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Trustee for a City: Ralph Lowell of Boston

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This intriguing biography of Lowell reveals a private life and a public career framed by both the heritage of a legendary family and a city in transition. Drawing on Lowell's diary as well as on private and public records, Mark I. Gelfand first traces Lowell's early years, his student days at Harvard University, his military service during World War I, and his banking career in the 1920s. He then examines in depth Lowell's major business and civic activities, focusing on the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company,...
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Overview

This intriguing biography of Lowell reveals a private life and a public career framed by both the heritage of a legendary family and a city in transition. Drawing on Lowell's diary as well as on private and public records, Mark I. Gelfand first traces Lowell's early years, his student days at Harvard University, his military service during World War I, and his banking career in the 1920s. He then examines in depth Lowell's major business and civic activities, focusing on the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company, the Lowell Institute, Harvard University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a variety of humanitarian organizations. Gelfand pays special attention to Lowell's role in spearheading the creation of WGBH-FM and WGBH-TV and his long-lasting contribution to public television. Trustee for a City is a fascinating story of continuity and change that provides an inside view of Boston's cultural establishment and sheds light on Lowell's leadership in shaping the city's institutional history.
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During his first 50 years, Boston businessman Ralph Lowell (1890-1978) led a rather conventional life as a member of Boston's Brahmin elite. A banker in the 1920s, he played a significant role after World War II in the modernization of many of the city's most important institutions. He was also a force in the economic revival of Boston itself. But Lowell's most important contribution was his central role in developing WGBH, Boston's public television station. Among the many other institutions where he provided leadership were the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts General Hospital, and his alma mater, Harvard University. Gelfand (history, Boston Coll.) sees Lowell's biography as a means of exploring continuity and change in Boston during this century. This well-written book will prove valuable to scholars studying the dynamics of the postwar urban elite or to readers interested in American philanthropy, but its greatest appeal will be to those interested in the history of Boston.--Thomas McMullin, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555533694
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/1998
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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