WILLIAM GERALD KATZ
October 12, 1925 March 2, 2014
William "Bill" Katz, who recently passed away at age 88, was a Southern California native and a resident of the San Fernando Valley for over 30 years. Born in Los Angeles, Bill was the son of immigrant Sidney Katz, who'd escaped with his family from Czarist Russia in 1909.
Bill left college to serve in World War II, receiving a Purple Heart for his involvement and injury during the infamous Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning home from the war, Bill got a teaching credential and a masters in psychometrics, launching his 30 year career as a mathematics teacher with the Los Angeles City Unified School District, most of which he spent at Canoga Park High School. When he wasn't teaching, Bill could always be found on the tennis court, at a bridge game or out walking wearing his distinctive "cone hat" to protect him from the sun. Bill kept up those hobbies in his retirement in Carlsbad, CA and enjoyed his life right up to the end. A great listener with a strong sense of humor who led by example, Bill made everyone who met him feel they were important and worthy.
Bill will be dearly missed by his best friend and devoted wife Roslyn, his daughters Debra (Bill Klein) and Wendy (Ken Price) and his grandchildren Jenna and Kevin Klein. In lieu of flowers, the family requests people make donations to either the
or the Veteran's
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Mar. 16, 2014