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Teri Pall

January, 1921 - February, 2013

Inventor, scholar, jazz musician, globe-trotter and philanthropist, Teri Pall retained her charm and vibrancy until her death at 92. She was a familiar and welcome presence in her Tarzana community, making an indelible impression on everyone she met.

Teri's boundless curiosity was perennial. The inventor of a cordless phone prototype in the early 1960's, she sold the patent because she hadn't the resources to develop her idea. For many years, Teri was fascinated by energy and efficiency, and explored the possibilities of solar-powered time saving conveniences.

In 1971, Teri was the executive director of Hoffman House in Long Beach. It was the first halfway house for women in California. Her activism continued throughout her lifetime. An ardent Obama supporter, she was equally passionate about animal rights and local causes. Teri was an influential component in Tarzana's acquisition of a local branch of the Los Angeles library, and in 2002, she helped make the Tarzana Public Community & Cultural Center a reality.

Teri loved to host parties. Her surefire formula for these festivities never failed to surprise and delight. Gracious hospitality – elegant food, good wine, and great music - was the setting for the most improbable mix of folks.

According to Emily Dickinson, the soul selects its own society. Those selected by Teri knew, all too well, how lucky they were.

Teri was predeceased by her chosen sister and inseparable companion Diana Rheinstrom. The fact Teri died a mere three weeks after Diana is a testament to the strength of their half-century bond.

Donations may be made in Teri's name to the United Negro College Fund, Emergency Student Aid (http://www.uncf.org/) or Howard University, Women's Studies (http://www.howard.edu/advancement/give/default.htm). Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Sept. 22, 2013
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