NEW YORK (Oct. 7)
Bernard F. Gimbel, president of the department store chain bearing his name, last night was presented with an award by the National Conference of Christians and Jews “for distinguished service in the field of human relations.” The presentation was made at a Waldorf-Astoria dinner. Among those who cited Mr. Gimbel’s record were Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer, former Secretary of the Navy John Sullivan, Mayor William O’Dwyer of New York, and Dr. Everett R. Clinchy, president of the N.C.C.J.
Mr. Gimbel told the dinner guests that “the constant struggle to overcome the effect of seemingly intolerant tendencies on the part of many of the groups in our population has but partially succeeded. We must be constantly on guard to push back the growth of intolerant and bigoted groups and quick to defend those who suffer only by reasons of their racial or religious difference,” he said.