Abner Greenberg was born in 1924 on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. He grew up a street kid during the Depression, and became a boxer as a teenager. The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Greenberg enlisted in the Marines, completing boot camp at Parris Island, and then serving at Quantico. Mr. Greenberg was assigned to the 4th Marine Division and was part of the invasion of Iwo Jima that began on February 19, 1945. His closest friends were killed the first day of the landing, and a long, deadly fight for territory commenced.
Fortuna Calvo-Roth was a pioneer in the field of journalism, who went on to have a broadranging career in academia, the performing arts and business. Born in Paris to Turkish-born Sephardic Jewish parents and raised in Peru, she moved to the United States in 1952 to study journalism at the University of Missouri.
Wilbur (Will) Weder served in the U.S. Army from 10 February 1965 through 9 February 1967 at which time he was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist E-4. He was drafted into the Army and received Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. He was trained as an electronics repairman for the Nike-Hercules Missile Systems at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. After graduation, Will was sent to South Korea for 13 months to support the Nike-Hercules missile systems located there. After his service in South Korea, Will served the remainder of his time at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. While in the Army, he received the Marksman (Rifl e) medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Elaine M. Walsh, Ph.D., LCSW, a lifelong New Yorker, has been a passionate and dedicated advocate in her community her entire adult life. A graduate of College of White Plains, now Pace University, and having received her MSW and Ph.D from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, Dr. Walsh is not only accomplished professionally but also has an impressive history of selfless volunteerism.
Colonel Jonathan de Sola Mendes has led both a military career and life of admirable accomplishment. Immediately following graduation from Dartmouth College in May of 1943, Colonel Jonathan de Sola Mendes volunteered for naval flight training. By September of 1943, then as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, Colonel Mendes was sent to Wallis Island for five months and then to Engebi Island. After 13 months in the Pacific and having fl own over 100 missions, Colonel Mendes received two Air Medals for his service overseas.
A registered nurse by profession, Mary Lindsay has spent half a century enriching the lives of women, children and families in New York City’s most vulnerable communities. She has championed Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights for more than 50 years, beginning with her work in 1969 with the former Margaret Sanger Research Bureau.
From the beginning, Fredericka G. Mabon had a unique perspective on the struggles of poor, immigrant women and children. Like many poor immigrant families, her mother, Rose, had to leave school in the 8th grade to help her own parents, by working and caring for her siblings. Her mother’s hopes for an education were limited and her many dreams of achievement went unrealized. This was an impression as well as the catalyst, that stayed with Ms. Mabon throughout her life.