Walter V. Berry: Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist for Children (The Pruett Series)

Walter R, Borneman

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Synopsis: fter business ventures went bust during the Great Depression and a fruitless quest for the fabled Anglo Saxon silver vein, Walter Berry finally got his break when he revolutionized the steel industry by designing and building oxygen lances.

He was not content to retire on his laurels though and set off to build a financial legacy for the world’s children. The culmination of his and his wife’s efforts led to the establishment of the Walter V. and Idun Y. Berry Fellowship Program in Children’s Health at Stanford University.

Throughout his 98 years, Berry possessed undying optimism, a contagious sense of good humor, and a respect for all people. His story and the challenges he faced and overcame through persistence and hard work are a source of inspiration to all of us who dream of new frontiers.

From the Inside Flap: Walter V. Berry was a man who occasionally seemed out of step with his contemporaries, but he was always in step with the future. Born only five days into the twentieth century, he spent his early years in the shadow of his father's foundry and the bustling steel empire of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

When the Great Depression destroyed his early business successes, Berry went West to begin again. A chance interview with a life insurance company led to a life-long partnership with Idun Marie Ytterdal. Receiving a Colorado mining claim as a wedding present, together they embarked on a fifteen-year quest for the fabled Anglo Saxon silver vein.

When mining operations finally went bust, the Berrys returned to Pittsburgh and founded Berry Metal Company. More years of hard work followed, but Berry Metal Company revolutionized the steel industry by designing and building oxygen lances that ushered in an era of vastly increased and more efficient steel production.

Selling Berry Metal Company at such a profit that it staggered his faithful investors from the Anglo Saxon mine, Walter Berry at sixty-eight was not content to retire on his laurels. Rather, Walter and Idun set off to build a financial legacy for the world's children. The culmination of their efforts led to the establishment of the Walter V. and Idun Y. Berry Fellowship Program in Children's Health at Stanford University.

Throughout his ninety-eight years, Walter V. Berry exemplified the traits of never giving up, undying optimism, a contagious sense of good humor, and a respect for all no matter what their station. His story and the challenges he faced and overcame through persistence and hard work are a source of inspiration to all of us who dream of new frontiers.

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