Thousand Oaks, CA - Alan Grossman, 89, passed away on May 29 at his residence in Thousand Oaks, California, surrounded by friends and family who loved him.
Still in touch wth many of his former students, Alan was a beloved, retired elementary school teacher who taught at the Canejo Valley Unified School Distriict. His love of children and connecting with them along with his unique personality and teaching methods made Alan a memorable and favorite teacher for those lucky enough to have had him as a teacher.
Alan was born and raised in Los Angeles. A fourth generation Los Angeleno, he was a graduate of L.A. High, attended both USC and UCLA, where he graduated with a masters and earned his teaching degree. He served briefly in the army and was stationed at Fort Lee in Virginia. He also lived in Florence, Oregon for over ten years before returning home to Thousand Oaks in 2010.
He will be remembered for his kindness, his jokes, his love of dogs and his generosity. He loved giving small gifts to people—many of them a reflection of his sense of humor. Making other people smile made Alan smile. He was a lover of films and even appeared in a John Landis film, Schlock. He loved Russian films, music and art, especially the art of Eugenia Ivanova, who painted with leaves. He collected all things Scarlet Sails, his favorite book/movie. Alan was a very special person who will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Guy and Larry, his sister Mary Ann and his nephew Rick. He is survived by his niece, Caron, his best friend and honorary family member, Karen Donahue and many special friends who loved and cared for him.
Services will by private. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Alan's name to the ASPCA.
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Published by Ventura County Star from Jun. 10 to Jun. 12, 2021.