David N. Myers

From Ohio History Central

David N. Myers was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1900. His father was a cooper, and Myers enrolled in Dyke College, a business school in Cleveland, to learn bookkeeping so that he could assist his father.

Myers never worked for his father. Upon graduating from Dyke College in 1922, Myers found employment with Byerlyte Corporation, a business that made asphalt from petroleum. Myers eventually served as the Byerlyte Corporation's chief chemist. Upon the Byerlyte Corporation's president's death, Myers became the company's new president. Eventually the Byerlyte Corporation became Consolidated Coatings Corporation, and Myers was appointed as chairman of this company's board of directors in 1969.

Besides his business interests, Myers played an active humanitarian role. He especially supported Jewish causes and helped establish both the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Myers also served on numerous boards of Jewish organizations. He donated two million dollars to Dyke College in 1995, prompting the school's board of trustees to rename the institution as David N. Myers College. Myers died on July 22, 1999.

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