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LAMPL, JACK W. JR. - The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

LAMPL, JACK W. JR. (20 Mar. 1921 - 8 Mar. 1999) was a philanthropist and financier who headed Sunamerica Corp. Lampl was born in Cleveland to Nell M. (Engle) and Jack W. Lampl, Sr., who directed the Sun Finance and Loan Company. Lampl graduated from Shaker Heights High School and received a degree in fine arts from Harvard University in 1942. That same year he joined his father's Sun Finance and Loan Co. and turned it into a national firm with offices in 16 states. He became president and chairman of its holding company, Sunamerica Corp. Although it was sold in 1975 to Chemical Banking Corp., Lampl remained with Sunamerica until 1986. In retirement he moved to Key Largo, FL.

As a philanthropist, Lampl supported arts, education and civic organizations. He was a trustee of the CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS CASE MEDICAL CENTER, the Cleveland Play House Foundation and the WESTERN RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. An avid tennis player, he also sponsored the Davis Cup matches when they were held in Cleveland. Professionally, Lampl was recognized as a leader in the world of financing. In 1963 Lampl was elected to serve as president of America Finance Conference, a national trade association of installment credit finance companies. He joined the board of the CLEVELAND TRUST CO. in 1969.

Lampl married Carolyn C. Cosel in 1949 and together they had two children: Jack W. III and Joshua C. He died in Key Largo and his remains were cremated.

Last Modified: 16 May 2001 11:32:34 AM

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