|Birth: ||Oct. 2, 1919|
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 2009|
Doris Mae (Gerischer) Castro died Feb. 21 at an assisted care center in Angels Camp, where she lived for the past eight years. She was 89.
A native of Nebraska, she graduated from the University of Iowa in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in romance languages, including Spanish, French and Portuguese.
She then studied Spanish stenography at Academia La Salle in Mexico City for a year and a half.
Toward the end of World War II, she became a translator for the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal Zone. She worked for the Office of Censorship, reading letters written in Spanish and French that had been sent from Europe to South America, home to several Nazi enclaves.
In 1944, her work helped foil a German plot to destroy a Grace Lines steamer sent to supply the Allies in Chile.
At the end of the war, she learned German to work as a translator in Berlin.
She returned to the United States in the late 1940s, but was soon hired by the Foreign Service to work in Madrid, Paris and Vienna as a stenographer for American diplomats.
She eventually returned to the United States and enrolled in graduate school at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass., where she earned a fellowship studying Soviet economics.
In the early 1950s, she became a cartographer for the Army, working with Russian maps of Siberia.
She met her husband, who operated a gem and mineral business, and they settled in California in the late 1950s. They moved from Santa Barbara to Murphys in 1960.
She was a correspondent for the Stockton Record for several years and later joined the Murphys Post Office as a clerk, working there for 26 years before retiring in 1990.
She had two books published. "California Colony" was a reference guide to more than 1,300 of the earliest Spanish colonial families to settle in California and "James H. Carson's California: 1847 to 1853" tells of one man's experiences during the Gold Rush.
She is survived by one brother, Loren Gerischer, of Nebraska, and longtime friends, Jackie and Richard Walraven, of Douglas Flat.
Mrs. Castro was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Castro.
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Record added: Jul 13, 2011
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