Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Dear Friend, Barry Krugel

This article was published in the UTLA newsletter in 2004.

Hollenbeck Middle School teacher Barry Krugel passed away earlier this year. Barry was a lifelong educator, having dedicated 20 of his 30 Los Angeles Unified School District years to Hollenbeck. He served the Hollenbeck community as teacher, social studies department chair, audio-visual coordinator, and member of the SBM School Site Council. Barry was always dependable, and his commitment reached everyone in need of help for extra-curricular activities.

A man of his word, “The Colonel,” as he was affectionately called, meant and did what he said.

Barry’s scholarly endeavors were evident by his home library collection of more than 10,000 books. His love for reading gave him knowledge and the ability to talk up a storm on any subject or topic. An erudite individual, his knowledge created stimulating conversations during which Barry held passionately firm in his beliefs, which were supported by concrete statistics and data that only he knew best. A discussion with Barry was truly a learning experience.

Barry was a veteran of many UTLA precinct walks and phone banks, and he was active in UTLA East Area. He walked the line in ’89 and never missed a demonstration.

Barry is survived by his wife, Leah, and daughters Lisa and Dilia.

Barry will truly be missed, yet his legacy of contributions fulfills those who knew and understood him every day. It is with great sadness and love that the Hollenbeck community says goodbye to
their friend and colleague.

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