JOSEPH BECKER - The vital interests of a general business education are comprehensively served in the curriculum
provided by the Becker Business Institute, of which Joseph Becker is the business executive as well as a leader
in the teaching corps. Mr. Becker, himself a man of attainment in the theory and the practice of business in various
of its branches, has performed a work of greatest value in business training in the maintenance of the schools
that bear his name, and in his exploitation of the many departments of clerical and of secretarial service in modern
Joseph Becker, a son of Louis Becker, a merchant of cloak and suit notions, and of Sarah Becker, who is now deceased,
was born July 1, 1885, in Vilna, Russia, and he came to the United States with his parents when he was three and
a half years old. He attended the public schools in New York City; was graduated from the College of the City of
New York in 1905, and taking the course in education he received the degree of Bachelor of Education. Prior to
1919, Mr. Becker taught in the New York City public schools, and upon his resignation, in partnership with his
brother, Isadore Schultz Becker, he founded the Becker Brothers Business Institute, a general college for the teaching
of shorthand, typewriting, bookkeeping, commercial law, English, with the usual secretarial courses. About two
hundred and fifty students are now enjoying the privileges of this institution. In May, 1913, Mr. Becker purchased
the business and teaching rights of The Bronx Preparatory School that was founded in 1907 by Senator Benjamin Anton
to prepare students for academic and professional colleges.
In political activities a Democrat, he has very efficiently served for ten years as a member of The Bronx Democratic
Committee; he is also a member of the Arthur H. Murphy Association. Exempted as a teacher from active service in
the World War, Mr. Becker meantime bore with great credit the responsibilities of directing the Liberty Loan campaigns
in The Bronx Public Schools, and he sold over $6,000,000 of bonds. He is also director of the Tremont Hebrew School.
His own business school is registered and recognized by the State Board of Regents.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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