Friends and family will remember an education activist who served as Los Angeles Unified’s first Director for the Mexican American Education Commission during a memorial service later this month.
Raúl P. Arreola, passed away peacefully at his Los Angeles home on Aug. 27, he was 89.
Arreola was born in Los Angeles to an immigrant Mexican family.
After joining the U.S at the age of 17 during WWII, he returned home and became the first of his family to attend college. He received his BA and a teaching credential from Cal State LA.
Throughout his life Arreola was active in the struggle to bring equality to Eastside schools, and to improve educational outcomes for Latino students.
Friends say he was a freethinker and anti-war activist, a gifted painter and lover of art and history. Many will remember him as a champion of good public education and a committed community educator.
Arreola is survived by his three children, Paul, Linda and Olivia.
His memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28th at 2pm at the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles: 2936 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the Rubén Salazar Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the Raúl Arreola Scholarship Award. The donation can be mailed United Teachers of Los Angeles, 3303, Wilshire Blvd. 10th floor, L.A. CA. 90010.