Thanks to Nina Karp, who submitted this post about her grandmother, Sylvia Block Goodman, b 1917.
The picture is marked “BI [Beth Israel] Hospital, Spring 1938, Bacteriology Lab”. It was taken during a 15-month training program for laboratory technicians. After that she worked as a clinical laboratory technician at Beth Israel, doing mostly hematology. She was married in 1942 and then worked for a private physician as an x-ray technician.
In 1945 she became pregnant with my mother, and as she said, “that was the end of that.” But when my mother and her sister were in school, she went back to doing temporary lab work. As her children grew, she earned her bachelor’s degree and M.Ed., and began a 25-year career teaching biology at Lasell College. After she retired in 1989, she was a longtime volunteer at the Boston Museum of Science, where she worked at the Human Body exhibit.
My image of a grandma was never of a flowery-apron’d woman gardening and baking cookies. My grandma lived in an apartment building and taught science! I remember visiting her at her lab at the college. Once I was looking for something to bring in for show and tell; she let me borrow a full cat skeleton. I was and am a lucky girl.
I’m including a picture of us at her 90th birthday bash in 2007, and one with her namesake newborn great-grandson (my son) in 2009. I’m grateful to say that at age 96 she is still going strong, sharp as a tack, and delightful company.