Arthur S. Obermayer

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Arthur S. Obermayer
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Arthur S. Obermayer in 2009
BornJuly 17, 1931
DiedJanuary 10, 2016 (aged 84)
Alma materSwarthmore College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OccupationBusinessman, philanthropist
Spouse(s)Judith Obermayer
Children3

Arthur S. Obermayer (July 17, 1931 – January 10, 2016) was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was the founder and president of the Moleculon Research Corporation. He was a co-founder of Partners for Progressive Israel and the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards.

Early life[edit]

Arthur S. Obermayer was born in Philadelphia.[1][2][3] His "four grandparents were all German."[4] His family came from Creglingen.[2][3][5]

Obermayer graduated from Swarthmore College.[6] He received a PhD in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[6]

Business career[edit]

Obermayer was an entrepreneur.[1] He was the founder and president of the Moleculon Research Corporation, "a chemical, polymer and pharmaceutical research and development company."[6] He was a co-founder of Zero Stage Capital.[6] Meanwhile, he took Moleculon, Inc. public in 1981 and sold it to an Australian corporation in 1984.[6]

He and his wife, Judy, were inducted into the United States Small Business Administration Hall of Fame in June 2015.[1][7]

Philanthropy[edit]

Obermayer co-founded Meretz USA, later known as Partners for Progressive Israel.[2][3]

Obermayer co-founded the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards with JewishGen and the Leo Baeck Institute in 2000.[1] He was a recipient of the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2007.[1]

Personal life and death[edit]

Obermayer had a wife, Judith, and three children.[1] He died of cancer on January 10, 2016 in Dedham, Massachusetts.[1][3] He was the brother of Herman Obermayer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "U.S. Philanthropist Arthur Obermayer Dies at 84". Haaretz. January 12, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "US philanthropist who preserved German-Jewish history dies at 84". The Times of Israel. January 12, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Arthur Obermayer, Progressive Boston Philanthropist, Dies at 84". Forward. January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Germans Recognized for Work Remembering Jews". Haaretz. January 27, 2004. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Arthur Obermayer, US philanthropist who preserved German-Jewish history, dies at 84". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e "ARTHUR OBERMAYER". Legatum Center for Technology and Development. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "SBIR Hall of Fame & Tibbetts Awardees to be honored for Contributions to the Economy during White House Ceremony". United States Small Business Administration. June 15, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2016.