Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fred Brendel, BHS '59 (1941-2014)

Photo from 1959 BHS Ceralbus yearbook

Received this note from Pam Kirkwood this morning...

Hi all...

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of another Bulldog.

Fred Brendel BHS Class of '59...Fred had pancreatic cancer...

He was our son Kris' favorite teacher of all time. Kris had Mr. Brendel for 4th grade at Stevenson Elementary...He taught the kids about astronomy, read them "Dr. Doolittle" and told them tales of "Tuck and Tom" (a fictious story of two characters he had contrived based up on the childhood adventures of himself and his best friend)...He was a treasure and will be forever missed by his family, friends and mutitudes of students.

Fred is survived by a brother, Richard Brendel BHS '66 and Fred's wife, Bella.

From the Burbank Leader...

Retired elementary schoolteacher dies
February 7, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.

A longtime Burbank Unified elementary teacher passed away recently, school officials announced Wednesday.

Fred Brendel began teaching in Burbank in 1964 at Stevenson Elementary, where he spent the majority of his career except for a one-year-stint in the late 1960s at Bret Harte Elementary.

Until he retired in 1995, Brendel taught fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.,0,3638940.story

From Pierce Brothers Mortuary...

In Memory of
Fred C. Brendel
December 18, 1941 - February 4, 2014
Burial arrangements under the direction of Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park.

A few comments from Fred's Guestbook...

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Just learned of the passing of my favorite teacher Mr. Fred Brendel. I had Mr. Brendel in Fourth Grade at Stevenson Elementary in Burbank. He was a soft spoken man that had the respect of his students, even in fourth grade! He taught us to appreciate music by bringing in his personal record collection and opened our eyes to the wonder of the stars and the planets in Science Club. We stood in awe as he would kick the soccer ball so high it never seemed it would ever come down. We enjoyed his readings of the Dr. Doolittle books and learning the recorder and playing hot cross buns! He was a towering man with a rye smile and big heart! Very few people come into your life that make such a big impact, Mr. Brendel was one of those life changing people in my life. You will be missed Mr. Brendel, but never forgotten.
Troy Wilson
Monrovia, California

Saturday, February 08, 2014
You were one of the best teachers I have had throughout the years, as I am now finishing up my doctoral dissertation. I always remember as a reward in class you would allow us to choose songs from your record collection by the Andrews Sisters and Jonny Horton and to this day, whenever I hear "The Battle of New Orleans" or "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" I always think of you. Your rich history projects allowed us to become involved in the people/things we were learning about and your teaching has definitely influenced the way I have taught my students over the years. I am so glad I ran into you in Burbank those years ago and had the chance to tell you what an impact you made in my life. You seemed surprised, but I know the many students you taught for over 30 would agree. You were one of the best! May you rest in peace and watch over us all.
Sarah V.

Saturday, February 08, 2014
Thank you for the gift of education Mr. Brendal!!! Your music class is something I have never forgotten & never will... RIP sir & thank you again!!!
Ginevra Flores-Brigham
Burbank, California

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