Title: Retired Adult Education Educator, Writer, Photographer, Artist
Company: Hoover High School
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Pierre Odier, Chairperson of the Department of Fine Arts at Hoover High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education.
Following his service with the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962, Mr. Odier wanted to pursue creative and entrepreneurial ventures and established his jazz club The End in Tacoma, Washington. He operated the location from 1961 to 1964, during which time he earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Puget Sound, worked as an interpreter for Weyerhauser Corp., in Tacoma, and was the gallery owner of the Place des Arts from 1964 to 1965. Mr. Odier then relocated to California, where assumed the role of chairperson of the department of fine arts at Hoover High School in Glendale, California, in 1967. Additionally, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from California State University in 1974, completed postgraduate coursework at the University of California Los Angeles, and remained active in his role as an educator until his retirement in 2001.
Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Odier has focused his efforts on creative works. He is the author of “Lummis Inside his Habitat,” which won a State History Society Award in 1981, “The Rock: A History of Alcatraz,” “A Discovery of Age: Students Look at Aging Process,” “A Discovery of Destitution: Students Look at Extreme Poverty,” “King of Hospitality: Hotel Green,” and “Some Last People: Vanishing Tribes in Bhutan, China, Mexico, Mongolia and Siberia.” He also served as an editor for the publications “National Photographers Association Quarterly,” “Cambodia Ankor A Lasting Legacy” and “A View of Past and Present” and is the founder and president of Adventurers’ Foundation. Mr. Odier recommends that next generation or others aspiring to work in his profession should to be true to themselves, challenge assumptions, be honest, and don’t give up.
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