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Pauline Crouse Alchian


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Pauline Crouse Alchian Obituary
July 4, 1915 - March 29, 2017 Pauline Crouse Alchian passed away March 29, 2017 peacefully at her home in West Los Angeles. She was born July 4, 1915 in Rosalia, Washington to Dr. Arthur and Anna Crouse. Pauline attended Rosalia High School and graduated in 1933, then went to Eastern Washington State College where she graduated in 1935. She taught school in Seattle, Washington for one year then went to Stanford University to pursue her masters degree in education. At Stanford she met Armen Alchian and they became engaged. Before getting married, Pauline taught school in Seattle for one year. Pauline and Armen were married in Seattle on September 30, 1939. During their first year of marriage Pauline and Armen lived in Palo Alto, California while Pauline completed her masters thesis at the Stanford School of Education and her husband worked on his doctoral dissertation. In 1940 Pauline accompanied her husband while he studied for half a year at Columbia University and half a year at Harvard University. When the United States entered Wold War II, her husband enlisted in the military and became an officer in the Army Air Corps. During that time, Pauline gave birth to their first child and they resided in Forth Worth and San Antonio, Texas. At the end of WWII Pauline moved to Los Angeles where her husband joined the Economics Department at UCLA. Soon afterward Pauline gave birth to their son. Over the years Pauline cared for family and friends and was active throughout her life. Pauline's four major interests were genealogy, quilting, golf and bridge. For Pauline, family and friends always came first and that was reflected by her interest in genealogy which began at an early age. Pauline grew up making trips to her grandfather's ranch near Bozeman, Montana where he homesteaded. There she and her cousins shared adventures and formed bonds that lasted throughout their lives. Pauline became the family genealogist as she documented, interviewed, and wrote biographies for each of her family members. Over the years the family held reunions and as older members passed away and babies were born the stories Pauline collected were shared and passed along to subsequent generations. Life can be marked by major events and celebrations and those highlights can be captured through quilting. For Pauline that was what stimulated her interest in quilting--as a way to communicate--not just a way to stay warm at night. So when Pauline and Armen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by taking the entire family on a Caribbean cruise, she kept her eye open for events she wanted to record on her quilt. She created two quilts of 12 inch panels commemorating various memorable activities during the cruise. Those quilts have become family heirlooms. Throughout life Pauline was active in sports. While raising her children Pauline lived near a public golf course and after her children were both in school, she decided to try golf. She started by taking lessons and practicing on the short par 3 courses and as she improved she wanted to advance to the larger 18 hole courses. She began playing in club tournaments and in the 1960s won the Presidents Cup at Rancho Park. By then her husband began to play golf and soon Pauline was playing with him as well. Since her husband participated in international conferences, that gave Pauline the opportunity to play on courses throughout the world. Pauline also enjoyed playing bridge throughout her life. She learned bridge as a child by watching family and friends play during the cold winters in eastern Washington. She enjoyed the challenge and competition of bridge. As an adult she was curious to know how good the professional players were since some of her friends played in bridge tournaments. In 1962 an important tournament was held near her home. Her friends invited Pauline and her partner to play and Pauline agreed if she could play against the good players. Pauline and her partner ended up winning the tournament and as a result she received her first master points. Pauline learned that there was more to tournament bridge than party bridge and soon joined the American Contract Bridge League. Over the years Pauline enjoyed playing in tournaments throughout the United Sates as well as abroad. She became a Silver Life Master and although she stopped playing in tournaments in her late 80s she continued to play duplicate bridge at Los Angeles neighborhood centers until she was 101 years old. Pauline and her husband Armen spent 73 happy years together until he passed away in 2013. She was an original home owner in Mar Vista which is where she lived her final 69 years. She is survived by her two children, Arline Hoel and Allen Alchian and their spouses, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Pauline requested that any memorial donations be made to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 1 to Apr. 9, 2017
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