Respondent
Frank, Nancy Newman
Interview Date
1975
Abstract
Frank, Nancy Newman, a social worker who trained and worked for the Jewish Family and Children's Services and the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center; year of birth, 1910;
[T1S1] family history; paternal grandfather an immigrant from Germany; his wholesale liquor business and retirement at the time of Prohibition; father's birth in Milwaukee, WI and education at the University of Wisconsin; mother's family from Ohio; their marriage and move to Chicago; father's employment in manufacture of electric cars at Woods Electric; father's death and family's return to Pittsburgh; birth of a brother in Chicago; attending Schenley High School; affiliation with Rodef Shalom Temple in Pittsburgh; maternal grandmother's emigration from Alsace; her orthodox background; economic conditions in the home after father's death; family vacations with grandparents; mother finds employment by visiting an exhibit of home made quilts in Chicago; becomes Pittsburgh representative for Eleanor Beard, the maker of these quilts; mother's cultural interests; early life on the Southside of Chicago; early education at an Episcopal private school, Hyde Park High School and Schenley High School in Pittsburgh; ethnic mix at Schenley High; recollections of teachers and students;
[T1S2] graduate of Margaret Morrison College, a private girls college within the campus of Carnegie Institute of Technology; activities at Margaret Morrison; receives Masters Degree in social work in 1939; early medical care in Chicago; recreational activities, Concordia Club and theater; husband's background; his residences in the Hill District and Oakland section of Pittsburgh; his siblings; marriage in 1941; number of children and grandchildren; residence after marriage; husband's employment as a store architect for Kaufmann's and Gimbels Department Stores and as a teacher of art; affiliation with Parent Teachers Association and the Temple Sinai; 1955, employment with the Jewish Family and Children's Services for three years; return to work in 1959; involvement with the National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, and Temple Sisterhood until her employment;
[T2S3] dates of family life-cycle events, such as births and deaths; colleagues in social work; training at Jewish Social Services Bureau and Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center; 1955, becomes interested in programs for the aged; contrast working with the elderly and in family and children's services; discussion of the services offered to the elderly; names of colleagues including Catherine Wallace, Alex Moonjean, Marvin Shapiro and Nathaniel Goodman; observation about the Jewish population in Pittsburgh; educational services offered to the aged at Anathan House, Vintage House in East Liberty and Shadyside; other functions of the agency;
[T2S4] service on the National Advisory Committee for Aging; positive changes in attitudes toward the aged; attending the Governors Conference on Aging in 1960; the surge of interest in commitment to services for the aged in the Jewish community; goals for the future of the agency; her concerns with cultural attitudes toward the aged; participation in a panel for the Institute of Higher Education; views about Medicare and housing for the aged; discussion of Margaret Mead's views about aging; anecdote about Jack Leff, the first person to hold state cabinet rank in the field of the elderly in Massachusetts; views about transiency in the population; her children and grandchildren; daughter's career in television; son's career as a lawyer; comparison of her children's upbringing with her own; differences in religious upbringing; influence of Rabbi Louis Mann in Chicago; comparison of Pittsburgh in the past and present; views on her accomplishments.
Subjects
Aging; Social service; Jewish Family And Children's Service (Pittsburgh (Pa.).); Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978; National Advisory Council on Aging (U.S.); Pittsburgh (Pa.); Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center; Social service
Length (hours)
3
Interviewer1
Berkey, Jane
Interviewer2
Mandelblatt, Natalie
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 101 FF 42
Identifier
ais196440.140
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh