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Annebelle H. Youtsler*
AB 1930 - English and Spanish
Anabelle Harrod Youtsler spent her senior year at our University, completing degrees in English and Spanish in 1930. She holds a master's degree in English from the University of Southern California, and a counseling degree from the State of California.
From 1930 to 1970, she taught English in high school and junior college. The type of teacher who drew students to her, she's remembered as "firm, but fair," and "someone who brought out the best in you." Former students frequently apply the terms "favorite" and "best" to this dedicated educator. In 1978, she became Dean of Women and college counselor at the Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California. There she encouraged scores of students to attend college. She worked to see that such decisions got practical support, helping students successfully apply for scholarships and other financial aid. "One of my finest privileges was awarding scholarships to worthy students," she says. In support of this abiding interest, she has established, in honor of her father, Sharon Love Harrod, a scholarship for deserving A&S students at UW. She remembers vividly her year here: "I loved the beautiful situation of the campus in the valley of the Rockies. Down the surrounding canyons blew constant winds -- no matter what direction you walked, you always faced the wind. That winter, the temperature plummeted to 54 degrees below zero, and I got a frostbitten heel. There were two boys from Georgia on campus-not, I believe, serious students. I recall them riding around in a 'cut-away' car in their shirtsleeves during that weather!" An involved and concerned citizen of Grass Valley, California, she is active with groups working to solve problems of world population, Amerasian children, Native Americans, and others committed to the protection of animals and the environment.
*In loving memory.