Carol Jane Smallenburg passed away in her Burbank home on Nov. 16 from natural causes. She lived in Burbank for 65 years.
She was born in Santa Barbara on Dec. 25, 1915, to Margaret and Virgil Thornton.
At 16, she entered Stanford University and graduated four years later with a bachelor's degree, eventually earning a doctorate in education. One of her early jobs was teaching at Burbank High School.
She later became a professor and chairwoman of the Department of Secondary Education at Cal State Los Angeles. Smallenburg was awarded the title of professor emeritus when she retired.