Portnoff, Collice

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Portnoff, Collice Gender: F
born on 9 December 1898 at 11:45 (= 11:45 AM )
Place San Luis Obispo, California, 35n17, 120w40
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: McEvoy
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 17°49' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 28°33 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 05°34'


American educator, editor and author, a legendary figure in Arizona. She was the former Arizona Republic Books editor and retired chairwoman of Arizona State University's English department.

Portnoff earned a B.A. and Masters from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford in the early 20th century. She moved to Arizona in 1931 where she joined the University faculty. During WW II she worked as a cryptanalyst in Italian for the Army Signal Corps; later, as a civilian, she translated French and was the official translator for Spanish authors Gregorio and Maria Martinez Sierra. In 1957, she co-wrote a play, "Naked Came I."

Retiring as a translator in 1969, she joined The Republic as a book-review editor, working through the mid-'70s.

Her husband George escaped the Russian revolution, Spending ten years in Spain as pals with Picasso, Segovia, de Falla, Miro, and Dali. He came to the U.S. in 1929, after when they married; one daughter.

Portnoff died at 94, 5/07/1993, Scottsdale, AZ.


  • Relationship : Marriage 1929
  • Family : Change residence 1931 (Moved to Arizona)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1957 (Co-authored play)
  • Work : Retired 1969 (Retired from translating)

Source Notes

Frances McEvoy quotes her, a close personal friend for years and godmother to Frances' youngest son


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One lengthy marriage)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Notable friends)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (Spain)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 94)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Chairwoman of Az. State University)
  • Vocation : Military : Military career (Worked as cryptanalyst)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Editor for "The Republic")
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Languages (Translator)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women