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Mr. "Al" Merriam 1927 - 2021
Mrs. Columba Kaufman, 1920-2021
Mother of our friend Richard, '67.


1920 - 2021 Columba Kaufman, was born in Chicago in 1920 and no longer graces the earth. Columba went to the University of Chicago in 1939 when few women were admitted. This personified the type of life she lived. She was a political activist that always focused on helping to create a more equal society. Being the daughter of immigrants from Turkey and Italy this was very important to her.

She began her career as a biology teacher in the Norwalk-La Mirada School District eventually becoming principal of El Camino Continuation High School in La Mirada. As principal she created an environment where structure was balanced with compassion so students could enjoy success. Her bilingual skills served her well in that position.

What made her unique was her ability to be an exceptional homemaker in spite of having a demanding career. Not only was she able to concentrate on being an excellent educator but she also had time to instruct her children on the challenges of reaching success in a complex world.

Columba's 66 year marriage to her husband John was filled with trips around the world and a shared passion for politics. She is predeceased by her daughter Jill and is survived by her daughter Regina and husband Marc, her son Richard and wife Lee. She also is survived by her granddaughter Tamar and husband Casey as well as great grandchildren Rowan and Isla. She will be missed by those who loved her, but her legacy will continue to light their way.

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Published in Orange County Register on Apr. 16, 2021.

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