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Marjorie Creveling Lave: Abstract | Full Story | Images and Artifacts

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As we sat around the spherical coffee tables in the Ginger Cove assisted living community’s welcome room, Marge Margulies was kind enough to share with me her point of view of what life was like in the US during World War II. The entire atmosphere “was vibrant, [united], and for this war,” said Mrs. Margulies, “everyone wanted to be in love.”

“My best friend, Annalisa Strouse moved here from Germany because her teacher told her classmates they could not talk to her because she was Jewish,” said Mrs. Margulies. During the time of the war, Mrs. Margulies said that she could not grasp the concept as to why Jews were being persecuted by their home countries and being turned away by the ship-full by the US. Mrs. Margulies and her family were Jewish themselves, and she recalls how normal her friends, the Strouse family were. “They all played in a lovely quartet,” recalls Mrs. Margulies.  

Mrs. Margulies enrolled into Syracuse University at the start of the war, when campus life was completely different than college life is today. “There were no men on campus,” Margulies said, “I met my husband, Jack, as he was training at the Pine Camp training [facility],” which was just a few miles from her university. Mrs. Margulies was studying to become an art teacher at Syracuse when a new opportunity offered by the Army was announced. The Army offered to give women free training and certificates to become occupational therapists for the war.

Immediately after completing her occupational therapist training, Mrs. Margulies was stationed at the Von General Hospital in Chicago. “The army hospital had a very different atmosphere than any other regular hospital,” said Mrs. Margulies. Many of the men who came to the hospitals felt as though it wasn’t “manly” to accept care that was offered by others. She recalled a renowned high school basketball player who was sent to Von General Hospital after providing his services in the war. When he came into the hospital he was not able to walk, but “he was so gutsy,” said Mrs. Margulies that by the completion of his hospital stay, “he walked out of the hospital.”

During the war, the masculine mentality of the soldiers forced occupational therapists, like Mrs. Margulies, to disguise the theraputical activities used to heal the soldiers. One activity she vividly remembers using for a soldier who had a shoulder injury, was making him sew together a leather wallet. “He would have to pull the strings back, and it would work his shoulder,” Mrs. Margulies said.

Soon after she was stationed in Chicago, Mrs. Margulies’ station was moved to Murphysburough, Tennessee where she tended to mentally disabled soldiers from the war. She recalls not being able to grasp that so many people could be illiterate and she wants, today, to stress the importance of literacy to future generations. 

After the war, Mrs. Margulies left the field of occupational therapy to pursue her true dream of teaching art. Today, she has 22 years of teaching under her belt and continues to display art in nearby galleries.

Marjorie Creveling Lave: Abstract | Full Story | Images and Artifacts


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