A Man Who Never Gave Up
Phil Womble, an inspirational sports fan known as ‘Gaucho Phil,’ was a crusader for people with disabilities. Read story.
A Woman of Action and a Maker
An art lover, rug crafter, and great friend, Fran Puccinelli was described as "the youngest person in the room.” Read story.
Words as Music to the Ears and Mind
Legendary jazz writer Nat Hentoff was also a noted writer about First Amendment rights. Read story.
A Powerful Voice and Advocate
Corey Dubin was passionate about social justice and had a true ability to hold political and emotional space for those who had no advocate in this life. Read story.
A Very Able Individual
Born with a physical disability, Michael Jochim lived a life full of sports, archaeology, beach visits, humor, and freedom. Read story.
Santa Barbara Firefighter and Malibu Lifeguard
Mike Moses was a longtime ladder truck captain for Santa Barbara City Fire and lifeguard for Los Angeles County. Read story.
A Life Fully Lived
A strong backer of liberal causes, politicians, and publications, Stanley Sheinbaum blew the whistle on the CIA's covert torture program in Vietnam and later came to Santa Barbara to join the Hutchins Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Read story.
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.