In Memoriam

Obituary notices and memorial service announcements for current or past San Diego Unified employees can be included in the In Memoriam section of Newsline by e-mailing Out of respect for the individual, please include a link to a formal obituary or provide as much detail as possible about the individual's life and involvement at San Diego Unified.

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Allen Teng

There is a profound sadness with the tragic passing of Dr. Allen Teng, the dedicated principal of Mann Middle School. Dr. Teng died on Saturday, December 29th, 2018 and is survived by his wife, Chellyn, and their two children.

President Barack Obama attributed the following quote to James Baldwin during his speech at the Selma anniversary:

“We are capable of bearing a great burden once we discover that the burden is reality and arrive where reality is.”

Our strength as a family comes from our bonds with and commitments to each other. We must take advantage of these connections during times of tragedy and sadness. We have created a GoFundMe campaign as one small way for us to demonstrate our support for the Teng family. 

The funds raised with this memorial will be given to Chellyn to support her children during these difficult times:

More details can be found here:


Payton Cook

Dr. Payton C. Cook, 97, passed away December, 25, 2018. He was born January 21, 1921, to Sam and Willie Mae Cook, in Ashdown, AR., and was a 16-year resident of Las Vegas. Dr. Cook served in the U.S. Army Reserve while attending Southern University on a football scholarship where he was later inducted into their Athletics Hall of Fame.

He subsequently received his Masters and Doctoral Degrees from U.S. International University while working in the San Diego Unified School District from which he retired as Principal of Lincoln High School.