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o_Casier082017 CASIER, Robert Leon August 7, 1926 to August 13, 2017 Robert (Bob) Casier, a popular local professor of political science and a leading faculty figure in the early development of Santa Barbara City College (1955-1992) passed away at the age of 91. A native of Santa Barbara, Bob was born to Albert and Albertina Casier, immigrants from Belgium who were members of the Fellowship Society, a cooperative organization located on the Mesa in the 1920s. Bob and his sister Alberta had a great childhood growing up in a largely agricultural area interspersed with barns and oil derricks. Hendry's Beach was not far away. Casier was student body president at Santa Barbara High School (SBHS) where he undertook an extensive revision of the school constitution for which SBHS received national recognition. Athletically, he was on the Dons Basketball and Track teams. Scholastically, he was on the Honor Roll numerous times. For his leadership, scholarship and character, Bob shared the outstanding male graduate from SBHS in 1944. At UCSB in 1947, Casier was the leader in the establishment of one of the first inter-racial social fraternities in the United States. He was President of the UCSB Honor Societies in Political Science and Education, and played for the Gaucho Basketball and Volleyball teams. The squad lost to Stanford in what was billed as the first West Coast intercollegiate volleyball championship. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and was selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among American Colleges & Universities, 1949. It was Bob's good fortune to "pick up" a striking young co-ed, Shirley Lerner, at the UCSB Riviera campus bus stop early in 1948. Thus began a lifelong love affair. While Shirley completed her senior year at UCSB, they were married and Bob began graduate school at UC Berkeley. They lived in the Bay Area for several years where they both taught school and Bob completed his M.A. in Political Science. They enjoyed the delights of San Francisco where their first son Craig was born. Bob & Shirley returned to Santa Barbara in 1953 where sons Rodger and Bryan were born. After two years at SBHS as a teacher/basketball coach, Casier joined a small band of educators at the Riviera campus that was to become Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). There he helped forge an institution with high academic standards. As founder of the Political Science Department and Chairman of the Social Science Division, Bob played an important role in recruiting an outstanding faculty and together they developed a wide range of course offerings, extraordinary for a community college. For example, Professor Casier for many years taught a seminar on World Revolutions as part of the honors program, often in conjunction with a colleague from the history department. Casier was also active in developing institutions of self-government, including the Academic Senate and the Instructors' Association where he served as President. The Faculty twice called upon him to be lead negotiator in successful efforts to improve salaries and working conditions. Professor Casier also served a year as Academic Dean before returning to his calling in the classroom. Shortly thereafter, he took a leave of absence to complete his PhD in Political Science at UCSB. His doctoral dissertation on the Senate filibuster was chosen as the best work of scholarship by the Western Political Science Association. Dr Casier enjoyed teaching political science courses at UCSB from 1959 to 1987. In 1961, during a period of alleged Communist infiltration of higher education, when academic freedom was threatened, Professor Casier received a Santa Barbara area teaching award for excellence recognizing the "courageous presentation of his subject whereby students are inspired to a high level of thought." Later, in 1979, Dr Casier was chosen by his peers to receive SBCC's highest honor, as the first annual Faculty Lecture for outstanding teaching, and service to the college and community. His lecture topic was Changing Patterns in American Politics. Along with others, in 1989, Professor Casier received national recognition for teaching excellence from the University of Texas. The SBCC's President's Letter in support of his nomination recognized him as "a master teacher... a popular faculty member...although known to be rigorous and challenging." A student in support of the nomination stated that, "Dr Casier has taught me to apply ideas in a thought-provoking and self-examining way...and is honest, stimulating, scholarly, open-minded...and brings nobility to teaching." Upon his retirement in 1992, the California Legislature passed a resolution commending "Dr Robert Casier for his dedication, spirit, humanity, and professionalism." On more than 100 occasions, he represented the college as a speaker, moderator, and a panel member on a score of topics of national & international politics. This included the introduction of US Presidential candidates in forums at SBCC and UCSB. In the 1960s and 70s, he was elected to the Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee and also served on the Board of Directors of several