Photograph of prominent citizens of the day receiving an award. Front row, left to right: George Alper, Ben Kingoff, Sam Berger, Milton Finkelstein, Benjamin May. Back row, left to right: Herbert Moskowitz, Herbert Bluethenthal, B. D. Schwartz, Seymour Alper.
George Alper (1907-1994, New Hanover County Commissioner, worked hard to improve New Hanover County for the residents. Benjamin Kingoff (1888-1968) was born in Russia, and was a successful Opera singer in New York City before moving to Wilmington, NC. The family jewelry business (a fixture on Front Street for many years) is the oldest family business in Wilmington. Sam Berger (1901-1974) was originally from Poland. Milton Finkelstein's (1917-1980) father started a general store in 1906 that is still in existence today as Finkelstein Music. Benjamin May (1883-1975) was also born in Poland. Herbert Moskowitz (1928-1995) was a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill alumni. Herbert Bluethenthal (1890-1971) is a native of Wilmington. His brother Arthur was the first casualty from New Hanover County in World War I. His family ran a store on North Front Street for many years. Herbert was a lifelong member of the Temple of Israel and on the Board of Directors for the James Walker Hospital from 1921-1959. A 10-acre native wildflower preserve on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is dedicated in his name. B. D. Schwartz (1909-2001) served as Mayor of Wilmington, and also was a strong advocate for UNCW. Seymour Alper (1915-2012) operated Queensboro Steel with his brother George for many years. He was very involved with improving what was then New Hanover Memorial Hospital. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1961-1978, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Star-News for his community involvment.
1963 May 15
Philanthropists; Hospitals; University of North Carolina, Wilmington; Businessmen
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