Bernard Osher is one of Marion Sandler’s four older brothers. Born in 1927, Mr. Osher graduated from Bowdoin College and then managed his family’s hardware and plumbing supplies store in Maine and continuing with work at Oppenheimer & Company in New York before moving to California. There he became a founding director of Golden West Financial, the second largest savings institution in the United States when it was purchased by the Wachovia Corporation in 2006. He started the Bernard Osher Foundation in 1977 which seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. In this interview, Mr. Osher discusses his family background, his observations of the life of his sister Marion Osher, her marriage to Herb Sandler, and their life in business and philanthropy.
Bernard Osher, “Barney Osher: On Marion Osher Sandler,” Marion and Herbert Sandler Oral History Project, conducted by Martin Meeker in 2017, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019.