Sherry Joan Kurland, a longtime Sherman Oaks resident who helped found the Open School in Los Angeles, has died in Encino. She was 49.
Mrs. Kurland died Saturday of cancer, her husband Richard Kurland said.
Born Sherry Joan Kaufman on July 23, 1941, in Los Angeles, she grew up in the Los Feliz area. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1959 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in public administration from UCLA in 1963.
In 1979, she became recruitment director for the Los Angeles-based Coro Southern California Center, a nonprofit leadership training organization, where she remained until her death.
Mrs. Kurland joined a group of Valley parents in proposing the Los Angeles Unified School District form a magnet school in Los Angeles to give students an integrated learning experience. Called the Open School, it was established on the campus of Rosewood Avenue School in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. Her daughter traveled nearly three hours round-trip via bus to attend the school, which serves grades first through sixth.