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Rosemary Galanda Jenkins

Profile Updated: December 23, 2014
Residing In:
Granada Hills, CA USA
Willie James Jenkins
teacher, ret; columnist/author; community activist
(Mr.) Udeka , born 1977;
stepchildren: Garron, born 1963; Martique, born 1967

College; went into the Peace Corps; taught in LAUSD for 37 years; married with one son (two grandsons) and two stepchildren (2 granddaughters); became an author of 3 books and currently writing for citywatchla.com and laprogressive.com and hollywoodprogressive.com

What did you do right after high school?

Attended UCSB, double-majored: English and history; humanities minor.
Bachelor's degrees in English and history; secondary teaching credential

What did you want to do or think you were going to do when you finished high school?

I planned on attending college. Had thought since age 7 that I would become a doctor but believed a woman who wants to become a doctor would not be able to spend adequate time at home with husband and children. Consequently, I became a teacher, a position which allowed me to work with children and be an active participant with my own family. I was always very active with my son's activities, including being a team mom and even a soccer coach.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

As a teacher I was able to take students to many countries around the world--a situation which also gave me the opportunity to bring my insights into the classroom. I worked with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua and studied in Mexico and Costa Rica and was in the Peace Corps in Brazil for a time.

I have become a successful writer.

What’s your favorite memory of THS?

Being part of the Leadership class was very rewarding for me. I never missed a football or basketball game in four years and was probably the loudest screamer at those events--very proud of our basketball team when we went to the playoffs in Long Beach.

My favorite memory is the advice a young man gave me about looking around and being more chatty and warm as I walked between classes (I was always thinking about the next class). I have ever since made a point of speaking to and showing interest in just about everyone, such as the cook, janitor, gardener, person in line at the market, or just the average man/woman on the street.

Biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at THS?

I had a wonderful group of friends but should have reached out to be part of a broader range of friendships.

Any words of wisdom?

The purpose of life is to make yourself a better person and to make the world a better place!

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Jun 16, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Another year has rolled around. Turning 70 made me happy. I hope you feel the same! Happy Birthday and many joyful ones ahead.

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Feb 23, 2017 at 8:34 AM

Happy Birthday and many more delightful ones! Rosemary Galanda Jenkins

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Happy Birthday and many more.

Jul 12, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Happy Birthday and many more!

Jul 10, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Happy Birthday and many more sweet, happy ones!

Jun 20, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Happy Birthday, Laura. Have a great year!

Jun 12, 2016 at 5:23 PM

Happy Birthday and many more!

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Nov 10, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Such a sweet person.  Life took her too soon.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.  Rosemary and Willie Jenkins

Nov 04, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Shirley, I would like to get together. I don't seem to have your phone number. Please call me when you can at 818-667-3280. Take care. Be well. Rosemary G-J

Nov 02, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Alvin, I wish you the best on your birthday and throughout the year. It was so good seeing you at the Reunion, Mr. Prez.

Oct 23, 2015 at 5:33 PM

I am so sorry to hear that!  My sympathies to all his friends and family members.  May he be well-remembered.

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Sep 16, 2015 at 1:23 PM

Posted on: Sep 16, 2015 at 12:16 PM

By the way, is seating open?

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Sep 16, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Posted on: Sep 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM

You are doing such an outstanding job on the reunion, including the reunion pages. I can't imagine anyone doing it better. Thank you for all the time you have put into this "project." I am eager to see you and the rest of the class!

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Aug 20, 2015 at 5:34 PM

I am so upset over the passing of Thomas.  It is especially painful to know that the root cause was Agent Orange.  Personally, I have boycotted Dow Chemical since the Viet Nam War because that is the company that manufactured this atrocious chemical.  Used during war time, its use results in one of the most excruciating ways to die.

Bless you, Thomas Garrison!

Jul 31, 2015 at 5:33 PM

I remember Dana.  I am so sorry to hear of her passing!  My condolences to her family and friends.  Rosemary Galanda Jenkins

Jul 31, 2015 at 5:33 PM

Judy was a friend of mine.  I felt so sad when I first heard of her passing many years ago.  She used to work at a bank which I used and then moved on from that.  How tragic!!  Rosemary Galanda Jenkins

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