Morris, Jack
Interview Date
August 4, 1989
Jack Morris, swimming coach for the Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association (YMWHA) for twenty years and several other institutions, including Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Institute and City Club, and member of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame; birth year, 1919;
[T1S1] grandparents' names and background; father's birth in Russia; father's immigration to America; settlement in Pittsburgh; his second hand clothing store in downtown Pittsburgh; Jack's birth in Soho District of Pittsburgh; his siblings and their lives; his children, their families and careers; his wife, Frances Bloom; education, Forbes Elementary, Holmes School, Schenley High School, University of Pittsburgh and Slippery Rock State Teachers' College; his draft into the army during WWII; his experiences in Australia, New Guinea; championship swimmer in the army; family connections; affiliation with B'nai Israel; learns to swim at the Irene Kaufmann Settlement (IKS); participant in grade school and high school swimming teams; names of teachers and athletes at IKS; employment with YMandWHA as swimming coach; marriage to Frances; teaching at Greenfield Elementary School, Point Park College, and Yeshiva; his personal goals in teaching; philosophy of teaching; his work with competitors on all levels; aquatic consultant for Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Institute (PRI), private teacher, and staff member at the City Club; his work at PRI; coach for the US Swim Team competing in the 1968 Olympics in Israel; member, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; chairman, American Red Cross, Swimming Committee for the Handicapped; changes in Pittsburgh; political involvement; experiences with anti-Semitism; regrets; hopes for the future.
[T1S2] No abstract for this side.
Athletics; International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame; Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame; Soho (Pittsburgh, Pa.); World War, 1939-1945; Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association (YMWHA)
Birth Date
Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Institute; private instructor
Occupation (father)
Clothing business
Length (hours)
Menlowe, Mildred
Winer, Ruth
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 39
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