September 13, 1941 – November 30, 2023
Mary Astrid Bergan, former president of the California Federation
of Teachers died November 30, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, after a
long illness. Her career of service stemmed from a Kennedy-era
idealism that took her first to the Peace Corps and on to
classroom teaching and ultimately an enduring leadership role in
It is vital in what has been the long struggle for part-time equity and social justice that we fully acknowledge those activists who up until their passing, gave their all and inspired many. Two such figures are Paul Baltimore and Ken Taira. Both members were recognized at CFT State Council on September 25.
Sam Russo, one of the core group who organized Adjunct
Faculty United, AFT Local 6106, died on May 5. He was
president of the local for 12 years, and served on the
negotiations team for a number of years.
Teacher, union activist, author, and former CFT President Miles
Myers died December 15, 2015, from complications related to heart
disease. Over six decades, Miles devoted his career to improving
educational standards and the conditions for teaching and
learning in public education.
Raoul Teilhet, a Pasadena high school history teacher who
believed collective bargaining offered the path to dignity and
respect for public school employees before laws existed allowing
it, and served as president of the California Federation of
Teachers in successful pursuit of that goal, died of
complications from Parkinson’s Disease on June 5, 2013, in Los
Angeles. He was 79.