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Rose C. Engel


1917 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Rose C. Engel Obituary
December 24, 1917 - May 29, 2016 The fancy certificate from Los Angles County reads, "The Mayor and City Council extend a heartfelt thank you to Rose Engel, an extraordinary teacher and administrator, for her outstanding professional achievement, for her unequalled commitment to quality education, and for expanding the horizons of thousands of students during the past three decades." This is one of many honors and awards adorning the walls of Rose Engel's home in Sherman Oaks. Rose was born in the Ukraine in 1917 and her family came to America in 1920, settling in Pittsburgh, Pa. Music was an important element for young Rose. After many years playing the piano, she became good enough to accompany her husband, Eddie, at weddings, where they earned $5.00 for each performance. After high school, Rose received a scholarship to The Pittsburgh Academy and became a speed demon on the manual typewriter. Rose and Eddie were married in August, 1938. In 1948, the couple and their two young kids, Paul and Anita, headed to Hollywood. Rose started teaching Sunday School at the Valley Jewish Community Center (VJCC) and took classes at Valley College, but learned mostly from on-the-job training. Rose was the Nursery School Director at VJCC, soon to be Adat Ari El, from 1948-1960; in fact, the pre-school now bears her name. One of Rose's proudest accomplishments was that she took a young boy named Neil, her first disabled student, into the program at VJCC, thus beginning her interest in special education. Rose took courses at Valley College, Cal State Northridge (CSUN), UCLA, and Occidental College, where she received her B.A. and was accredited to teach elementary school. She later earned a Master's degree in special education. She eventually worked for the L.A. Unified School District as a consultant in all of the district's special needs schools. Rose authored an institutional manual through a grant at USC and wrote several books, such as "Language Motivating Experiences for Young Children," which was widely used by her peers in special education. In 1969, Rose became the Principal at The Salvin School and then moved to the Lokrantz School in 1982. At Salvin, she initiated reverse mainstreaming, where fully abled kids were placed in the classroom with handicapped children. Before she departed Salvin, her staff held a "Rose Engel Day" and in her honor, created a park that still bears her name. In 1992, at the age of 75, Rose retired from The Lokrantz School. After Eddie passed away in 1990, Rose obtained her FCC general "ham" license and acquired her husband's old call sign, K6RZO. Around that time, she began to devote herself to philanthropic endeavors, such as endowing a scholarship in special education at CSUN. She donated a grand piano and organ to Adat Ari El where she also refurbished the choir loft in the sanctuary, created a student library listening center, and established a scholarship. She endowed a yearly chamber music concert open to everybody at no cost. At age 90, she became a Bat Mitzvah, something that was not open to girls when she was young. This remarkable woman left an indelible mark on education, particularly on special needs children, and on music performance.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 1 to June 2, 2016
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