Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Spring 2005 Newsletter

Ransom Center Loses Friend

The Ransom Center lost a friend and benefactor with the September 18, 2004 passing of former advisory council member and chair of the Conservation Committee Bernard Lifshutz.

A prominent developer and preservationist, Lifshutz is credited with the rescue and rehabilitation of historic structures throughout the city of San Antonio.

Born in San Antonio in 1926, Lifshutz graduated as valedictorian of Texas Military Institute, and earned his Bachelor's degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

While attending Harvard Business School, Lifshutz was commissioned an officer in the Navy, though he returned to complete his Master's degree after his tour. He then returned to San Antonio to work for his father's real estate business.

Lifshutz undertook many high-profile development projects in San Antonio over the years, including the Regency House Apartments and renovation of the Bank of San Antonio, and worked on projects for HemisFair '68.

But perhaps Lifshutz's most notable project involved the purchase of several deteriorating warehouses in the King William Historic District and their transformation into the Blue Star Arts Complex, an endeavor credited with leading to the revitalization of several neighborhoods.

Bernard Lifshutz served on the Ransom Center Advisory Council from 1993 to 2000.

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