Started Three Pickles and Saved Jimmy’s
Bob Lovejoy became a regular at Jimmy’s, where the writer has mixed drinks for decades, and entertained them all with great stories and stale jokes. Read story.
Rancher, Ocean Lover
Instead of farming exactly as it had always been done, Lawry chose to grow pumpkins, creating Mr. Bailard’s u-pick pumpkin patch, so successful it put his four children through college. Read story.
Ken Williams walked the streets of Santa Barbara for more than three decades, reaching out to the poor and the marginalized. Read story.
Island Botanist and Environmentalist
Santa Barbara’s plants and habitats lost a knowledgeable friend and supporter with the death of Ralph Philbrick. Read story.
Trout Fisherman, Water Conservationist
Arve Sjovold's casual observations were spellbinding to his sons; they found the relationship between a small thing or event to larger ones, even those of global proportions. Read story.
A Life Rich in Memories and Public Service
Much has been said about Tom Urbanske, but his children remember his storytelling and how he loved the Santa Maria Valley. Read story.
Artist and Healer
Harris Meisel came to Santa Barbara more than 50 years ago to establish the Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital (now Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital), where he built a master tool to marry art and healing science. Read story.
Aquatics Mentor and Coach
Jim Ranta’s lifelong commitment to club water polo raised the bar for the sport in Santa Barbara. Read story.
A Stranger in Paradise
A stranger in paradise. Read story.
Instant Friend, Family Woman Extraordinaire
The famed bartender at Mel’s, Sunny loved Santa Barbara. And Santa Barbara loved her right back. Read story.
Elizabeth was as easy onstage singing in her rich contralto as she was escorting a rattlesnake from her kitchen. Read story.
Doyenne of Santa Barbara Theater
Actor Sylvia Short was a Shakespeare aficionado, unparalleled storyteller, singer of Irish songs, and longtime resident of Santa Barbara. Read story.
Cofounded the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
Ruth Nadel’s volunteerism helped create the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, and in her career, she pioneered the recognition of women’s paid and unpaid work. Read story.
An Impossible Dreamer
An attorney with a passion for social justice, Allan Ghitterman believed in charity, civic betterment, friends, and family, above all. Read story.
Virginia Hayes was known far and wide as an authority on lotus and exotic plants like cycads, which she nurtured at Lotusland as diligently as she raised her children and cherished her friends. Read story.