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Bienenstock, Roslyn.
Bienenstock, Roslyn.
Bienenstock, Roslyn and Flynn-Do, Meiko
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Stanford Historical Society
In this interview, Roslyn Bienenstock, a former president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Northern California Chapter and a former chair of the board of the American Lung Association of Santa Clara County, discusses her experience both as a member of the Stanford community and as an active volunteer in local and national organizations devoted to the research and education of cystic fibrosis and respiratory illness. The first interview session focuses on her early life and life before Stanford: growing up as the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants in New York just after the Great Depression; her involvement with folk music, dance, and social change all occurring at the time; her experience in higher education as a female student in the fields of STEM at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; her experience as a mother to a child with cystic fibrosis; and her career and volunteer work related to cystic fibrosis. The second interview session focuses on her time at Stanford, beginning in 1967 when her husband, Arthur Bienenstock, joined the Stanford faculty; her experience working at the Stanford Children’s Hospital; and her involvement with the Stanford Women’s Club. She also discusses the evolution of the community and culture at Stanford over the years and closes with a reflection on her life. Throughout the interview, Bienenstock discusses issues of social justice, which she attributes to being raised in liberal New York in a Jewish family. She shares her thoughts about social movements and changes in society, providing not only a view into the times but also a reflection within the context of 2016.
Roslyn Bienenstock, Stanford Historical Society, oral histories, interviews, Stanford community, respiratory therapy, and respiratory illness education
May 9, 2016 - May 11, 2016
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012