ATLANTA – Louise Lester (Clark) Kranzberg, 81, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
Born in Sanford, Fla., on February 11, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Lillian and John Clark. She graduated from the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, where, upon arrival, her friends first began to call her “Les”.
She earned both a master’s and a specialist’s degree in education from the University of Georgia. She was then honored by a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Cobb County to study at the University of Freiberg in Germany.
Les had a lifelong passion for helping others. She worked as an educator specializing in teaching reading to students from around the world, both young and adult. While serving as principal of Belmont Hills Elementary School, she met and married Dr. Melvin Kranzberg.
She served as a member of the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, now named Georgia College & State University, and was honored by the establishment of the Kranzberg Phoenix Scholarship. Along with Mel’s colleagues and generous supporters, Les was involved in establishing the permanent Kranzberg Professorship in the History of Technology at Georgia Tech.
Survivors include children, Reed Catlett, Raymond Catlett, David Catlett; and granddaughter, Christina.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 26, at 10 a.m. at Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.