Respondent
Aaron, Maxine Goldmark
Interview Date
1975
Abstract
Aaron, Maxine Goldmark, a wife and mother, president of the school board and a member of the state Parent Teachers Association (PTA); year of birth, 1903;
[T1S1] parents and siblings; family life in New York; family activities, history; education, Horace Mann School; social life in New York; reminiscence about WWI; college days at Vassar;
[T1S2] high school teachers; regulations and quality of academic life at Vassar; medical care; social activities in college; family outings; musical interests;
[T2S3] courtship and marriage to Marcus L. Aaron; move to Pittsburgh; comparison between Pittsburgh and New York; affiliation with Rodef Shalom; influence of Rabbi Goldenson; children, their families and careers; residential moves; views on child rearing; effects of WWII; relatives' escape from Germany; changes in Squirrel Hill community; political affiliation;
[T2S4] president, City Wide Council, PTA, and member, state board; PTA activities; appointment to school board; views on function of PTA; service with state PTA; problems with union during building projects; problems board had to deal with; various school board presidents including Roy Dickey, William Todd, Garfield Houston, and William Rea;
[T3S5] Rea's policies; superintendents of education during that time including McCormick, Marland and Kishkunas; interviewer for superintendent position; election to presidency; teachers' strike for union association; community anger toward board; Community Action of Pittsburgh brings lawsuit against board; first Pittsburgh council on Public Education;
[T3S6] names of board members, Jones, Tucker and Wright; highlights and turmoil of tenure as president of school board; push for black deputy superintendent, individual instruction, and open classrooms; scholars program; appointment of first black vice superintendent;
[T4S7] views on election of board members; effect of school board on personal life; father-in-law's term on school board; tenets of the board; Pittsburgh Jewish community; Rodef Shalom; recreational life; integration; accomplishments of school board;
[T4S8] blank;
[T5S9] positive changes in education; on being a volunteer; principal's role in education; education's role in society.
Subjects
Education; Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; Goldenson, Samuel H. (Samuel Harry), 1878-1962 ; Pittsburgh (Pa.).; Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh (Pa.).); Synagogues; Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh, Pa.); World War, 1939-1945
Birth Date
1903
City
New York, NY
Residence
Squirrel Hill, Inverness St.
Length (hours)
4
Interviewer1
Frumerman, Marcia
Interviewer2
Dickman, Gene
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline/Lovick, Mildred
Collateral Materials
Box 100 FF 2
Identifier
ais196440.003
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh