A service was held Aug. 9 at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills to remember Helen Hausman, an Atherton resident and former longtime member of the governing boards for the local high school district and community college district.
Ms. Hausman died Aug. 3 surrounded by her family. She was 91.
Born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn with three sisters, she was a dancer in her youth and performed in community theater, including the lead in the Tennessee Williams play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
"Her striking red hair, intellect, and passion for life truly set her apart," her family said.
She attended George Washington University and met her future husband while in Washington, D.C. The couple traveled the United States and eventually set up housekeeping in Atherton, where they raised three children.
"Helen's warmth and joie de vivre brought people together," her family said.
Ms. Hausman began her career in education as a teacher in Maryland, and she held a number of leadership positions in state and local PTAs.
She served 13 years on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District and 23 years on the board of the San Mateo County Community College District. She retired in 2013.
Ms. Hausman also served on the board of the American Red Cross and helped establish the organization's liaison with China. She was a member of the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame.
Ms. Hausman is survived by her husband Arthur, daughter Cathy, son Ken and two grandchildren.