Becker, Howard Paul
- Paul J. Baker
Becker, Howard Paul (09 December 1899–08 June 1960), sociologist, was born in New York City, the son of Paul John Becker, a laborer, and Letitia Dickson. During Howard’s infancy Paul Becker left home for several years traveling throughout North America as a prospector. At this time Howard lived with his mother in a small village in Ontario, Canada. In 1910 Howard and his mother joined the venturesome father in Nevada. In 1917 they moved to South Bend, Indiana, where father and son worked at the Dort Motor Company. Howard worked in various automobile factories and gave evidence of a promising career as an industrial engineer that stemmed in part from technical training he picked up through a correspondence course....