John Samuel Kreider, a former Glendale Community College
administrator and public school teacher, died of pneumonia Saturday
at Verdugo Hills Hospital.
He was 98.
Kreider, who had lived in Glendale for nearly 50 years, had been
healthy and kept active by taking daily walks right up until his
death, said his wife, Elsa Kreider, on Tuesday. Kreider lived in
Sunland and Eagle Rock before moving to Glendale.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Kreider taught at La Crescenta Elementary
School, Roosevelt Junior High and Glendale High School. He served in
the Navy from 1942 to 1946, and started teaching American history and
political science at GCC in 1947.
Kreider taught at GCC until 1955, and that year he became the dean
of instruction for the college. Kreider retired from GCC in 1970, but
continued to teach adult education classes in contemporary world
problems, Elsa said.
"He led a very healthy, productive life, and always loved
teaching," Elsa said Tuesday. "Teaching was his life. When he became
an administrator at the college, he enjoyed it, but always missed
College officials in 1992 named a 138-seat auditorium and lecture
hall inside the San Rafael Building as Kreider Hall in honor of
"He had such an influence over the college," college President
John Davitt said Tuesday. "Being in charge of instruction for so
long, it seemed appropriate to honor him with that.
"John remained a strong supporter of the college, and he and Elsa
came to everything -- to our foundation events, fundraisers and
concerts," Davitt said.
Kreider was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church
of Glendale, the Masonic Lodge, the Glendale College Foundation, and
the Sierra Club, among other clubs.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United
Methodist Church of Glendale, 134 N. Kenwood St. The service is open
to the public.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to
the John and Elsa Kreider Scholarship Fund at GCC, 1500 N. Verdugo
Road, Glendale, CA 91208, or the Memorial Foundation of the First
United Methodist Church of Glendale, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale, CA
Kreider is survived by his wife, Elsa; daughters, Wendy Kreider
and Stephanie Williams; stepsons, Stephen and David Straub; nine
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and