OBITUARY: Dr. Lyndall Deane Landauer
Ryan Summerlin March 7, 2013
Author, historian, and teacher Dr. Lyndall Deane Landauer passed away February 21, 2013, in Monterey, California, after a brief illness. She was 86.
Born Lyndall Deane Baker on September 24, 1926 in Oakland, California, Lyn married Donald Landauer in 1948. Both were teachers, writers, avid sailors, folk dancers, and travelers. They lived in Pasadena for 35 years, where they raised four sons.
Lyn received her Ph.D. in history from UCLA in 1980. She taught history in Los Angeles secondary schools, and later was a professor of history at L.A. City College, Pierce College and Lake Tahoe Community College. She and Don retired to Lake Tahoe in 1987 and later split their time between Lake Tahoe and Kauai.
Lyn was president of the Lake Tahoe Historical Society and wrote “The Mountain Sea, A History of Lake Tahoe,” and collaborated with husband Don on a history of Hawaii and the US Navy called “Pearl.” She also wrote many non-fiction and fiction books, magazine and newspaper articles, and was a popular lecturer on a wide range of historical topics.
After Don passed in 2006, Lyn moved to Monterey. Although challenged by physical ailments in recent years, Lyn’s passion for writing, reading, and teaching never wavered. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. She will be greatly missed.
Lyn was predeceased by son Michael in 2003 and husband Don in 2006. She is survived by sons Christopher,Timothy and Douglas; daughters-in-law Deborah, JorJa, Mary Beth, and Kirstie;grandchildren Matthew, Robert, Nikolas, Shaughn, Kellie, and Benjamin; great-grandson Jordan; sister Meredith Wylie; nieces and a nephew.
A private memorial will be held in celebration of Lyn’s life.
Donations in her honor may be made to:
The League to Save Lake Tahoe (KeepTahoeBlue.org).