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Louise Homer Connolly Hannum

1925 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Louise Homer Connolly Hannum Obituary
June 27, 1925 - March 31, 2016 La Jolla - Louise Hannum, age 90, passed away March 31 after a brief illness. Born to Sidney Homer Jr., the father of modern bond research, and Marion Brooks Symmes of New York City, she was followed by sisters Marion and Georgiana. Louise was the granddaughter and namesake of Mme. Louise Homer, leading Metropolitan Opera contralto, and was a cousin of the composer Samuel Barber and the painter Winslow Homer. Louise attended Friends Seminary and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1947. She married John James Connolly, Naval officer and Yale-graduated engineer, on April 3,1948. Louise contracted polio during the epidemic, but recovered the ability to walk, hike and swim due to her amazing strength and determination. She received a teaching credential, an MA from UCLA, and taught English and Literature for 30 years at University High in West LA. After a long courtship, she married Arthur James Hannum on December 20, 1983. Louise loved her Santa Monica home, with its pool and colorful gardens, where she enjoyed hosting elegant gatherings of family and friends. Louise enjoyed the Plato Society in LA, and later, at White Sands Retirement Community in La Jolla, was active on the library committee and in numerous biblical, historical, and literary courses. Louise was known for her astute commentary, active mind, and ardent pursuit of knowledge. She had a lifelong love of literature, classical music and opera. She was courageous and independent, a prolific correspondent, and had a remarkable talent for making and keeping lifelong friends. She is survived by three daughters: Louise Connolly (Frank Hayes) of Palos Verdes, CA; Jane Noon of La Jolla, CA; Elizabeth Van Oosbree (Ted) of La Mesa, CA; 5 grandchildren, a sister Marion Painter (William) of Yarmouthport, MA; and brother-in-law Richard Daskais of Santa Monica. A memorial service and interment will be held on Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 580 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90024. Reception to follow. "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." Pericles
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 7 to May 8, 2016
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