Posted: Monday, July 3, 2017 – 11:13 AM
Arnold Seidel of Beverly Hills was awarded an honorary fellowship from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology earlier this month for his support of the university and passionate leadership in the American Technion Society (ATS).
During a ceremony at the annual Technion Board of Governors meeting on the campus in Haifa, Seidel was recognized for “decades of tireless commitment to the Technion and Israel. . . and the vital role (he has) played with such energy and enthusiasm in growing our circle of supporters.”
As a member of the ATS Southern California board for nearly 40 years, Seidel has helped build one of the strongest communities in the organization. He is also a member of the ATS National Board of Directors, where he serves on several committees, and a member of the Technion Board of Governors.
Seidel and his wife, Joan, are Technion Guardians—a designation reserved for those who support at the highest level. They established the Joan and Arnold Seidel and Family Tumor Biology Research Laboratory and the Seidel Family Graduate Fellowship Fund, and have supported research in water projects and diabetes.
In 2014, they helped fund an exhibition of the Technion’s Nano Bible at the Israel Museum. Closer to home, Mr. Seidel is on the boards of the Young Musicians Foundation, the Music Center Leadership Council Foundation and the Friends of Griffith Park Observatory. He also served on the board of Friends of Beverly Hills CPR, and was a founding chairman of Friends of Greystone.
Born in L.A., Seidel earned his bachelor’s degree from USC. He joined his father’s securities business, Morton Seidel & Co., where he served as president, chairman/CEO, and still serves as chairman.
ATS donors provide support for the Technion —more than $2 billion since its inception in 1940. Based in New York City, the ATS and its supporters across the U.S. provide funds for scholarships, fellowships, faculty recruitment and chairs, research, buildings, laboratories, classrooms and dormitories, and more.