• College/Year: RBS '50
  • Links to Oral History Sessions: Shaak, Philip (Part 1) (July 21, 2011)
    Shaak, Philip (Part 2) (August 23, 2011)
  • Conflict(s): World War II
  • Military Branch & Unit: Navy
  • Theater(s): Pacific
  • Navy Ship: APC 29
  • Navy Other: Radioman

Philip Shaak was born in Kearny, New Jersey in 1926, living in the area until his family relocated to Manasquan in 1932.  In 1944, Shaak joining the US Navy, being trained as a radio operator before being sent to the Pacific in January 1945.  After receiving advanced radio training, he served aboard APC 29 as a radioman.  After the war, Shaak graduated from the Rutgers Business School in Newark in 1950 using his GI Bill Benefits.  He began teaching throughout Rutgers campuses in New Jersey, and in 1956 enrolled in Harvard Business School's doctoral program.  After receiving his doctoral degree, Shaak taught and served as an Associate Dean at the Rutgers Business School until he retirement in 1988.