Paula Ellen Alm passed away peacefully on April 28, 2020, at her home in Livermore surrounded by her family. She had been fighting an aggressive form of lymphoma that had returned two months before.
Paula was born in Oakland, California, to Carl and Violet Anderson, and graduated Castlemont High School in 1962. She received a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, in 1966, followed by a master’s in drama from the University of California – Davis in 1967.
After meeting at the University of the Pacific, she and Arthur Alm were married in 1967. In addition to her husband of 53 years, Paula is survived by their children, Erik, Cara and Victor, and their grandchildren, Katherine, Savannah, Markus, Kendra, and Noah. She is also survived by her brother Todd and sister Kristin.
Paula’s theatre career began as an instructor at Chabot College in Hayward, California, teaching classes and directing college productions. She led theatre tours for teachers to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, in addition to many personal trips to the festival with family. She also adjudicated college theatre plays for the American College Theatre Festival for the Western states.
Paula’s career changed course in the mid 1990s when she became a speech-language pathologist at California State University – East Bay, spending most of her career at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, California, before retiring in 2016. She gave back to her alma mater by being a University of the Pacific speech-language clinic supervisor from 2016-2019.
She was devoted to her spiritual life as a congregant, choir member and church council member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Livermore for over 40 years. Besides a passion for her family, her students, and the theatre, Paula enjoyed vacationing in Southern Oregon and the Ko’olina area of Oahu, Hawaii.
A memorial for her life will be held at an appropriate time in the future. She will be interred at the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paula’s memory to the Speech, Hearing and Language Center at the University of the Pacific, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211.