ATTENTION ALL HHS ALUM:
I regret once again, to have to report (albeit rather late, I'm afraid) the passing of yet another of our mentors and dear friends:
Eugene J. "Gene" Robidoux
February 21, 2013
Eugene J. "Gene” Robidoux, of North Hollywood, California died Thursday, February 21, 2013 - at Verdugo Hills Hospital. Gene had been in a semi coma for months as a result of a stroke.
Born in Manville, he was a son of the late Napoleon and Eva (Dupont) Robidoux. He was raised in Manville and attended St. James parochial school.
Mr. Robidoux was a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy, Class of 1954. He went on to graduate magna cum laude with his Masters and post-graduate degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Gene was a veteran of the Los Angeles Public School system teaching math and computer science at Hollywood High School for over 44 years. In his earlier years Gene worked summers in television at KPLA.
A man of many interests Gene constructed his own radio apparatus and was expert with computer technology through its development over the last several decades. An adept mathematician Gene relished the chance to solve any mathematical problem regardless of length or complexity. Gene also was a train and railroad enthusiast.
Gene was the former husband and friend of Jeannine (Dery) Robidoux of Manville and is also survived by many friends on both the East and West Coasts.
His funeral was held Friday at 9:00 am at the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home 71 Central St., Manville and was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. James Church, Division St., Manville.
Gene, if anyone were to have figured out how to communicate with your friends and former students - via a computer, it surely would be you! I'm sure I have somewhere buried in the attic - a shoe box FULL of computer cards, thousands of them - each with little rectangles filled in with #2 pencil - all to create a matrix image of Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse (flipping the bird) and a poor rendition of a Playboy centerfold - each above a yearly calendar.
You remembered not only my name, and my voice - but also unique personal data that surely would have been lost to most mortal of men.
You were patient, yet tough. Compassionate, yet not a pushover... and found that "certain something" within everyone you encountered.
Many of us can identify the very beginning of our interests in math and computers - in your class and after school... and we are all forever grateful, and far better for having had you as a teacher and a friend.
-- Thank you Noel Valero and Gary Kevorkian for the notice and obit.