Kenia Maria Casarreal

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Kenia Maria Casarreal
Age on Arrival
15
Date of Arrival
Wednesday, January 11, 1961
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Relocated to St. Vincent's Orphanage, Vincennes, Indiana

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Dr. Kenia Maria Casarreal Brilliant of mind, generous of spirit and much loved wife and mother, Dr. Kenia Casarreal passed away very peacefully on April 20, 2010 in Palm Beach, Flori da after struggling with various illnesses for 10 years. Kenia's happiest moments came from her family and from contributing as much time, effort, care and resources to helping others, to art and to any endeavor that she thought would make the world a better place. Born in Manzanillo, Cuba on January 3, 1946, she immigrated to the United States at 14 years old with her sister, Ady as part of the "Pedro Pan" program, or the Cuban Children's Program, in 1960. The program was the first plan where the U.S. Gove rnment and the Catholic Church worked together to emigrate some 14,000 children from revolutionary Cuba. Her parents, Diego Ramon and Amelia, and her brother Diego, immigrated to the U.S. a year and half later. After spending a short time in a refugee camp, Kenia resided at St. Vincent's School in Vincennes, Indiana before attending college at Marian College in Indianapolis, Indiana. At only 19 years old, five years after leaving Cuba, she earned a B.A., summa cum laude from Marian. At Marian, Kenia met and married Leo Clouser on New Year's Eve, 1966, and had twins Leo and Kimberly in 1967. Kenia earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California. She also holds Master of Arts degrees in Education (Special Education), Psychology and Education Psychology from California State University in Los Angeles, California. Kenia divorced in 1976, and met Jake Adajian in 1984, and had been a beloved and loving wife to Jake for 26 years. Kenia derived many moments of joy from her family. Driven by her need to contribute, Kenia had extensive national experience in a wide variety of non-profit and grassroots organizations such as Watts Community Center; Project Head Start as Parent Coordinator; Sophia Salvin Special Education Early Childhood Unit Model Project; and El Centro Mental Health Center. In addition, throughout her career, she performed on a pro bono basis for innumerable consultations for grassroots AIDS, women's, minorities' and children's organizat ions. Kenia was named Arts Patron of the Year in 2005. She was a founding member of the Legacy Society of the Long Beach Museum of Art, past trustee of the LBA Collector's Circle and she and Jake had been longtime supporters of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. She was a board member subscriber and patron of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra as well. Kenia was a supporter of the Museum of Latin American Art and a board member of the Long Beach Library Foundation. Her legacy is to CSULB's College of the Arts to the "Dr. Kenia Casarreal-Adajian and Judge Jacob Adajian Scholarship Fund" for the promotion of voice, opera and College of the Arts. She is survived by her mother, sister, brother, children and her wonderful husband. We will gather on May 2, at 2:00pm at First Church, (241 Cedar Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802) to remember, celebrate and rejoice in Kenia's amazing life and accomplishments. And to further commemorate Kenia's spirit, wearing a color other than black is definitely encouraged. In lieu of fl owers, donations in memory of Dr. Kenia Casarreal may be made to a charity of your choice, preferably one that supports the homeless or abused women. Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from April 28 to April 30, 2010

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Dec 20th 2011

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