Rena Blumberg Olshanksy ’56

Rena Blumberg Olshansky

Rena Joy Blumberg Olshansky is the co-founder of the National Board of Women’s Studies at Brandeis University.  An annual prize in her honor supports research on Jewish family life.

Olshansky has won numerous awards and honors herself, including the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993, the Alumni Leadership Award at Brandeis in 1993, and the Ohio Governor’s Award in 1983. At Brandeis, Olshansky was elected as fellow in 1993 and coached the undefeated women’s basketball team from 1955 to 1956. She was inducted into the Brandeis Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

She is also the author of “Headstrong: A Story of Conquests and Celebrations…Living Through Chemotherapy,” which details her battle against cancer, and was featured in the Brandeis Review.

Olshansky earned her B.A. from Brandeis University and was awarded an L.H.D. from Baldwin Wallace College in 1987.


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