February 13, 1986 |
Three things are forbidden at UCLA Extension's Plato Society: organ concerts, discussing grandchildren and comparing aches and pains. But most other topics fall within the realm of the Perpetual Learning and Teaching Organization, where 275 retired and semi-retired business, professional and creative people study for the pure pleasure of it. Society members range in age from their 50s to their early 90s.
April 25, 1997 |
Francis A. Meyers, who encouraged continuing education for senior citizens, and his wife, Eleanor, have died in an automobile crash. He was 82 and she was 78. The fatal accident occurred Sunday when the automobile of an alleged drunk driver pushed their car over the center divider of the Riverside Freeway. The couple, who had been married for 56 years, were driving home to Silver Lake from a conference of the Assn. for Learning in Retirement Organizations, where Francis Meyers had spoken.
February 24, 2000
Gerald S. Graber, 71, a British-born historian whose subjects ranged from Nazi Germany to the Armenian genocide. Born in London, Graber earned a master's degree in political science/philosophy/economics at the London School of Economics and took postgraduate studies in philosophy under Karl Jaspers at Basel University in Switzerland. After moving to Southern California 20 years ago, he taught through UCLA Extension and was affiliated with the PLATO Society of UCLA.
July 23, 1992
Elizabeth Lawrence Cless, a heralded educator who spent most of her career helping adults renew their lives, died Monday in Cambridge, Mass., at the age of 76. A family spokesman said she had suffered from cancer. Mrs. Cless, a 1938 Radcliffe graduate who worked for the U.S. State Department and as a fashion director before devoting herself to education, established the first continuing education program for older women at the University of Minnesota in 1958.
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August 1, 1989 |
Margy Newman, who formed and guided the Westwood Playhouse into the significant theatrical showcase it has become, died over the weekend of cancer. Her husband, Arnold, said she was 68 and died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Mrs. Newman, with producer Leonard Blair, (and later on her own) took over the 500-seat theater in what once was the Masonic Club of UCLA on Le Conte Avenue in 1974.
December 29, 1994 |
Ethel Allen doesn't want any part of the bingo games and sing-alongs that stereotype many people's retirements. She'd rather study Islamic culture or the science of chaos. "They have senior citizens centers where they treat you like a baby and talk to you like you are 3 years old--so you begin to think that you are," the 68-year-old Palos Verdes resident says.