Man making bundles of string
Man preparing bundles of string. The back of the photograph has the following notes: "1956 United Fund Campaign," "Kneebone." It is unclear whether this man is the recipient of the Kneebone Award for his work on the 1956 United Fund Campaign in Houston or is simply a contributor to that campaign.
Robert W. Kneebone (1899-1976) was involved in Houston business and civic affairs as early as 1950. A 1921 graduate of the University of Michigan, Kneebone entered the banking industry in 1932. In 1950 he became vice-president of the National Bank of Commerce, later renamed the Texas Commerce Bank. His involvement in charity was varied throughout his years in Houston, but centered around two organizations, the Texas Youth Council and the United Fund. Kneebone served as chairman of the Texas Youth Council from 1957 until he resigned his post in 1973. Kneebone also served as a volunteer member of the United Fund organization, and as vice-chairman and chairman of various United Fund Chest Campaigns and USO fund Drives. He later served on the United Fund National Board of Directors. In 1973 he was awarded the first annual Robert Kneebone Award by the United Fund. (From the Houston Metropolitan Research Center website.)