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Jewish Heritage: The Oral Histories - Cuba Family Archives

MEMOIRIST:          DAN GARSON

INTERVIEWER:     RAY ANN KREMER

LOCATION:            ATLANTA, GEORGIA

DATE(S):                JUNE 21, 1991; JUNE 28, 1991

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BIOGRAPHY

Dan Garson was born in Atlanta on June 22, 1920, the middle of three children. His father contributed to many Jewish institutions in Atlanta, and his parents together founded and ran the Lovable company, a large lingerie producer.

Dan attended Boys' High in Atlanta, and went to college at Duke University, Class of 1941. Dan was a scratch golfer, playing throughout his childhood and school career. He won the Bobby Jones Invitational in 1939 and six club championships at The Standard Club. He joined the Army Air Corps and served from 1942 until the end of World War II. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he joined the family business, the Lovable Company, and eventually rose to become Chairman of the Board. He held this position until the company was dissolved in 1998. He was a pioneer in the integration of the workplace and attended the first Martin Luther King dinner.

He was also involved in many community organizations and donated to many causes. This included serving two terms as President of The Standard Club, serving as a Board member of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, being a member of the American Jewish Committee. He was their past honoree on two occasions. He was also a member of The Temple, and a member of the Board of the Jewish Home, which his father founded. He continued in his father's footsteps as co-Chair of building the new facility on Howell Mill Road.

Scope of Interview

In this interview, Dan Garson covers much of his family and personal history, starting with his father’s immigration to the United States from Poland in the early 20th century. He covers the business history of the Lovable company, his own childhood and growth in Atlanta, his time at Duke University, his experience playing golf, family’s investment in the Atlanta Jewish community, and the overall growth of the city and its businesses.

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