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Draft of Paul Klapper Biography

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Draft of Paul Klapper Biography

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Type- and handwritten pages for a biography entry of Queens College's first president, Paul Klapper, following his death in 1952.

Subject

Klapper, Paul, 1885-1952
Queens College (New York, N.Y.)
College presidents--United States

Creator

Unknown

Source

PaulKlapperCollection.Box3.Folder37

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

circa 1952

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English

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Queens College (New York, N.Y.)

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PAUL KLAPPER
JULY 17, 1885 - MARCH 25, 1952

[Handwritten:] Paul Klapper was born in Romania and came to Manhattan's East Side as a boy of seven.

DR. PAUL KLAPPER WAS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF QUEENS COLLEGE, SERVING FROM THE COLLEGE'S INCEPTION IN 1937 UNTIL 1948, AT WHICH TIME HE WAS GRANTED THE TITLE OF PRESIDENT EMERITUS (1948-52). DR. KLAPPER EARNED HIS A.B. AT THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK IN 1904, HIS A.M. IN 1907, AND PH.D. IN 1909 FROM NEW YORK UNIVERSITY. HE SERVED AS TEACHER IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF NEW YORK CITY FROM 1904-07 AND AS TUTOR AND INSTRUCTOR AT THE CITY COLLEGE FROM 1907-14. IN 1914 HE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION AT THE CITY COLLEGE, AND THEN SERVED THAT INSTITUTION SUCCESSIVELY AS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, 1916-21, AND AS PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION AND DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION FROM 1921 UNTIL 1937, WHEN HE ASSUMED THE PRESIDENCY OF QUEENS COLLEGE. AFTER LEAVING QUEENS COLLEGE IN 1948, DR. KLAPPER SERVED AS DEAN OF TEACHER EDUCATION AT THE CITY COLLEGE, 1948-49, AND VISITING PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION, 1949-51 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO.
DR. KLAPPER HELD FOUR HONORARY DEGREES AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND OF THE NEW YORK STATE COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION. HE WAS AFFILIATED WITH THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, THE ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS, AND MANY OTHER PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. HE WAS THE AUTHOR OF NUMEROUS BOOKS, AND A CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION.

Leaders in Education 3d ed. 1948
School & Society. Bol. 75, April 5, 1952

(NOTE: SEE ALSO REFERENCES TO DR. PAUL KLAPPER IN THE BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE HISTORY OF QUEENS COLLEGE)

NYT index - 1855-1952
Died Mr 26 p 29 col 1 ed
Mr 27, p. 28 col 3. 1952
My 18, IV p 11 col 3. 1952

pres emeritus, died 1952 66 yrs.
teacher in public schools in N.Y. 1904-7
tutor and instructor 1907-14
ass prof of ed 1914-16
ass prof 1916-21
prof of ed + dean, School of education CCNY 1921-37
pres Queens 1937-48
dean of teacher ed CCNY 1948-49
visiting prof of ed at U of Chicago 1949-51

KNAG COPY QUOTE (17)

Dr. Paul Klapper - The Teacher

Dr. Klapper was always concerned about the education of the student. In the curriculum he provided a strong basic two years of foundation courses, a year of concentration and a year of elective work. He added comprehensive examinations in the areas of social sciences, arts, language and literature, and the major field. The curriculum drew high praise from the Middle States Association, Phi Beta Kappa and other groups evaluating the College. Dr. Klapper was a warm, humble person and faculty, staff and students found it easy to talk with him. His door was always open. He worked with faculty to seek ways of improving the teaching procedures. He later took a leave of absence to travel the country and prepared a book on the subject of college teaching. He drew comparisons with the medical profession and urged teachers to learn from each other and encouraged them to visit each other in the classroom for that purpose. His approach was always democratic, inspiring and encourageing in reaction to sound effort. His able secretary, Helen Slocum, was more of an Executive Assistant, and she did much to add to the sense of warmth and friendliness one felt when dealing with the President's Office.

Howard A. Knag
Prof. & Dean of SS Emeritus;
Deputy Recorder, 1937.

QUOTE BLOCK (6)

"we must build more than a college for young people; we must develop a great cultural center for the borough of Queens...."
-- Paul Klapper's first public statement in Queens County, 1937
(reported in 1942 Silhouette
Jan. p. 119)

QUOTE BLOCK (25)

"As every institution is said to be the lengthened shadow of one man, so Queens College must forever reflect the mind and spirit of its first president...."
(from 1948 Silhouette)

(QUOTE BLOCK) (27)

Dr. Klapper loved to tell stories, especially those at his expense. Thus he told of the time when he was in a restaurant with Mrs. Klapper and recognized a former student. As the man passed the Klapper table on his way out, Dr. Klapper stopped him and spoke of his having recognized him. He went on to speak of the corner of the classroom in which this fellow had sat and of the friends who usually were with him. The man was impressed and said, "We always knew you were interested in us and really got to know your students. That's why we will never forget you, Dr. Shapiro." - Harry N. [illegible]

Original Format

Paper
Manuscript
8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)

Citation

Unknown, “Draft of Paul Klapper Biography,” Queens College Archives and Special Collections, accessed November 23, 2017, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/queenscollege/items/show/482.