David Margulis (b. 1951)

Born July 3, 1951 in Portland, Oregon, David Margulis’ Jewish grandfather originally came to Portland from Lithuania to open a food concession at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1903. His mother, though born Jewish, didn’t live as a Jew in Oregon City where they settled in the 1840s.

David attended Caitlin Hillside School from two and a half through high school. At UC Berkeley, where he lived at the International House, he studied Arabic and studied in the Middle East. He became a diplomatic escort at the State Department for Arab visitors but finally decided to go into retail with his father. He then worked for Zell’s jewelers until he and Alfred Stone opened their own jewelry store in 1932 on Broadway and Morrison. Given his international background, David has been active in Portland’s chapter of the World Affairs Council. In the past, through his civic life, David encountered antisemitism at the University Club, the Junior League, and the Multnomah Club. He 1981 David married Dolorosa and for the past 35 years they have loved and practiced Jewish values and morals and attended services at Congregation Beth Israel.

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