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Posted November 23, 2005

Life of Carl Harms, Equity Councillor Emeritus, To Be Celebrated by Actors’ Equity

Monday, December 12, 2005 – 3 PM
The Lamb’s Theatre, 130 West 44th Street, NYC

All Are Welcome

Carl Harms

The life of Carl Harms, actor, puppeteer and long-time Board member of Actors’ Equity Association who helped steer the national Union for more than fifty years, will be celebrated on Monday, December 12, 2005 (3 PM) at The Lamb’s Theatre, 130 West 44th Street, in New York City. The celebration is open to the public.

Mr. Harms was a long-time member of The Council, Equity’s governing body, and was active in countless committees and served as President of the Equity Realty Corporation, where he led the campaign to purchase the building at 165 West 46th Street where the national headquarters for the Union is now housed. Carl served as the Recording Secretary for the Union for twelve years and was elected to the position of First Vice President in 1973, a position in which he served for three years. He was a Founder and President of the Actors’ Equity Foundation. Until his death this past August, Harms served as the Chair of the Staff Pension Fund and as the chair and secretary of the Equity-League Pension and Health Funds. In addition to Actors’ Equity Association, Carl had been a member of AFTRA, SAG, SSDC and ASCAP throughout his career.

“Carl was first and foremost a gentleman, but he was also a tireless advocate for the members of our Union,” said Equity President Patrick Quinn. “The changes that he helped to bring about – whether they were through his diligence in contract negotiations or as one of those pioneers who led the fight to establish our Pension Fund in 1960s -- have forever changed the lives of every member and will continue to do so as long as there is an Actors’ Equity Association.”

Harms is survived by his daughters Merrill Piera of Sundown, New York and Sarah Greer Mecklem of Kingston, New York, as well as the 45,000 members of his “Equity Family.”

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