Saturday, April 21, 2012
Jeanette Billingham Gold, BHS 1953
A longtime Burbank resident, Mrs. Gold died Thursday of cancer, said her daughter, Shelley Mead of Pacific Palisades. Born in Fieldsboro, N.J., she came to California in 1950 and graduated from Burbank High School in 1953. Mrs. Gold earned a bachelor's degree and a teaching credential from UCLA and began her career in the Burbank district in 1958.
She taught several elementary school grade levels, and classes in English as a second language, at Joaquin Miller and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools. During her teaching career, Mrs. Gold earned a master's degree in early childhood education from Pepperdine University and was a mentor teacher from 1985-87. Mrs. Gold retired from Jefferson Elementary School in June. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and the Burbank Teachers Assn.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Gold is survived by her son, Robert Smith of Sherman Oaks; mother, Ethel Billingham of Burbank; sister, Belinda Lister of Burbank, and two grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Burbank at 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd. The Valley Funeral Home in Burbank is handling the arrangements. Donations can be to the Jeanette Gold Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Belinda Lister, 2918 Joaquin Drive, Burbank 91504.
Scholarships will be given to seniors attending high school in Burbank.
Jeanette Gold, who taught in Burbank elementary schools for more than 30 years and was named the Burbank Unified School District's Teacher of the Year in 1989, has died at a Burbank hospital. She was 56.