Teaneck Eulogizes Volcker

By Mary Carves

The Sunday Sun, February 21, 1960

Dozens of tributes were paid this week to the late Paul A. Volcker, retired Township manager, who died at his home in Lyons, N. Y., last Saturday.

The Rev. Lyman B. Greaves, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church, has set April 24 for a memorial service for Mr. Volcker pending arrangements with the immediate family. Mr. Volcker was a past warden of the church and active in all church programs.

Speaking at the Township Council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Matthew Feldman stated: "Undoubtedly most of your know that Paul A. Volcker, Teaneck's first Township manager, passed away at his home Saturday. Mr. Volcker became manager in November, 1930, after the voters chose the township-manager form of government, and he filled the post with distinction for 20 years until his retirement on Sept. 1, 1950."

"I speak for all the people of Teaneck when I extend my sincere sympathies to his family on their profound loss."

Suggests Memorial

William Brett asked that councilmen discuss setting a memorial as tangible recognition of Mr. Volcker's work in establishing a model town under the manager form of government and for bringing national recognition through his personal study of government matters.

Suggested memorials were a bronze bust in the municipal building and naming of a public park, school or building. The matter will be discussed in executive council session.

Mr. Brett suggested formation of a citizens' committee to further the idea.

Mr. Volcker was the first municipal manager in Bergen County and claimed to be the first in the state. Prior to his position here he served with the New York State Highway Department as an engineer and was municipal manager of Lebonan, Pa., and Cape May.

Following his retirement, he continued as an independent consultant on municipal matters on which he was considered one of the nation's leading authorities. He aided in selecting a manager for Fair Lawn.

Varied Activities

During World War II, Mr. Volcker was active in Red Cross War Relief Committee works in Teaneck. In 1948 he was named chairman of the New Jersey State Housing Council by Gov. Alfred E. Driscoli.

During his 20 years of service here, he served on many community projects and civic activities. he was past president of the Teaneck Rotary Club.

Private funeral services were conducted at Lyons, home town of his wife, Tuesday.

Besides his wife, Alma Klippel Volcker, he is survived by three daughters, Miss Ruth and Miss Louise Volcker and Mrs. Virginia Streitfeld.

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