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Sunday WHITE, Thomas Paul 2/18/56 - 6/14/16 Tom White of Grover Beach died at home this week, surrounded by his closest family and friends. Tom is predeceased by his parents, John L. and Alice J. White and brothers, Roger and Bill White. He is survived by his son, Zackery White, grandson, Elias Zakai Trevino-White, sister, Dr. Anne White of Goleta, brothers: Allen White of Goleta, John (and ...
Sunday THOMAS WILLIAM "TOM" WATHEN "God loveth a cheerful giver" -2 Cor. Tom Wathen was born in Vincennes, Indiana on Oct. 5th, 1929, the son of William H. "Jack" Wathen and Dorothy M. Stumpp Wathen. Tom Wathen was preceded in death by his parents, former wives Margaret Corbin Wathen and Janna Weaver Wathen.
Sunday PAGLIOTTI, Lila Jane Lila Pagliotti passed away June 15, 2016, at the age of 99. She was the beloved mother of Richard Pagliotti who survives her, along with a nephew, two nieces, 4 great nieces and beyond. Lila Jane Redfern was born January 5, 1917 in Los Angeles, California. After graduation, Lila took a job at Barker Brothers in downtown Los Angeles.
Sunday MICHAUD JR., Raymond R. Passed away peacefully on June 18, 2016 with his family by his side after a courageous, two-year battle with cancer. Ray Michaud was hired as Associate Headmaster of The John Thomas Dye School (JTD) in Bel Air in 1978 and became Headmaster two years later. Ray served as the beloved Headmaster at The John Thomas Dye School beginning in 1981 until his retirement ...
Today MACDOUGALL, Alexander Stewart Orton •Son of Alexander H. and Katherine MacDougall, was born in Pasadena, California, on May 7, 1927. He passed away peacefully at home June 21, 2016, surrounded by family and close friends. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Louisa, four children from a previous marriage, Lauren, Brinn, Alexander, and Brandon, as well as two stepchildren, Piero Fenci and Kendal Cramer Bazemore. •Stewart grew up in Pasadena and developed a love for surfing, sailing, and exploration. His father was a prominent businessman and sportsman who mysteriously died in a hunting accident while searching for wild boar on Santa Cruz Island in 1932. Stewart's father and grandfather had been preparing a bid to purchase Santa Cruz Island at the time. Stewart completed secondary education in Pasadena at the Orton School of Classical Learning, which was directed by his mother. He was in the first class to enter UCSB, but left shortly thereafter to serve in the U.S. Navy on a mine-sweep in the western Pacific during World War II. He then attended the Chouinard School to pursue non-objective art and design, and later worked with Victor Gruen & Associates, Rudolf Baumfeld, and LeCourbusier. In the 1950's, he worked with a small architecture firm in Montecito, while pursuing other interests. Stewart produced a tremendous body of work in multiple design disciplines over his lifetime. He was one of the lead designers for the Monsanto House of the Future in Disneyland in 1957. He created many types of mid-century modern chairs, tables and cabinets in the Eames fashion, that have become collectors' items. He designed and sold golf clubs, special putters, and push-carts, and was working on a set of clubs for seniors in recent months. He published "A Natural Golf Swing" in 2014, and "A Cruise Journal to Santa Cruz Island" in 2004. He collected and worked on vintage cars and enjoyed annual trips with friends to Pebble Beach for the Concourse d`Elegance. In his later years, he designed and built several large, colorful and distinctively named sculptures (Hal, Prancing Horse, High C) that reside in Santa Barbara, and a smaller piece that is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stewart greatly enjoyed the game of golf and the architectural beauty of his two favorite courses: The Valley Club of Montecito and Sankaty Head Golf Club in Nantucket. Over a fifty-year period, he spent many pleasant afternoons playing these courses with friends. From his earliest years and until late in life, Stewart loved to sail. At various times, he was an active member of the Santa Barbara, Saint Francis, San Diego, New York, and Nantucket Yacht Clubs. He designed and built twenty unusual boats for specific purposes, sailed all of the Channel Islands, and raced his boats from San Francisco to Mexico, and Nantucket to Maine. Perhaps his favorite nautical experiences were with Louisa, on the yacht "Zapata", which he built in her honor. Stewart was a devoted husband to Louisa, and a loyal friend to those who knew him best. He will be greatly missed. At his request, there will be no funeral services.
