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Alice June Thomas

1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Alice June Thomas Obituary
June 17, 1933 - October 29, 2017 Woodland Hills, CA 84 years of age Alice was born on June 17, 1933, in Salt Lake City, UT to Llewellyn O. and Carolyn Evans Thomas.  She spent her childhood and teens living with her family in the historic house at 701 E. South Temple.  She attended the University of Utah where she studied art under the renowned artist Alvin Gittens who later became Chairman of the Art Department.  Alice was subsequently invited to accept an art scholarship at the Slade Institute of Fine Art in London.  She later moved to Paris where she worked for the Larousse Company.  They were working on the first American Edition of the Larousse Illustrated International Encyclopedia and Dictionary where she wrote many of the entries regarding art and art history for several years.  Most notably, while in Paris she worked directly with Bernard Frechtman, the official translator for Jean Genet and Jean-Paul Sartre. After she moved to Los Angeles to finish her Education degree she became an English teacher at Hollenbeck Jr. High School in East Los Angeles.  Later she taught at Taft High School in the San Fernando Valley until her retirement in the 1990's.  Alice faced a mountain of challenges at both of these schools, but she always made her students her first priority and over her 30+ year teaching career she influenced the lives of thousands of Los Angeles students. Alice was a teacher in her soul as well as her career. She was an artist, a free-thinker and very often ahead of her time.  She was an example of independence and fearlessness. She is survived by her brother John Thomas (Lou Ann), her sister Madelon Thomas, her nephews Jansen Lambie (Gail), and Richard Robinson (Barbara Hua), her nieces Jennet Kresge (Anthony), Laina Thomas, Rebecca Menlove (James), and her devoted friend Walt McCarron. Her ashes will be interred in the Evans family plot at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.  There will be no service. Our family will be privately celebrating her life, her influence on us, and her ultimate freedom with a toast, a story, and a fine French meal. We hope you will join us in remembering her fondly. If you wish to make a gesture in Alice's memory, we suggest that she would have most appreciated a donation to your favorite art related or educational cause. Vive la résistance! Vive la révolution! Vive la liberté!
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19, 2017
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