Sonny Hacker z”l was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, who worked in the garment district, and his father, a butcher, both came from Austria. Sonny went to the Drake School of Business, then went to work, and was drafted into the Navy. He went into naval aviation and then went into Aerial Gunnery School in Jacksonville, Florida. Sonny married Merle in 1954, and together they had four children. Sonny was on the board of the Jewish Community Center in Dallas, led the membership committee at Congregation Shearith Israel, and was an active member of the Jewish community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Merle Hacker was born in 1935 in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended high school in Jacksonville and was the first one in her family to go to college. Merle went to the University of Florida for two years and then met her husband, Sonny, in 1952, while he was in the U.S. Navy stationed in Jacksonville. They married in 1954 and Merle began teaching kindergarten. She moved to Dallas with her husband and children in 1968, where she has been an involved member and supporter of the Jewish community. Merle has been a board member of Congregation Shearith Israel, working on its membership committee, was very active in the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and also formed the first girls’ basketball league in the community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Irwin Grossman was born in 1931 in Paris, Texas, and moved to Dallas in 1937. His father came from Russia and his mother from Lithuania, but they met in Dallas. Irwin’s father started a dry goods store and later became a real estate investor. Irwin had his bar mitzvah at Congregation Shearith Israel and later was confirmed at Temple Emanu-El. He attended MIT and later entered the general contracting business. Irwin was very involved in Golden Acres, building several buildings there, and eventually becoming president of Golden Acres as well. He also built some of the buildings at Temple Emanu-El and was vice president of Temple Emanu-El and of the Jewish Federation. Irwin, along with his wife, Irma, has been a very important member of the Dallas community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Carole Greenberg was born in 1937 in Dallas, Texas. She grew up in Highland Park and attended Highland Park High School. Formerly serving as president of the BBG chapter now known as Jennie Zesmer, Carole was a very active member in B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO). She met her husband, Jack, in Dallas after two years of college and they married in 1956. Carole worked with her parents for 20 years and was office manager of the family’s textile company as well. She has been in the jewelry business since 1977, and has used this creativity to contribute to the community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Marilyn Golman was born in 1932 in Dallas, Texas. After a brief time living in Cincinnati, Marilyn’s family moved back to Dallas. Marilyn went all through the Highland Park school system and graduated in 1949 from Highland Park High School. She had the interesting opportunity to do her practice teaching at the same school that she had attended as a child, Bradfield Elementary School. Growing up, Marilyn and her husband, Bob’s, families knew one other, and they married in 1961. Following that, Marilyn was hired in 1954 to work as a teacher at a private school called The Lamplighter School, the first Montessori school in Dallas. As a mother of two, a grandmother, teacher, and role model, Marilyn has influenced many. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Al Golman was born in 1932 in Dallas, TX. His father was in the wholesale baking business in Dallas and his mother was a homemaker. Al went to Woodrow Wilson High School and has since chaired the 60th anniversary reunion of his high school class. He attended college at Texas A&M where he served in the Air Force ROTC. That choice allowed him to receive his commission and five months later, Al entered the Air Force for two years, serving stateside in base communications as a cryptosecurity officer. Al then worked at his family’s bakery for 14 years. Bob has known his wife, Marilyn, since he was 12, and after marrying, they settled together in Dallas, where Bob got into the food brokers business. Al and Marilyn have two children. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.