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Dr. Gloria Viola Engel


1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Dr.  Gloria Viola Engel Obituary
September 22, 1921 - October 29, 2016 Dr. Gloria Engel, wife, mother, professor, designer, art collector and world traveler, passed away at her home in Century City on October 29th. Born in Los Angeles to Jacob (Jack) Bardfield and Louise Kimmel, Gloria graduated from Beverly Hills High School and then matriculated at UCLA. In 1943, she married her partner in life, Dr. Benjamin Engel, who was to become her husband for 71 years until his death in 2014. World War II, her marriage and motherhood interrupted Gloria's academic career, but in 1956, she returned to UCLA. Gloria completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1959, her Master of Arts in Psychology in 1962, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in 1968. She subsequently joined the faculty at USC, holding the title of Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine until her retirement in 1987. Gloria and Ben's frequent world travel led to their purchasing a home in Paris, where they spent each spring and fall together for 20 years. This allowed Gloria to pursue her twin passions of art and fashion with vigor. After leaving Paris, the couple moved to New York City for the spring and autumn months, but each year they always returned to their roots in Los Angeles. After Ben's passing, Gloria moved to Los Angeles permanently, where she spent her final years. Gloria Engel is survived by her son, Gary. In accordance with Gloria's wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 30, 2016
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