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Meet Your Newest Neighbors
Enid PortnoyApt. 640
Enid Portnoy was born in New York City and grew up in Florida. She graduated from Northwestern University. She acted and directed plays, earning her a scholarship for a Masters in Theater and Oral Interpretation of LIterature and then a PhD in Communications. She taught Communication Studies for 43 years at West Virginia University. She still teaches workshops and Oasis lifelong learning classes. She enjoys concerts, and spending time with her 2 sons and their families.
Marianne JacobsApt. 406
Marianne Jacobs grew up in New York City, Scarsdale, and New Jersey. She went to Mt. Holyoke College, majoring in Early Childhood Education and Philosophy. After working for IBM’s Childrens’s Club, she moved with her husband to Bethesda and then to Vienna Austria, where their 5 children were born. After they returned to Bethesda, she got her Masters at the University of Maryland. She ran a co-op nursery school for 15 years, worked at a child development center, and then taught kindergarten for 17 years. She has 15 grandchildren. She likes tennis, nature field trips, and foreign travel; and volunteers at Brookside Gardens and Strathmore.
George PeraApt. 409
George Pera is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Princeton Theological Seminary, and New York University. He served as a pastor for almost 60 years, the last 15 at The Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA. He has received the Alexandria Commission on Aging’s Annie B. Rose Lifetime Achievement Award, been named a “Living Legend” in Alexandria, and received the Julia Johns Award of Distinction by The Inova Alexandria Hospital Foundation.
Carol WillisApt. 618
Carol moved here from Lynchburg, VA to be near her 2 daughters. She is originally from Kansas, and graduated from Kansas U. with a degree in mathematics. She used her math skills for projects such as the development of radar used during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Carol is also a musician, having played the double bass in the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra for 40 years, although she couldn’t bring that heavy instrument here. She also enjoys reading.