately educated; Doctor of Letters (honorary), John F. Kennedy College, 1969.


    • Newspaper reporter, Omaha, 1926-1929. Advertising director Publix Tri-States Theatres, Nebraska, Iowa, 1929-1937. Managing director United Artists Theatres, San Francisco, 1937-1942.

      National advertising consultant United Artists Producers, 1937-1942. National advertising manager 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, New York City, 1942-1945, vice president charge advertising and public relations, 1945-1949. President Charles Schlaifer & Company, Incorporated, New York York City, from 1949.

      Visiting professor New School Social Research. Expert witness United States Congressional and Senatorial committees on mental health, since 1949.


    • Author: Advertising Code, Motion Picture Association, 1948. Co-author: Action for Mental Health, 1961, Heart's Work, 1991. Contributor articles to psychiatric journals.


    Member President's Committee Employment Handicapped, since 1960. Founder, co-chairman National Mental Health Committee, 1949-1957. Member national mental health advisory council Surgeon General United States, 1950-1954.

    Secretary-treasurer Joint Commission Mental Illness and Health, 1955-1961. Vice chairman Foundation Child Mental Welfare, 1963. Member Governor's Youth Council State New York.

    Chairman New York State Mental Hygiene Facilities Improvement Corporation, since 1963, White House Conference Children, 1970. Secretary-treasurer, board directors Joint Commission Mental Health Children. Chairman New York State Facilities Development Corporation, 1963-1978.

    Member advisory council National Institute of Mental Health, since 1976. Board directors Hillside Hospital, League School For Seriously Disturbed Children, Menninger Foundation, National Mental Hygiene Committee. Fellow American Psychiatric Association (honorary), British Royal Society Health (honorary), American Orthopsychiat.

    Association (honorary). Member National Association Mental Health (founder), Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Harmonie Club.


    • Married Evelyn Chaikin, June 10, 1934 (deceased October 1978). Children: Arlene Lois Silk, Roberta Semer. Married Ann Mesavage, July 31, 1980.
    • father: Abraham Schlaifer Schlaifer
    • spouses: Evelyn Chaikin
    • Ann Mesavage
    • children: Arlene Lois Silk Schlaifer
    • Roberta Semer Schlaifer
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    Born July 1, 1909
    Died May 5, 1997
    (aged 87)
    • 1969
      John F. Kennedy College
    • 1926 - 1929
      Newspaper reporter
      Omaha, Nebraska, United States
    • 1929 - 1937
      advertising director, Publix Tri-States Theatres
      Nebraska, United States
    • 1937 - 1942
      managing director, United Artists Theatres
      San Francisco, California, United States
    • 1937 - 1942
      national advertising consultant, United Artists Producers
    • 1942 - 1945
      national advertising manager, 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation