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Naomi Schwartz: 1934-2012

Coastal Commissioner, Santa Barbara County Supervisor, Activist

There is some truth in the adage that political life attracts some of the best and some of the worst people. Naomi Schwartz was one of the very, very best. Read story.

Loretta Marie Wilson: 1937-2012

Artist, Teacher

Loretta always intended to write her own obituary and share her thoughts and the joys of her life, but must have found something more interesting to do. Read story.

C. Michael Ganschow: 1945-2012

Deputy Public Defender

A brilliant advocate, his contributions to the Santa Barbara Community are widely felt but not widely known. Read story.

Alice Alger Kladnik: 1906-2012

Editor, Activist, Tennis Teacher

During her 67 years as a Santa Barbara resident, Alice, a staunch environmentalist and activist, immersed herself in many volunteer activities until she retired at the age of 103. Read story.

Libby Whaley: 1956-2012

Recreation Therapist, Advocate for the Disabled, Climber, Traveler, Artist Read story.

Levon Helm: 1940-2012

Drummer and Singer for The Band

No other American in the past 50 years did more to put American roots music on the global map than Levon Helm. Read story.

Peter Douglas: 1942-2012

California Coastal Commission Director

Next time you wander down to the shoreline, take a moment to reflect on the life of Peter Douglas and the agency he dedicated his life to creating, sustaining, and leading. Read story.

James Easton Brodhead: 1932-2012

Character Actor, Journalist, Atheist Activist

James Easton Brodhead, character actor, journalist, and atheist activist, died on April 6 of kidney failure in Santa Barbara. He was 80 years old. Read story.

Babatunde Folalyemi: 1940-2012

Activist, Artist, former Santa Barbara City Councilmember

It's not easy to bring soulfulness into the world. Many try, and if you have a positive view of human nature, you might say it is what everybody tries to do. Babatunde Folayemi did it. Read story.

Gerda Ursula Zinn (Ambika): 1913-2012

1930s German Actress, Vedanta Society Devotee

“When I heard the door close behind me, I was terrified,” Gerda Zinn recalled, describing her meeting with Adolf Hitler and his flunky Joseph Goebbels. Read story.

Annette S. Hughes: 1920-2012

Homemaker, Mother, Wife

Annette couldn’t help but effortlessly create and maintain a happy, winning, and forever closeknit family – something precious and rare. Read story.

Rath Shelton: 1923-2012

Westmont's Director of Public Relations

His friendliness came from a spirit of both affection and curiosity, and from a conscious sense that we don’t endure life, we celebrate it. Read story.

Selma Rubin: 1915-2012

Activist

Remembering the life of a Santa Barbara grassroots legend. Read story.

Barbara Galloway: 1939-2011

Painter

I met Barbara many years ago at the Sunday art show along Cabrillo Boulevard. Read story.

Marguerite Birch Torbert: 1912-2011

Curator, Editor, and Painter

Meg began to paint seriously only after retirement in 1978 from a 45-year career as a teacher, designer, editor, and curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where she hung shows for and wrote articles about many important mid-century artists Read story.

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Aaron Louis Lieberman

Born January 12, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA. Aaron Louis Lieberman died peacefully at home in Santa Barbara ... Read

Ann Montgomery Brower

Ann Montgomery Brower, writer and artist, died at age 83 in her home in Goleta, Calif., on ... Read

Ronald Ousey

Ronald Ousey was born in Rochdale England on March 6, 1928. His parents were William and Florence ... Read

Robert Bryan Jameson

DATE OF BIRTH: 3/23/1950 DATE OF DEATH: 6/15/2016 AGE: 66 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

James Siebert

Dearly loved friend, father, and fine artist extraordinaire, James Siebert, swiftly and peacefully passed away in Santa ... Read

Joseph Michael Navarro

DATE OF BIRTH: 3/23/1991 DATE OF DEATH: 6/14/2016 AGE: 25 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private Services. Read

Dr. Jennifer Fortman

Born in Stevenage, England in October of 1948 to American WWII veteran, Bob Sulzbach, and English woman, ... Read

William "Bill" Underwood Jr.

Bill Underwood, 89, died peacefully in his sleep at home in Long Beach, CA on May 5, ... Read

Lavell Canley

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/20/1946 DATE OF DEATH: 6/10/2016 AGE: 69 RESIDENCE: Oxnard. SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation at Welch- ... Read

Maria Anna Herzog

Maria Anna Herzog “Ann,” age 88, resident of Oxnard for over 40 years, passed away on Friday, ... Read

Katherine Jones Starr

STARR, Katherine Jones was a spirited, generous, and courageous woman of uncommon fortitude. She succumbed peacefully at ... Read

Sue Leota Harris

On Sunday June 5, 2016, Sue Leota Harris passed away at her home in Santa Barbara CA, ... Read

Gilles Dupuis

Gilles Dupuis passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in southern Oregon on May 20, ... Read

Manuel Mata Barajas

Manuel Mata Barajas, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on May 11, ... Read

George Taborsky

George Taborsky was born in Budapest, Hungary on February 12th, 1928, to Dr. Otto Taborsky, a historian, ... Read

Brian Craig Hutchinson

Brian Craig Hutchinson passed away on May 24th, 2016 peacefully and surrounded by loved ones after a ... Read

Zygmunt & Helena Weyna

Zygmunt and Helena Weyna, Santa Barbara residents of the San Roque area, were born in Poland in ... Read

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