Harold S. Marienthal passed away peacefully on
January 3, 2011, in Asheville, surrounded by family.
Hal was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1923, and
immigrated to the United States in 1936. He served
in the United States Navy from April 1942 to
December 1945 as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate.
School of Journalism, Hal
earned his BA in English literature and MA in
American literature from Northwestern University. In
1950 Hal began teaching theatre history at UCLA in
Los Angeles. He also became active in the film
industry including film distribution, production,
promotion and critical writing for radio and
magazines. In 1966, he earned his doctorate at the
University of Southern California in communications.
While teaching at California State University
Dominguez Hills, Hal produced, wrote and hosted
“Theatre Beat” on KCET, from 1968 to 1982. He
produced “Great Conversations,” a KNBC public
affairs program hosted by Robert Maynard Hutchins.
In 1996 Hal wrote GOOD GERMANS, an autobiographical
novel. He finished the screenplay to his second
novel, NICHOLAS ICARUS, just 2 months before his
After moving to Asheville in 2004 Hal continued his
63-year teaching career at the University of North
Carolina, Asheville. He will be terribly missed by
his wife of 28 years, Sabine Marienthal; five
children from his first marriage, Penny Marienthal,
Paul Marienthal, Kim Marienthal, Tony Marienthal and
Alisa Groocock, their spouses, seven grandchildren,
as well as many friends and countless students
around the world.
Your immense capacity for joy, your passionate love
for life, your big heart and contagious laugh made
you the man we loved and admired and you will
forever live on in our hearts and minds and memory.
We love you and we miss you!
A memorial service will be held in California.