Jack D. Samuelson

President, Samuelson Brothers, Los Angeles, California

Became Trustee


Career Summary
Jack D. Samuelson was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended Los Angeles city schools, Occidental College, and the Naval Officers School at Cornell University. Samuelson was a Naval Officer in World War II. He received an AB from Occidental in 1947. Upon receiving his degree from Occidental, he became a partner of Samuelson Brothers, General Contractors. He has been president of the firm since 1957. In 1973, Samuelson also became a partner of Samuelson Properties, a commercial and industrial development company. He married Sally Marilyn Reid in 1948. Jack and Sally have four children, eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Samuelson is the recipient of many awards and honors, including Kiwanis’ La Cañadan of the Year (1953), the Service Award from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (1964), and the Gold Medal Award from the Council for Advancement of Higher Education. He was appointed to the Royal Order of St. John to Associate Knight by Queen Elizabeth, awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science (1997), and has been recognized on several occasions by the Los Angeles County Supervisors. Jack Samuelson is known for his leadership in new, innovative construction of architectural style at Occidental College, praised by Dr. Robert Winter, professor emeritus and architectural historian, as “a man who gets things done . . . impervious to flattery . . . a model of the good-humored loyalty to the project at hand that has made the Occidental College campus one of the most beautiful on earth.”

Trustee Southern California Presbyterian Homes
Occidental College
Institute of Critical Care Medicine
Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center
(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182