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Winston Earl Lora

February 23, 1932 - October 28, 2016

Winston "Win" Earl Lora recently of Medford, Ore. passed away October 28, 2016, following post-operative complications related to open heart surgery. Win was born in Salem, Ohio February 23, 1931, the second son of Louis Earl Lora and Frances Louise (Ambler) Lora and lived the majority of his youth on his family’s Goshen Road farm.

After attending elementary and intermediate schools in Salem, Ohio Win graduated from Augusta Military Academy in Fort Defiance Va. in 1949. He then attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he obtained a bachelor of arts in political science in 1953 and was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity. Win served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1956 as a pilot stationed domestically and abroad. Following his military service he obtained an elementary teaching credential from San Francisco State in 1961. Win completed his higher education when he returned to Ohio and received his Ohio  Elementary Teaching Credential in 1962 and his master of education from Kent State in 1964. 

Win began his 38-year teaching career as a student teacher at Vallemar School in Pacifica, Calif. 1958-59. Upon returning to Ohio he taught at the United Local School of Hanoverton from 1953-56. Win then taught from 1960-66 at the Reilley School in Salem, Ohio. In 1966 Win moved his young family back to California and taught at Ross Road in Palo Alto until 1971. He then made his final teaching transition to Ohlone in Palo Alto where he remained until his retirement in 1996. As an educator Win was renowned for his ability to connect with each child; his creative solutions; providing a nurturing environment that emphasized the love of learning above all else; and lemon drops when they were needed, earned, and sometimes just because. 

In 1997 Win retired to Medford, Ore. where he continued to enjoy his philatelist pursuits, volunteering at the Hanley Farm in Central Point, Ore. as well as traveling and hosting visiting friends and family. 

Win is survived by his wife, Cynthia Grant Lora; his children from a previous marriage, Elizabeth Delgado, Neil Lora, Sarah Kateley, and Philip Lora as well as Cynthia’s children from a previous marriage, Amy Armstrong, Heather Choate, and Ian Armstrong. Win also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Sim Brooks, Marshal Brooks, Julian Kateley, Eric Kateley, Lora Kateley, Samantha Lora, and Willa Choate. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thad Lora; and cherished friend, Ted Wassam.

Win lived a long and fulfilling life. As a teacher he had a positive effect on more people than can be imagined. As a husband he did everything in his power to set a benchmark that we should all try to achieve. As a friend he made us laugh, kept our confidences, listened, and offered advice without ever requiring that we take it. As a father he has raised two families who will carry his gentle humor, moral integrity, and unsurpassed sense of organization into the generations to come.

A celebration of life will be scheduled for a date to be determined. Please contact a family member if you would like to attend the celebration or provide a remembrance. Contributions in Win’s memory may be made to any charitable organization that assists children in need.

Winston Earl Lora