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Mr. Samuel Teitelbaum
Samuel Teitelbaum was born August 16, 1909. He attended
schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the South Jersey Law School in
Camden, New Jersey.
Teitelbaum became the White Sands comptroller in
November 1952. Prior to that, he was the installation executive officer at
Fort Wingate Ordnance Depot in Gallup, New Mexico.
When Teitelbaum arrived at White Sands, there was no
central control for budgeting, cost accounting or manpower management. He was
tasked by Proving Ground Commander Brigadier General George C. Eddy to
establish a comptroller organization and to review and recommend ways money,
manpower and materiel could best be used.
During his tenure, Teitelbaum developed a comptroller’s
office with budget, manpower, auditing and cost accounting divisions. He
developed and established a cost accounting system that could identify the use
of funds to specific administrative costs and technical projects. When White
Sands became a tri-service installation in 1952, he developed policies for
cross- service agreements and accounting procedures.
Teitelbaum worked to promote White Sands and its
importance to the nation's defense. He worked side-by-side with White Sands
scientists and engineers to modernize the range. His success in acquiring
modernization funding contributed to making WSMR the best instrumented test
range in the Free World.
He earned a reputation throughout the Department of
Defense for establishing and maintaining an exceptional financial program. The
comptroller's organization he created at White Sands was used as a model, at
other Department of Defense installations.
Teitelbaum retired from White Sands in 1971.
He died in March 1984.