Since the age of 11, Jim Mills enjoyed outdoor adventures in Santa Barbara’s backcountry, later helping to establish the San Rafael Wilderness, the Dick Smith Wilderness, and Channel Islands National Park. Read story.
Founder of Surgical Eye Expeditions International
Thanks to Harry Brown, a half million people living in third-world countries had their sight restored. Read story.
An SBCC Founder
Robert Casier began teaching in 1955 at the college that became Santa Barbara City College, earning a reputation as a memorable teacher. Read story.
Keith Puccinelli was one of the most singular and significant artists in Southern California, often using humor, corny or biting, in unflinching depictions of life. Read story.
People from all walks of life have been coming forward with stories of Dwayne DeVries’s generosity, charismatic goodwill, and friendship. Read story.
From Blue Baby to Feisty Cat Lady
Whitney Lindelof was a force of uncontainable light and fire who refused to be limited by a difficult, big heart within a very fragile body. Read story.
‘We wish him only fair winds.’
A competitive sailor, crew coach, and family man, Mike Treman’s time working at Camp Pendleton's Brig ignited a passion to help the incarcerated that led to a career as a federal criminal defense attorney for people who could not afford one. Read story.
Musician, Intellectual, Activist, Family Man
Chances are that if you went to hear classical music in the last 50 years in Santa Barbara, you would have either run into John A. Sonquist or heard him play. Read story.
An Entrepreneur, Santa Barbara Style
At Joseppi’s in the ’80s, community was created in the best of ways, brought together by Joe Scozzaro’s love of music, people, and the accordion. Read story.
Community Leader, Community Planner
A selfless, quietly effective community leader, Jeanne Graffy served both city and county, fighting to protect neighborhoods and keep creeks clean. Read story.
Artist, Rebel, Wit, and Friend
Gary Chafe was an artist for more than 60 years, and he also founded the Yes Store, was an activist against Big Oil, and helped many along their artistic path. Read story.
Expert in the Art of Friendship
In real estate for 44 years, Chris Casebeer’s clients became his friends, and his friends became his clients. Read story.
During his search for authentic Christianity, Doug Miller challenged seminary students to think broadly, supported the interfaith community, and built housing for the homeless. Read story.
Fought the Good Fight for Santa Ynez Valley
Enamored of the natural beauty and rural, agricultural character of the Santa Ynez Valley, Jody White devoted many years to protecting it. Read story.
Editor, Artist, and Funk Zone Pioneer
Philip Ivan Koplin died suddenly of a viral heart infection on July 6, 2017. Read story.