Donald Lee Singer and Joanne Deborah Upin

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"I was born in the California Hospital on Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles, California on September 15, 1936."

The California Hospital is still in existence and each time I go through downtown Los Angeles I invariably go on the Interstate 10 / Santa Monica Freeway and see, as I approach or leave the interchange (the place at which the Santa Monica Freeway and the Harbor / Hollywood Freeway intersect), the hospital in which I was born some 52 years ago. The change in the socio-economic composition of the city of Los Angeles can be seen in the patient composition at California Hospital.

When I was born I am sure that the vast majority of its patients were middle-class Anglos; today, most of its patients are recent immigrants from Mexico, Central America, and Asia and most are in the low income bracket. The hospital is still performing its function, but in an entirely different millieu than it did over half a century ago.)FB §07-02 by Donald Lee Singer

Please read about Donald Lee Singer's parents Louis and Jean Singer for his early childhood.

College Education and Academic Career

"Following graduation from high school I received an academic scholarship from the University of Southern California and went off to U.S.C. in the spring of 1954."

Those were the days in which the Los Angeles Unified School District had mid-year graduations and I graduated i January, 1954. I stayed at U.S.C., although not consecutively and certainly not full-time, until 1970, and received the following degrees from the University: 1958, B.A., cum laude; 1961, Master of Science in Secondary Education; 1966, Master of Arts in History; and 1970, Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education.

I enjoyed both my undergraduate days at U.S.C. and all of my graduate study at the University and have a soft part in my heart for this institution of higher education.

"Following the completion of my B.A., and the obtaining of the proper credential from the State of California, I entered the profession of which I am still a part -- education."

I got a job at my high school alma mater (Dorsey) and taught there for a year and one-half; unfortunately, there was a drop in enrollment and I was forced to seek greener pastures. I then went to my junior high school alma mater (Audubon) and taught there for five and one-half years. (I was at Dorsey from 1958-1961 and at Audubon from 1961-1966.)

I was then fortunate enough to obtain a position teaching history and political science at El Camino College in Torrance, California and taught there from 1966-1970. From there I went to Cerritos College in Norwalk, California as Director of the Division of Social Science and stayed there for two years.

"In the fall of 1972 our family moved to the San Diego area and I was fortunate enough to be chosen as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southwestern College in Chula Vista and stayed at Southwestern for almost 10 years."

In the Spring of 1982 I was selected to be the President of Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California. As of this writing I am still at Crafton Hills College and have completed about six and one-half years at the presidency. Yucaipa is an unincorporated area just east of Redlands and about an hour's west of Palm Springs.

Donald and Joanne

"My wife is Joanne Upin, whom I married on August 26, 1962."

She was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota in 1941 and moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1952. Like me she graduated from Audubon Junior High School and Dorsey High School. She attended several State university campuses and lacks only a few units of getting a degree. At the present time she is a teaching assistant in Special Education in the Redlands Unified School District.

Joanne and I have been married for over 26 years at this writing and I can say that our life together has generally been a good and happy one; we have gone through both good and bad times but have done so together and I believe that we are the stronger for having done that.

Lawrence, Beth and Jennifer

"We have three children: Lawrence Stuart, born on June 23, 1963; Beth Suzanne, born on May 12, 1966; and Jennifer Ruth, born on October 7, 1973."

Each of our children are different from one another but they are all good persons and we can only hope that each enjoys health, happiness, and (even) prosperity as the years go on. (Those persons reading these pages in the mid-21st century can say if my hopes have been realized.)

This information below was recorded in 1989 and is outdated now.

Larry is a graduate of San Diego State University and, since his graduation, has been working the Executive Training program for Macy's of California in San Francisco. He is presently a department manager of a store in the suburban San Francisco and will soon be moved into the buying office in San Francisco as an Assistant Buyer. He is single and lives in San Francisco. I believe that Larry is a mature, sensible young man who has a good future, should he so desire it, in the retail field.

Beth, our oldest daughter, is completing her senior year at San Diego State University at this writing and will get her degree in December of this year. Her major is in Fashion Merchandising and will probably go into the retail field, like her brother, after graduation. Beth is very outgoing, very pretty (and that's not just a father talking) and has an engaging personality. During her years at San Diego State, she was active in her sorority and made a number of friends through the fraternity-sorority system.

Jennifer, our youngest child, has just started high school in Redlands at this writing, and of all our children is certainly the most studious. She gets good grades, and for the past year has started participating in interscholastic sports, including track and basketball.

As I keyboard these words in the fall of 1988, I think about the Singer family, stretching back (insofar as we can know about and go at this time) to Eli and Ada Singer in Lithuania in the late 19th century to the urban, "high-tech" environment of Southern California in the latter part of the 20th century, and can only dream about the living conditions and environment, both social and physical, in which future generations of the Singer family will live in the 21st century and beyond. The world has changed a great deal since Eli and Ada's time and will certainly change a great deal more in the next century. My fervent hope is that social and political progress will come along with the inevitable technological progress which is to follow.FB §07-02 by Donald Lee Singer

I well recognize that when you are young that people in their 40s and beyond seem very old, if not at death's door; and yet when I look at pictures of my grandparents and see the clothes they were wearing I have come to believe that they looked old because they thought of themselves as old, as reflected in the types of clothing they wore. As I am now older than my grandfather was when I first have remembrances of him, I am more convinced than ever that age is, to a large degree, a state of mind, and I hope that, through proper diet and exercise, a proper psychological framework, and clothing that is in style, I can feel, and look healthy for many years to come.


Lazarus, Hillel. 1989. Family Book §07-02 005-008 Narrative by Donald Lee Singer