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Middletown, NY 10940

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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 1961

Thomas Peterson

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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.”

Class of 1967

Jay Herres

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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! 

Attended 1961

Paul Smith