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Maurice Frank Neufeld (1910-2003)
Professor Maurice Frank Neufeld (27 October 1910 - 10 April 2003) was
an American academic, author, union organizer and Army officer.
Maurice Neufeld was born 27 October 1910 in Washinton DC. He was educated at the
Webster School and Central High School in the District and subsequently
enrolled at George Washington University and, a year later, in
Alexander Meiklejohn's experimental college at the University of
Wisconsin–Madison. Neufeld earned the BA and MA degrees in American
History there by 1932, and his PhD in 1935. In
1920, he was living at 824 Ninth St, Washington DC with his parents
David and Rose Neufeld, and his brother Arthur. In 1930, he was living
in Washington DC with his divorced mother Rose, and his brother Arthur.
They owned their own house, valued at $17,450.
1935-39, he was employed as an organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing
Workers in Philadelphia and, subsequently, was the education director
of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in Trenton, New
Jersey. He then took a position as Secretary and Chief Assistant in
Research and Economics for the New Jersey State Planning Board. In
September 1939, he was appointed the Director of the New York Division
of State Planning, and in May 1941, he was appointed as the state's
Deputy Commissioner of Commerce. Early
in World War II, Maurice was appointed Director of the New York State
Bureau of Rationing, and Chairman, Planning Committee, Federal Advisory
Council of Defense, Health, and Welfare Services, Albany and was in
this post until at least April 1942.
In 1942, he entered the United
States Army, and spent most of his military career in Italy . During
the last two years of the war, he was executive officer (Captain),
Regional Headquarters, Allied Military Government for the Sicily,
Naples, Rome, and Milan Region. In
1945, he was one of the two founding faculty members of the School of
Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, appointed by its
founding dean, Irving Ives. He was a professor by 1947. Neufeld was
elected Professor Emeritus in 1976. He
authored 35 articles, monographs, and books on a variety of subjects,
not the least of which is a translation into English poetry of
Sophocles' Antigone, first published by the University of Wisconsin
during his sophomore year at college and which was available in print
for decades thereafter. In
1952, he was living at 305 Hudson St, Ithaca, and married. In 1993, he
was living at 25 Cornell St, Ithaca. Maurice F Neufeld died 10 April
2003 in Ithaca, New York.
He married Hinda Leah Cohen (7 Oct 1913, New York, NY - 1992 Ithaca,
NY), before 1942. Their engagement was announced in the New York Times
in Nov 1938. You can read more about him at Wikipedia.
father was David Neufeld born May 1877, Lodz, Russia, now
Poland (he was Polish speaking). He was a naturalized US citizen in
1912, and immigrated to the US in 1906. In 1918 and 1920, he had his
own hat manufacturing business.
His mother was Rose Neufeld (37 in 1920, 47 in 1930 and divorced),
married at age 24, both parents born in Romania. In 1920, she was a hat
tirmmmer. In 1930, she was the owner of her own haberdashery store. She
was a naturalized US citizen in 1912, and immigrated to the US in 1903
or 1904. Rose Neufeld died 31 July 1970 in Ithaca NY.
They had two children:
- Maurice Frank Neufeld
- Arthur I Neufeld (16 Sep 1918, Washington DC - 12 June
2002, Oakpark, Madison Co, VA). Living in Madison Co, VA in 1970, with
a son and daughter.
You can also view his 1964
passport and his 1981