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Edward Rohs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240227

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240227.001.0001

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Alone in the Real World

Alone in the Real World

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Raised by the Church

Edward Rohs

Judith Estrine

Fordham University Press

Emancipated and discharged from the Catholic institutional system that raised him, Ed Rohs was brought to a furnished room, given an entry level job and thrown into a world that, because he had been institutionalized for years, he was unprepared to handle. This chapter describes the struggles and discoveries he made about himself and his new world in the years following his discharge. The chapter describes his return to St. Vincent's Home as a part-time, paid football, baseball, and basketball coach and the attendant fear that he took the job because he was still institutionalized at heart. The chapter discusses Ed's first experiences dating, his career as a police administrative aide and then detective investigator with the Kings County District Attorney's Office; and his encounters as a detective with former St. Vincent's friends who had become criminals. He worked with the justice system to help youngsters who had been arrested, and his work earned him an article in the Daily News, which resulted in a letter of commendation from President Nixon and a call from an uncle he had never met. Seeing his name and picture, this relation recognized Ed's resemblance to his father, connecting Ed to relations he never knew existed.

Keywords:   institutionalized, Catholic institutional system, police administrative aide, St. Vincent's Home, drugs, President Nixon

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