Pois, Joseph
Interview Date
December 12, 1984
Joseph Pois, a PhD in political science and member of <i>Who's Who in America</i> and <i>Who's Who in the World</i>, he served in different capacities with the federal government, the state government of Illinois, and came to Pittsburgh as professor of public administration for the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh; birth year, 1905;
[T1S1] birth in New York, NY; parents' immigration to the United States after living in South America; parents' origins in Russia and Turkey; number of siblings in family; early home life; education of siblings; his feelings for teachers and favorite subjects in high school; medical care and family health; recreational activities; education, New York University, Columbia University and University of Wisconsin at Madison; graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences at Wisconsin at age twenty; masters degree in 1927, PhD in political science and law degree from University of Chicago; employment with J. L. Jacobs and Company while at the University of Chicago; marriage while at the University of Wisconsin; a description of Madison, WI; wife's background; the Jewish community of Madison;
[T1S2] recollections of incidences involving the Jewish community there; influences in his life; birth of first child in 1933; child's death in 1937; birth of two other children; views of fatherhood; his son's listing with <i>Who's Who in America</i>; son's work in Israel; death of his wife in 1981; remarriage for a short period; discussion of his listing in <i>Who's Who</i>;
[T2S3] discussion of his position at J. L. Jacobs and Company; handling the department of public welfare in a survey of state government agencies done by J. L. Jacobs; accepts a position with the Public Works Administration in Washington, D.C.; discussion of his employment there; moves to a position with public administrative services for three years; reorganizes state government for Kentucky and Michigan while in this position; cites examples of problems with these state governments and solutions; travels for public administrative services; takes position as head of Administrative Analysis Department of the Bureau of Old Age Insurance; returns to Washington, D. C. to study the organization and procedures of Social Security; is offered a position with the Bureau of the Budget;
[T2S4] discussion of his views of Social Security system; discussion of his job as chief of administration and fiscal reorganization in the Bureau of the Budget; his frustration with lack of direct contact with President Roosevelt; gaining insight into political pressures; transfer to Immigration and Naturalization Services, Department of Labor, and Department of Justice; discussion of reorganization of Civil Aeronautics Authority under Roosevelt administration; preparation for United States involvement in WWII; his service with the Coast Guard during WWII; becomes a captain; deals with the problems of reorganizing the Coast Guard early in WWII;
[T3S5] opinions of United States position during WWII; governmental waste in national defense; returns to J. L. Jacob and Company after WWII; his position as director of Signal Corporation; 1949, Consultant to Military Assistance Program; 1951-53, director of finance for the Stevenson administration in Illinois; his relationship with Adlai Stevenson; president, Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council in Chicago; opinion of Mayor Daly's administration;
[T3S6] issues faced as member of the school board of Chicago, 1956-61; his children's education; racial issues in schools; wife's involvement with Temple K.A.M. in Chicago; his affiliation with the Brookings Institute in 1962; further discussion of his job with Signal Corporation; accepts position as professor of public administration of the GSPIA at the University of Pittsburgh; his family's difficulty in adjusting to Pittsburgh; comparison of Jewish communities in Chicago and Pittsburgh; his involvement with the United Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Committee;
[T4S7] issues involving Sargeant Shriver and the school board of Chicago; the alliance of Mayor Daly and the Kennedys; his employment with the Immigration Service League; travels for the GSPIA in other countries to study strengthening the teaching of governmental administrations; a controversy at GSPIA; discussion of and concerns with GSPIA;
[T4S8] travels to India for a Ford Foundation study of the Indian Institute of Public Administration; discussion of work there; his feelings about problems in India; visit to a technical school in Teheran; attending an Iraqi synagogue; discussion of anti-Semitism and feelings for Jews in Iran; incident in Iraqi hotel; his feelings for the Jewish community of Delhi;
[T5S9] discussion of Jews in India; incident involving a study of the Indian Auditor General; birth control in India; contrast of the abject poverty in the community and the office and guest house built by the Ford Foundation;
[T5S10] Blank
[T6S11] appointment to Pittsburgh school board by the Court of Common Pleas, 1985; becomes chairman of financial committee of school board; issues facing school board during his term; the school board's function as hearing officers for students with discipline problems; examples of students with discipline problems; names of members and presidents of the school board; views about electing school board members as opposed to appointing them;
[T6S12] financial concerns of schools; teachers' strikes; opinions about teacher training; his work with school budgets; views about allowing artists and scientists to teach in public schools without teaching certificates; becomes consultant to a commission on the operation of United States Senate after his service on school board;
[T7S13] discussion of this study; findings of the report; views about governmental waste; example of waste in the armed forces; his opinions about his impact on government functions; his contribution to a book about Kohler, an early leader in the accounting profession; professor emeritus; chairman, Allegheny County Board of Assistance; involvement with World Federation Organization (WFO); discussion of WFO; president, The Regency of Morewood Avenue; involvement with Jewish Community Relations Committee; opinions of Jewish community in Pittsburgh; cultural changes in the city; hopes for the future.
[T7S14] No abstract for this side.
Daley, Richard J., 1902-1976; India; International relations; Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; Lawyers; Law; Madison (Wis.); Politics; Shriver, Sargeant, 1915-; Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965; University of Pittsburgh. School of Public and International Affairs; World War, 1939-1945
Birth Date
New York, NY
Political scientist
Graduate School of Public and Industrial Administration (GSPIA) Univeristy of Pittsburgh
Shadyside; Morewood Ave.
Occupation (father)
Length (hours)
Weisberg, Gail
Weis, Edris
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 105 FF 5
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