Title and Description Page
Family Background and Education 1
Birth during the Great Depression. Grandparents' emigration from Italy. Education. Summer job as Good Humor man. Uncle's electroplating business.
Social Injustice 9
Private school quotas. Parents' belief in equality. Attending City College of New York. Businesses, minorities, and hiring practices. Blatant prejudice. Effects of World War II.
Career at Battelle Memorial Institute 15
Race as primary reason for hire. Move to Ohio. Creative environment. Becoming an expert in nitric acid production. Masters at Ohio State University.
Career at Atlantic Richfield Oil Corporation (ARCO) 21
Move to Philadelphia. Research. Prejudiced environment. Robert Anderson. Process for soft detergents. Process to produce benzene by hydrodealkylation. Director of development at Sinclair Laboratories. Promotion to head of research and engineering at ARCO.
ARCO Chemical 30
Bill Keishnick. Bob Bent. Dick Bressler. Becoming president of ARCO Chemical. Reasons for quick promotions. Pacemaker business. Centennial Hydrocarbon joint venture. Oxirane and Halcon International. Cyril C. Baldwin. MTBE and gasoline. Herbert Denenberg. Taking ARCO Chemical global. Not in full control over company. Promoting diversity. Plant explosion. Lodwrick Cook. Senior vice president of manufacturing position. Leaving ARCO Chemical. Bill Flaherty.
Career at Freedom Chemical Company 64
Formation of Freedom Chemical. Finding investment partners. Treating employees well. Fred Rullo. Gordon Cain. Going public. Equity and returns. Finding good deals and contacts. Acquisitions. Philip Kamins. Hilton-Davis Company. Kalama Chemical Company. Kick-backs and pay-offs. Joseph Littlejohn and Levy investment firm and selling Freedom Chemical Company. Management's obligations to employees.
The Opportunities Industrial Center. Reverend Sullivan. Summer Job Program. Philadelphia Orchestra board. Chemical Manufacturers Association. Operation Dialogue.
Corporate Boards 100
Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company. CoreStates Financial Corporation. Morey Dorrance. O'Brien Energy Systems. Frank O'Brien. Crown Cork and Seal. The Pennsylvania Academy. Henry McNeil. University of the Arts. Changing prejudiced views. Chamber of Commerce. W. Thatcher Longstreth.
Career at Sorgenti Investment Partners 112
Raising a fund. Foamex. Marshall Cogan. Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. Cartel activity. Propylene oxide. Conditions for profitability. Chinese successes.
Family Life 127
Meeting and marrying Ann Sorgenti. Erlen Neighbors Association. Daughters Beth and Lucy. Wynn Hannock business. Breast Cancer. Robert's death. Bianca Ottone and family history.
The life of Harold A. Sorgenti presented through photographs.
Family Life 142
Corporate Life 151
Events & Awards 166