August 21, 2013

Henry J. Kaiser — dashing lifesaver

Contributed by Lincoln Cushing, Archivist and Historian

Henry J. Kaiser was an industrialist, health plan founder...and lifesaver.

On July 3, 1951, at 69 years of age, Henry J. Kaiser sped off in a speedboat to rescue his wife Alyce "Ale" Kaiser and founding Permanente physicians Dr. Sidney Garfield and Dr. Cecil Cutting when their catamaran capsized in the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe.

newspaper clipping of story about Henry J. Kaiser rescuing a bride