The Beginning of My Journey
My name is Doris Jean Rapp. I was born in Erie, PA. I graduated from the university of Buffalo, Magna Cum Laude, in l950 and earned a B.A. and M.A in biology at the University of Buffalo before doors miraculously opened and I was granted scholarships and accepted in New York University, Bellevue Medical College. When medical school was completed, I studied pediatrics and then pediatric allergy and immunology in Buffalo. I was told that I had the highest grade in the country when I took the national pediatric allergy board examinations and I was subsequently a medical examiner for a short while. I married my college boyfriend after my medical training was completed and remained married until l996 when I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Unfortunately we never had children but I do have two darling spoiled apricot toy poodles.
Early Religious Background And Value System
Although my father was a non- practicing Catholic and my mother a theosophist, we never attended church. My mother studied comparative religion and instilled an extremely high set of personal life and spiritual values in her children. She was forced to become a workaholic and this philosophy was adopted by all her children. She was very proud and would never have considered taking welfare or assistance from anyone.
In time, I too became interested in various forms of Christianity, spirituality and was especially attracted to Sai Baba in India. I believe that compassion and caring are values to strive for on a daily basis, not just on Sundays for a hour or so.
Early Childhood History
My childhood was poor beyond belief. My parents separated when I was 9 years old. Mother moved my older sister, my younger brother and myself to Dunkirk and for the next six years we children picked crops every day from sun up to sun down during the summer except when it rained. The rest of the year, my idea of fun was to go to the library and bring home as many books as I could carry, as often as possible. Many laughed at me when I said I wanted to be a physician but it never entered my head that I would not make my dream a reality. Fortunately, when I was 15, we moved to Buffalo, N.Y. I graduated from high school when I was 16 and because we were already in Buffalo, pre-med at the University of Buffalo was possible.