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James Colker

venture capital executive

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.

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).

Interests

  • Other 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