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Ashley Clague, Osias Zwerdling Win JCC Public Service Awards

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Ashley Clague, Osias Zwerdling

Win JCC Public Service Awards

Five Judges Select

Ann Arbor Grocer

And Retired Furrier


Ashley Clague


Osias Zwerdling

A grocer and a retired furrier

have received Ann Arbor Junior

Chamber of Commerce 1955 pub-

lic service awards. 

Ashley Clague, the grocer, re-

ceived the JCC good government

award. Osias Zwerdling, the fur-

rier, was given the organization’s

human relations award.

Clague has served on the Ann

Arbor Board of Education for the

past 15 years. He has been a

member of the Ann Arbor Park

Commission for 19 years and has

served as commission president

for five years.

Zwerdling is the founder of the

local Beth-Israel Congregation,

now called the Beth-Israel Com-

munity Center. He has always

been its president.

Zwerdling also founded the

Hillel Foundation, which was the

second of 225 Hillel chapters in

the nation. His public service

spans half a century.

Cite Long Service

In presenting Clague the good

government award, the Jaycees

cited his long, uncompensated

service on the school board

“through difficult times when

the schools . . . needed service in

the field of government.” They

praised his efforts in helping to

make the long sought new Ann

Arbor High School a reality. 

Clague also has been a force

behind the drive for a commu-

nity recreation center. He fre-

quently requested that a commit-

tee be formed to study the possi-

ble construction of a community

center for varied activities. He is

now a champion of the proposed

Veterans Memorial Park project.

A $2,600,000 bond issue to finance

a recreation center will be on a

special ballot May 22.

Zwerdling, in addition to his

local achievements, is active na-

tionally and internationally with

the Zionist Organization of

America, the American Jewish

Organization and the United Jew-

ish Appeal.

Serves Many Groups

He has been active in the Ann

Arbor Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts,

YMCA, Dunbar Community Cen-

ter, USO, Community Chest

drives and the Community Chest

family service group. He is on the

board of the Ann Arbor Federal

Savings & Loan Association.

The Jaycees, in making the

award, said of Zwerdling, “He is

known to exude an above aver-

age amount of humility in rela-

tion to his effectiveness in any-

thing he undertakes. His counsel

and advice are valued by all who

have had the opportunity to dis-

cuss their problems with him.”


Judges for the awards were

Probate Judge Jay H. Payne;

School Supt. Jack Elzay; Prof.

John Dawson; Chamber of Com-

merce Manager Robert L. Gage;

and Dr. David G. Dickinson, head

of the University Hospital Res-

pirator Center.