local and regional organizations including the Santa Barbara Chapter of the United Nations and the Santa Barbara Mental Health Association (currently known as the Mental Wellness Center). Since retiring, he has occasionally given lectures to a variety of community groups. He also helped organize the long-standing IHOP "Seminar Group" in Santa Barbara and similar discussion groups at his later residence at Vista del Monte Retirement Community. Widespread travel was both a family and professional undertaking. Trips to Europe always involved contact with Bob's family in Belgium and France. They enjoyed trips together including twice attending the tennis championships at Roland-Garros in Paris. Other foreign business included a sojourn organized by the American Political Science Association to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in 1969. There was also extensive travel in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, which included visits to national political institutions and conversations with government officials and academics. Travel with children and grandchildren was an important family adventure, often in campers. In 1967, the family traversed the United States to see national historical sites and watch every major league team play baseball. In a year-long stay in Europe (1970-71) the youngest son Bryan, age 12, using roadmaps served as navigator to Istanbul and back to France -- except for the period of martial law while we were in Turkey. The two oldest sons, Craig and Rodger, attended language academies in Belgium, France, and Spain. In retirement, the extended family including grandchildren Drew and Elizabeth, enjoyed taking recreational trips and a number of oceanic cruises. Bob Casier had a lasting interest in sports as a participant, coach, and fan. He began college as a physical education major before switching to Political Science. Early in his career, he was the Director of Youth Sports Leagues for the Santa Barbara City Recreational Department and coached high school basketball for four years before teaching at the college level. Bob was an active tennis player and attended the tennis championships in five countries. In retirement, he started swimming laps at local clubs and in later years at his residence at Vista del Monte. At local residences, Bob constructed athletic facilities and organized competitions enjoyed by his family, friends, and students. At his 40-year residence in Montecito, in addition to the inevitable basketball area, he developed courses for playing bocce ball, tennis, and horseshoes. During this time Bob developed a keen interest in landscape gardening and was ably assisted in area plantings and building decks and pathways by his sons who often referred to him as "Demo Dad." Strong family ties and the importance of long-established friendships were central to Bob & Shirle's life. Birthdays and other family celebrations brought together the generations thus creating a large extended family. They shared delightful social gatherings with their many friends, with Shirley as the gracious hostess, gourmet cook, and participant in lively discussions. Shirle often quipped that, "Bob always came to my dinner parties and had a good time." Bob remembered Shirle in the following stanza of a poem he wrote for her on Valentine's Day 2016, shortly before her passing: And there's your persona that continues still That golden smile, sharp wit and smarts too All this embodied in a pretty and caring lady Whose grace shines through. Bob also had a close and loving relationship with his three sons. In earlier years, after returning home from work, the living room was the scene of a wrestling match in which they attempted to remove his shoes and socks. Later they engaged in more traditional sports on the "playgrounds" he had designed for them. On his 70th birthday, he asked them separately to describe one single trait of their father. Their responses were intelligent (Craig), kind (Rodger), and determined (Bryan). Twenty years later on Bob's 90th birthday, friends remembered him as an athlete, intellectually curious, sharing ideas, a warm smile and person, a sense of humor, encouraging to others, and a person of integrity. About the same time, the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees in 2016 passed a resolution expressing their appreciation for Professor Casier's work. They noted Bob's ability to motivate students and he was credited with creating an atmosphere in the classroom in which students could thrive and learn. Bob was pre-deceased by his wife Shirle, son Rodger, two siblings Dolly and Roger, sister-in-law Virginia Andrews, and nephew Dr Bob Young. He is survived by his sons Craig (Kris) of Goleta, and Bryan (Karen) of Palm Desert, CA; grandchildren Drew & Elizabeth Casier; a sister Alberta Rossi of Los Altos Hills, CA and her children Randy & Ricky Rossi and Roberta Pyne; nephew Rick Andrews and niece Sue Haugen of Seattle, niece Carolyn Bose of Valley Center, CA; and cousins in Belgium & France. A Celebration of Life will take place at Vista del Monte Retirement Community, 3775 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, California at 10 am on Friday, September 29th, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Santa Barbara City College, designated "In honor of Bob Casier" and sent to SBCC Foundation, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, Arrangements Entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary
