Morris (Chaim Menahem) Pickholtz
born 14 October 1896 in Zalosce, Galicia
died 9 February 1957 (9 First Adar 5717) in Pittsburgh
(by his son-in-law, Dr. Kenneth Goldman)
When is a father-in-law like a father? My relationship with my
late father-in-law, Morris
Pickholtz, of blessed memory, started long before I married his daughter, Betty. From the
very first time we met., at the start of the courtship period, I felt the warmth and friendliness
of this man, named Grampy, after the birth of his first grandchild. Our closeness, nurtured
by mutual respect and love, endured throughout his entire lifetime. His untimely death at
age 60 was a terrible shock to me as it was to everyone in the family.
He had an uncanny ability to predict when I was to receive a raise in
salary. He had keen
powers of observation and interpretation of the meaning of my work-related actions. I can
recall two such events, both in the early 1950's.
The first was a business trip with my supervisor. The second was
an evening meeting at
Westinghouse. Sensing the importance of these two events, he posed the following
question: "Isn't it about time for a raise?" He was right! He never missed by more than
two or three months.
A father-in-law is like a father when he treats his son-in-law like a son.
Morris Pickholtz (left) and two of his brothers, David (center) and Joseph, 1941
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