Ofelia D. Lachtman, 1919 – 2018
Pacific Unitarian Church, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Ofelia D. Lachtman died September 13, 2018. Born of Mexican parents, Ofelia Dumas Lachtman was native of Los Angeles, California. She attended Los Angeles City schools, including Los Angeles City College and a brief stint at UCLA, before marrying and
moving to Riverside, California. She had a son and a daughter.
During World War II, Ofelia worked as a medical stenographer. Later, when her two children were grown, she became a group worker and eventually the executive director of the West Los Angeles-Beverly Hills YWCA. She was also a member of PEN International.
When she was twelve, her work appeared in an anthology of children’s poetry. She was the author of numerous bilingual children’s picture books, including Big Enough published in 1998, and the Pepita series. Her book Pepita Talks was a recipient of a
1996 Skipping Stones Award.
Ofelia also wrote numerous young adult novels. Her book Campfire Dreams published in 1987 won the Benjamin Franklin Award for best young adult novel. Her work has been translated into French and German.