Eugene Gifford Grace

As We Remember Him

by Penny Porter

8.25 x 11, 252 pages, soft cover

ISBN 978-0-9656923-4-2


Eugene Gifford Grace was a genius. “I didn’t come to Lehigh University to play baseball,” he said. “Lehigh equipped me to take up my life’s work.”

As President of The Bethlehem Steel Company, (250,000 employees, 28,000 in Bethlehem alone), he promised President Roosevelt all the ships necessary to win the war and ended up building more than one ship a day, (approximately 1000 vessels of war for the United States Navy and Merchant Marines), during the entire 3 1/2 years of World War II.

He commissioned the building of the Saucon Valley Country Club golf course, and aided the construction of many others with advice and financial help. He was proud of his locker right next to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s at the Long Island National Golf Club where both their name plates remain today. He loved giving parties and inviting stars into his home. He enjoyed life most when he could share the little free time he had with others.

When the bell rang announcing the end of the day at the Steel Company, Mr. Grace left his office in the afternoon no matter how cold or hot the weather wearing a scarf and beat up old camels-hair coat and cap. Immediately, the Bethlehem police were notified to keep all traffic lights on green until he raced through the last one hoping daylight would linger long enough for him to enjoy a few holes of golf before dark.

I know. I remember. I am his granddaughter, Penny.


About the author

Penny Porter, “one of the most successful storytellers ever to hit Reader’s Digest,” has published in a wide range of national magazines, including Arizona Highways, American Heritage, Catholic Digest, Range Magazine, Nevada Magazine and Guideposts. Author of six books, Penny’s work appears in 14 Chicken Soup for the Soul books, The Good Lord Made Them All series, and textbooks in 28 languages. She is the mother of six, grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of almost 2. Website:


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