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Stage equipment manufacturing company executive

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 Commerce, 1954.


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


Bachelor of Science, Lehigh University, 1942; auditor philosophy, Princeton University, 1962-1965.


President, Automatic Devices Company, Allentown, 1946-1975; chairman of the executive committee, Automatic Devices Company, Allentown, 1987-1992; Chairman of the Board, Automatic Devices Company, 1975-1987, 93-; Chairman of the Board, Merchants. Bank, 1981-1985; chairman of the executive committee, Merchants. Bank, 1985-1991;

past guest lecturer Cedar Crest College, 1969-1971, 84, Muhlenberg College, 1977-1982, 92.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Where the Colleges Rank, 1973.


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.

Irving Samuels

Ann (Friedman) Samuels

Harriet Ann Goodman

Sally R. Samuels Slifkin Samuels

Dorothy M. Samuels Lampl Samuels

Margaret A. Samuels Berger Samuels

Katherine E. Samuels

Caroline J. Samuels Bagli Samuels

John A. Samuels