Horowitz, Louis J.
HOROWITZ, LOUIS J.
HOROWITZ, LOUIS J. (1875–1956), U.S. builder and philanthropist. Horowitz, who was born in Czestochowa, Poland, went to the U.S. in 1892. After holding a series of jobs in various fields, he became president of the Brooklyn Heights Improvement Company, a small construction firm. In 1903 he was hired by the Thompson-Starrett Construction Company to put the company's finances in order. He served as company vice president and general manager (1905–10) and president (1910–34). When he retired in 1934 the company was one of the largest in the U.S. In 1922 he and his wife established the Louis J. and Mary E. Horowitz Foundation, an educational and charitable organization. In his will he bequeathed $9,000,000 to New York University.