New York (Dec. 30)
Robert Loup of Denver, Colorado has been elected national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, Irwin Field, president of the UJA Board of Trustees, announced today.
Loup, a UJA national vice chairman since 1977, will officially succeed Herschel Blumberg of Washington, D.C. in the agency’s top fund raising post on May 20, 1982, at the UJA Campaign Leadership Conference in Washington launching the 1983, campaign which Loup will lead. Blumberg led UJA’s highly successful 1981 campaign — projected to raise more than $530 million — and is currently heading the 1982 national effort, under way since last May with a goal of $660 million in the regular campaign and substantially increased giving to Project Renewal.
As chairman-designate, Loup will continue to direct a sweeping program of 1983 campaign planning which he began several months ago as chairman of the UJA National Planning Committee. The UJA planning process coordinated by Loup involves active consultation with the volunteer and professional leadership of federated communities across the country as well as the advisory participation of the UJA National Campaign Policy Board.
“The 1980′s will prove to be one of the most dramatic periods in our history as growing human needs, inflationary increases in costs and shifting attitudes toward the Jewish people worldwide pose unprecedented challenges to our unity and commitment,” Loup said in accepting his forthcoming new post.
LOUP’S OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
In addition to his responsibilities as Chairman of UJA’s 1983 Campaign Planning Committee, Loup heads the Committee on Regionalization which has played a key role in the agency’s efforts in recent years to improve the delivery of campaign services and programs to communities through its eight regional offices.
He has long been active in his home community of Denver, and was chairman of its 1974 Campaign which raised more than $7 million, the most successful to date in the community’s history. He was president of the Allied Jewish Federation of Denver in 1975-76, and is an Honorary Life President and a member of the Federation’s Executive Committee. His wife Charlene, is 1982 general campaign chairman of the Denver Federation.
Loup also served as president and a member of the Board of Jewish Community Center in Denver, and was a member of the Board of that city’s Beth Israel Hospital for the Aging. In 1975 he was honored for his outstanding leadership with the Human Relations Citation from the Denver Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. He is also active in the Council of Jewish Federations and is chairman of UJA/CJF Task Force.
Following a 1976 trip to the Soviet Union, Loup and his wife founded the Commission on International Jewish Affairs under the auspices of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. He is a member of the Board of an Israeli solar energy company, American Heliothermal Corporation. The UJA national chairman-designate is a graduate of the University of Colorado and served in the U.S. Air Force. He is president of Loup-Miller Construction Company.