James Poole, IM 1942
The following is a Living History Interview with James P. Poole conducted on February 16, 1996, at his house in Atlanta, Georgia, by Marilyn J. Somers. The subject of the interview is student life at Georgia Tech. James P. Poole was born in Americus, Georgia where he lived during his youth. He had always wanted to attend Tech. His family was hit hard by the depression so after attending another college, his uncle helped fund an education at Georgia Tech. He started out with advanced standing in the chemical engineering program. In his third year he switched to Industrial engineering. In his spare time, Poole held down part-time jobs and belonged to many campus organizations. He belonged to Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. During the interview, Poole covers these topics and also talks about his living arrangements, the influence of the athletics program at Tech, and the social life. After graduating from Tech, Poole took a job with General Motors in Dayton, Ohio. Poole worked with production engineering in a plant, which was busy helping with the war effort. In 1944, Poole left GM to enlist in the military where he learned about radar. He eventually taught radar at the West Coast Sound School in San Diego as an instructor. After a chance meeting with a friend from Tech, Poole was commissioned to serve under the Tech graduates ship. After the war, Poole was influenced by George Griffin to continue serving in the Naval Reserve until just before the Korean War. After his service, Poole went to pay respects to a chapter advisor who offered him a job in the insurance business where Poole has profited. Outside of his job, Poole has served Tech under the Alumni Association for many years. He has been involved in the local Georgia Tech Club and served as an Alumni Chair. He was also involved in the development of Technology Park. Poole has been involved in the United Methodist Church, which is probably the most important thing to him. James Poole is retired, but he stays busy. James P. Poole has a wife (whom he met while attending Tech) and a family, which he loves and is very proud of. Poole talks about his family and goes into detail about most of its members. He has tried to show them the love that his family showed him.
1996 February 16