Today LENNIHAN, Winifred "Winkie" Died peacefully on June 23, 2016, in Santa Barbara. Born in 1929, Winkie graduated from Stanford University in 1949, and married David Welles Lennihan, a Marine who became a successful attorney in San Francisco. Together, they raised three children before David’s death in 1981. For many years as a widower, she cultivated her interest in natural history, spending much of her time in British Columbia and at Fall River studying plants, watching birds, and fly-fishing. Winkie married Russ Roberts in 1996 and moved to Santa Barbara. She and Russ traveled the world, enjoyed sailing, fly fishing, and playing golf. Winkie’s boundless energy and her enthusiasm for life were shared with her family and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly. She is survived by her children, Dave (Chugiak, AK), Robert (Morro Bay, CA), and Martha Lennihan (Sacramento, CA).
Sunday Kenneth I. 8-29-1932 - 4-11-2016 Naval Academy class 1955. Ken a decorated Vietnam War hero who flew jets from an aircraft carrier married Barbara Cunningham in 1960, two children, Neil and Cristal. Married Cheryl Randles 1988 and she passed away 1993 at 47. Upon retirement he was an avid tennis player and a travel agent.
Sunday DENTON, Mary Dorothy Passed away peacefully in her sleep in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 15th 2016. She is survived by her husband Frank Denton, her 3 children; Cynthia Lynn Abel Carpenter, Courtney Lee Abel and Joseph Frank Denton, grand children, great grand children and many nieces and nephews. Her love of life, sense of humor, thoughtfulness and generosity will be missed by all.
Today DeCONDE, Alexander •Professor •of History, Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara, died at his home at 1076 Vereda del Ciervo, Goleta in the pre-dawn hours •of May 28, 2016 following some years of steadily declining health. He was •95. At his side was his wife, Glace (Baeza) DeConde as she had always been throughout his illness and indeed throughout their marriage. Four days before he died, they had their 43rd wedding anniversary. •Alex, as he was familiarly called, rose from rather humble beginnings to prominence in the field of US diplomatic history and politics. He achieved this through his natural talents, hard work and •perseverance. Born in Utica, New York on November 13, 1920, •he was the •firstborn child of •Mary Teresa Tofani and Angelo DeConde, both of Italian heritage. When barely a toddler, his mother and grandmother moved to •the Bay Area in California taking him and his younger sibling, Elena, and finally settling in San Francisco. Hardly remembering his father, Alex would meet him •in 1971(?) when he was already a •professor at UCSB at a hospital in New York shortly before his death. Alex had just published a book •Half-Bitter, Half-Sweet, (1971) of which it was written "no comparable objective examination of the evidence and the facts of Italo-American relations has ever been attempted in the English language." •The book and the author's name •struck a chord with Angelo and he wrote Alex requesting to meet. Opportunely enough, Alex was scheduled to be NY to promote the book for Scribner's, his publisher, •and while there, took the time to honor a dying man's request. So did father and son meet •as if for the first time and, as it •was to be, for the last time. To help support the family, Alex worked at various jobs while going to school including selling shoes and pumping gas. He was also a caddy which most likely fostered his love for the •sport of tennis. He would play it throughout his adult life for exercise and •relaxation and would become a good enough player to win some •local doubles tournaments. He would play until he could no longer do so because of a knee injury while playing tennis at the Las Positas Tennis Court. He would have surgery but •the knee would not be the same and he would take to walking. In 1943, he received •his AB degree at San Francisco State College. When the war broke•out, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a Line Officer aboard the•USS Whitney which was stationed in Pacific waters from 1943-47. Following his honorable discharge, he resumed his studies with the help of his GI Bill. He obtained his MA in 1947 and two years later his PhD. at Stanford University. There, he began his teaching career as an instructor for a year, then on to Whittier College. Thereafter, he taught at some of the finer universities in the country including Duke University in North Carolina, University of Michigan, and finally at the University California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) from 1961-91. At UCSB, he spearheaded a major buildup of faculty in the years that he was Chairman of the History Department from 1964-67. He was also elected Faculty Research Lecturer in 1967 which was a recognition of scholarly accomplishment by his peers.