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Cathy Cherbosque Ph.D.

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Our darling Cathy passed away peacefully at home in Encino, surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous 11-year battle with cancer. Her motto: "CNQ" - Cherbosques Never Quit! She refused to be defined by her illness and taught us all the meaning of courage and determination, with grace and elegance. Born in Los Angeles, October 14, 1959, Cathy is survived by parents Chet and Sandy Bloome, siblings Jeff and Deena, husband Jorge, daughters Carina and Tiana, and a devoted community of friends and family. True soul mates, Cathy and Jorge shared a blissful 29 year marriage. They created a home of joy, acceptance, learning, social justice, respect and compassion. Their union blended American, Mexican, and Jewish cultures which influenced how they raised their amazing daughters, Carina and Tiana. Cathy's devotion to Jorge and their daughters empowered them to pursue their individual dreams and passions. Cathy was a role model, an anchor and a source of wisdom and compassion as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and aunt. Under Cathy's quiet demeanor laid a fierce ambition and determination to succeed as evidenced by her very successful academic and professional accomplishments, earning Master's degrees in Psychology from Cal State Northridge, Library Science from UCLA, and a Master's/Ph.D. in History from Claremont College. Her career included many years as the Curator of Historical Prints and Ephemera at the Huntington Library. A lifelong fan of the Beatles, Cathy pursued every opportunity to enjoy this passion, be it visiting Liverpool or adding to her collection of Beatle books to enhance her fan knowledge. To share her wisdom and love of literature, Cathy hosted many book clubs. She had a particular pension for, and expertise in, English literature, Victorian history and culture, and the Bronte Sisters. Friends of all ages often gathered for "Shabbat Book Night at the Cherbosques", to exchange thoughts and discoveries over a cup of tea by the fire. "Downton Abbey" was taken seriously in Cathy's home! Cathy left an indelible impression on everyone - embracing and accepting all those she met and loved. Cathy will be remembered for her patience, adventurous spirit, appetite for literature, remarkable beauty - inside and out, and especially the way in which she conducted her life - with gracious elegance.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 1, 2015
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