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Henry Crown

business executive

Henry Crown, business executive.


Crown, Henry was born on June 13, 1896 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Arie and Ida (Gordon) Crown.


Student public schools, Chicago. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Syracuse University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Barat College.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), DePaul University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), DePauw University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Loras College.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Brown University. Doctor of Engineering (honorary), Tri State College. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Jewish Theological Seminary America.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Northwestern University.


Clerk Chicago Fire Brick Company, 1910-1912. Traffic manager Union Drop Forge Company, 1912-1916. Partner S.R. Crown & Company, 1916-1919.

Treasurer Material Service Corporation (building materials), 1919-1921, president, 1921-1941, chairman board, 1941-1959. Director, chairman executive committee General dynamics corporation, 1959-1966, 70-86, honorary chairman board directors, from 1986. Chairman board Henry Crown & Company, 1967.

Past director Hilton Hotels, Waldorf Astoria Corporation.


Member Chicago Civil Defense Corps. Trustee Chicago Boys' Clubs. Advisory member board trustees DePaul University.

Member University Illinois Citizens Committee, Loyola University Citizens Board, Northwestern University Associates. Fellow St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana. Associate, fellow Brandeis University.

Honorary vice president Northeast Illinois council Boy Scouts American Served as colonel, C.E. Army of the United States, World World War World War II. Member Military Order World Wars. Clubs: Executives, Mid-Day, Standard, Tavern, Commercial (Chicago).

St. Louis; Tamarask (Palm Beach, Florida). Hillcrest Country (Los Angeles). Lodges: Masons (33d degree), Shriners.


Married Rebecca Kranz, August 12, 1920 (deceased October 1943). Children: Robert (deceased July 1969), Lester, John Jacob. Married Gladys Kay, March 1946.