George W. Karr, Jr. graduated from Lehigh University in 1959 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. While an undergraduate, George was senior editor of the Epitome yearbook, secretary of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, senior class treasurer, a member of the class gift committee, and a member of the men’s swim team.
Prior to graduation from Lehigh, George began working for The Equitable Life Assurance Society and remained with Equitable and AXA, who later bought Equitable, his entire career. In 1967, he established a new branch of Equitable in Philadelphia. In 1969, Bob Barth joined George. In 1974, they became partners, and Karr Barth led the industry for 20 plus years in sales. In 1994, George retired from Karr Barth but continues as a top producing agent in AXA's sales force.
George and his wife, Barbara, created the George W. Karr, Jr. and Barbara M. Karr Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, that supports arts and education initiatives in the greater Philadelphia community. George served as president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross. He was also on the board of the Philadelphia branch of the American Heart Association.
The Karrs are members of the Tower Society and Asa Packer Society, the top giving societies of Lehigh University. They have steadfastly given to the Athletics Partnership Program and other athletics initiatives. Wanting to help outstanding students have access to a Lehigh education, they established the George W. Karr, Jr. ’59 Endowed Scholarship Fund and have made contributions to other scholarship funds. The Karrs have also supported the construction of the Rauch Business Center.
An active alumnus, George served in every leadership role for his class including being class president for ten years. He was also a member of the Lehigh University Alumni Association Board of Directors, served on the College of Business and Economics Dean’s Advisory Council, and co-founded the Lehigh University phonathon campaign along with classmate Eugene Mercy ’59. George served as chairman of his 25th, 40th, and 50th reunion class and was instrumental in fundraising for the class reunion gift. In 1984, George received the Alumni Award for his service, loyalty, and dedication to Lehigh University.
George and Barbara live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and are the parents of Kimberly ’84, Jeff, Tara, and David ’90 and have nine grandchildren.