Priscilla Schwartz

Priscilla Schwartz in her Las Vegas, NV home.
Priscilla Schwartz in her Las Vegas, NV home.
Priscilla (Kahn) Schwartz was born in 1938 in Buffalo, New York, where her parents were active 
members of the local Jewish community—including becoming founding members of their 
temple.  Schwartz became the first member of her family graduate from college when she 
received her degree in nursing from the University of Michigan.  
 
In 1960, Schwartz took her first job, in Palo Alto, California, at a newly-opened Department of 
Veterans Affairs office.  She then moved to Los Angeles to be the head nurse of the psychiatric 
ward at Cedars of Lebanon. However, within a year, she moved back to Buffalo, only to return to 
Los Angeles two years later, when she then met her first husband, Marvin, and had two children. 
In 1990, Schwartz married Walter Schwartz, and the couple moved to Las Vegas within a year.  
She immersed herself within the Jewish community, becoming involved in Temple Beth Sholom, 
Hadassah, and Jewish Federation Sisterhood.  
 
Sources:
Schwartz, Priscilla. Interview, 2016 June 16. OH-02716. Transcript. Oral History Research Center.
Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Las Vegas Nevada. Las Vegas, Nevada.
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