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Diane Martin Stauts Callahan

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Diane Martin Stauts Callahan Obituary
April 6, 1936 - October 25, 2015 April 6, 1936 - October 25, 2015 The world lost a remarkable woman on October 25, who led a truly adventurous life while inspiring countless others in direct and indirect ways. Born April 6, 1936 in Compton, CA, Mary Diane Callahan received an A.A. degree from Compton College where her father, Paul Martin, was President. Though she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1957 and was chosen one of the "Top Ten Women Graduates," she treasured most her election as "Sally Sorority." Soon after graduation she married Braden Stauts who would become a renowned dentist and father of her three children: Paul, Tracy, and Holly. She taught elementary school in Washoe County for two years while earning a Master's Degree in School Administration. Her thesis on land-grant colleges and universities was published by the Nevada State Educational Association and played a key role in the creation of UNLV. Moving to Los Angeles so her husband could earn his D.D.S. at U.S.C., she supported the family by teaching at the secondary level for the L.A. City School District. She quickly moved up the ranks to Head Counselor and Supervising Psychologist for the district, eventually earning nearly a dozen educational credentials. She was Vice Principal at the school in Watts which served as command center during the 1969 riots. While still teaching high school, two part-time jobs as a college instructor led to full-time positions at Marymount College in 1969 and later at Loyola Marymount University where she became a full professor, Chairman of the Educational Department, and President of the Faculty. Her successor in that post, Rev. Michael Callahan, S.J., became her second husband which produced some exciting ramifications for both of them. Despite her many honors at LMU including "Teacher of the Year," she treasured most her letter from the South African Consulate General denying her a visa because of her criticisms of their apartheid educational system. Moving to Auburn in 1992 caused a dramatic transformation for the lofty college professor when she became vice-principal at Sacramento Juvenile Hall with a population of 350, some 30 to 40 charged with murder. Her unlikely choice proved providential as the inmates came to love and respect her. Next, she became a counselor and later the principal at Milhous, a residential treatment facility in Nevada and Sacramento counties for severely disturbed children. Again she won the hearts of her wounded charges by her care and concern for their welfare, and they loved and respected her. Having finally retired in 2001, she immediately volunteered after 9/11 for two months as the triage coordinator for Disaster Psychiatric Services at the Mayor's Family and Victim Center. Back at Lake of the Pines, she served for two years on the Nevada County Grand Jury. She leaves behind her husband of almost 34 years, three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren - all of whom called her "Growley" despite the warmth she exuded to all who met her and then came to love her. Her lasting legacy to the world comes from the hundreds of future teachers to whom she gave principles, objectives, motivation, and morals to impart to their tens of thousands of students - her indirect continuing influence on society. May she rest in joy for the peace she gave to so many others during her long, rich life. Arrangements under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2015
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