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Meet Imperial Club Resident, Doris Martinez

Doris Martinez was born, May 19 1938 in Bronx, N.Y. Her parents were Enid & George Hessler. Doris was a very shy child, who developed a speech impediment as a result of her teacher shaking her when she couldn’t say “Peter”. She carries this with her still today. Doris attended Elementary School PS 73 and High School, William Howard Taft in the Bronx and graduated with honors. After graduating she took a Commercial Course, which included stenography, bookkeeping and typing. At the age of 18, Doris secured a job with Mutual of New York, as a Dictaphone operator. Time went by and she secured her second job with Sullivan and Cromwell a law firm on Wall Street, working in the bankruptcy division. Doris met her first husband Frank and they were married for 7 years. Together they did a lot of traveling. They were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Andrea. Five years later they had a son, David. Doris and Frank divorced soon after. Doris moved to a new area called, Castle Village, this is where she me Jorge Martinez, who would become her second husband. After a few weeks of running into each other Jorge finally asked Doris out, and was she happy. Jorge was from Havana, Cuba and was granted a visa to come to the United States. He came here with one bag which contained a pair of pants, a shirt, a pair of socks and shoes. But low and behold he went to college, and graduated Cum Laude. Doris and Jorge were married on November 25 1973 and went to Puerto Rico on their honeymoon. Jorge secured a steady job at Ludlum Elementary and they were happily married for 37 years. They loved dancing all the Latin Dances and were very good at it. Unfortunately, Jorge became very ill and passed away. Doris then moved to the Imperial Club, where she has joined many activities and now has many new friends. Being at the Imperial Club has helped her make strides in her speech and she has become very motivated.

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