Jordine Skoff von Wantoch graduated from Albany State College for
Teachers in June 1953. She taught for two years, then decided to
work outside education for a time, and began to consider joining
the Navy. Remembering a professor, Dr. Mary E. Grenander, who had
served in the Navy during World War II, von Wantoch asked her opinion.
Grenander's enthusiastic response convinced von Wantoch to join
What began as a experiment became von Wantoch's career. The Navy
gave her the opportunity to use the teaching and counseling skills
she had learned at State to serve her country, and allowed her to
travel. She met her husband while in the Navy, and, when she became
pregnant with her first child, was insturmental in changing Navy
policy to allow women to combine motherhood with a career in the
Navy. She was among the first women to attain the rank of Navy Captain
and to be assigned a command. When she retired in 1986, she had
spent thirty years in the Navy.