HIRSCH, Eleanor Gold Los Angeles native Eleanor Gold Hirsch died May 7 at her home in Seal Beach following a long illness. Eleanor graduated with a master's degree in economics and a bachelor's degree from UCLA. She worked as a research economist, school teacher and free-lance writer. A graduate of Beverly Hills High School, Eleanor was active in many social service agencies and was one of the founders of the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Adolf Hirsch, two sons, Marty and Jerry, daughters-in-law Sue and Jennifer and four grandchildren. Eleanor is also survived by a sister, Frances Greiff and brother, Gene Gold. Eleanor was devoted to her family, taking charge of the household's daily operations at age 11 when her mother Esther Gold died in a traffic accident. A teenager at America's entrance into World War II, Eleanor protested the federal government's move to isolate Americans of Japanese ancestry in special camps. She took action on a micro level, begging the librarian in the Beverly Hills library to stamp books as "discarded," which Eleanor then shipped off to the camps so that the residents would have something to read. She dropped out of UCLA for a year to work in a classified war plant, grinding lenses for scopes and other optical equipment. Eleanor's service didn't stop there. She went into teaching secondary school because she believed that education was a key that unlocked economic doors in America. Later, Eleanor volunteered at a home for battered women. Eleanor was buried at Mt. Sinai Hollywood Hills cemetery on May 9. Donations in her memory can be made to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604 or at www.nhifp.org.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 19, 2013