maurice babb

Rookie (january 9,1932 / lincoln, nebraska)

Biography of maurice babb

My last name is that of Conley Babb, the man who married my mother when I was about five years old; she had been abandoned by my birth father, Morris Greenberg, during the depression, somewhere around 1934 or 35. As it happens, I wound up as a private in the US army in Heidelberg, Germany, at the end of 1953, near the end of the American occupation of Germany: there I realized that I could have perished under the Nazi's Nuremburg laws had I been born there.
My mother's mother, Margaret Simonson, had come as a child from East Prussia, so I had some German connection in my heritage.
I was educated mostly in Wichita, Kansas, up to my graduation from Wichita High School North. From there I went to Harvard on scholarship aid to supplement the contributions of my family. In my last year at Harvard I was Chairman of the Adams House Committee.
I joined the army a few months after graduating from Harvard and was sent to Heidelberg, Headquarters of US Army Europe. There I operated IBM punched card machines as a member of the Adjutant General's staff to plan army replacements of needed specialties for troops in various assignmentt in Europe. Near the end of my service, I applied for an opening in the US Finance & Accounting Office to implement a plan proposed by the Comptroller's Office to use punched card machines to pay European public and private carriers for the movement of american materiel and personnel. In that position I completed my enlisted tour of duty and became a Department of the Army civilian employee. After that application was up and running smoothly, I applied for an opening to become trained to use the IBM 650 Computer for the US Army Quartermaster Division in a first commercial application for controlling the inventories of non-perishable foodstuffs in commissary and embassy outlets in europe. That application took me from Heidelberg to Giessen Germany, where I planned the operating procedures for our computer installation, as well as the first application for it.
In August 1961, after nearly eight years in Germany, during which German became the only second language in which I achieved considerable fluency, I returned to the 'States, where my career in main-frame computer applications continued in New York, with positions with Price Waterhouse, J. Walter Thompson, Abraham & Strauss, and finally, twenty years with National Broadcasting Company, from which I retired at the age of 65 in 1997.

maurice babb's Works:

No books; but I did have an article (The Use of Computers to Schedule Computer Operations) in the Journal of Systems Management.

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