Pauline Sinow

Pauline Sinow



Pauline Sinow passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara, California on February 1, 2014. She was born on August 26, 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Morris and Betty (Miller) Skroopka. In 1926 the Skroopka family moved to Long Beach, California. Pauline graduated from Beverly Hills High School, UCLA, and received her Master's degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley. Before dedicating herself to her family as a mother and homemaker, Pauline worked tirelessly as a social worker in Los Angeles County and in New York City. When Pauline met Dr. Garland S. Sinow, it was truly love at first sight. Gar was a physician serving in the United States Navy. They dated for three glorious months and were married on October 10, 1953, just before Gar shipped out to Korea. Pauline and Gar were devoted to each other throughout their 56-year marriage. Together they loved traveling with family and friends, skiing, tennis and bridge. Pauline and her sister Dorothy shared a natural and deep appreciation for art. She devoted her life to both the Long Beach Museum of Art and the University Art Museum on the campus of California State University Long Beach. She assumed many leadership and fund raising roles for multiple groups supporting the museums for more than five decades. Pauline had a keen aesthetic sense not just with contemporary art, but in every aspect of life. Her home, where she orchestrated beautiful gatherings with tremendous attention to detail, was her pride and joy. She spent hours tending to her garden and it blossomed like no other. Pauline was a socially conscious citizen and philanthropist and had an innate concern and compassion for humanity. She laughed easily and enjoyed life fully. Her family and friends will remember her graceful demeanor, sweet warm smile, and her genuine concern for others. Pauline was preceded in death by her beloved husband Garland S. Sinow, MD and son Jonathan Sinow. She is survived by children Jordan Sinow, MD (Nancy Janda) of San Diego, Elisabeth "Betty" Hutchinson (Stuart Hutchinson, MD) of Santa Barbara and five grandchildren, Catherine, Andrew, Claire, Alison and Katy. Pauline was especially bonded to her sister, Dorothy Weiss, of Piedmont, California and to Dorothy's family. Her beloved sister passed away in 2009. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the University Art Museum at CSULB (www.csulb.edu/org/uam) or Rabbi Moskowitz's Discretionary Fund at Temple Israel. (www.tilb.org). Please sign the guestbook
at www.presstelegram.com/obits.

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 7, 2014