A Salute to the WAVES on Their 65th Anniversary, Lehman

March 1, 2011 | In the News

During World War II, the Lehman campus—then part of Hunter College—became a
“boot camp” for thousands of women from across the United States. They were
known as “WAVES” (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), and this
July marks their sixty-ninth anniversary. It was on July 30, 1942 that
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the legislation authorizing creation
of this organization within the U.S. Navy. The Central Office for Veterans’
Affairs joins in saluting these adventurous and patriotic women and in
remembering a part of the university’s history. In this 2007 video, Lehman
student Tanisia Morris (Department of Journalism, Communication, and
Theatre) interviews four WAVES: Nancy Castellano, Olive Fraser, Lenore
Libbey, and Janet O’Connor.  Please access the link provided and activate
the video.