January 24, 1942 ~ July 31, 2013
Arlene Evangelista Grauch, Ph.D.
January 24, 1942 – July 31, 2013
Resided in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Arlene Evangelista Grauch, Ph.D. succumbed to brain cancer on July 31, 2013 at the age of 71. Dr. Grauch was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 24, 1942 and had been a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA since 1986, after having lived in Europe, Broomall, PA, Vallejo, CA, Idaho Falls, ID, Groton, CT, Virginia Beach, VA, Ann Arbor, MI, Los Altos Hills, CA, Kennett Square, PA and Colorado Springs, CO. She earned a BS in Physical Education and English from Penn State University in June 1963, an MA in Theatre and English from The University of Michigan in May 1972, a Ph.D. in Theatre (Costume Design) and English from Michigan in December 1988 and an MA in Pupil Personnel Services from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills in 1993.
Arlene retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2002 after fifteen years of service, the last five years of which she served as Assistant Principal, Counseling, at San Pedro High School. She also had been a Counselor at San Pedro High School and Wilmington Middle School, and an English teacher at Dana Junior High and Carson High School. Other teaching positions included: Teaching Assistant, Cal State University, Dominguez Hills; Instructor, History of World Drama, Marymount Palos Verdes College; Instructor, English Composition, National University; Teaching Assistant, Costume and Theatre History, The University of Michigan; and Guest Lecturer, History of Costume and Design, Colorado College.
Arlene loved musical theatre and had a passion for costume design. She enjoyed painstakingly researching every project to ensure historical accuracy. She designed costumes professionally for various community theatre companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, the City of Palo Alto Community Theatre, The United States Air Force Academy and the City of Torrance Recreation Department. She was a main speaker at the Costume Design Heritage Series, United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) National Convention in 1985. She also loved to sew and knit for herself and for her grandchildren, and she handcrafted many memorable keepsakes for her family and friends. Travel was one of Arlene's favorite pastimes.
Arlene is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Spencer; by her son Jason and his wife Sara; by her daughter Amber and her husband Mark Pedigo; and by five grandchildren: Spencer and Charlie Grauch; and Zachary, Jayden and Easton Pedigo. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Rose (DiGiuseppe) Evangelista.
Arlene will be laid to rest in Los Angeles National Cemetery.
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