Founding alumni will be sad to know that Edith V. (Sherwood) Ackerman, a retired teacher of Temple City High School in Temple City, CA, passed away on July 29, 2008, in Glendora, CA.
Mrs. Ackerman was born February 14, 1916 in Long Beach, CA, and spent 19 years in the Temple City Unified School district before retiring in 1977. She graduated Magna cum Laude with a degree in Journalism and Liberal Studies from the University of Southern California in 1936. She received two Master's degrees: Master of Education from USC in 1955 and a Master of Arts in English from Cal State University Los Angeles in 1968.
She was selected as Teacher of the Year in 1971 by the Industry Education Council of San Gabriel Valley and as an Outstanding Secondary Teacher of America in 1973. During her tenure at Temple City High School, she taught English, humanities, and literature courses. She also taught journalism and yearbook classes, acting as the advisor for both the newspaper and the yearbook. Upon her retirement, she joined the Serrano Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. As a member of the chapter, she held many chapter chairmanships, was the chapter treasurer for six years and served as Chapter Regent from 1984-1986.
Mrs. Ackerman was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Ackerman, her high school sweetheart and husband of 45 years. She is survived by her daughters, Anne Battle, and June Malone and grandchildren Steven Stankovic, John Stankovic (Aida), Allison Battle (Ryan Toms), and Gregory Battle, as well as great-grandchildren Steven Stankovic II, John Stankovic II, and Caitlyn Stankovic.
A formal sea service will be held Friday, August 15, 2008, in San Pedro, CA, to scatter her ashes. At the family's request, donations may be made to the Edith Ackerman Scholarship Fund, Serrano Chapter DAR, in care of Phyllis Sain, 209 E. Haltern Ave., Glendora, CA 91740-4492.
(Our thanks to Janice Helmer '68 for this notice. -Ed.)
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Edith Ackerman, TCHS english teacher
twykes - Aug 19, 2008, 10:31 AM