- Published on Tuesday, 03 August 2010 17:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Diane Day of Los Altos died at her home on July 24th, 2010, at the age of 79, in the presence of her long-time companion Bud Jamison, her daughter Karen Roseme, and her son Eric Roseme. Ms Day had lived in Los Altos since 1964, and was a founding staff member of Foothill Junior College, also in 1964.
Diane was born in Sacramento California on May 30, 1931 to William and Alice Slade Day, both members of pioneer California families. She was raised in Auburn and Loomis California and graduated from Placer High School in 1949. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from UC Berkeley in 1953 and her Master’s degree from Sacramento State College in 1959.
Diane began her long career as a teacher at Folsom High School in Folsom CA, continuing to American River College in Sacramento, the University of Washington in Seattle, and culminating with over 40 years at the Foothill/De Anza junior college district. She was a brilliant, rigorous and inspirational teacher to thousands of English, writing, and literature students. She was infinitely patient and thorough with her basic writing students. She used her lifelong love of ancient and classic literature-ranging from Homer’s Odyssey to Dante’s Inferno to reveal mythic patterns in the classics, as well as in contemporary fiction and film. After her retirement in 1994 Ms Day continued to teach part-time, choosing eclectic intriguing topics such as “The Journey Home: The Odyssey, Cold Mountain and Oh Brother where Art Thou”.
Diane travelled widely throughout the world with her companion Bud and prepared for each trip with an investigation of the destination’s historical and literary gestalt. She and Bud were also enthusiastic supporters of college women’s sports, particularly Stanford basketball, tennis and volleyball. When Diane was at home she created beautiful patterns of light and color in her garden, was a voracious reader, loved movies, plays, and long walks with her many friends.
Diane battled cancer for the last 27 years of her life. Four times she claimed victory over the disease and continued with the journeys and pursuits of her life. Her bravery and perseverance serve as an inspiration to all cancer survivors to continue fighting for life.