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Reva Herns Rockmore (1915-1990)
Reva Herns Rockmore was a graduate of the University of Oregon where she also received her JD degree. She later earned her master of social work degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work.
Rockmore first worked with the Boys and Girls Aid Society in Portland, Oregon before becoming a relocation officer in the War Relocation Authority, Department of the Interior. In that capacity, she worked to assist returning Japanese to leave the relocation camps and become reintegrated into their communities. After World War II, she went to New York City, where she joined the staff of the Veteran's Service Center, an organization that assisted demobilizing World War II veterans. Later, she became a member of the supervisory staff of New York Traveler's Aid Society.
After her marriage to John Rockmore in 1946 and raising their two children, she returned to social work in 1967 to create a school social work program in a Connecticut community. She also served as chair of the NASW School Social Work Council. She was administrator of a special education program in the school system in Hartford, Connecticut until her retirement in 1980. She also served as a volunteer in the Probation Bureau with the West Hartford Superior Court for several years.