Billie Pearl-Schuler

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Pearl-Schuler, Billie



Billie Pearl-Schuler was raised in San Leandro, California, the daughter of William and Doris Pearl and the sister of Dan Pearl.

Billie went to college at the University of San Francisco in one of the first co-ed classes accepted to the University after the nursing program was established there. Years later, she also received her Masters in Education from USF.

Billie was passionate about nursing and nursing education and taught until she became ill last year. Her professional career started as a nurse in psychiatry at Columbia University Hospital in New York and went on to include time spent as a public health nurse, nursing instructor, Director of Nursing and Health at The American Red Cross, and the Director of Nursing Education at a number of Bay Area hospitals. Most recently, she taught at Carrington College, taking nursing students through their psychiatry rotation at hospitals. As one recent graduate told her, "You were tough, but you taught me the right way to be a nurse."

After moving to Albuquerque from San Francisco, Billie quickly established a group of dear friends from the neighbors and co-workers she met there. And a few years ago, she was adopted by Joneseyâ€"a very fancy and rather persnickety cat.

Billie was a regular symphony attendee, museum member, art collector, accomplished cook, and hostess with the most-ess. But Billie's real passion was for booksâ€"she was an avid reader and supporter of public libraries. (Her daughter, Laura, speculated that she had enough books to start her own library; Billie disagreed with the notion that there is such a thing as "enough" books.) The quote she kept on her fridge summed up her ideals well: "Good book, comfortable chair, napping cat, perfect day."

Billie passed away at home, free of pain and surrounded by family and friends. Those who knew her will miss her loyal friendship, sense of humor, and ability to tell a good story.

A private memorial service will be held at her home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library; The Friends of the Library, Albuquerque; The Southern Poverty Law Center; or your local humane animal shelter.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 19, 2017