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Abram Samuels

Abram Samuels, American stage equipment manufacturing company executive. Recipient Benjamin Rush award Lehigh County Medical Society, 1954, Allentown Human Relations award, 1979; named Outstanding Young Man of Year Junior Chamber of C., 1954.


  • Samuels, Abram was born on September 15, 1920 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Irving and Ann (Friedman).

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Lehigh University, 1942. Auditor philosophy, Princeton University, 1965.


    • President Automatic Devices Company, Allentown, 1946-1975, chairman executive committee, 1987-1992, chairman board, 1975-1987 and from 93, Merchants Bank, 1981-1985, chairman executive committee, 1985-1991. Past guest lecturer Cedar Crest College, 1969-1971, 84, Muhlenberg College, 1977-1982, 92.


    • Author: Where the Colleges Rank, 1973.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    President Samuels Family Foundation, since 1959. Past president Pennsylvania Society for Crippled Children and Adults, 1957-1958. Past president, honorary board directors Lehigh County Crippled Children's Society, 1949-1951.

    Past president Lehigh County Humane Society, 1960-1964, Cedar Crest College Associates, 1968-1970. Board directors Allentown Hospital, 1977-1988, chairman board, 1987. Vice chairman Allentown Hospital-Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, 1988.

    President Lehigh County History Society, 1976-1978. Past board directors National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Pennsylvania Mental Health Association, Merchants Bank, 1965-1991, Lehigh County Industrial Development Corporation, Pennsylvania Stage Company, 1983-1984, Health East, Inc., 1985-1991, Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, 1989-1991. Trustee St. Augustine's College, 1970-1977, 92-95, Allentown Young Women’s Christian Association, 1977-1983, Cedar Crest College, since 1996.

    Honorary doctorate, 2003. Board directors Fund to Benefit Children and Youth of Lehigh Valley Inc., 1992-2003, Lehigh County History Society, 1999-2003. With Army of the United States, 1942-1946.

    Member Honorary First Defenders, Chamber of Commerce (past vice president 1960), Pennsylvania German Society, American Society Psychical Research (trustee 1985-1991, treasurer 1990), Princeton Club (New York City), Rotary (president Allentown club 1955-1956, district governor 1964-1965).


    • Son of; married Harriet Ann Goodman, September 1, 1945. Children: Margaret A. Samuels Berger, Katherine E., Sally R. Samuels Slifkin, John A., Dorothy M. Samuels Lampl, Caroline J. Samuels Bagli.
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    Born September 15, 1920
    Died 2006
    (aged 85)
    • 1942
      Lehigh University
    • 1965
      Princeton University
    • 1946 - 1975
      President, Automatic Devices Company
      Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States