Jack Melchior – Venture Capitalist and Philanthropist
Jack Melchior is a technology-focused venture capitalist, and has played an essential role in assisting numerous Silicon Valley high tech firms to launch. Additionally, he has made significant charitable donations to El Camino Hospital.
Melchor and his late wife Norma were pioneering philanthropists to recognize the need for a local community hospital and provide millions to its development.
Early Life and Education
Ib Melchior was raised by his family in Mooresville, North Carolina and quickly developed an interest for science as he explored it further with each passing year. Later he served in World War II before going on to found several successful businesses.
Ley was best-known as Technical Director on the TV series “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet”. During its move from CBS to ABC and then back again, this period saw Ley and Melchior pen some of its more scientific episodes.
Melchior pitched his treatment for Space Family Robinson to Allen in 1964. Melchior claimed Allen stole his ideas; however, copyright law only protects specific expressions of an idea rather than overall concepts or titles.
Silvia Melchior serves as fundraising expert at London’s famed Donmar Warehouse theatre, an intimate 250-seat non-profit venue known for its intimate productions. Silvia’s job involves raising funds so the theatre can continue producing high-quality work while keeping ticket prices reasonable so everyone can experience its magic.
Jack and Norma Melchor were among the first to recognize the need for El Camino Hospital in their native Los Altos, California, making gifts that helped construct and expand it. Additionally, they endowed professorships at both North Carolina State University and Notre Dame as well as funding over 100 companies as venture capitalists.
As one of Richard Wilson’s co-stars in several films and on multiple television series (Escape from Sobibor and Blind Justice are most noteworthy among their projects), these actors have earned international renown.
Achievement and Honors
Jack Melchor was a leader in high-tech and an invaluable contributor to community organizations, leaving endowed professorships in physics at UNC and Notre Dame due to his donations. Additionally, as a venture capitalist he founded or helped launch over one hundred companies – many in Silicon Valley.
He and his wife Norma have been great supporters of El Camino Hospital in Los Altos, Calif. They were among the first to realize the need for such a facility and donated millions over time towards its construction and expansion.
In 2012, the hospital renamed their Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute to honor this couple. Pathways–an organization for which Norma sits on the board–also presented them with their Frances C. Arrillaga Humanitarian Award.
Melchor was an avid philanthropist who dedicated much of his fortune to benefitting both his community and family. He donated millions to El Camino Hospital–whose heart & vascular institute now bears his name–and regularly contributed funds towards congressional campaigns.
Melchor dedicated much of his free time as president of Montclaire School PTA and as Cub Scout den leader. Additionally, he served on Los Altos Town Crier Board of Trustees and University of Notre Dame Engineering Advisory Council committees.
Jack the Cat was Melchor’s beloved pet that disappeared after she checked in at John F. Kennedy International Airport for her flight to California. Passive searches ultimately failed when Jack fell through a ceiling panel and succumbed to injuries sustained from falling.
Melchor received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as his Ph.D. from Notre Dame. Following graduation he worked at Sylvania Electronic Defense Labs before starting Melabs which later developed six microwave patents before being purchased by Hewlett-Packard.
Mr. and Mrs. Melchor were staunch supporters of El Camino Hospital, giving millions of dollars towards its construction and expansion in Los Altos, California. Additionally, they endowed professorships of physics at universities as well as creating the Melchor Pavilion.
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