Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation Receives Granite State Award
May 16, 2007
The Granite State Award is an honor reserved for those individuals and
organizations that have made exceptional contributions to the State of
New Hampshire and its citizens. In recognition of the long tradition of
vision, leadership, generosity, and community commitment, UNH presented
the 2007 Granite State Award to the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation.
Sara Mae Berman, the Foundation’s president and Sidore’s
eldest daughter, accepted the award at the UNH Manchester’s commencement
on May 15 at the Center of NH.
The trustees of the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation continue the legacy
of its namesake, a civic leader who was guided by ethical principles,
a commitment to social justice and a deep appreciation of the value of
Sidore, the son of immigrants, was born in New York City where he entered
the knitting business. He moved Brookshire Knitting Mills, later known
as Pandora, to Manchester in 1940 where he led the company to impressive
growth until his death in 1964.
Guided in business and life by the ideals of humanity and brotherhood,
he pioneered employee benefit programs including profit sharing, insured
hospitalization benefits, and a college scholarship loan fund for the
children of his employees. Sidore was a respected civic and community
leader who was active in his synagogue and its brotherhood and in the
The foundation continues this legacy by supporting programs and organizations
including Families in Transition, Child Health Services, soup kitchens
and municipal libraries. These organizations are the beneficiaries of
the foundation’s commitment to build strong, secure and responsible
communities and to support the educational, charitable, cultural, and
social interests of New Hampshire and the region.
The Sidore Lecture Series was established to foster an open exchange
of ideas and to challenge students at USNH institutions and the wider
community to look at issues in society and our world in new and vital
ways. It reflects Sidore’s vision as the creator and the sustaining
force of the Manchester Free Press and as a member of the NH Advisory
Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.