Mr. James Michael Szczur was born in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, PA in 1947. He grew up in close proximity to both his grandparents. He was an only child of his parents, who were also born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Jim, as he was asked to be called during the interview, attended Catholic grammar and high school in Philadelphia. Upon completion of high school, he attended seminary for about 2 years in western PA. He left the seminary and returned home when his father suffered a heart attack. He was drafted into the army in 1968 during the Vietnam War. Jim served for 2 full years, 12 months of which were in Vietnam. After Vietnam, he married his wife Kathleen and attended LaSalle University, graduating in 7 years while attending night school. He held a number of jobs during the course of his career including an audit manager at Mechanics Savings in Loan, an internal auditor at Sunoco, and an IT specialist at EDS (formally Towers Perrin). He moved to Pine Hill, NJ in 1971. His two children were born in 1977 and 1980. The family moved to Washington Township, NJ in 1981, which is where they reside today.
Szczur, James and Spaman, Christopher, "Interview of James Szczur" (2009). All Oral Histories. Paper 98.
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