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After A Decade Of Study, WWII Veteran Graduates From Kingsborough Community College

Joseph Pinsky (credit: CBS 2)
Joseph Pinsky (Source: CBS 2)

An 85-year-old World War II veteran graduated from Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) on Tuesday, after 10 years of much work, effort and serious commitment.

It took the graduate, Joseph Pinsky, 10 years to obtain a college degree because of severe health issues and surgeries for both him and his wife, Rosalind. Pinsky credits this accomplishment to Rosalind, who pushed him and motivated him to obtain a degree from college. He and Rosalind have been married for the past 38 years.

“I’m very proud of him because I asked him ‘What are you going to do when you retire? You have to do something,’” said Pinsky’s wife, Rosalind to CBS News.

Pinsky graduated from high school in 1944, where he studied aviation mechanics. Immediately upon graduation, used the education that he received, enlisted in the United States Army, and served in the Philippines during World War II. He then worked for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier supervisor. He enrolled in college after retiring.

Pinsky enjoyed college and found it to be a highly satisfying and worthwhile experience. He took pleasure in learning with younger students, many of whom could have been his grandchildren. He felt as though working with young individuals helped keep his mind working.

“Believe it or not, working with young people, it was stimulating and they treated me like one of the group,” Joseph told CBS News.

While in college, Pinsky took ill. He was extremely reluctant to return to his studies after recovering. But once again, his wife stepped in, and urged him to continue and finish what he began.

Pinsky’s devotion and dedication have made him a good role model for all, including his own grandson, Kyle Murphy. Pinsky showed his grandson the importance of obtaining a level of higher education.

“I want to study what I’m studying now — math, science, social studies, everything,” Murphy said to CBS.

Pinsky said that would love to continue studying, and hopes to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in the upcoming years.

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  1. Why isnt anyone making comments. He sacrifice hes life and family for you fools. Oh but you wouldnt understand this cause you dont have a clue.
    Thank you.

  2. Stan, you are the troll. What’s wrong with someone saying something nice?
    You just keep proving yourself to be a bigger ass all the time.

  3. Because people like Stan only know how to put things down. 
    He seems to go for the negative attention by just lashing out and calling someone with good intentions a troll. Watch out for the snake. If you talk back to him he goes away. Tail between the legs style. 

  4. Something nice? She just couldn’t help herself but bring projects into this. She doesn’t care about this man or his achievements – she saw this article as yet another vehicle to air out her grievances from another thread. And then she goes on to call others fools? If that is what you consider “nice” then that speaks volumes of who you are.

  5. Negative attention? You must be speaking about the person who brought projects into this and then went on to call others “fools”. 

  6. I’ve been extremely busy. This sort of accomplishment deserves acknowledgement.

    My father, like the parents of a number of us, also fought in World War II. So what he did was for all of them.

  7. Why are you following her from post to post? I saved every comment and you Stan are full of BS. She made a comment here and YOU came HERE and called her a troll.
    This is harassment Stan, go take you meds and pics of the ocean. Talk with the fishies.
    Ned deleted my posts also….but I have mail and I WILL REPOST ALL your remarks.
    Your prejudice is overflowing,

  8. You should have read the comments from the beginning. When I am on my Mac I will skype you and share screen.

  9. My Dad fought in WW2 also. He hit the beaches of Normandy…what a way to see Europe.
    Studying something new to the brain is what keeps it alive.  Just reading a novel and enjoying it does not work as well. Words are repetitive and not such a challenge.

  10. So no reposting as promised?  Weak. And didn’t you claim that I’ll go away when responded to? That didn’t happen either, did it? You are the definition of fail. Total and epic fail.

  11. Just for the hell of it I will repeat this once ( don’t want to have Ned work too hard..LOL) I am done responding to the low life troll you are. You are a prejudice person. I will say this again when I disagree with your prejudice remarks I will make my comments. 
    As far as fail I am too lazy to play with my mail and humor you. You “The Troll” has had enough fun for one day.
    I never did use the word promise, so you keep putting words into peoples mouth. You will notice if I find an occasion I want to add a link…
    I am going to have a very good night sleep knowing I am not a prejudice troll like you.
    Why don’t you go out fishing and clear your mind.   

  12. A million people jump on every bad news story. We’ve become cynical to the extreme. Our collective psyche is unhealthy. And our choices of where to place our energy are foolish ones.


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