November 20, 1917 ~ December 26, 2002
E. Ross Harrington, former Superintendent of the Redondo Beach City School District for fourteen years, died Thursday, December 26, 2002 of brain cancer at the age of 85. After a hospital stay, he returned to his Redondo Beach home and passed away surrounded by loving family members.
Ross was born in Oxnard, California, and grew up during the Depression on his parents' ranch in Simi Valley, where they raised citrus, walnuts,apricots and avocadoes and had a small dairy. He attended the local schools and graduated from Simi High School, where he was President of the Student Body. He entered college at the University of Redlands with just $25.00 in his pocket, a loan from a favorite teacher. He worked his way through college with three jobs every year, was Senior Class President, and graduated with Honors.
After graduation, he taught in junior high schools in Holtsville and El Monte, California. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 as a Private, and rose through the ranks to become Captain. During WW II, he served nearly three years overseas in North Africa, Italy, France, Sardinia, Corsica and Germany. After returning home, he became Head of the Education Department at Chapman University, then located in Los Angeles. At the University of Southern California, he earned Masters and Doctor of Education degrees. Next, he was Director of Education for the Richland School District in Shafter, California, and Superintendent of Schools in Taft, California. In Redondo Beach, he was Superintendent of the Redondo Beach City School District from 1963 to 1977. As Superintendent his accomplishments included adding libraries to all schools which did not have them, establishing a cafeteria system,
and building Alta Vista School. Changes and improvements were made in the curriculum.
After he retired, he enjoyed working as a part-time travel agent, and he and his wife traveled extensively. He married his college sweetheart,Adelaide Stevens, in 1944 and they recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.
He was a member of many organizations including Elks, Masons, Rotary,Toastmasters, and Methodist Men. He was past president of the Redondo Beach Coordinating Council and served on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Adelaide, daughter Lianna, son-in-law Siddiqui, a brother Dr. Robert Harrington of Auburn, a sister Bethel Rohwer of Porterville, five grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his brother, Rev.
Arthur Harrington and his son, Steven Ross Harrington.
The family suggests that, for those who wish, memorial gifts may be made to the Redondo Beach First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the
American Cancer Society.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach, 243 So. Broadway,
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