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My Name is Lola

Lola Rozsa and , Susie Sparks

$39.95 CAD / $39.95 USD

336 pages, 51 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

Hardback: 978-1-55238-719-1

Hardback: 1552387194

Epub: 978-1-55238-737-5

Library PDF: 978-1-55238-736-8

October 2013

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The story of one of Calgary’s cultural icons, her remarkable life, and her role in building many of Calgary’s enduring institutions.

This book contains the collected memories of Lola Rozsa—of her life and service to her family, her church, and her community as she and her husband, Ted, made their way from the tiny towns of the Depression-era, dust bowl southern plains to the burgeoning oil fields of Alberta in 1949.

As Ted struggled to build his first seismic company, Lola raised their children in Calgary, an environment far different from the home in Texas she desperately missed. However, the values taught her by her preacher father stood her in good stead as she immersed herself in service for her new community.

For the next sixty years, as Ted prospered, they made Calgary their home and, along with other industry pioneers, helped to build many of the enduring cultural institutions in Calgary.

About the Authors

Lola Rozsa (1920-2012) was one of the founding members and later president, of the Calgary Philharmonic Society Women’s League. In later years, she and her husband, Ted, turned their focus to philanthropic contributions to the CPO as well as many other arts organizations. She was named a Woman of Distinction in 2001, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Calgary in 2002.

Susie Sparks has been actively engaged in building leadership capacity throughout Calgary’s voluntary sector in organizations like Leadership Calgary and the Famous 5 Foundation where she previously served as Executive Director. She is also an author and journalist.

Praise for My Name is Lola

Strong, determined, Texaslusty and forthright. Here is the story of one of the city’s cultural icons . . . Lola’s story is Calgary’s story.

—Catherine Ford, The Calgary Herald

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Fabric of Our Lives
Chapter 2: Building a Gospel of Works
Chapter 3: Growing Up in Texas
Chapter 4. If It Rains
Chapter 5: Hello Charlie!
Chapter 6: Hello Ted! Goodbye, Charlie
Chapter 7: And So We Begin
Chapter 8: On the Road Again
Chapter 9: On the Home Front
Chapter 10: It’ll Just Be a Year
Chapter 11: Acclimating to Calgary
Chapter 12: The New Frontier
Chapter 13: Two Cars in Every Garage
Chapter 14: And Now We are Five
Chapter 15: Home Again, Home Again
Chapter 16: Shifting Gears
Chapter 17: Give Me a Song and a Stage
Chapter 18: Call Me ‘Mammaw’
Chapter 19: Giving Back
Chapter 20: Bricks and Mortar
Chapter 21: The Rozsa Foundation
Chapter 22: "Somethin’ Might Be Gainin’ on Ya"
Chapter 23: Hail and Farewell
Chapter 24: Keepin’ On
Chapter 25: What’s It All About?