Influential Adviser to President Kennedy
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Mr. Feldman's son, Jim,
said his father turned down
several offers to write his
memoirs. "He never was that
interested in being famous. My father was interested in getting
the job done and not advancing himself... He believed very
strongly in John Kennedy and his abilities."
In stark contrast to Kennedy, Myer Feldman was born
poor in South Philadelphia and grew up in an orphanage after
his father died during the influenza epidemic in 1918. After
attending Girard College, a boarding school for fatherless
boys, Mr. Feldman earned full scholarships to the University
of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and to Penn Law School,
where he flourished, serving as an editor of the Law Review.
He also taught at the Law School from 1941 to 1942, leaving
to serve in the military during World War II.