Seventy years after returning from serving in the Philippines during World War II, Joseph Pinsky can say he is a college graduate!
The 85-year-old veteran received his associate's degree from Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y., this past week.
Pinsky graduated from high school in 1944, where he studied aviation mechanics and immediately after graduation, used the education that he received and enlisted in the United States Army. He then spent two years as a "Seabee" in the U.S. Naval construction battalions, building camps and operating trains and heavy machinery in the Philippines.
After he was discharged in 1946, Pinksy worked in retail for 15 years. Then, he had a 36-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, serving as a clerk and then a supervisor.
He was happy just to have worked to feed and clothe his family.
When he retired, his wife, Rosalind, told him he should go back to school.
He felt like one of the students – age had no barrier. The younger students would call him “Pop”.
He had to take some time off while in school because both he and his wife became ill, so it took him ten years to complete the degree. But on Tuesday, with his wife, two daughters, a son-in-law and a granddaughter proudly looking on, Pinsky walked on stage to accept his degree in liberal arts. The onlookers stood, clapped and cheered until he sat back down. A very emotional sight to behold.
Pinsky’s devotion and dedication have made him a good role model for all, including his own grandson. He has showed the importance of obtaining a level of higher education.