Software Engineer, Classical Music Supporter
William was particularly enthusiastic in inspiring young people to immerse themselves in music for their own intellectual growth and to ensure the continuation and evolution of classical music. Read story.
WWII Repairer of Naval Vessels, Mexican and Chumash Cultural Activist
Molly Lopez (née Ruelas) was the last matriarch of the old families at “Spanish Town," Montecito, California. Read story.
Sitting at the kitchen table drinking coffee, Granny hears the door open and a cheery little voice. “Look what we have here,” she says as her great-granddaughter, Lexi, marches into the room. Read story.
Lexi was our sweet baby girl, whom we loved more than anything else in the world. She was always affectionate and at times brutally honest. Lexi was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia one week before her second birthday and died at the age of three years after a more than courageous fight. Read story.
School Principal, President of Maravilla Residents Council
Since my mom’s death earlier this year, I have had the chance to go through many of her little treasures: keepsakes, letters and postcards, boxes of unsorted photographs. Read story.
WWII Pilot, Building Contractor, United Boys & Girls Club Chair
Leiutenant Elmer Wilson Koonce (aka The Falcon, The Sultan of Summerland, and Uncle Bud) passed peacefully, on his 96th birthday, at his home in Santa Barbara, surrounded by loved ones. Read story.
Founder of AllforOne Youth and Mentoring, Barber
I join many at-risk youth as I mourn for the loss of a dear homeboy and carnal. I grieve for the Sanchez family, as they deal with the loss of a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. I pray that the people of Santa Barbara realize they have lost a prince of peace. Read story.
First Director of Santa Barbara's Redevelopment Agency, the Housing Authority, and the Community Development Department
While his name may be unfamiliar today, our city owes Bob Foreman a great debt. Bob laid solid foundations and set high standards for agencies that have shaped much of our city’s unique physical and economic environment. Read story.
Landscaper, Surfer, Santa Barbara Women's Softball Hall of Famer
Vickie grew up with her best friends, Michael, Wendy, and Bonnie. They played in the walnut fields (now the YMCA on Hitchcock) and only came home when the streetlights came on. Read story.
UCSB Chancellor 1977-86
Robert Huttenback played a key role in the National Science Foundation decision to establish the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB. Read story.
Healer, Artist, Drummer
Her thriving healing arts practice helped many people heal their physical and emotional ailments. Read story.
Educator, Musician, Poet, Native American Historian
Stan was a creative and gifted person, a free-spirited dreamer, a beloved friend and family man. Read story.
Athletic Round Table Co-founder, Leader of Drive to Create Elings Park, Jewelry Store Owner
One of his major legacies is Elings Park, the former landfill that was transformed into a recreational site under his leadership (the access road is named “Jerry Harwin Parkway”). Read story.
Science-Fiction and Fantasy Author
It took two magical words, “public library,” to get Ray Bradbury to speak at the 2002 Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival. Read story.
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.