Camden Courier-Post – May 13, 1960
Public Safety Director for Nine Years
E. George Aaron, former public safety director and an attorney active in Camden’s public, civic and philanthropic affairs more than 30 years, is dead.
Mr. Aaron died shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday in the Cherry Hill Apartments, Delaware Township, where he had lived since March 1.
Also a former board of education member, Mr. Aaron was elected to the City Commission in 1939 and served as Public Safety Director from 1950 to 1959. Well known as a public official, particularly for his efforts in behalf of the Jewish homeland of Israel, he was one of the pioneer leaders here of the Israel Bond effort.
Services on Sunday
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday in Beth-El Synagogue, Park blvd. and Belleview ave. Burial will be in Carmel Cemetery, Carmel.
Mr. Aaron is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Pintoff, of New York City, and Mrs. Susan Triedman, of Providence R.I.; two sisters, Mrs Sophie Saltzman, of Philadelphia and Miss Elizabeth Aaron, of Camden; three brothers, Jacob L. and Edward, of Philadelphia, and Henry, of New York City, and two grandchildren.
Joseph J. McComb, Camden labor leader and long-time personal friend to Mr. Aaron told The Courier-Post Mr. Aaron, ill 18 months, had taken a turn for the worse last October while trying a case in court at Mt. Holly.
Born in Mizpah
Born in Mizpah, Cumberland County, in 1901, Aaron attended the Carmel Grammar School and was graduated from Bridgeton High School and Temple Law School. He became a counsellor in 1931 five years after being admitted to the bar.
Charitable, civic and fraternal organizations always interested Mr. Aaron. He sponsored tuberculosis examinations of children in Camden’s public schools and advocated complete medical attention and full treatment of children in public schools of the state.
A vigorous speaker and a man large of stature, he was chairman and master of ceremonies at the gathering of 1000,000 persons who welcomed President Roosevelt on Roosevelt Plaza in front of City Hall. He was secretary to the majority leader of the House of Assembly in 1933.
He was a former chairman of the Local Assistance Board and during War II was chairman of the OPA Rationing Board in the city. He was a member of the Camden County Planning Board.
March of Dimes Head
He headed the March of Dimes effort in the county and played a key part in development of that organization. He was a member of the Camden County Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Mizpah Lodge 245, FAM, North Camden Square Club, Excelsior Consistory, Crescent Temple Shrine and Camden Lodge 295, Elks. Editor’s Note: the article incorrectly notes Lodge 295 instead of Lodge 293!
He had been a director of the Camden County Chapter, American Red Cross, a member of the Level Club and the YMCA. He served as chairman of the Camden County Jewish Appeal, chairman of the Special Purchase Committee for Israel Bonds, and served as a vice president and member of the board of Congregation Beth-El.
More than 400 persons attended a dinner in the Walt Whitman Hotel in February, 1953, when civic, labor and public officials joined in honoring Mr. Aaron.
Mr. Aaron, while in charge of public welfare in Camden, was praised by state officials for his cooperation. A strict advocate of law and order, when first named Public Safety Director, Mr. Aaron said, “We declare war on the murderers, crooks and robbers and other criminals… There will be no truce.”
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