November 18, 2013

Mickey Levine’s quandary

Filed under: Federation people, found in the archives — susanwoodland @ 11:05 am

A longtime staff member in the Executive Division and Community Support Division of Federation was Milton (“Mickey”) D. Levine.  He was hired at Federation sometime around 1951 and worked there for more than 25 years in a variety of departments.  Because of his experience and ability to get things done he was pulled in a lot of directions and often was responsible for many departments and committees at one time.  At this point in our processing, there are Mickey Levine files from his years as Executive Secretary of the Board Committee on Social Legislation, c1951 to 1977; as manager or director of the Legacy program in the Community Support Department, 1972-to at least 1973; and in a file of correspondence 1969-1972, with Martha Selig in Community Services no doubt as one of her liaisons to the Executive office.

By the early 1970s, Levine was working with Edward R. Vajda, then Executive Director of Community Support.  In the spring of 1972, in attempting to put together a budget for the Board’s Administration Committee on the Legacy Department, he wrote instead a memo to Vajda lamenting his lack of time for all he was responsible for and his inability to do actual work on Legacies.  The primary problem was the time it took for clerical administrative responsibilities and to manage Board committees and members, and how much time that took away from his more important work with the Legacy Department.

April 1972 memo from Mickey Levine to Ed Vajda about his lack of time for important work

April 7, 1972 memo from Mickey Levine to Ed Vajda about his lack of time for important work

“My time is monopolized in being an administrative clerk, a room booking agent and a sort of clerical assistant to Mr. Sokol and others.  Legacy perforce receives last attention.”


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