Loren M. Berry

1888 – 1980

Loren M. Berry started from virtually nothing to create the L.M. Berry Company. The company produced the Yellow Pages, a multi-national company that made him a millionaire. In the early days, he sold advertising to businesses, sometimes taking payment in the form of stock. He once owned stock in almost 60 companies. Berry chose to move to Dayton because he thought of the city as a center for industry. He was a close friend to both Orville Wright and Charles
Kettering. Counted among his friends were also Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He was a generous donor to the local and national Republican Party, established a foundation channeling millions of dollars to universities and charitable causes, and
was a supporter of youth activities.