With a love of the natural world that he shared with all, renowned botanist Bob Haller preferred to see his Trees of Santa Barbara on the front seat of cars with smudge prints, dog-eared pages, and leaves stuck in it. Read story.
A Kind Heart in Bankruptcy Court
Danielle Chackel, the liaison for free legal clinics at Bankruptcy Court, was a wonderful listener who cared deeply for all living things. Read story.
An Orphan Who Delivered 6,000 Babies
An ob-gyn and a city councilmember for many years in the community, Dr. Dan Secord left behind a multitude of friends, many of who sang him a last farewell. Read story.
Tom Hayden was famous as a politician and 1960s radical, but the former altar boy was also an electrifying speaker. Read story.
Democratic Socialist and Secular Humanist
An attorney and philosopher, Ed Laing worked for social justice during the dark days of the McCarthy era and up until he died. Read story.
Little League Baseball Coach
Andrew Darke's coaching for Little League teams was only a part of his life, but his friendship and demeanor on the field profoundly affected the players and the parents. Read story.
Santa Barbara's Fairy Godmother
Joan Magruder died reluctantly after a lifetime as a blonde hurricane, championing others while overcoming personal fears, and lovingly spoiling her grandchildren. Read story.
In the end, it was Ripkyn's goodness that made you swoon. Read story.
Writer and Raconteur
The writer of several novels and a fierce defender of the works of his father, John, Thomas Steinbeck left with the Perseid meteor shower this year. Read story.
A True Pearl's Girl
Feisty and dogged, Sue Higman had learned at Pearl Chase's knee that the good fight was a tireless one, skills she used to save the Wilcox property. Read story.
Patriarch of the Rose Café #2
After working with his mother at her Haley Street restaurant, Manuel Barajas opened his own Rose Café on the Mesa in 1980. Read story.
“When a Jew cries, 20 centuries cry with him or her," he told the author. Read story.
Fabric Designer, Jewelry Maker
Dennis Spangler made hand-colored fabrics for an exclusive clientele, designed jewelry, and converted found objects into marvelous art pieces. Read story.
Uncowed and Unbowed
Cedric James Robinson was born in Oakland, California, on November 11, 1940. Read story.
Power Broker in Santa Barbara for Two Decades
On the frontlines of Santa Barbara environmentalism and politics for two decades, Bob Klausner lent his intellect and intensity to progressive goals. Read story.