Lotte Goldschmidt Magnus (1920-2006)
Lotte Goldschmidt Magnus was born on March 17, 1920 in Frankfurt, Germany to Lily and Adolf Goldschmidt. She had an older brother, Hans. In 1926 she began attending a liberal Jewish school in Frankfurt and was a student there until she had the opportunity to emigrate to the United States via the Kindertransport in 1934. She was placed with a foster family, the Klopfers, in New York and lived with them until she graduated from high school in 1938.
After high school, Lotte attended college in Greeley, Colorado, pursuing a degree in dietetics. Halfway through her schooling she was enlisted in the military as part of a civil service program. The remainder of her education would be paid for on the condition that she accept a commission in the medical corps as a hospital dietitian upon the completion of her degree. She graduated in 1943 and in 1944 she was transferred to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to begin her civil service. Shortly thereafter she was transferred to Camp Carson, Colorado to undergo basic training. And in June of 1945 she was assigned to the Tripler General Hospital near Fort Shafter in Honolulu, Hawaii where she spent the majority of her time in the service.
Lotte met Jim Magnus in 1948 in Philadelphia while working at a Jewish hospital there. After just eight weeks of courtship they were married. In 1949 Jim and Lotte left Philadelphia and moved to Portland, Oregon where Jim had a sister. Lotte accepted a post as a dietitian at Physicians and Surgeons Hospital and worked until 1977 when she retired.
Lotte and Jim had two sons, Tom and Ron, six grandchildren and three great-grand children. Jim died in 1999, and Lotte died on August 9, 2006 at the age of 86.