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Patti Roberts interview


Patricia Roberts House first came to Sunny Hills as an assistant to Mrs. Joan Reiner for summer school school classes in 1965. She grew up in Pasadena and attended Pepperdine College at the original location near 82nd Street in Los Angeles, where she was Student Body President. She became a full time Speech teacher at Sunny Hills and also taught some English classes. She was married to ear specialist Dr. John House, the son of Dr. Howard House, founder of the world-renowned House Ear Institute at Beverly & Alvarado in the Westlake neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, across from St. Frances Medical Center and formerly known as the House Ear Clinic since 1946, and inventor of what's still the most common ear surgery. The House Clinic was where President Reagan was fitted with 2 small in-the-ear hearing aids by Dr. House himself and thereby inspired tens of millions of Americans to buy and wear these aids as needed. Friends who worked at the clinic told me almost all clinic employees were told to stay at home that day and Secret Service agents guarded President Reagan. They even stationed sharpshooters on the roof of the hospital across the street in case there was any trouble, which there was not. 

Pat became director of the Muckenthaler Center in Fullerton around 2000, and subsequently served as director of the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.

Ar Sunny Hills, Pat worked closely with Stan Commons, '67 when he won two consecutive national Original Oratory championships in 1965-1966 and 1966-1967.


5 Questions for Patricia House, Executive Director at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County - Bellefonte

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