Teachers, coaches and administrators at Leuzinger High School were stunned Monday after hearing that former faculty members Bob Isaacson and his wife LaVera were killed in an automobile accident Friday night in Bakersfield.
The Isaacsons, married for 32 years, taught at Leuzinger for almost 35 years before retiring to Bakersfield CA in 1992.
Bob, 61, taught physical education and was the head football coach in the early 1960s. LaVera, 62, taught shorthand.
'They were both such wonderful people,' said teacher Jeri Rozadilla, who taught shorthand with LaVera. 'They had no children of their own, but spent their entire lives helping everybody else's children. They dedicated their lives to teaching these kids.'
Said former Leuzinger football coach Fred Boehm, 'He and his wife, they were Mr and Mrs Leuzinger. They were both at Leuzinger for a long time. They were both just loyal to the school.'
Bob, who participated on the 1955 USC football team that lost to Ohio State, 20-7, in the Rose Bowl, was a key in building the foundation for Leuzinger football.
The former All-L.A. City fullback at Gardena High (1953) coached Leuzinger to Sky League championships in '63, '64, and '65, and assisted several other head coaches throughout the years.
Following his retirement, Isaacson returned to Leuzinger for one season in 1994. He was the offensive coordinator under Boehm, who resigned after the '94 season.
'We've lost a treasure that can't be replaced,' said Don Cameron, who currently coaches the freshman football team and has been at Leuzinger since 1961.
'He brought an enthusiasm and knowledge to the game that really enriched our kids. How do you replace him? The answer is simple: you don't.'
'He was a helluva coach and a great motivator. He went to all the clinics. He was a real student of the game.'