o_Mills1082017 o_Mills2082017.2 MILLS, James Gilmore James Gilmore Mills, Pharm.D., passed away on August 12, 2017 at the age of 91. Born in May 1926 in Philadelphia, PA to Alexander Mills and Mary (Minnie) Rutledge Mills, he came to Santa Barbara as a toddler with his family in March of 1930. With a life-long interest in the outdoors, wildlife and hiking over our county's back-country wilderness, and due to the WWII shortage of men, he started as a fireman in 1942 at age 16 with the Santa Barbara County Forestry Dept. That was followed by two fire seasons with the U.S. Forest Service where he was promoted at age 18 to the position of fire camp foreman at the San Marcos Pass Station in 1944, helping to protect those lands he loved. Graduating from SBHS in 1943, and while waiting to be old enough for active duty, he completed a year at Santa Barbara State College, its last year before becoming UCSB. Then on active duty as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps he completed B-29 training the same week as the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. With WWII ending, he never saw combat. After the War and a stint of logging in Washington and Oregon, drilling gas wells in Kansas and oil wells in California, he joined the Santa Barbara Fire Dept. from 1950 to 1954, during which time he met the love of his life, Alice de la Vega, whom he married on July 26, 1953 and had two children. Simultaneously while a fireman, he graduated as a science major from Santa Barbara Junior College. Moving to the Los Angeles Fire Dept. in 1954, he attended USC and earned a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1959. Still on the LAFD two years later, juggling both careers, he finally returned to Santa Barbara with his family, where he was a pharmacist at Brown's Pharmacy in San Roque, and later for Thrifty Drug. Remaining a fireman at heart, he maintained his L.A. and S.B. Fire Dept. ties until his death. Throughout his 35 years as a pharmacist, he also pursued his outdoor interests, supporting wilderness and parks preservation efforts. He was a co-recipient of the first Wilderness Legacy Award of Los Padres Forest Watch for work in achieving Congressional passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 that led to the establishment of our local San Rafael Wilderness, the first under that Act. Later, he worked to achieve the adjacent Dick Smith Wilderness, as well as the Channel Islands National Park, both enacted into law by Congress. Subsequently he was given the Santa Barbara County Trails Council's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1980 he joined the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation as a member of its Board of Directors, chairing its Restoration/Reconstruction Committee for a quarter of a century in recreating the City of Santa Barbara's birthplace, the late 1700s Presidio. It was completed as El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. On his receiving its Pearl Chase Historic Preservation and Conservation Award, after having served three terms as its President, he also was designated a Life Honorary Director on his retirement from that Board in 2006. As a founding Board member of Vistas Lifelong Learning he led its courses on The Chemistry of DNA, Endangered Species and others. He also served as president of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Countless former school children might remember his presentations on the California Grey Whale, as he would impart his excitement in their annual migration by the SB coast. In his retirement he authored A Sense of Santa Barbara, an Autobiographical Perspective , with great interest in family genealogy. As much passion as he had in his interests, his love for his family was always his greatest, passing on his love for the outdoors, wildlife, science and history to them in thought and action. Family vacations were always filled with history and learning opportunities, or pure appreciation and respect for nature. He was never without some bit of history or wisdom to share and took every opportunity to educate his family, as well as anyone else who would listen. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Alice M. Mills. He is survived by a son, James E. Mills (Sheryl), daughters, Linda Mills Hoffman and Elsa de la Vega Romp (Steve), grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by two brothers, Rutledge A. (Putty) Mills of Santa Ynez and Howard A. Mills of Santa Barbara. A third brother, Barton Mills, predeceased him. A memorial celebrating his life will be held at El Presidio de Santa Barbara Chapel, 123 East Canon Perdido St, Saturday, Aug 26th at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, any donations in his name can be made to the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation , or the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History , both of whom gave and received from him untold hours of dedication and joy throughout his life.
