Marina Esther Hinds, Creator of the Drapery and Clothing Construction, and Embroidery Class
at PCC passed away on March 4, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.
Born on June 9, 1943 in Panama, Central America, Marina migrated to California in her teens
and graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena. Her love for sewing and fashion led
her to successful completion of the Fashion Design Program at LA Trade Tech. Prior to joining
PCC in 1968, her sewing program began at the Saint Rafael Church in 1965 at which time only
sewing was taught. In 1968 Drapery Technology was added to the sewing program, followed by
a Computerized Embroidery and Digitizing Program in 1996; increasing the opportunity to
prepare students for employment in the field.
Marina was very involved in the community and knew the fashion world very well. She also
knew the owners and staff of all 111 factories in Pasadena, where some of her students were
placed after completing the Sewing Technology Program. In 1969 she organized a successful
fashion show at the YWCA in Pasadena.
Teaching was her life, so it did not matter where her students were from, China, Africa, Europe,
Mexico, Central America, South America, India, etc. she treated them all like family. Her
objective was to “help people accomplish their highest goal in life” and that she did throughout
the years till her retirement in 2011.
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