Harold Meyerman was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to Canada in 1957. He studied both commerce and law at UBC. Mr. Meyerman fondly remembers running the Thunderbird Shop at the UBC-Vancouver campus. Mr. Meyerman's wife, Dorothy, describes that, "although Harold never praised law, that experience and education has stood him in great stead." As a symbol of Mr. Meyerman's appreciation and continuing support of the Allard School of Law, the law school at UBC was named as a beneficiary of the Meyerman Family Trust.
Harold Meyerman’s biography reads like a who’s who of the banking world. His long and prestigious career includes titles like President & CEO of First Interstate Bank, Senior Managing Director of the Global Financial Institution, M&A with what is today JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States’s Advisory Committee, appointed by President George H.W. Bush.
After moving to Palm Springs, Mr. Meyerman devoted much of his free time to the Palm Springs Art Museum, where he was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was described by colleagues and friends as someone who "eats, breaths, and sleeps this museum." For the museum's 75th anniversary, Mr. Meyerman and his family pledged a multimillion dollar legacy donation to creat an endowment for the Dorothy and Harold J. Meyerman Director of Development position. To learn more, listen to a tribute to Mr. Meyerman by the Palm Springs Art Museum, where he talks about his passion for the arts along with his experiences at UBC that provided a foundation for his accomplished career. Mr. Meyerman passed away in January of 2015 at the age of 76.
Also, read a Profile of Harold Meyerman from the UBC Alumni Magazine, Winter 2012 to learn more about Mr. Meyerman's career and his time at UBC.