Darling, Lu Ann W.
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1921 - 2012
Lu Ann passed away October 11, 2012, as a result of a massive stroke. She is survived by her daughter Martha Darling, Martha's husband Gil Omenn, her son Steve, his wife Linda, and her three beloved grandsons: David Omenn, Michael Darling and Ricky Darling. A truly remarkable and loving woman, she was a treasure to her family and her multitude of friends and colleagues. LuAnn came from humble beginnings and was the first in her family to attend college. Thanks to hard work and scholarships, she graduated from Reed College in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Her mother had instilled in her the importance of education, and Lu Ann developed a thirst for knowledge that saw her earn a Master's from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate in Education from UCLA. Her curiosity in many fields was illustrated by the dozen books surrounding her when she was stricken . As a result of her late husband Dick's medical issues (stemming from illness contracted while serving in the occupation of Japan), Lu Ann went to work as a personnel assistant at UCLA. While raising her children, she worked full-time. Her value was recognized, and she eventually conceived and established a training program to give janitorial staff members job opportunities in administrative positions in other departments. After 14 years at UCLA, she was hired by Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for the new position of Consultant in Leadership and Organizational Development. Here she began innovative team building programs and interpersonal skill workshops for many departments ranging from administrative to medical. She was especially proud of her work with physicians in increasing organizational effectiveness. In 1980 she began her highly successful independent consulting career. Her engagements took her from Florida to Hawaii to Canada and throughout Southern California. She developed expertise in mentoring which led to the publishing of her book, "The Mentoring Mosaic", based on in-depth interviews of over 200 people. Extraordinary wife, mother, mentor and friend, her caring heart and twinkling eye will be missed by the many people she so positively influenced.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Lu Ann Williams Darling Class of 1942 Centennial Scholarship Fund, Reed College, 3403 SE Woodstock Bl., Portland, OR 97202.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, 2012