Thomas Laqueur is the Helen Fawcett Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California Berkeley. Laqueur was educated at Swarthmore and Princeton and came to Berkeley in 1973 to join the faculty of the History Department. He is author is several books in European cultural history and the history of medicine and the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In this interview, Professor Laqueur provides an autobiographical outline and then focuses on his several decade friendships with Herb and Marion Sandler. He offers insights into the reasons for their success in business and the principles that drove their philanthropy.
Thomas Laqueur, “Tom Laqueur: On the Meaning of Friendship,” Marion and Herbert Sandler Oral History Project, conducted by Martin Meeker in 2018, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019.