Steinmetz Family

On behalf of the Steinmetz family, Charlie Steinmetz, a longtime UCLA supporter and alumnus, has established the Steinmetz Collection Endowment in Hellenic Studies at the UCLA Library. The endowment will support the study of Hellenic culture at UCLA through the acquisition, processing, preservation of Library resources, Library exhibits and programming related to Hellenic studies. Charlie’s father, William A. (Bill) Steinmetz (Class of 1949) attended UCLA on the GI Bill, where he met his wife of 63 years, Mary Lou (Class of 1948). Bill worked first as a salesman for Ducommun Metals, and then as an independent sales representative in the aircraft metals industry. He started his own business, WASSCO, which distributed hand tools to the electronics and airframe industry. In the 60’s, he joined Tiernay Metals, a distributor of hard alloy aircraft extrusions, as a sales executive, then later, President and CEO. During his 38-year career with Tiernay Metals, the business grew and flourished. He was very proud of working with the best people in the metals industry. In 1999, he sold the business and set up a philanthropic foundation, where, with his family, he worked to encourage literacy and the love of learning in Southern California schoolchildren. His children Charlie, Jeanie and Ann have all been strong supporters of UCLA. Charles (Charlie) Steinmetz is a member of the Governing Board of the Archaeology Institute of America where he also serves on the Finance Committee, Development Committee, AIA Site Preservation Committee and the UCLA/AIA Site Preservation Committee. He has a BSC degree from Santa Clara University and an MBA from UCLA. He also is President of JCA Associates and Tiernay Properties. Previously he was Vice President of Tiernay Metals, a worldwide distributor of aluminum extrusions to the aircraft industry. Steinmetz’s non -profit involvements include: UCLA Library; Directors Council, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA; Board of Directors, Ocean Institute Dana Point CA.; Development Committee, Los Angeles Catholic Education Committee; Past Board Member, UCLA Alumni Association; Board of Advisors, Steinmetz’s interest in archaeology has been a lifelong passion.