Editor’s note: Ann Renz, a World War II veteran and member of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, celebrated her 100th birthday last month. We wish a belated Happy Birthday to this remarkable lady…and thank her for her service.
By Susan Oxnam
Ann Renz was born to Cameron Haight King and Isabelle Conde King and grew up in San Francisco, California. She graduated from Stanford University, where she majored in Social Studies, and started working for the City of San Francisco.
Although she was married to Frank Robinson, she attended Officers’ Candidate School and joined the woman’s army auxiliary. When the WACs became an actual section of the army, she stayed on.
She was sent to the South Pacific, eventually serving most of her time on the island of Biak. From there she went to the Philippines in the Adjutant General’s Office; in Manila she attained the rank of Captain.
After the war, she remarried. Robert Henry Renz, whom she met during her training at Camp Davis, North Carolina, had an 8-year-old daughter Jacqueline. The three of them moved to New Jersey, where daughter Christine was born in 1948.
After this marriage ended, Ann went back to school for her Masters degree in social work and graduated from Rutgers University in 1966. She worked at Greystone State Psychiatric Hospital during her time at Rutgers and then full-time until her retirement.
She then traveled to many places, including spending a session at Cambridge, Oxford, and Edinburgh for a summer senior session under a plan called the American Study Abroad Program. Ann thoroughly enjoyed this intergenerational academic experience.
Ann is fiercely independent and lived on her own until she was 99. Since 1963, she has been an active member of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, serving on the Board of Trustees, Denominational Affairs Committee, Central American Study Group, Social Responsibilities Committee and Peaceworks.