May 28, 1924 - August 27, 2013
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Born in Los Angeles to an immigrant Mexican family, Raúl Arreola grew up in the poverty of the Great Depression. At age 17, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Europe during WWII. Upon his return home, he became the first of his family to attend college, receiving his BA and a teaching credential from Cal State Los Angeles. Throughout much of his life he was active in the struggle for equity in eastside schools. In 1970, he became the first Director of the Mexican American Education Commission of the LA Unified School District and later served as a school administrator. A freethinker and anti-war activist, he was also a gifted painter and lover of art and history. He will be remembered as a champion of the ideal of public education and a committed community educator.
He passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles at age 89. He is survived by his beloved children: Dr. Paul Raúl Arreola, Ms. Linda Arreola and Dr. Olivia Arreola-Owen.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28th at 2pm at the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, 2936 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Rubén Salazar Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the Raúl Arreola Scholarship Award, United Teachers of Los Angeles, 3303 Wilshire Blvd 10th floor, L.A. CA 90010, (213) 487-5560.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 15, 2013