A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF
EDWARD J. MOSKAL

Edward J. Moskal was elected President of the Polish National Alliance (PNA) at a special plenary meeting of the PNA Supervisory Council in October of 1988. Three weeks later, the leadership of the Polish American community elected him President of the Polish American Congress, an umbrella organization which unites more than twelve hundred Polish American organizations throughout the United States and serves as the primary voice of the community on political, social, civic and charitable matters.

Born in Chicago, the fifth of eight children, Edward Moskal joined the Polish National Alliance in 1942. Following the completion of his formal education and three years in the U.S. Army during World War II, he returned home and began to become increasingly active in PNA affairs.

Rising through the ranks of the lodge level, he devoted himself to the performance of charitable functions on behalf of ill members. Subsequently, he was elected recording secretary, delegate to his Council, Vice President and later President of Council 75 of the Polish National Alliance.

In 1963, the PNA Convention delegates chose Edward Moskal to serve as a National Director. He earned great respect from his colleagues by chairing the finance committee whose report and recommendations for increased fiscal responsibility laid a foundation for a new approach to lending which continues to be in force today.

In 1967, Mr. Moskal was elected National Treasurer of the PNA, a post which he held through six terms and 20 years. His substantial reorganization of that office led to a new management system as well as the improvement of the efficiency of the office. As a member of the Executive Committee, he was instrumental in developing a sound, balanced investment policy, which led to a profitable diversification of the $240 million investment portfolio of the Polish National Alliance. From 1975 until his election to the Presidency he also served as Chairman of the Finance and Control Committee.

As President of the PNA he also served as President of Alliance Printers and Publishers which publishes Dziennik Zwiazkowy (Polish Daily News) and the bi-weekly Zgoda which has a circulation of 200,000.

He was also President of Alliance Communications, radio station WPNA, known as the “International Voice of Chicago” featuring programs in the Polish language as well as 10 other ethnic programs.

He was a member of the Book and Library Advisory Committee at the United States Information Agency, has served on Illinois Governor Edgar’s Transition Committee, was an honorary pall-bearer, appointed by President Bush, for the return of Ignacy Paderewski’s body to Poland and was appointed by President Clinton to accompany Vice- President Gore for the Ghetto Uprising anniversary ceremonies in Warsaw.

As President of the PAC Charitable Foundation, he has been to Poland many times to determine the needs of the Polish hospitals and to facilitate the disbursement of the aid coming from America.

He was awarded the highest civilian honor by President Walesa, the Commander’s Cross with Star, which he accepted on behalf of the Polish community in the United States.

Mr. Moskal developed a thriving family business in the restaurant and hospitality industry on the Northwest Side of Chicago. He and his wife Wanda have one daughter, three granddaughters, three great grandsons and one great granddaughter.

An avid opera fan, he remained especially involved in activities designed to help young people become solid citizens through education about their heritage and through application of their talents for the community good.

On March 22, 2005 Mr. Moskal passed away from complications of diabetes.

 
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