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Harvey Krueger (1929-2017) was born in New Jersey. He was a prominent and well-known businessman in the investment banking sphere in both the US and Israel and was the first banker to bring Israel to the international capital markets.
In the early 1960s Harvey made his first trip to Israel and began his journey to both uncover his family history and to help provide a safe homeland for Jews in the State of Israel. Harvey, beginning with his personal genealogy, supported and contributed to the development of Jewish genealogy, from the beginning of the modern boom of genealogical research.
He was an important philanthropist, who supported many worthy institutions, including genealogical organizations in the United States and Israel. Harvey was a major contributor to the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, The Peres Center for Peace, JewishGen.org, Beit Hatfutsot, the IAJGS and IGRA.
He was a recipient of the distinguished John Jay Award from Columbia University where he did his undergraduate work. He graduated from Columbia Law School and holds honorary degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar Ilan University and The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
His sense of humor together with his wisdom, generosity and passion for family, Israel and life will be missed.