SHU Dedicates Administration Building to David and Louella Lieberman

News Story: November 8, 2006

Sacred Heart University will dedicate its Administration Building in honor of David and Louella Lieberman on Thursday, November 2nd, at 4:30 p.m. The dedication will take place in front of the University’s Administration Building.

The Liebermans were early supporters of SHU’s Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU), and Mrs. Lieberman, a Stamford resident, is now on the Center’s Board of Directors and is a University Regent. Mr. Lieberman, who died in 1997, was a charter member of the CCJU Board.

Mr. Lieberman was born and raised in New Orleans. Through a position he held as a young man for a New York City jeweler, he met the Bronx-born Amy Louella Prakin, who worked there as a credit interviewer while in high school.

The two married a short while later and moved to Louisiana. After eight months, the couple returned to the North for good. Their first home had been a converted garage with a cement floor, and they shared a one-room efficiency in New York during the lean early years.

Mrs. Lieberman would spend some 35 years with the clothing giant, Lane Bryant, where she rose to become manager for a staff of 250.

Mr. Lieberman trained as a gemologist on the GI Bill after service in India as a glider pilot during World War II. He entered the hat trimming business, and, there, he made his mark – and his fortune. His company manufactured ornamental bands for men’s hats. His most enduring legacy was to have created the adjustable baseball cap – the uniform of generations of teenage boys. When he retired, a leading man in the field said the industry died that day.

Through relatives, the couple became friends with Rabbi Joseph H. Ehrenkranz, then the spiritual leader of Temple Agudath Sholom in Stamford and now the director of the CCJU. Mr. Lieberman became a director of the Center, and Mrs. Lieberman succeeded him on the board after his death in 1997.