• During the Great Depression, Harry led a four-month strike at a major food market in Brooklyn, N.Y, that ended with a good union contract.
  • At age 25, Harry was editor of two independent weekly labor newspapers that covered CIO organizing campaigns, as well as the activities of teamster and construction unions.
  • At age 50, Harry earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.A. and PhD. from New York University – all within 5-1/2 years.
  • In the 1962-63 printers’ strike that shut down New York City’s daily newspapers for 114 days, Harry was editor of the Daily Strike Bulletin.
  • As the legislative director of the Physicians Forum, Harry played a key role in winning social security for the nation’s doctors.
  • In 1968, Harry created and became the first director of Cornell University’s Two-Year Labor/Liberal Arts Program.
  • In recognition of his distinguished teaching career, Empire State College created the Dr. Harry Kelber Endowment in Labor Studies.
  • At age 70, Harry became the Educational and Cultural Director of Electrical Workers Local 3, I.B.E.W., a position he held for nearly six years.
  • In 1992, Harry led a week-long seminar in Moscow for 145 labor leaders of the former Soviet Union on the theme, "Democratic Unions in a Market Economy."
  • In 1995, at age 81, Harry ran for a vice president seat on the AFL-CIO Executive Council to force the first election ever, in which a rank-and-filer challenged incumbent officers.
  • EMMA G.

    I will always remember Dr. Kelber as a great human being. He was a remarkable educator. I was fortunate to have him as my mentor three times while attending the Labor College. With his professional help and advise I reached my goal and an incredible success. It’s a shame he could not live for ever. I will miss him.

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