Linda Fox, Thea Brodkin, Gloria Cowan, and Dale Strok
In the spring of 2007, Gloria Cowan and Linda Fox moved to Southern California after retiring from long university teaching careers. Gloria retired from California State University San Bernardino and moved from Redlands to Venice. She now resides in Culver City. Linda retired from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Long Beach. Thea Brodkin had already moved from Newport Beach to Santa Monica in 2003. She has been involved with League of Women Voters for more than 50 years, including service on their state board, and knew of the Osher program at UCLA Extension.
Once they settled in, the three sisters—Gloria, Linda, and Thea—started discussing which courses they wanted to take together, and made it a family occasion by having lunch or dinner together after class.
In the spring of 2012 their youngest sister, Dale Strok, who also lives in Long Beach , retired as an editor for IEEE Society publications and began to join the other three in OLLI courses. Although all four sisters cannot always take the same classes, they try to get at least one or two that fit their four schedules almost every quarter. They make it a point to attend the courses given by Steve Barri and Earl Schub, who are also related as nephew and uncle and are two of their favorite instructors in the Osher program. The Chodosh sisters say they feel blessed to be living within an hour of one another and are thoroughly enjoying what the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers them, together.