Frank B. Fuhrer Jr., founder and owner of Frank B. Fuhrer Holdings, Inc., was born 78 years ago in East Brady, Pa. A 1943 graduate of East Brady High School, he participated in football during his high school years dating from 1939 to 1943. Following graduation from high school, he enrolled at Allegheny College, where he participated and lettered in the varsity sports of football, basketball, baseball and soccer. His college career was interrupted by a two-year stint with the U.S. Air Force from 1945 through 1946. After fulfilling his military obligation, he returned to Allegheny College, where he earned a bachelorÕs degree in 1948. In 1951, he received his masterÕs degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951.
Fuhrer began building his business from scratch in 1966. At one time it consisted of the Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co., which served as Anheuser-Busch and Coors Brewing Company Master distributorship; Frank Fuhrer International Inc., manufacturer and importer of Roffler, Sorbie and Framesi professional hair care products; Columbia Lincoln-Mercury, an automobile dealership located in Columbia, South Carolina; Ridgeway Chemicals, Inc., manufacturer of TekTor products located in Charlotte, N.C.; and F.B.F. Distributors, Inc., Pennsylvania and West Virginia distributor of TekTor products, which provided interior and exterior protection for automobiles. Presently, the only company still owned is Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co.
From 1974 to 1976, Fuhrer was the owner of the Pittsburgh Triangles Professional Tennis Team, which made the playoffs each of three years and won the league championship in 1975. The Triangles had the best overall win/loss record in the league with 92 wins and 40 losses for a .697 percentage. From 1979 to 1981, he was the owner of the Pittsburgh Spirit Indoor Soccer Team. A 13-game win streak led the Spirit to the championship playoffs. The Spirit ended its season in third place. Also the sponsor and founder of the Pittsburgh Family House Invitational Golf Tournament, one of the leading golf events in the Western Pennsylvania area, it featured top pros each year. In February 1996, he also was a major investor in the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club.
Married and the father of four children and 17 grandchildren, Fuhrer is a resident of Pittsburgh and holds membership in the Oakmont Country Club, the Pittsburgh Field Club, the Duquesne Club and the Allegheny Club, all in Pennsylvania, and the Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, Fla.