Judith Montgomery, a former professor emeritus at Santa Monica College, passed away Oct. 16 in Marina del Rey. She was 68.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Montgomery lived the last 20 years in Culver City. She earned a master of arts degree in film and television from Loyola Marymount University, as well as a bachelor of arts degree and teaching credential from Loyola College and California State University-Long Beach.

Montgomery had a lifetime love of learning and continued to expand her education throughout her life. As a professor emeritus at Santa Monica College, she taught courses on plays and playwrights and thoroughly reveled in her interactions with her students.

Montgomery loved spending time with her husband, three sons, and her two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoyed ballroom dancing, reading, traveling, fine wine and good company.

She had a passion for theater and film, as well as for producing and performing in plays at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. Montgomery also appeared in numerous films and television programs and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, AEA and AFTRA.

A kind and generous woman who exuded intelligence, passion, strength and a keen sense of humor, Montgomery was an inspiration to those who knew her and always strived to better herself and the world around her, family members said.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Michael; her sons, Garett, Greg and Mark; grandchildren Giselle and Michael; and her brothers, John, William, Rick, Charlie, and Steve Burdette.

A celebration of her life was held Oct. 23 at the Pacific Resident Theatre.