Lectureship in Ethics Established at Jewish Theological Seminary
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Lectureship in Ethics Established at Jewish Theological Seminary

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A Lectureship in Ethics in honor of Gen. David Sarnoff, honorary chairman of the board of Radio Corporation of America (RCA), has been established at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, by Harold L. Fierman of New York, a lawyer and businessman. The new endowment was announced today at a meeting of Seminary leaders by Dr. Bernard Mandelbaum, Seminary president. Fierman will be one of five men who will receive the Louis Marshall Memorial Medal at the Seminary’s 1971 awards dinner Sunday.

Fierman explained that the David Sarnoff Lectureship in Ethics has been endowed by himself and his wife in honor of General Sarnoff, a Fellow in the Seminary’s Society of Fellows and a friend and benefactor of the 85-year-old institution since World War II. It was General Sarnoff and Dr. Louis Finkelstein, then president and now chancellor of the Seminary, who conceived and launched the “Eternal Light” program of religious broadcasts on the NBC radio network in 1944. The series is now entering its 27th year–one of the longest lived programs on radio, as well as the first religious show in dramatic form.

Dr. Arthur Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, will be designated a Fellow in the Society of Fellows of the Seminary at the annual awards dinner. Dr. Burns will make the principal address at the dinner.

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