About our Founder

Norman Kronick was a real estate developer and investor for more than sixty years, and he tremendously enjoyed the work and the relationships he formed over those many years.

Norman's grandparents were Jewish immigrants who came to the United States from Russia. Norman was born in Oakland, California in 1928 and spent his childhood in Los Angeles and Honolulu. He attended the University of Georgia, and served two years in the U.S. Army. He was proud to be a U.S. soldier.

Upon his return to Honolulu, Norman joined his father, Harry Kronick, and his mentor and long-time business partner, Louis Dulien, in the development of retail real estate and a low-income apartment complex across from the Pearl Harbor submarine base. He later ventured into commercial office and warehouse property in Hawaii, and in the early 1990's, in Texas. In 1997, upon the purchase of Riverbend Business Park in northeast Fort Worth, Norman moved to Fort Worth where he lived with his wife Dorothy. He lived and worked in Fort Worth until his death in 2010.

Norman's concern for the less fortunate resulted in his requesting to serve on the board of directors of the Tarrant Area Food Bank. During the last years of his life, Norman was an important benefactor of TAFB, as well as other local non-profits serving the hungry and the homeless, however, at his insistence, he remained anonymous, other than to a few key individuals. In the naming of his foundation, he chose the same low-profile approach, choosing to name the foundation for the city he had grown to love. He created The Fort Worth Foundation to serve the citizens of Fort Worth and the surrounding North Texas area in perpetuity. 

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