Dr. John Slawson Appointed Executive Vice-president of American Jewish Committee

Dr. John Slawson, prominent social worker, has been appointed executive vice-president of the American Jewish Committee to succeed Morris D. Waldman, who, after fifteen years of service, is being elevated to the position of vice-chairman of the General Committee, it was announced today by Joseph M. Proskauer, president.

Dr. Slawson was executive director of the Jewish Board of Guardians in New York. Prior to that he was executive director of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Detroit. He also held the office of assistant director of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Cleveland from 1924 to 1928.

“The American Jewish Committee, which has been active for more than thirty-seven years in the defense of Jewish civil and religious rights both here and abroad,” Mr. Proskauer said, “found in Dr. Slawson a man who by his long experience in Jewish communal life and by his proven abilities as leader in social affairs generally, will help steer the Committee at a time when the Jews of America are confronted with their greatest tasks for the rescue and protection of the Jews in many countries.”

Though resigning from the Board of Guardians to administer the affairs of the American Jewish Committee, Dr. Slawson will continue to serve as Consultant on war-time delinquency for the U.S. Children’s Bureau and the Social Security Board. His long activity in general and Jewish social work began in 1921, when Dr. Slawson was appointed investigator and psychologist for the New York State Board of Charities. In later years he occupied the offices of Chairman of the Protective and Correctional Section of the Welfare Council of New York City, Secretary of the Division on Prevention of Governor Lehman’s Conference on Crime, the Criminal and Society, and other bodies dealing with communal welfare. He has written many articles for Scientific Journals on the care of children, mental hygiene and related subjects. His book ” The Delinquent Boy” is considered a standard work in this field.

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