Arthur Altschul

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Arthur Altschul
Arthur Goodhart Altschul

April 6, 1920
Died March 17, 2002(2002-03-17) (aged 81)
Nationality United States
Education Yale College
Occupation Banker
Spouse(s) Stephanie Rosemary Wagner (until her death)
Siri von Reis (divorced)
Diana Landreth Childs (divorced)
Patricia Dey (until his death)
Children with Wagner:
--Stephen Altschul
--Charles Altschul
with von Reis:
--Arthur Altschul, Jr.
--Emily Helen Altschul
--Serena Altschul
Parent(s) Helen Lehman Goodhart
Frank Altschul
Family Mayer Lehman (great-grandfather)

Arthur Goodhart Altschul (April 6, 1920 – March 17, 2002)[1] was an American banker and a Goldman Sachs Group partner,[2] and executive at his private family office, Overbrook Management Corporation, founded by his father.[3]

Early life

Altschul was born in 1920 in Manhattan to Helen Lehman Goodhart (maternal granddaughter of Mayer Lehman, one of the three founding brothers of Lehman brothers) and Frank Altschul, an investment banker who was a senior partner at Lazard Frères until 1945 and chairman of General Investors Corporation until he retired in 1961.

He graduated from Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and in 1943 from Yale College.


He served in the Marines from 1943 through 1945 and was a reporter for The New York Times in the late 1940s.

As he had family connections to the Lehman family, he worked as an analyst with Lehman Brothers before joining General American Investors Company (a closed-end investment concern in which his family has a substantial interest) and then Goldman Sachs where he served as a general partner from 1959 to 1977 and a limited partner from 1977 to 1999. He was also chairman of General American Investors from 1961 to 1995.[4]

He led the private family office, Overbrook Management Corporation, founded by his father to manage and protect the wealth and financial well-being of the Altschul Family. In 2002, the office opened to provides asset management and related services to institutional investors and high net worth individuals. Over the years, Overbrook's leadership passed to him, and then to the third generation, his son, Arthur Goodhart Altschul, Jr, who currently serves as Overbrook's Chairman.[3]


Altschul was on the Board of Trustees of many museums and philanthropic organisations, including the Whitney Museum, the United Jewish Appeal, the Overbrook Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Assembly,[2] and the International Foundation for Art Research.

Barnard College at its 1984 commencement ceremonies awarded Altschul its highest honor, the Barnard Medal of Distinction.

Personal life

Arthur Altschul married four times:[4]

  • Stephanie Rosemary Wagner (married 1956), who died in a plane crash in 1961. They had two children:[5]
    • Stephen Altschul (born 1957), a mathematician and researcher.
    • Charles Altschul (born 1958).
  • Siri von Reis (married 1963; divorced 1972), a botanist. They had three children:
  • Diana Landreth Childs (marriage ended by divorce).
  • Patricia Dey (married 1996).


  1. ^ Social Security Death Archived 2008-08-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Paid Notice: Deaths: Altschul, Arthur Goodhart, New York Times
  3. ^ a b Our Team
  4. ^ a b Eric Pace (March 20, 2002). ""Arthur G. Altschul, 81, Banker, Art Collector and Philanthropist"". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Principals in Wedding Ceremony Here; Stephanie R. Wagner Is Bride Of Arthur Goodhart Altschul". The New York Times. April 30, 1956.
  6. ^ ""Arthur Altschul, Jr. engaged to Rula Jebreal"". New York Post. May 2, 2013.
  7. ^ ""WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Emily Altschul, John Miller"". The New York Times. November 24, 2002.
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