o_Overall082017 OVERALL, Helen Ruth Helen Ruth Overall, born January 16, 1934 who was happily married to Bob E. Overall for 56 years, died August 14, 2017 of respiratory complications. She is survived by an older sister, two children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Helen supported her husband in a successful telecommunications business for over 35 years. Their corporation was one of the first woman- owned telecommunications businesses in California which was active in Santa Barbara, all of California and regionally in the western United States. The company was selected to install the first fiber optic cable at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The completion of this comprehensive project was historic in nature. The company was also a major contributor for over 20 years at UCSB supporting major improvements and build outs of its modern IT systems. Helen loved dancing, music, classic TV and crossword puzzles. The family will always be grateful for the deeply rich profound friendships and support Bob and Helen received in their lifetime. Arrangements entrusted to McDermott Crockett Mortuary
o_Perkins082017 PERKINS, Clarence R. 5/15/1924 - 7/11/2017 The family of Clarence Ralph Perkins gathered at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Chapel to share loving memories of his life. Clarence was born in Morris, Minnesota. He married Elaine Hedstrom 9/5/1944. They moved to Culver City, Ca. where their two sons were born. The family moved to Santa Barbara in 1957 and Clarence & Elaine started and ran Custom Floors until retiring in 1983. Their sons and families live in Santa Barbara. Clarence was very proud of them and frequently remarked, "We have a wonderful family!" His talents and workmanship were always in demand and he loved that. They enjoyed Tour Bus Trips in Mexico, Europe, Scandinavian countries, Canada and the U.S.A. In 1994 they placed "first" at a Polka Contest in Pismo Beach. On their 70th anniversary they were treated to a surprise trip to Catalina for 3 days with the family. Everyone had a great time. Clarence enjoyed playing his concertina, especially at family gatherings. The Goleta Community Center was the place to go Tuesdays and Thursdays to dance and visit. He is survived by Elaine, his wife of 73 years, sons Terry and wife Linda, Bob and wife Georgie, grandchildren: Jonathan (Linda), Gregory (Mia), Brian (Sarah), Eric (Melissa), Ivan (Irene) and 9 great grandchildren.
o_Readyhough082017 READYHOUGH, Evelyn Ruth Evelyn Ruth Readyhough, a longtime resident of Los Olivos, passed away August the 8th, 2017 one day before her 95th birthday. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1922, she left home in the 40's to work as a Harvey girl waitress known for having good character, being attractive, and their intelligence. This career led to her owning her own restaurant called The Strips Drive Inn in Santa Barbara. In 1958, she married the love of her life, James Bruce Readyhough on Valentine's day and thereafter happily married for 59 years. In her later years, she was put in charge of the Ladies Day Tennis Club. Evelyn was also known in town as the 'Purple Flower Lady'. She spent countless hours making colorful flowers and giving them, to anyone she ran into asking for nothing more than a smile in return. She will always be remembered by her caring smiles, boundless energy and selfless heart. She loved nothing more than to give all she had. She will be adorned by many as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grand mother. Evelyn was one of a kind, who's cherished memories will remain in our hearts forever. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 on August 25 at her final resting place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, CA. A reception will follow at 2671 San Marcos Avenue, Los Olivos, CA. Loper Funeral Chapel, director.

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o_Connell081517 CHARLOTTE CONNELL In memory of Charlotte Connell a Funeral/ Memorial Mass will be held. Please join her family and friends, August 29, 2017 at 10:30 am, San Roque Catholic Church 325 Argonne Circle Santa Barbara, CA. Please stay for the reception immediately following Mass in the church garden. Any correspondence will be welcomed by her daughter, Susan at 831-206-2343.