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Yale University Elects First Jew As Trustee; Tradition Broken by Alumni

June 22, 1965
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William Horowitz, a New Haven Jewish industrialist and banker, broke a centuries-old tradition here yesterday when he was elected the first non-Protestant trustee of Yale University which was founded by Congregationalist ministers in 1701. Mr. Horowitz, who unsuccessfully sought to become a trustee last year, was notified of his election yesterday by Kingman Brewster, Jr. president of the University and the development was later cheered by 1,000 alumni winding up a reunion.

As in his previous attempt for the post, Mr. Horowitz was not named by the nominating committee but became a candidate by petition. He was elected in nationwide balloting by the alumni. Active in B’nai B’rith and in the New Haven Jewish Community Council, Mr. Horowitz served as JCC social planning committee chairman, and treasurer of the New Haven Jewish Center. He is a founder and past president of the Friends of the Yale Hillel Foundation.

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