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Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, Sept. 8, 2016
It might be a gross understatement to say that Jews respect and admire an educated person. Whether that person has earned a college degree, attends lectures and workshops or just reads a lot of books, for Jews, working to educate oneself is a noble pursuit.
I ran across a great story in the Jewish News archives this week about just such a person. Dr. Morris J. Loren earned his Ph.D. from Wayne State University when he was 81 years old (although his obituary states he earned it at age 79). Loren (Lubarsky) immigrated to Detroit from the Ukraine in either 1923 or 1925. To improve his very poor English, he took classes at night. But, he didn’t stop at that. Loren earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1920 and, after he retired from his career in the laundry business, a master’s degree in 1969.
Finally, in 1976, Loren was awarded a Ph.D. after completing his dissertation, “The History of Hebrew Higher Educational Institutions in the U.S. from 1830 to 1975.”
It is also interesting that, shortly after earning his Ph.D., Loren delivered a lecture at Adat Shalom Synagogue titled “Lifelong Learning Fulfilled.”
Now, this is a person who practiced what he preached!
Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.
By Mike Smith, DJN Foundation Archivist