Professional Life

Paul studyingAfter graduation, Tiny had two job offers.  One was with the Detroit Professional Football Team as a guard, and the other with The Texas Company (Texaco) as an engineer. Both jobs paid $1,200 a year.  With Detroit, Paul would have been paid $100 a game for every game he played. If he got hurt and couldn’t play the next game, he wouldn’t get paid.  Football fields were muddy; punching and dirty play was the norm for linemen.  He took the job with Texaco. 

As a young engineer, Paul spent most of his time outside working in refineries in Port Arthur and Port Neches, TX, Casper and Cody, WY, and Pryse, KY.  He subsequently worked in the NYC Office where he designed the power plant of a new refinery to be built as the Eagle Point Works in Westville, NJ, where he was the chief power engineer.  Paul had the opportunity to manage refineries in Venezuela, Begium, Iran, and other places with CALTEX, but because his wife, Mildred, was slowly dying of kidney failure, he refused these prize promotions, which would have led to a vice president position.  He kept his family in Woodbury, so Mildred could receive the best medical care available in Philadelphia.  She died in 1957. In 1969, Paul retired as a registered NJ professional engineer holding the Gold Seal license in power engineering.

Throughout Paul’s life, and especially during the depression, he looked for ways to help those less fortunate.  He led many efforts for the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, and the Post War recovery program. He served as a Trustee of the Central Baptist Church, Woodbury.