It’s never too late to create your lasting legacy and one that others can continue to enjoy. So believed Philip Berman who was born in Pennsburg, attended Ursinus College, and became a founder and major donor behind the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College.

Berman began his career as a trucking executive in the 1930’s and as a Marine Corps transportation officer in the South Pacific during World War II. After retiring for a while, he went on to expand Hess’s, a single department store in Allentown, into a 14-store chain.

Throughout their 55-year marriage, Philip and Muriel were collectors of world-class, museum quality art, which had an everyday presence in their home.  As they retired, they shared the collection with numerous institutions, including the Berman, believing that by exposing students to art, they would understand the importance of art in living a full life.