A Modern-Day Renaissance Man
Alberto Pizano was a multitalented man who founded nonprofits and had a passion for history. He truly excelled in his ability to communicate through the written word. Read story.
The Saint of St. Francis Pet Clinic
As a veterinarian, Ron had an intelligence, charisma, and passion that were unparalleled. Many of his first clients remain to this day. Read story.
Creator of the Glendessary Jam
Tony Johansen was a mentor to dozens, if not hundreds, of musicians in the Santa Barbara area. Read story.
Attorney, Social Engineer, Historian
Pearl Chase encouraged Jeremy Hass to become a social engineer on behalf of historic preservation, and he helped restore the Presidio neighborhood as we know it today. Read story.
Loving Kindness Her Religion
Loving kindness was Sandy Smith's religion, and she put her philosophy into practice every day. Read story.
Dedicated Preservationist, Community Crusader
Few people knew Louise was looking over the shoulder of everything that is "Santa Barbara," right up to the end. Read story.
Accomplished Mentor and Pragmatic Philanthropist
His wit and wise counsel earned Joe admirers; his kindness and loyalty brought him friends and the love of family. Read story.
Mammoth Expert, Dear Friend
Known the world over for his expertise, Larry Agenbroad researched the pygmy mammoth at the Channel Islands, hundreds of mammoths in South Dakota, and a frozen one in Siberia. Read story.
A Champion of Educational Innovation
Her establishment of Open Alternative School opened the door to shared decision-making, hands-on learning, and the wisdom of circle time. Read story.
Matriarch of the Rose Café
When Mamanita began working at the Rose Café in 1945, she worked 16-hour days, seven days a week, for eight years, making 75 cents an hour. Read story.
A Return to Freedom
Bill DeMayo was grateful for all life offered, from the GI Bill to the people he met. Read story.
A Wise Friend and Philanthropist
Léni Fé Bland was a great friend to the music and dance communities. Read story.
Heart of Gold
Our mother's love of sewing continued her entire life, and the layers of our Fiesta flower girl skirts are among our most prized possessions. Read story.
Un Hombre de la Raza
A Vietnam vet and UCSB graduate, García worked for equality for Hispanic peoples. Read story.
Master guitarist David Collert was known as “Swingin’ Dave” thanks to his guitar prowess and larger-than-life persona. Read story.