Judith Weiss was born on November 10, 1923 and grew up in Rhode Island. She graduated from Hope High School in January 1940 and then from Pembroke College in October 1943 on the accelerated program with her A.B. in English. After graduation, Weiss worked for a newspaper for servicewomen during World War II and then enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps. She went on to receive an A.M. in political science from Brown University on the G.I. Bill. She worked as Assistant Director of the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program, Director of Administrative Departments at the Jewish Community Centers, and then worked for the Census Bureau. She married Aaron Cohen, a Brown University graduate, and had three children. She died in November 17, 1997 at the age of 74.
More about Weiss’ experience during World War II can be found in “Coming to Terms with the Holocaust... and Prejudice at Home,” an oral history conducted by South Kingstown High School Student Jason Gelles.