Louise Wright Robertson (nee Dorothy Louise Wright) passed away unexpectedly on October 25, 2019, near her home in Monrovia, CA. She died peacefully surrounded by her family. Louise was born January 6, 1940 in Houston, Texas, to Herman and Alice Wright. She attended Lamar High School and the University of Texas, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Later she earned a Master of Arts in Library Science from Arizona State University and a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University. Louise was a firm believer in education and libraries, and a formidable and effective champion for both. She had a long and accomplished career as an educator, first as the librarian at Placerita Junior High School and then at Saugus High School, both in Santa Clarita, CA. Later she was an administrator in the Wm. S. Hart School District, responsible for special programs, technology, libraries, and other areas. She was also an adjunct faculty member at College of the Canyons for over 20 years. After retirement from public school service she continued to be active in education, working for many years with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). She was highly regarded both for her service on accreditation teams and for her consultation and training activities related to school accreditation, grant writing, and libraries. Louise married Loyd Gordon Robertson on June 10, 1961 and had two children, David (born 1962) and Kathryn "Kitty" (born 1964). She was a profoundly devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Louise and Gordon moved to Monrovia, CA, in 1998. In addition to being an active Nana to her young grandchildren, Louise looked for ways to contribute to her community. She served on the Monrovia Library Board, helping to oversee the planning and construction of the new city library, a crown jewel of the community. Louise's support of the library continued when she served as founding director of the Friends of the Library and volunteered countless hours in the library store. She was more recently a co-leader of the Monrovia Legacy Project, a grant-funded initiative of the Monrovia Historical Society, which published its digital collection of historical documents just last year. Louise was kind, generous, and spirited. She was joyful and active in her work and family life until the end. In addition to countless friends and colleagues, she is survived by her husband of 58 years, Gordon Robertson, her children David and Kitty, daughter-in-law Karen Robertson and son-in-law Alan Morse, grandchildren Julia and John Morse and William and Marion Robertson, and sister Alice Stroud. The family is planning a celebration of Louise's life in late December. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Monrovia Historical Society or the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Nov. 17, 2019.