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Lilian Pearl Skotnes


1919 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Lilian Pearl Skotnes Obituary
June 4, 1919 - January 29, 2016 Lilian Pearl Skotnes (née Sansom), feminist, radio producer, world traveler, and much loved mother, grandmother, and wife, passed away peacefully in Alhambra, California. She was 96 years old. Born and raised in East London, England, by Salvation Army officer parents, Pearl migrated with her family, including her older brother, to the U.S. in 1930, settling in San Francisco. She studied English literature at San Francisco State College and the University of California-Berkeley. In 1941 she traveled with her parents to South Africa, where she worked in U.S. government offices. She met and, in 1944, married Arthur William Skotnes, a South African fighting in World War II. In 1952, Pearl, Arthur, and their sons--Andor (1947) and Terence (1950)--moved to Southern California. Her third son, Keith, was born in 1957. In the 1960s and 1970s, Pearl and her family were involved in the social movements of the era, and she became deeply committed to the women's movement. From 1973 to 1995, she worked with KPFK, Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles, as producer, editor, and board member. She hosted and created some 250 radio programs, 220 featuring her interviews with leading authors of the day. Pearl was preceded in death by her husband Arthur in 2005. During her last years, she continued to pursue her love of books and worked with the Friends of the Library. She is survived by her three sons, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2016
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