Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Paul A. Bissinger, Jr.: Lifelong San Franciscan and Patron of the Arts

Bissinger, Jr., Paul A.
Farrell, Shanna
Paul A. Bissinger, Jr.: Lifelong San Franciscan and Patron of the Arts
Paul A. Bissinger, Jr. was born in San Francisco, California in 1934 to Paul Bissinger and Marjorie Pearl Walter-Bissinger. He was raised on Divisidero Street and attended the Town School. He attended high school at the Phillips Exeter Academy, attended college at Stanford University, and earned a graduate degree from the American Institute for Foreign Trade. He served in the Navy in the 1950s, which took him to Japan, Hong Kong, and Manila. He’s been a life-long patron of the arts, which began as a child. In this interview, Bissinger discusses his early life, education, time in the Navy, meeting his wife, Kathy, and starting a family, working for his family business, and commitment to the local arts community. He has served on multiple boards, including for the San Francisco Youth Orchestra and Asian Art Museum.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Advocacy and Philanthropy
Commerce and Industry
Interview date(s):
Community and Identity - Individual Interviews
Paul Bissinger, “Paul Bissinger: A Lifelong San Franciscan and Patron of the Arts” conducted by Shanna Farrell in 2017, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2018.