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Feliza Margarita Hertz

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Hertz, Feliza Margarita Feliza Margarita Hertz died in her sleep on June 2, 2001. Feliza Hertz was instructor in German at Pomona College from 1948 to 1952 and taught at the University of Southern California from 1960 to 1975. From 1952 to 1956 her husband, Richard Otto Hertz, was German Consul General in Los Angeles and, before he died in 1961, German Ambassador to South Korea and Mexico. Feliza Hertz was born in Chile on March 6, 1910, to Walter Vorwerk, the director of a prosperous shipping company with offices in Hamburg and Valparaiso, and his wife Margarita, nee Arnolds. She was brought up in Hamburg where she received her Abitur. After studying in London, Grenoble, and Munich, she married in 1932 and lived in Berlin. In 1937 she emigrated to Chicago and Dubuque, Iowa, with her husband and her first two children. Another son and daughter were born in the United States. In 1948 the family moved to Claremont, California, and four years later to Los Angeles, where she lived for 50 years. Feliza Hertz was an elegant, compassionate person who enjoyed lively discussions of art and literature. She traveled widely to Asia, Latin America, and Europe as well as generously and frequently opening her home to visitors and friends from far and near. As a teacher she had a reserved, affectionate, and humane approach that was appreciated by her students and family. She is fondly remembered for her strong will, delight in the outdoors, and especially for tending her beautiful garden with patience and skill. Her loving presence will be cherished and missed. Her daughter Feliza Koester died in a plane accident in 1974. She is survived by her children Peter Hertz-Ohmes of Syracuse, New York, Imogen Sieveking of Guatemala City, and Richard Hertz of Los Angeles, as well as 10 grandchildren and 11 great grand children. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tree People, 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 15, 2001
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