Arlene Cordova, 1933-2016: In her 80s, she took on Scientology and reunited with her daughter - 2016-07-29
(Barbara Cordova Oliver, before she became ill)
It's been a while since we checked in with Arlene Cordova about her daughter Barbara, and so we called her yesterday only to learn some unhappy news. We were unaware that Arlene had died last week, on July 22, at the age of 83. It was Barbara who answered our phone call. We told her how sorry we were to hear about her mother. For a couple of years, we had enjoyed several really meaningful phone calls with Arlene as she struggled to reunite with her daughter. Barbara said she didn't want to speak for an article, and so we wished her well.
Arlene Reisman Cordova was born on March 8, 1933 in Chicago. Another family member tells us that Arlene came to California in 1952 after she had won a full scholarship to Northwestern University but had dropped out after two years because she needed to work to make ends meet. In Los Angeles, she had met her husband as one of her clients in the work she did.