Jordine Skoff Von Wantoch 1953
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 the Navy.
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.