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MEMOIRIST:                      IRVING SCHOENBERG

INTERVIEWER:                 MARVIN WEINTRAUB

LOCATION:                       DUNWOODY, GEORGIA

DATE:                                FIRST INTERVIEW (July 7, 2005)

                                           SECOND INTERVIEW (July 14, 2005)

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Biography

Irving Shoenberg was born on November 5, 1925 in St. Joseph Missouri, the son of Morris and Mary (Hochman) Schoenberg. He married his wife Ann in 1956 and they had three sons, David, Eric, and Jeffrey.

Irving was active in ROTC while attending Central High School in St. Joe and entered West Point in 1944. He served his country for over thirty years in the U.S. armed forces beginning in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in Okinawa during the Korean War. He was Legislative Liason and White House Aide under President Dwight D. Eisenhower and worked at the Pentagon for the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. He later became Brigadier General as Director of Materiel Management at Air Force Materiel Command, Warner Robbins, Georgia.

After his retirement in 1973, Schoenberg took a job at Abrams Industries in Atlanta. He was a division president for Abrams Fixture Corporation and ultimately became Executive Vice President for Investor Relations for the organization. After retiring in 1991 he conducted investor relations seminars at the Goizueta School of Business, at Emory University.

Throughout his military career, and following it, Irving Schoenberg has been a patriotic and dedicated man. He continues to help others by serving on the board of directors/being a member of organizations including Kiwanis, Boys and Girls Clubs, USO, American Red Cross, Hillside Hospital, and others. Throughout his life, his commitment to his Jewish faith has been an important part of his own life and the upbringing he and Ann provided for their sons.

Scope

Schoenberg describes his upbringing in St. Joseph Missouri and shares stories of his parent’s and grandparent’s escape from Moldova and Bessarabia during the time of the Russian pogroms. He describes the Orthodox shul he attended as a boy, and his educational upbringing at Hebrew School and Talmud Torah School.

He describes his many years of military service, beginning with his days at West Point, then his time in the Army and Air Force. He tells of his work at Abrams Industries after retiring from the service, his involvement with numerous nonprofits, his life with wife Ann and their three children, his writing, and his interest in his family’s genealogy.

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