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 Hazel Alberta <I>Banks</I> Bole

Hazel Alberta Banks Bole

Death 30 Oct 2005 (aged 83)
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot Y SITE C-1302C
Memorial ID 72470715 · View Source
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1922
San Diego County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 30, 2005
San Diego County
California, USA [Edit Dates]

To fully engage her students in a history lesson, Hazel Bole believed in turning her Helix High School classroom into a mini-theater. Warning fellow teachers and administrators that decorum would be temporarily suspended, she assigned students roles in the re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. "Sometimes, it got pretty boisterous," said her niece, Jackie Carr. After 13 creative years in the classroom, Dr. Bole advanced in 1960 to vice principal, the first step in her rise to assistant superintendent of personnel in the Grossmont Union High School District. Dr. Bole died Oct. 30 at her home in Clairemont, nearly 34 years after suffering a stroke that ended her career as an educator. She was 83. One month before the stroke, Dr. Bole took pride in seeing a bond measure pass to add a ninth high school, Valhalla, to the Grossmont district. She had been a key supporter of the measure. Valhalla, which began classes at Granite Hills High School, opened its El Cajon campus in a revolutionary, three-story loft environment in 1975. As the administrator in charge of hiring teachers in her district, Dr. Bole had a surplus of qualified candidates. In 1970, there were nearly 13,000 trained teachers in San Diego County without jobs. The surplus prompted Dr. Bole to suggest counseling students away from the teaching profession into fields where there were shortages. Dr. Bole was 49 when she suffered her stroke during the closing hymn of a service at First Methodist Church in La Mesa. At first unable to walk or talk, she made slow, steady progress through strenuous, daily exercise. She eventually learned to walk with a cane. "The stroke didn't stop her from traveling around the United States, Canada and Europe, writing to hundreds of friends and family and following the Padres," Carr said. Before the stroke, Dr. Bole was what Carr called a "voracious rock hound" who traveled throughout the Western states, wearing out two Jeeps. She also knitted, square-danced and read a book a day. In the 1950s, with the encouragement of her son, Laird "Pepper" Bole Jr., Dr. Bole raced other moms in powder-puff midget-car races at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. "Her students often sat in the stands and enthusiastically cheered her on," Carr said. Hazel Alberta Banks Bole was the second of fraternal twins born June 6, 1922, at her family's Otay home, where the doctor arrived by horse and buggy. Being the second twin seemed to ignite a sense of competition that found her refusing to settle for second best in anything she did, her family said. In 1932, after her father opened Banks General Merchandise, Dr. Bole worked at the store with her siblings. "It offered the only source of gasoline 11 miles south of San Diego," Carr said. "The store was along the route to Tijuana, where people traveled for alcohol and horse racing during the end of Prohibition." Dr. Bole graduated in 1939 from Sweetwater High School, where she edited the school annual. She married Laird Bole, an Army infantryman, in 1942. She earned a bachelor's degree in history at San Francisco State College, then moved to Los Angeles to live with her twin sister, Helen Matthews. While her husband was overseas, she pursued graduate studies at the University of California Los Angeles. When her husband returned from World War II, Dr. Bole joined him in San Diego and completed work for her master's in history. In 1947, after teacher training in San Diego city schools, she began teaching world and U.S. history at Grossmont High School, a short walk from her La Mesa home. When Helix High opened in 1952, Dr. Bole was among the founding faculty. In 1969, she was named assistant superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District. From 1968 to 1970, she served as president of Del Kappa Gamma, Gamma Chi Chapter, a honorary society of women educators. Upon her installation as president, she received a $1,500 scholarship from the society to further her graduate studies. In 1970, she earned a doctorate from U.S. International University. As part of her doctoral dissertation, she studied the reserve teaching force in San Diego County. Dr. Bole's husband died in 1990. After his death, she moved into the home of her twin sister. Survivors include her son, Laird C. "Pepper" Bole Jr. of Live Oak; sisters, Helen A. Matthews of Clairemont and Marguerita Craycroft of Arizona; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Cremation was planned. A private service is pending. Donations are suggested to the VFW Auxiliary, Carter Smith Post 5862; or the San Diego Salvation Army

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