Zucker, Louis C., 1895-

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Author and professor of English at the University of Utah.

From the description of Louis C. Zucker papers, 1894-1972. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122486467

From the guide to the Louis C. Zucker papers, 1894-1972, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Louis Clement Zucker was born April 10, 1895, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a bachelor of art (1919) and a master of art degree (1920) in English. In 1920, Zucker married Ethel Kaplan and the couple moved to Wisconsin where Zucker was employed as an instructor of English at the University of Wisconsin while he worked on a doctorate degree.

In 1928, Zucker moved to Salt Lake City to accept a position as assistant professor of English at the University of Utah. In addition to his duties as an English professor, he was active in promoting Judaic studies at the university, and taught courses in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Jewish law, literature, and history.

Zucker was well known for his research on the agricultural colony at Clarion, Utah. In 1967, he began collaborating with Juanita Brooks on her research into the history of Jews in Utah, and eventually edited Brooks's book, The History of the Jews in Utah. In 1962, Zucker collaborated with Leroy J. Robertson in translating the Israeli national anthem, Hatikva, into English for the music Robertson had been commissioned to compose by Columbia Recording Studios.

In addition to his academic activities at the University of Utah, Louis Zucker was involved with the local Jewish community. He served as a board member of the Temple B'nai Israel, and as president of the Congregation Montefiore Religious School. Additionally, he was instrumental in the construction of the James L. White Jewish Community Center and a new synagogue in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Zucker was a board member of the Salt Lake Civic Music Association and the Utah chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was a charter member of most cultural and artistic organizations in Utah including the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Ballet West, and the Utah Heritage Foundation. Zucker served as secretary of the Utah Conference for Human Welfare, as chair of the humanities section of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, and was a book reviewer for both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune.

In 1977, Zucker donated funds for the construction of a fountain in Perception Garden at Memory Grove in Salt Lake City, as a memorial to his wife who had died in 1974. The Ethel Zucker Memorial Fountain was completed and dedicated in October 1981, six months before Louis C. Zucker himself passed away.

From the guide to the Louis C. Zucker papers, 1904-1982, (J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Zucker, Louis C. Recollections and Observations. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
creatorOf Zucker, Louis C. Mormon and Jew: A Meeting on the American Frontier. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
referencedIn Louis Lipsky press release, 1952 L. Tom Perry Special Collections
creatorOf Zucker, Louis C., 1895-. Louis C. Zucker papers, 1894-1972. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Lipsky, Louis, 1876-1963. Press release, 1952. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Louis C. Zucker papers, 1894-1972 L. Tom Perry Special Collections
creatorOf Louis C. Zucker papers, 1904-1982 J. Willard Marriott Library. University of Utah Manuscripts Division
creatorOf Zucker, Louis C. Jews of Salt Lake City: Our Background. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Brooks, Juanita, person
associatedWith Ethel Zucker Memorial Fountain (Salt Lake City, Utah) corporateBody
associatedWith Fink, Adolph H., Rabbi person
associatedWith Leonard, William Ellery, 1876-1944. person
associatedWith Lipsky, Louis, 1876-1963. person
associatedWith Schiller, Herbert, Judge person
associatedWith Smith, Joseph, 1805-1844. person
associatedWith Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933 person
associatedWith University of Utah corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Utah--Salt Lake City
Clarion Colony (Utah)
Jews, American
Short stories, American
Universities and colleges
College teachers
College teachers
Jewish college teachers
Material Types
World War, 1939-1945


Birth 1895


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