Meet Myrna

Meet Myrna

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Resident Portrait-Myrna Fogel

Smith-Kogod resident Myrna Fogel has a very subtle connection Charles E Smith Life Communities. In addition to living here, the eponymous president and leader of the community was her landlord while she was living in Silver Spring when she was younger.

Fogel spent her entire childhood in New York, being born in Queens, but moving to the Bronx when she was only six months old. She had a happy childhood despite the fact that her parents were not wealthy, as her father worked as a clerk for Warner Bros. and her mother stayed at home. Fogel only had one sibling, despite the fact that both of her parents had large families as her mother and father had nine and ten siblings respectively. Fogel would spend almost every weekend with her grandparents outside of the city and also enjoyed the many opportunities for visiting museums that living in New York provided.

After graduating from high school, Myrna moved to Florida, as she wasn’t fond of the cold winters of New York. She worked as a secretary for a few years and was active in the young Democrats, but eventually grew bored of Florida and moved to Maryland at the suggestion of a close friend. Moving north turned out to be the right decision, as she met her husband at the first young democrats meeting she attended here. They got married soon after and had three daughters. Myrna worked as a nurse, initially at a hospital and later at a doctor’s office, while her husband worked as an attorney.  Myrna and her husband moved around frequently within the area, where at one time they had Charles E. Smith as their landlord. They eventually settled down in Potomac, where her children attended Wooton high school.

Fogel came to the Hebrew Home about three years ago, initially staying at Wasserman before moving to Smith Kogod a couple months later. Fogel stays very active both physically and socially, exercising regularly and participating in Bingo, card games, and group outings. She loves to read, having two large bookshelves filled with books in her room. She remains in touch with some of her friends from childhood via phone, and also quickly made new friends at activities she attended. Despite her battle with Heart Disease and Parkinson’s, Myrna remains positive, saying “The worst thing you can do is feel sorry for yourself. You need to make the most of your situation”.


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