Barbara Edelberg Pascal was a Teen Line supporter and mother of Teen Line’s Training Director Jenny Pascal. Barbara, owner of the prominent Los Angeles artists’ book gallery, ArtWorks, was a well-known figure in feminist art circles in the city from the mid-sixties, and she sold artists’ books in Venice, on La Brea, and at Bergamot Station. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English at UCLA and a master’s degree in Library Sciences at USC. Her extensive artists’ books collection has been donated to the Yale Art Library’s Special Collections.
Barbara was born on June 24, 1934, the daughter of Albert and Sophie Edelberg. Barbara grew up in the Los Feliz area and attended Fairfax High School, where she was a member of the Tantra sorority. Her lifelong friend Judy Marcus was a fellow Tantra. The young Bobbie Edelberg married Tony Pascal, her schoolmate at John Burroughs Junior High School and Fairfax, in 1956. The young couple lived in New York City at the time of their marriage, where Anthony Pascal was pursuing PhD studies in Economics at Columbia University. He took a job at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, where he was a senior economist for more than 30 years. The Pascals celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February.
Barbara was a highly literate and sophisticated connoisseur and custodian of feminist and avant-garde artists’ books. She was very active in the feminist art movement of the ’70s, working at the Woman’s Building in Downtown Los Angeles when it was founded in 1975. She opened her gallery shortly thereafter. She had a passion for British literature, with a special interest in Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. Her life and that of her family was integrated along the lines of the Bloomsbury tenet of an immersion in beautiful art, books, films, and food. The Pascal family traveled throughout Europe and the British Isles numerous times, and her art-related adventures in the U.S. and England continued until recently. Last September she attended the gala opening of her closest friend Darren Waterston’s show, Filthy Lucre, at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
In addition to her daughter Jenny, Barbara is survived by her husband and her other daughter, Amy Pascal, film producer. She is also survived by her sons-in-law Bernard Weinraub and Alex Siskin, and three grandchildren, Isabel and Charlie Siskin, and Anthony Pascal Weinraub.
To honor of Barbara Pascal, this Memorial Fund was established following her passing in 2016. This fund not only assists teens but also commemorates a wonderful human being who was so very loving and caring of others.
July 30, 1933 – April 3, 2017 Anthony Henry Pascal – Tony for short – was a brilliant and kind-hearted man, loved by all who knew him. He was a Teen Line supporter and father of Teen Line’s Training Director Jenny Pascal. A well-respected economist, a devoted family man and a loyal friend, Tony is and always will be sorely missed by those who have lost him.
Born in 1933, Tony grew up in Boyle Heights, surrounded by his extended family. His older sister Rita and cousins Gil and Renee were more than just family-they were lifelong friends. Tony attended John Burroughs Middle School and later Fairfax High, where he met the love of his life and wife of 60 years, Barbara Edelberg. He went to UCLA to study economics and entered graduate school at Columbia University in 1956. That same year, he and Barbara were married in LA. Tony and Barbara’s time in New York was among their happiest. He often spoke of the summer he and Barbara spent in a cabin in rural Saugerties, New York with no electricity and running water. Their daughter Amy was born nine months later in 1958. The family moved back to Los Angeles and Tony went to work at the RAND Corporation. It was the beginning of a 30-year career that took the Pascal family across the country, to Virginia when Tony worked for the Johnson administration and to Monterrey, Mexico, where his younger daughter Jenny was born in 1962. He was instrumental in establishing RAND’s public policy division and his work included numerous studies of racial discrimination, poverty and public health policy.
Tony and Barbara were dynamic and progressive partners, mixing in the worlds of academia, politics, the newly emerging feminist movement and LA’s avant-garde art scene. They shared a love of art films, the Marx Brothers, camping and reading. Tony could often be seen cruising up the Pacific Coast Highway in his orange Volkswagen camper van headed to camping locations across California with his family-as long as there were hot springs to swim in.
After his retirement in 1991, Tony began building intricate models of the homes of his family and friends as well as bygone 1940s Los Angeles architecture, like the Ocean Park pier and the Brown Derby. He kept up with all the latest technological developments, starting one of the first literary blogs, about mystery novels, and introducing his grandchildren Isabel, Charlie and Anthony to early computer programs. Tony built and inspired a family filled with passion, love and respect. He was an accomplished intellectual and a wonderful father, brother and friend. He is survived by his sister Rita, daughters Amy and Jenny, sons-in-law Bernie and Alex, and grandchildren, Isabel, Charlie and Anthony.