I graduated from Monroe-Woodbury High School in 1959 where I had been a C- student. Thanks to the faculty at Orange County Community College, I found not only myself, but a love of learning. There, I was a straight A student and won the Social Science Student Award at the 1961 graduation. At that time, I was the first student to transfer to an Ivy League school (Columbia). I served 12 years as an administrative assistant to Janet Reno – the former Attorney General of the United States and then became a Circuit Court Judge in Miami where I served for 25 years. I am now retired. In 2017, I received the Florida Bar Criminal Justice Lifetime Achievement Award. I owe those successes to Orange County Community College and the impact it made on my life from 1959-1961.
Class of 1967
Jay was an art major at Orange County Community College. After graduation he went on to continue his education at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received a BFA in painting. In his own words, “Orange County Community College’s art faculty was fantastic! I have been painting and drawing ever since and have shown in many Tampa Bay Art Galleries. I am currently working on oil paintings and drawing and looking forward to future shows.”
After challenging out of both the geometry and algebra regents exams (99 and 95) my father told me I should take calculus. This was in 1961 when I was a sophomore at Minisink Valley. He told me to sign up at Orange County Community College; that it didn't matter that I was only a sophomore, since there were no other math courses offered at Minisink at that time. My application at the College was accepted. I took first term calculus that summer, one night a week for 3 hours. This was my first exposure to anything difficult in schooling. I got an A in that course, as well as advanced calculus and physics 101&102. This was a huge step up in my education, and served me well when I got into Cornell. It was the challenges I experienced at Orange County Community College that enabled my acceptance into medical school after only 3 years at Cornell. I went on to have a 40 year career as a trauma surgeon. I continue to work as a consultant doing in home health assessments for Medicare. Having Orange County Community College available to me was a GREAT benefit!