20th Century Man

Nathan Hershey – The Old Guy

I was born in 1930 and grew up in the Bronx, which is on the mainland of North America, unlike the rest of New York City, USA.  I attended public elementary and high school, New York University and Harvard Law School, from which I graduated in 1953.

Soon after, I was drafted and spent 1 year, 9 months and 28 days in the U.S. Army.  There was no war while I was in the service.  I was an enlisted man, but fortunate to have the freedom to do a number of unconventional things while carrying out my service duties.  I enjoyed my service, for the most part, largely because superiors did not restrict me in accomplishing my responsibilities.

After practicing law for approximately one year in New York City, I joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, where I served for 49 years.  While there, I was elected to one three-year term each as vice president and president of the university senate.  I have also been involved in local politics, to some extent, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

I enjoy writing and had a monthly column in the American Journal of Nursing for ten years, was an author to and maintained the Hospital Law Manual and Quarterly Service for ten years, until it left the control of the university.  I was elected to be president of the American Health Lawyers Association in 1972, and was the first non-physician to be appointed to the Pennsylvania state medical board.

I have always enjoyed sports and continue to compete, although my skills are greatly diminished.  As I note with young people, sports provide opportunity, particularly to young women, to demonstrate the ability to organize time and assume responsibility.

I married Carol Hershey in 1958, who was a wonderful woman and we complemented each other in many ways until her death in 2008.  I retired from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and maintain an office as Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of Public Health, U.Pitt.  I suffered a stroke in 2008, which has limited me in a number of areas, but I still have tried to remain as professionally active as possible.  I could not do the writing I have done since my stroke and could not participate in this blog venture, without the extraordinary assistance of Alicia.

2 Comments to “20th Century Man”

  1. I certainly agree with your comment about sports. It still applies to us women who are no longer young chronologically, but are in mind and spirit and juggle family, work, school (yup, going for another degree at age 56) and sports. I look forward to reading your blog.

  2. Good to hear from you. I can’t believe you’re 56. That must mean I got older, too.

    I think you agree with me that we should not be bound by chronological age as a determinant of our behavior and attitude.

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