- Published on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
March 14, 1924 - January 23, 2013
Long time Los Altos Hills resident, Calvin Joseph Rossi, passed away January 23, 2013 just two months shy of his 89th birthday. He was a loving husband to his high school sweet heart and soul mate, Alberta Rossi, for 65 years. Cal was a devoted father to his children Randy Rossi, Rick Rossi and Roberta Pyne. He instilled the value of education into his children early in life and all three became educators.
His many years as an educator and advocate for teachers, students and education touched many peoples’ lives. His educational career began after his service to the US Navy through the Naval Officers program and his illustrious years at UCLA playing football and baseball. In 1948, Cal gave up a contract to play with the Washington Redskins to pursue a career in education. Cal taught in public high schools and was head football coach to many young football players.
Cal eventually became an advocate for teachers’ rights through his work with the California Teachers’ Association. In 1971 Cal moved his family to Los Altos Hills, California where he continued working for CTA. Cal worked with Senator Rodda to pass legislation to gain
collective bargaining rights for educators. He also worked closely with the community and state colleges focusing on higher education. Finally in 1984, Cal retired from CTA in his position as Deputy Executive Director of CTA.
In 1998, Cal was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding performance as a Bruin football player.
Calvin is also survived by his daughters-in-law, Cristy Rossi and Debbie Rossi; his son-in-law Kevin Pyne; and adoring granddaughter, Chelsea Pyne. Private family gatherings will be held to remember Cal.