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Mrs. Beulah Friedman Strickler, May 3, 1918 - February 3, 2017. Pianist and piano teacher
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May 3, 1918 - February 3, 2017 


This pioneering figure in the musical life of Orange County has passed away. 


Best known as founding Artistic Director of the Fullerton Friends of Music, which provided free, member-funded classical music concerts since 1959, she was also esteemed as an insightful interpreter of the classical and early music repertoires. 


Raised and educated in New York City, she studied piano with Hedwig Kanner Rosenthal and musicology with Curt Sachs. 


Relocating to the Southland in 1943, she married the scientist Allen Strickler, with whom she remained until his death in 2013. 


Beulah left an incalculable impact on her family, her colleagues, and her community with her passion, creativity, and generous and adventurous spirit. 


She is survived by sons Daniel, Robert, and Michael, and granddaughter Emma. 


A memorial concert will be given by the Fullerton Friends of Music at 3:30pm, Sunday, February 19, at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton. Funeral services on Monday, February 20, at 10 A.M. at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar.


Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 17, 2017.




Strickler, Allen, passed away on May 31, 2013, after a brief illness in Fullerton, California. 


He was 97. Allen was born in New York City, the eldest son of Pincus and Fanny (Broner) Strickler, natives of Poland. Like many immigrant parents, the Stricklers struggled against poverty yet encouraged and supported the aspirations of their children. A prodigious scholar, Allen attended famed Stuyvesant High School, where he was awarded the Latin Prize. He went on to graduate with honors from City College of New York, in 1937, with a degree in chemistry. After a brief stint in industry, where he worked as a chemist and specialist in colorimetry, he obtained employment in California as a technician in the Manhattan Project. During this time he met Beulah Friedman, who was to be his wife for 67 years. 


From 1949 and for the next 30 years, Allen worked at Beckman Instruments, first in the patent department and later contributing more than 20 patented inventions of his own in analytical instrumentation, and earning the position of Senior Scientist. He was known by his colleagues for his deep intellect, steadfast loyalty, and thorough professionalism. A gifted linguist, he wrote the English translation of Jean Texereau's classic text on telescope making, a book that is still in print after 50 years, serving as the definitive text on the subject. A community leader, Allen established with Herbert Drapkin, Robert Fisler, Fred Mason, and others the Youth Science Center of North Orange County, providing free science classes and field trips to the region's young people.


As adored husband, father, brother, grandfather, and uncle, Allen is fondly remembered by his family as a wise and patient man, a wonderful teacher, and a sweet and gentle human being. Allen Strickler is survived by his wife Beulah, his sons Daniel, of Short Hills, NJ, Robert, of Anaheim, CA, and Michael, of Rohnert Park, CA, and his granddaughter Emma Strickler, of Gambier, OH.


Services will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday June 5 at Pacific View Mortuary, 3500 Pacific View Drive Corona de Mar, CA, with reception to be held at 5 PM at the Strickler home in Fullerton. 


Published in Orange County Register on June 5, 2013.