Herb Bridge in 2010. Photo courtesy Bridge Family.
Herbert “Herb” Marvin Bridge (March 14, 1925 - April 2, 2018) was born in Seattle, Washington, the first child of Benjamin “Ben” and Sally (Silverman) Bridge. In 1948, Herb married Shirley Selesnick and raised a family, introducing his two sons to the jewelry business that spanned both branches of the family tree.
For six decades, Herb and Shirley were active civic leaders and philanthropists – driven to action with a desire to heal, improve, and repair what is wrong.
This exhibit brings together oral histories, photographs, and most vividly, digitized Bridge family home movies, providing a glimpse of Herb and Shirley’s enormous impact and inspiration.
Rear Admiral Herb Bridge in Uniform. Photo Courtesy Bridge Family.
“I knew my position in the family before I was even aware of it; I knew from day one there was a lot riding on me. That was perfectly fine.”
Building Bridges (pg. 20)
From day one, Herb Bridge understood his central role as a first-born son on both sides of his family tree.
With a frame of familial expectation, this exhibit explores major themes of Herb Bridge's life, including:
- The Bridge family’s immigration to the U.S. from Poland and Russia
- Navy years and military career
- The marriage and partnership with Shirley (Selesnick) Bridge and raising their children
- Ben Bridge Jeweler, a family business
- Advocacy for downtown Seattle and local community leadership
- Tradition of tikkun olam - “Repair of the world”