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Gerald E Forrest

November 26, 1929 October 4, 2018
Gerald E Forrest
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Gerald Edward Forrest was born on November 26, 1929 in Cloquet, Minnesota. The second youngest of eleven children, his family relocated to sunny Los Angeles during World War II where he continued his education, graduating from Cathedral High School in 1948. Cathedral High School was run by the Christian Brothers, a Catholic order of monks whose specialty was education. This teaching order made a lasting impression on “Jerry” as he was affectionately known, and not long after graduating from high school he made the commitment to join the order and in 1951 was given the religious name of Brother Gerald Anselm.

Brother Anselm was educated by the Christian Brothers at St. Mary’s college in Moraga, California where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and later a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Loyola University. He has been published in national magazines for his work in Group Dynamics and is credited with creating a widely accepted form of dialogue specific to retreats with high school, college and adult participants. He was also later licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child counselor in the state of California. Brother Anselm remained a Christian Brother for nearly 20 years, teaching English, Speech and Debate and Social Studies to students of the various Christian Brothers schools in California. A lifelong music lover, he took particular delight in directing multiple choirs and glee clubs at the schools, ever firm in his belief that music was a gift that everyone could enjoy.

Following his departure from the Christian Brothers in 1969, Brother Anselm now being known once again as “Jerry”, took a job with the Desert Sands Unified School District teaching at the Continuation school in Indio. His innate love for teaching led him to much success in that setting and onto the position of the Dean of Boys at Indio High School. Finally, he was able to utilize his unique counseling skills in his position as a guidance counselor at the school, capping off a nearly 30 year career at Indio High. Gerald is survived by his wife of 49 years, Maria “Sue” Forrest, his daughters Laura and Kathleen, son Patrick and twelve grandchildren.

A special note from the family…
To all former students, please know that for the rest of his life our father remembered and absolutely delighted in you and your accomplishments. He was as awe-inspired as a new parent as he recounted class discussions and writings with great detail for years afterward. You brought him tremendous joy until the very last days of his life and for that we truly thank you.

Please join us in honoring our wonderful father’s life and legacy:
Memorial Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in La Quinta, California
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

Funeral mass at the Old Santa Rosa Chapel in Cambria, California
Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:00 am
Burial immediately following the mass at the adjacent Old Santa Rosa cemetery.

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