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Bank a Lifelong Ambition

September 08, 1985

"Bram Goldsmith: Maverick Banker to Stars" (July 21) omits any mention of Jay Kasler, my father-in-law, who was the founder and first president and later the first chairman of City National Bank in 1954.

His lifelong ambition was to own a family bank. He and I visited the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco in 1952 and were advised to start with a board representing various segments of the community in which we lived and not a family bank. After conferring with Justice Lester Wm. Roth, the City National Bank was founded with Kasler its chairman and Al Hart as President.

ALEX A. ROGER

Beverly Hills

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