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Manufacturing executive

James William Alsdorf, American Manufacturing executive. Named to Wisdom Hall of Fame; recipient Wisdom Award of Honor, 1979, Centennial award The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, 1979; Bicentennial Arts Award medalKing Gustav Adolph of Sweden.


Alsdorf, James William was born on August 16, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Anthony James and Camilie (Lederer) Alsdorf.


Student, Wharton School Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania, 1932-1934.


Chairman, director, Alsdorf International Ltd., ChicagoPres, and director, A.J. Alsdorf Corporation (exporters and international merchants)chairman emeritus, Cory Food Services, Inc. (manufacturers), Chicagoalso past officer, director subsidiaries and divisions, Fresh'nd-Aire Companyalso past officer, director subsidiaries and divisions, Nicro Steel Products Companyalso past officer, director subsidiaries and divisions, Autopoint Company, Chicagodirector, chairman of the executive committee, vice president, secretary, Grindmaster of Kentucky, Inc. past president, treasurer, director, Cory Sales Corporation, Chicagopast president, treasurer, director, Cory Coffee Service Plan, Inc., Chicagopast president, treasurer, director, Cory Coffee Service Plan, Toronto, Ontario, Canadapresident, director, Cory AG, Zurich, Switzerlandpresident, director, Cory AG (and subsidiary)president, director, Cory Kaffee Serviceplan, Zurichpast treasurer, director, Cory Corporation (Canada) Ltd., Toronto, Ontariodirector, Cory Still International Ltd., Londondirector, Unarco Industries, Inc. director, Hyatt International Corporation, Chicagopast director, NK Cory AB, Stockholm, Swedenpast director, NK Cory AB (and subsidiaries).


Member national committee University Art Museum, University California, Berkeley. Member executive committee of advisory council Snite Museum Art, University Notre Dame. Member citizens board University Chicago.

Member collectors committee National Gallery Art, Washington. Associate Rehabilitation Institute Chicago. Member Mid-American committee International Business and Government Cooperation, Inc.

Member university library council Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois. Past member of Governor Illinois's Committee Trade Expansion. President, director Alsdorf Foundation, Chicago.

Past board directors World Wildlife Fund, Washington. Member 1001 club; trustee Menninger Foundation of Topeka. Past chairman, life trustee, life governor, distinguished benefactor, chairman nominating committee, vice chairman executive committee Art Institute Chicago.

Board directors, vice president Sarah Siddons Society, Chicago. Life trustee benefactor Indianapolis Museum Art. Opus member Ravinia Festival Association.

Subscribing member American Craftsmen's Council, New York City. Visiting committee division humanities University Chicago. Member advisory board Martin D'Arcy Gallery Art, Loyola University, Chicago.

Member Far Eastern Studies committee University Chicago, also President's Fund committee. Past governing member Orchestral Association. Life member Field Museum Natural History, Chicago.

Member international council Museum Modern Art, New York City. Vice president, vice chairman, contributing member, trustee committee American Association Museums, Washington. Board govs Dumbarton Oaks.

Vice chairman fine arts advisory committee Federal Reserve Board. Member Renaissance Society, University Chicago. Founding member Old Masters Society, Chicago.

Sponsor Friends of Park. Member Sustaining Fellows, member Textile Society Art Institute Chicago. Trust associate Chicago Community Trust.

Member Cultural Affairs Committee United States Information Agency. Member Chicago Horticultural Society, Oriental Ceramics Society, American Association Museum, Archaeol Institute American, National Geography Society, Newcomen Society North America, National Housewares Manufacturers Association Chicago (president 1949-1951, director, member executive committee), General Alumni Board University Pennsylvania, Northwestern University Associates, Friends of Art of Northwestern University (patron Block Gallery), Ordre des Compagnons du Beaujolais, Antiquarian Society (life), Chicago Council Fine Arts (business advisory committee), Contemporary Art Circle Chicago (founding member), Newberry Library Association, Chicago History Society (life, governor), Friends Asia House Gallery, Asia Society, Chinese Art Society of America, Oriental Institute of University Chicago (associate, member advisory council), Friends Chicago Public Library (member centennial committee), The Orientals, Archives American Art, Smithsonian Institution (sustaining), Chicago Public School Art Society, National Trust History Preservation, Wedgewood Society Chicago (director), Society Contemporary Art (sponsor), Chicago Council Foreign Relations (member Chicago committee), Friends of Neuberger Museum (Purchase, New York ), Friends of America Museum in Britain (New York City), Metropolitan Museum Art (national associate), Historic Pullman Foundation (sustaining), David and Alfred Smart Gallery of University Chicago (supporting), Chicago Open Lands Project (governing), Sigma Chi (award 1975) Clubs: Executives (Chicago) (past director), Chicago (Chicago), The Arts (Chicago) (director, member exhibitions committee, chairman nominating committee), University of Pennsylvania (Chicago) (past director), Tavern (Chicago) (past governor), Casino (Chicago), President's of Loyola University (Chicago). Sunset Ridge Country (Northbrook, Illinois).

Post and Paddock (Arlington Heights, Illinois) (director, executive committee).


Married Barbara Brach, August 17, 1935 (divorced Jan 2, 1950). Children: Gregg, Lynne, Jeffery, James. Married Marilynn Markham, 1952.

Anthony James Alsdorf

Camilie (Lederer) Alsdorf

Barbara Brach

Marilynn Markham

Gregg Alsdorf

Lynne Alsdorf

Jeffery Alsdorf

James Alsdorf