• College/Year: RC '52; NJC '53
  • Links to Oral History Sessions: Ostroff, Bernard and Doris (December 18, 2006)
  • Conflict(s): Cold War
  • Military Branch & Unit: Army
  • Women in the Service: Other: Stars and Stripes

This interview was conducted with both Bernard and Doris Ostroff.  Bernard Ostroff was born in 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Doris Ostroff was born in 1931 in Newark, New Jersey.  Bernard attended schools in Philadelphia before attending Rutgers College from 1948-1952, where he obtained a B.A., and would later obtain his M.A. in 1954.  Doris grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Douglass College from 1949 to 1953.  Bernard and Doris met while both were attending the university.  Bernard enlisted in the US Army at the age of 24 and was trained as a radio operator.  On the troop ship to Korea, he was selected to be an honor guard in Tokyo, Japan, serving as an honor guardsman at the United Nations Headquarters from 1954-1956.  Doris joined Bernard in Tokyo in 1955 and was employed at Pacific Stars and Stripes.  After his time in the military, Bernard would work in various occupations, including in the furniture industry and as a realtor.  Upon her return to the United States, Doris would work at Rutgers University in various administrative capacities, including as Dean of Students and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Mason Gross School of the Arts.


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