June 16, 2017

Henry J. Kaiser Jr. on fathers and family

Henry J. Kaiser, Jr, circa 1948

Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., (1917–1961) was Henry J. Kaiser’s younger son. On December 17, 1942, he spoke at a huge gathering of Kaiser Industries leaders under the theme “Together We Build.”

His comments resonate through the years on this Father’s Day 2017:

There has never been a time in my life when I could not turn to my father when I was in trouble and ask for counsel, no matter what he was doing. He had time enough, strength enough, to give me new strength, and new perspective. Dad, Edgar, and I have always talked things over. It is never one of us who fixes a problem, it is all of us.

And what is true of our personal family is true of every Kaiser enterprise. And we are the family, those of us here tonight, dependent on each other’s counsel.