Dr. John O. Hershey Oral History Interview (1 of 2) Edit

Summary

Identifier
90OH24

Dates

  • 1990-08-28 (Creation)
  • 1930 – 1990 (Event)

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  • 1.00 Items (Whole)
  • 03:20:00 Length_hours (Whole)

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  • Scope and Contents

    Hershey recalls his family background, his first exposure to Hershey community, doing farm work, and his independence at an early age.  He outlines his college career and marriage.  He and his wife became young HIS houseparents on January 1, 1939.  They later became "first help," and Hershey began teaching at Senior Hall, handling discipline in Jim Bobb's absence.  He also worked in admisisons, took difficult transfer students, and attained a Master's degree. Hershey served as assistant to D. Paul Witmer (1948) and was later made school superintendent (1951). Hershey discusses his philosophy of life and how it applies to his job.  He discusses changes in houseparent training, emphasis on student self-esteem, and changing the school's name. Hershey was also put in charge of Medical Center construction, instrumental in the development of Hersheypark, and served as vice-president of Hershey Estates.

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    Unrestricted

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    Collections: 2011OH25

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