Mrs. Gloria Sall, 1926-2021
Gloria Ann Sall passed away peacefully on the morning of December 20 at the age of 95.
Born Goldie Ann Abrams in Detroit on September 14, 1926, Gloria relocated to St. Louis with her family after the start of the Great Depression. She graduated from Soldan High School in 1944 and shortly thereafter met her future husband, Leon, at a dance in University City.
Gloria had a life-long commitment to the pursuit of education and had planned to go to college. The unexpected death of her mother in 1944 cut short her stint at Harris Junior College in St. Louis. But she persevered, attending classes at Rutgers University before finally obtaining bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University, Long Beach.
Gloria became a teacher and taught social studies at Sonora High School in La Habra for many years [and at Sunny Hills High School].
At the urging of their eldest sister, Trudy Marcus (Max), Gloria and younger sister Dorothy Gallo (Alfred) moved to California in 1957, where Gloria and Leon settled in Anaheim and raised their two children: Steve and Rob. The sisters enjoyed happy times raising their families and taking many trips together. Gloria believed that the move to California was one of the best decisions of her life, saying that "California was very good to my family."
After living in Anaheim and Fullerton, Gloria spent the last 30 years of her life in Dana Point. Committed to the availability of quality public education, especially for women, Gloria was active with the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, and the South Orange County Democratic Club.
Preceded in death by Leon and son, Steve, and her sisters and brothers-in-law, Gloria is survived by her son, Rob (Susan); daughter-in-law (Teri), grandchildren Michael, Kathryn, and David; and great-grandchildren Jordyn and Michael. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gloria's memory may be made to the Nature Conservancy or the Humane Society.
Published by Orange County Register on Dec. 26, 2021
I took a class in California History from Mrs. Sall in 1965-1966. We met in the little classroom by the principal's office at the front of the school of the school. Rob Allingham '66, Lisa Grainger, '66 and Bill Shockley '67 were in the class. It was a good class, we all liked Mrs. Sall and we had fun.