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Good bye, dear friends!


Hal when he was 25 years old.


Hal with his much loved children and grandchildren.


Hal doing what he loved doing most - teaching his students and being with his students.


Hal also loved Golf über alles!


And climbing mountains....!


Hal and O'Melly, Nov.2010.
Last picture taken before his death 2 months later.

 

Dr. 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.
After attending
Medill 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 death.
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.

 


We will miss you forever and never forget!

 

 

 
 


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