Biography of Raymond L. Korndorfer
Bronx County, NY Biographies





RAYMOND L. KORNDORFER - A native of The Bronx, Mr. Korndorfer has established himself at the head of one of the most prominent insurance brokerage houses in the county which he knows best. As the young men of the community take their places in the business world, those who have gone before are glad to recognize in these new comers the qualities which contribute to the continued success and prosperity of commercial pursuits. Mr. Korndorfer, possessing alert mental energy, keen perception and capacity for hard work, has forged his way to foremost rank in his chosen field. Far flung admiration has been accorded him by the leaders throughout the insurance profession for his faithful and diligent devotion to the vocation which so intimately pertains to every phase of human endeavor. At the age of twenty nine, he has achieved many notable accomplishments and numbers among his friends, men who are high in the realms of business and finance. He has a commanding personality and a genial temperament which has not been sullied by strenuous commercial activity. He is the son of Harry Walters and Julia A. (Acker) Korndorfer (see preceding biography). His father is prominently identified as secretary of the Haffen Realty Company.

Raymond L. Korndorfer was born at No. 756 Prospect Avenue, Bronx County, New York, October 18, 1895. He attended the public schools of his district and was later a student at the Morris High School until 1912. Thereafter he took a commercial course at the Eastman Gaines Business College. Upon the completion of his studies, he secured employment as office boy for the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company. Mastering the details of the insurance business in its various branches during the following years, he was made secretary and treasurer of the Benjamin, Korndorfer and Hastings, insurance brokers, at the age of twenty one. Mr. Korndorfer is now president of the Ray L. Korndorfer Inc., brokerage office at No. 2804 Third Avenue, and has one of the most extensive clienteles in The Bronx insurance circles. Inspired by the world's mark for the greatest number of completed and paid for applications, he inaugurated a campaign during the month of April, 1925, and during the twenty four working days of the month wrote in excess of five hundred and sixty policies establishing thereby a new world's record. A unique feature of his drive was that every policy was written up for residents of the Borough of The Bronx. Introducing ingenious and novel methods, Mr. Korndorfer won the good will and enthusiastic support of his host of friends and fellow citizens, and he modestly attributes much of his success to the cooperation which he received. He put his personality into the drive and soon became known throughout the field of insurance as the "man with the red carnation," for he wore a bright red flower on all occasions as a symbol of his ardent vigor and determination for success. In the course of the month, he also created a record for the number of policies completed and paid up in a single day and for the largest single policy ever written in this section. Another distinction which is his is that he is the most heavily insured salesman in New York, and perhaps in the entire world. Among his insurance affiliations number the Sun Insurance Company, the oldest concern of its kind in the country, the Maryland Casualty Company and just recently added recognition has been accorded him by the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company, which was the first company to secure a charter, and has entered The Bronx, through Mr. Korndorfer, as general agent, for the counties of The Bronx and Westchester. This is the first time that any mutual company made a general agency appointment in The Bronx, and in itself is a fitting tribute to the position which he enjoys in his profession. He is likewise identified with The Bronx County Trust Company, and is the youngest member of the board of directors of the firm.

He holds an intense interest in all civic affairs which promote the welfare of his community and country, and is prominently active in the fraternal and social life of the borough. During the World War he enlisted in the United States Army Transport Service, and performed his duties with an honorable record. He is a member of the Marble Lodge No. 702, of the Free and Accepted Masons, the New York Chapter, No. 238, of the Royal Arch Masons, and holds all the intermediate degrees up to and including the thirty second in the Ancient and Accepted Scottsh Rite. He is also affiliated with the Mecca, Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, in which body he is a member of the Arab Patrol. He belongs to Lodge No. 871 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and to the American Legion. Mr. Korndorfer is likewise identified as a member of The Bronx County Children's Society. His clubs number the Piano Club of New York, The Bronx Rotary Club, the New York Athletic Club, the Grassy Sprain Golf and the Scarsdale Golf clubs. With his family, he attends the Church of St. James, the Less.

He married, June 4, 1918, Elsie Marion Hunneke, who died December 15, 1921, leaving a son, Raymond Henry, born May 13, 1919.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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