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Couple Honored for Foster Care

July 18, 1985|D. Sami Capp

Parker and Sheila Anderson of Manhattan Beach were honored recently by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for their long-time dedication to children.

In addition to raising their own three children, the Andersons have served as licensed foster parents for 16 years. They have adopted six children and one adult and have served as legal guardians for two other children.

During the Vietnamese airlift, the couple provided relocation and transportation help to refugees and adopted two Vietnamese children.

Sheila Anderson, a program manager for Children's Institute International's emergency infant services, also serves as a lay representative to the California Assn. of Adoption Agencies.

Parker Anderson is director of industrial and commercial development for the city of Los Angeles.

The Andersons serve on several support groups for adoptive parents.

"There are many children throughout Los Angeles County who need the type of foster care attention offered by the Andersons," Supervisor Deane Dana said.

The Breakfast Committee, a Westchester business group, will honor Los Angeles City Council President Pat Russell on July 25 for 16 years of service to the 6th District.

Among improvements that Russell, a Westchester resident, helped bring to Westchester and Playa del Rey were a noise insulation program for residents living near Los Angeles International Airport and the development of the Westchester Vitalization Corp. to promote compatible growth in the community, the group said.

Information about the breakfast is available at 645-9242.

John W. Hull, Ph.D., was named chancellor of National University's Los Angeles campus in Inglewood. Hull previously served as associate academic dean.

Before joining the university, Hull was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Denver and at Pacific University in Oregon.

Inglewood City Clerk Iris Crochet capped 30 years of service for the city when she retired from office on Monday, which the City Council designated Iris Crochet Day.

Crochet had been city clerk since 1977. She was the only woman ever to hold a seat on the Inglewood City Council, where she served from 1955 to 1963, when she lost a race for mayor. She also represented the city for 16 years as a director on the Central and West Basin Water Replenishment Board.

Crochet, 66, said she resigned to tend property she owns in Texas and "play more golf."

Her term was to expire in 1987. A special election to fill her post has been scheduled for Nov. 5. The City Council has appointed Deputy City Clerk Veronica Watro as acting city clerk.

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