Oral Histories

Interview of Rosalind K. Loring

Dean of the University of Southern California College of Continuing Education and coordinator of special programs at UCLA Extension.
The Many Paths of Continuing Education
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Houghton, Kim L.
Loring, Rosalind K.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Childhood in Baltimore; interest in journalism; attends the University of Maryland; moves to Los Angeles in 1937; majors in home economics and then art at UCLA; employment as supervisor of art in city schools in Oxnard, California; move to Tulsa, Oklahoma; teaching high school students and training factory workers; return to Los Angeles in 1945; begins working toward a master's degree in adult education at UCLA; the loyalty oath at the University of California; hired as coordinator of special programs at UCLA University Extension; developing Extension programs for women; relationship between Extension and the rest of the university; effect of the civil rights movement on women and women's issues during the sixties; UCLA's Extension as a model for other extension programs; development of the Veterans Special Education Program; producing films and booklets for the newly created Western Regional Center for Program Development; promoted to assistant and associate dean of Extension; dealing with women's issues on campus; the changing status of women at the university; workshop and lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand; becomes dean of the College of Continuing Education at the University of Southern California; provost's decision to dismantle the College of Continuing Education; involvement in the League of Women Voters; Loring's books; serves as president of the Adult Education Association of the United States of America; attends the hotel room meeting that resulted in the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW); Loring's view of NOW in its earlier and later stages; backlash against women's progress after the 1970s; trip to Malaysia in 1963; lack of support for adult education in the United States compared to other countries; UCLA University Extension's outreach in Los Angeles area communities; the "feminist" label; the International Council for Adult Education.