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consultant , writer

Estella Marie Gahala, American writer, consultant. Named Chevalier Palmes Académiques, French Ministry Education, 1975.


Gahala, Estella Marie was born on March 28, 1929 in Alva, Oklahoma, United States. Daughter of Ivan Grant Crouse and Margaret Estella Beck.


Bachelor magna cum laude, Wichita State University, Kansas, 1953. Master of Arts, Middlebury College, Vermont, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1980.


Teacher Highland Park High School, Topeka, 1953—1957, Amarillo High School, Texas, 1957—1960, Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois, 1960—1964. Department chairman Evanston Township High School, 1964—1973. Director curriculum Lyons Township High School, LaGrange, 1973—1984.

Author, consultant Scott Foresman Public, Glenview, 1984—1994, McDougal Littell Public, Boston, 1994—2007. President Gahala Associates, Park Ridge, Illinois, 1980—1996.



Volunteer Albuquerque (New Mexico) Museum Art, 1987—2003, Presbyterian Hospice Care, Albuquerque, 1991—2008. Volunteer working with homeless and abused women. Member spiritual formation task force First United Methodist Church.

Member of American Association Teachers French (chapter president 1970-1972, member executive council 1976-1981), American Council Foreign Languages.


  • Other Interests

    Art, genealogy.


Married Dale Lowell Lange, April 18, 1998. Married John W. Gahala, November 27, 1964 (deceased August 1, 1989).

Ivan Grant Crouse

Margaret Estella Beck

Dale Lowell Lange

John W. Gahala