Eli Luria, once one of Santa Barbara’s major developers and a longtime supporter of Santa Barbara City College, died over the weekend at age 86 after a long struggle with cancer. In the 1970s, Luria spearheaded the successful bond campaign to acquire what is now City College’s West Campus. Since then, Luria served 27 years as a college trustee, championing numerous fundraising efforts on behalf of the school. Luria first became involved with the college when his wife, an adult education pottery student, asked him to donate a new kiln to the program.

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