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Raul Aceves

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Raul Aceves Obituary
February 23, 1934 - September 26, 2016 Raul Aceves, a lifelong learner and educator, died on September 26, 2016, after a long illness. He was 82. A native of Los Angeles, Raul was a successful student from an early age. He was selected student body president in high school. He also was the first in his family to earn a college degree, receiving a bachelor's degree from UCLA. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army, where he met his wife, Carmina Duran, while on duty in Europe. He returned to earn master's degrees from Loyola Marymount University and New York University and then embarked on a career in teaching and college administration. He began teaching at Assumption Catholic School in Los Angeles and then joined California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he started as a pre-admissions counselor focused on mediation and conflict resolution. He then transitioned to the Office of the President and eventually became dean of community programs. After retiring from Dominguez Hills, he taught English as a second language to immigrant hotel workers and taught Spanish classes at several large corporations in Los Angeles, including DirecTV and Univision. He was a proud father of four children, who include a senior executive at a large media company, an elementary school teacher and two university professors. Raul loved art and literature, reading several hours a day and maintaining a collection of books that spanned several walls. His hobbies included photography and swimming. His joy of life could be seen by everyone he encountered, from family to those he met for the first time whom he instantly befriended with his welcoming charm such as the cashier at the newsstand, receptionist at the doctor's office and waiter at the local restaurant. He was preceded in death by his parents, Porfirio and Conchita Aceves, and his brother. He is survived by his wife, Carmina Duran Aceves; son John Aceves and his wife, Sue Polka; son William Aceves and his wife, Seema Aceves; daughter Marilo Aceves and her husband, Alec Rosenberg; daughter Tisa Aceves; and three grandchildren. A private service will be held at Loyola Marymount University. "Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears." - Albert Camus
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 6 to Oct. 9, 2016
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