Bernard Dorin

Bernard Dorin

Male 1929 - 2008  (79 years)

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  • Name Bernard Dorin 
    Born 8 Nov 1929  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Dec 2008  Torrance, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Bernie Dorin's notes:

      I was the fourth of the five boys, and I grew up on Chicagoís northwest side. I learned to play the saxophone while in high school, and played with local dance bands and small combos for the next ten years. It was an excellent source of extra income for a poor student and then a newlywed, as well as a lot of fun.

      After high school I went to the University of Illinois at Navy Pier in Chicago. But after a year as a pre-med, I knew I had made a mistake. I was following the path that Bob and Hal had taken, instead of finding my own path. Fortuitously, just at that time the U.S. Navy offered a one year enlistment (with a reserve obligation). The thought of going away for a year seemed like a wonderful opportunity to think things through independently. When I arrived at boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Station, I learned that most of the others in the company I was assigned to were there for the same reason.

      That one year in the Navy, July 1948 to July 1949, turned out to be a great adventure. After twelve weeks of boot camp, I was assigned to the USS Midway, the newest and largest aircraft carrier in the fleet. During the next nine months we went to the Mediterranean, with ports of call in Europe. Later in the year we went to Panama and Cuba. Not a bad year for a kid who had never been very far from Chicago until then.

      The high point of the year for me came when we went to Cannes, France. The Navy had arranged for a dance for the Sixth Fleet at one of the luxury hotels across from the beach. The band from the Midway was to provide the music. As luck would have it, good for me, bad for the other guy, one of the saxophone players became ill, and I took his place, which meant extra time ashore for rehearsal and the dance.

      After the Navy I went to Wright Junior College for a little more than a year to ease back into studying and to decide where to continue my education. I got a Bachelorís in Business Administration from Northwestern University, and later an MBA from the University of Chicago.

      I met Mary Ellen Johnson in May 1955, and we got married on New Yearís Eve that same year. Gregory, Maryís son from her first marriage, was two years old, and I legally adopted him early the next year. Elizabeth (Beth)4 joined the family on October 19, 1956.

      My job with Gulf Oil took us from Chicago to Houston. TX in 1960. We moved again in 1963, this time to the Los Angeles area for a job with Tidewater Oil. The very next year they wanted me to move to New York. I opted to accept a position with Union Oil, and stayed at Union in the Los Angeles area until my retirement in December 1990. I also taught a couple of courses in the Marketing curriculum in the UCLA Extension Program, on and off for about 17 years, just for the fun of it.

      When the children got to high school age, Mary Ellen went back to school. What started with a couple of courses in art history ended up as a Masterís degree in psychology and an MFCC license. Mary Ellen split her career between private practice and work in Chemical Dependency at Kaiser Permanente. She is now retired. We live in Torrance, CA.

      Greg has a daughter, Katie, from his first marriage. He is now married to Denise Bornino, who brought three daughters to the family: Twins Christina and Nina, and Angela. Greg is president of a small international pet food company. He and Denise live in Carlsbad, CA and Franklin, TN.
    Person ID I623  Complete
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2008 

    Father Isadore Dorin,   b. 15 Jun 1896, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1976, Torrance, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Florence Horwitz,   b. 25 Sep 1896, Horwitz Family Residence, Rezekne, Latgale, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1967, Inglewood, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1917  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Isadore and Florence Dorin- Wedding Photo
    Isadore and Florence Dorin- Wedding Photo
    Florence & Izzy Dorin with sons Hal (younger)- and Bob (standing).
    Florence & Izzy Dorin with sons Hal (younger)- and Bob (standing).
    Florence & Isadore Dorin family- sans 1- 1939.
    Florence & Isadore Dorin family- sans 1- 1939.
    Florence- Izzy- Jack and Bernie Dorin. Visitors' day at boot camp. Bernie notes that there was no hair under his hat.
    Florence- Izzy- Jack and Bernie Dorin. Visitors' day at boot camp. Bernie notes that there was no hair under his hat.
    Florence Horwitz Dorin family photo- 1966.
    Florence Horwitz Dorin family photo- 1966.
    Family ID F383  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ellen Johnson,   b. 16 Oct 1932, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 2005, Torrance, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Children 
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     2. Living
    Family ID F1546  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Nov 1929 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Bernie and Jack Dorin in rehersal. Jack is on tenor sax and Bernie is playing the clarinet.
    Bernie and Jack Dorin in rehersal. Jack is on tenor sax and Bernie is playing the clarinet.
    Bernie Dorin- 1949.
    Bernie Dorin- 1949.
    Bernie Dorin- 1943 in family victory vegetable garden.
    Bernie Dorin- 1943 in family victory vegetable garden.
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    Bernie Dorin in 2003
    Bernie Dorin in 2003
    Bernie Dorin aboard ship in Norfolk- Virgina
    Bernie Dorin aboard ship in Norfolk- Virgina
    Bernie Doring on the flight deck
    Bernie Doring on the flight deck
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    Bernie and Mary Ellen Dorin
    Bernie and Mary Ellen Dorin
    Stuart Doin on leave circa 1945- with Jack Dorin and Bernie Dorin.
    Stuart Doin on leave circa 1945- with Jack Dorin and Bernie Dorin.
    Florence & Izzy Dorin with Bernie and Jack. Photo was for sons at war.
    Florence & Izzy Dorin with Bernie and Jack. Photo was for sons at war.
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    Bernie Dorin face
    Bernie Dorin face
    Bernie Dorin Face
    Bernie Dorin Face

    Histories
    Jazz Where Did it Go?
    Jazz Where Did it Go?
    A thoughtful memory piece by Bernie Dorin