From there, she moved on to Berlin, where she was invited to dinner with General Dwight D. Eisenhower. She stayed with the Red Cross in Germany during part of the allied occupation, attending the war crime trials in Nuremberg, and left Europe in September 1947.
Back in the United States, Kochendoerfer moved to Santa Fe, and later to Berkeley. She was the first woman to graduate from the Starr King School for the Ministry as a Unitarian minister; over the next 15 years, she had ministries all over North America.
"I never made much money in anything I did," she says, "But if you aren't happy, you should get out and do something that makes you happy. One's lifetime is so brief, and there are so many possibilities."
Sonya Bruce is a freelance writer in Portland. This is her first article for Reed.