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Emily Lillian Gochis


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Emily Lillian Gochis Obituary
January 17, 1928 - June 12, 2017 Emily Lillian Gochis passed away in Rancho Mirage, California, on June 12, 2017 as a result of Alzheimer's disease. Em was born on January 17, 1928 in Everett, Massachusetts, to Greek parents Theodora and Eustathios Gochis. After graduating from college she taught school in New England and Germany (enabling her to ski the finest runs in Europe) before settling in Los Angeles in the late 1950s where she became a high school P.E. teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. When she retired after 33 years of teaching, she burst out of the closet as a proud lesbian. After her Montecito Heights home was destroyed by a brush fire in 1987, she moved full-time to Thousand Palms. A skilled athlete and avid tennis player, she was one of the Los Angeles torch-bearers in the 1984 Summer Olympics Torch Relay. After retiring, she traveled the world making new friends everywhere she went. In the 1990s she became a generous philanthropist to LGBT causes, most notably to the Los Angeles LGBT Center where she named the Gochis Gallery at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood. She also volunteered for many years at Revivals thrift stores benefitting the Desert AIDS Project. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her beloved sister Bess Gochis. She is survived by her sister Olympia Stratis and nephews and nieces Eustathios, Evmorphia, Theodora and Zack Stratis and great-niece and nephew Zoe and Leo Pancic, and by dear friends and caretakers Dr. Agnes Dickson, Ana Rubyn and Lorri L. Jean. A celebration of Em's life will be held on July 8th at 11:00 a.m. at the Center's Gochis Gallery at 1125 N. McCadden Place. RSVP's are requested at 323 993 7609. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Center at www.lalgbtcenter.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 14 to June 18, 2017
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