Gerry Cristol was born in 1935 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. She attended grammar school in Massachusetts and was the only Jewish child in school there at the time. After high school, she attended Goucher College and met her husband, Charlie, who was originally from San Antonio, at age 21. After marrying, they moved together to Dallas. When her children were young, Gerry went to SMU and obtained a Master’s in History. She became the archivist at Temple Emanu-El, authored the book entitled A Light in the Prairie, and also became the President of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.
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