• Other academic honors included two Guggenheim Fellowships, Fulbright Award (Italy), and Vice-President, then President of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He also received the 1988 Norman and Laura Graebner Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). Only the second person to ever receive the award, he was cited for "the eoriginality and quality of his many publications, the number and success of his •kmstudents in the field and the fact that he was one of the organizers and second•president of •SHAFR." He was in several editorial and advisory boards of historical organizations and publications. He also traveled extensively to England, Continental Europe, and Asia for lectures and research. It was during such a lecture tour (Fulbright-Hays, Department of State Inter-Country Lecturer, 1971) that he met Glace at a 5-day seminar on South Vietnam in Tagaytay, Philippines, the last stop of the tour. They corresponded for almost •two years. He later returned to Manila and met with her family. And the rest, as they say, is history. Alex published some 20 books with academic and trade presses. Aside from Half-Bitter, Half-Sweet, •he also authored •Herbert Hoover's Latin American Policy,•Entangling Alliance: Politics and Policy Under George Washington, The American Secretary of State, the first and only study of the secretaryship, The Quasi-War: The Politics and Diplomacy of the Undeclared War •with France, 1797-18•01, •A History of American Foreign Policy (a textbook), and This Affair of Louisiana. Other books included Presidential Machismo, Gun Violence in America: The Struggle for Control, and the •Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy ( 3 vols., second edition) of which he was senior editor and contributor. He was working to•publish a manuscript about George Bush and the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when deteriorating health intervened. Alex was as decent a human being as anyone could hope •to be. Although his circumstances had appreciably improved, he remained a simple and humble man. He lived his life with as much integrity as he could and strove to be non judgemental and fair minded with everyone and in all his dealings. He loved his wife, his family, art, classical music, opera, and nature. He enjoyed hearing from his former graduate students and learning their progress in their work and life. Aside from Glace, he is survived by four sons from a first marriage to Jeanne•Doris Siegel Stoner (deceased): Alexander Christopher, Keith Thomas (wife - •Sally, Curran), Kenneth Paul ( wife - Lauren Godwin), and Stephen Fredrick; •grandchildren David, PhD., Math, Robert, M.D., Ph.D. (Wife - Anna Kirby, M.D.), Adam, M.D. (Wife - Jennifer, M.D.), offsprings of Keith from a first marriage to Jeannette Schaar, •and Alexander and Sara Kim, from••Ken's marriage to Lauren; also Jennifer Borgardt (husband - Jim (PhD), Ken's daughter from an early marriage to Cheryl Matz. Also surviving him are his great grandchildren: the Borgardt's Aiden and Soren, Robert and Anna's Alexandra and Quinn and Adam and Jenny's Owen and, the latest addition, Violet. They also include •his niece, Claudia, daughter of his sister, Elena Martin (deceased), and Claudia' husband, Charles Hahn. Also saddened by his death are Glace's niece, Cynthia Doehr, and her daughter, Sierra C. Doehr who are grateful for his kindness, encouragement, and affection. Glace and his family would like to thank those who in any way helped make Alex's •remaining••time bearable and easier. Among these were •his doctors at Samsen Clinic: Dr. Jeffrey Hadsall, his primary physician, and Dr. Linda Chen, his neurologist; his caregivers •(Alex's Angels) -- Laura, Rafaela, Sara, and Denise; also early on, Rita, Patricia, and Carla; and the Visiting Nurses and Hospice Association. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the hospice. A celebration of life will be held at the Community Center, Rancho Embarcadero at 224 Vereda Leyenda, Goleta on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 2 to 5.