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Paul Lothair Kohnstamm

Chemical company executive

Paul Lothair Kohnstamm, American chemical company executive.


Kohnstamm, Paul Lothair was born on November 14, 1922 in New York City. Son of Lothair S. and Madeline (Peck) Kohnstamm.


Bachelor, Williams College, 1944.


With H. Kohnstamm & Company, Incorporated, New York York City, from 1946, chairman, chief executive officer, from 1957. President General Color Company, Newark, from 1958, Kohnstamm Company Ltd., Montreal, Canada, from 1967. Chairman executive committee International Banknote Company, Inc., from 1971.

Chairman Kohnstamm & Company (United Kingdom) Ltd., from 1969. Director Universal Food Company, 1988-1993. Director Horace Cory Public Ltd.

Company, Oswald McCardell & Limited company.


Chairman board trustees Hospital Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute, New York City, 1980-1983. Assistant treasurer Federation Jewish Philanthropies, since 1980. Trustee Jewish Home and Hospital Aged, since 1951, New York Society Deaf, since 1975, Northern Westchester Young Men’s Hebrew Association, 1981, Beloit (Wisconsin) College, chairman investment committee 1992-1994.

Co-chairman chemicals, plastics and paints division United Jewish Appeal-Federation Jewish Philanthropies, since 1975. Sponsor Mount Sinai Medical Center. Board directors Hiram Halle Memorial Library.

Chair Halle Ravine of the Nature Conservancy. Honorary trustee Horace Mann-Barnard School Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1945. Fellow American Institute Chemists (treasurer).

Member American Chemical Society, Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, Chemists Club. (director 1983) Clubs: Chemists' (president 1987). Williams (New York City).

B'nai B'rith.


Married Mary Loeb, May 7, 1944. Children: Paul Kenneth, Peter L., Daniel Frank, Katherine, Joshua G., Emily.