Jean Wright

1934 - 2013, Santa Barbara

07/10/1934 - 12/11/2013

Our beloved Jean passed away peacefully at home on a beautiful Santa Barbara day December 11, 2013. Born in Palo Alto CA to Daniel W. Kittredge, M.D. & Juanita Kittredge, she was raised in New York City, Flagstaff Arizona & Santa Barbara California. She attended Stevens College in Missouri, the University of Hawaii & lived on Canton Island where her father practiced medicine when he was employed by Pan American Airlines.

She moved back to Santa Barbara in 1953 & began her working career first at City Pharmacy, Better Business Bureau, then Santa Barbara Medical/Sansum Clinic. For 34 years she was the Queen of the OB-GYN Department! She originally worked for Therion Loughrin, M.D. then John Vander Heide, M.D. who became a very special friend in her life.

In 2006 she became a Volunteer for the Sansum Clinic Auxiliary and loved every minute of it, making wonderful new friends and was still a part of it until this year. If Jean was not at her desk volunteering she could be found around town either shopping at the mall or thrift stores especially the Assistance League!

She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse Hershel Wright and son Zachary Miller. Jean is survived by her loving daughter Dona Renkoski, son-in-law Mike, sister Susan Hunsaker (Lee) & dear family friends Phil & Lee Skeen.

The family wishes to thank the Physicians & staff at Sansum Clinic, Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Visiting Nurse-Hospice Care & Brandy Ackerman for all her love & care.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jean's memory to the Sansum Clinic Auxiliary P.O. Box 1200 Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1200 which was very dear to her and will allow for future Nursing Scholarships to be given annually or Visiting Nurse-Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.

Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary

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Sorry, Indy, but if the college she attended is in Missouri, then it's Stephens College, not Stevens. It's also one of the few women's colleges, along with Wellesley and Mills, that has not succumbed to going co-ed. I never understood the reason for allowing so many well respected women's institutions of higher learning to go under. I seem to recall if a young woman announced proudly, of course, she had been accepted at Vassar, now co-ed, she could hold her head as high as being accepted at Harvard. Sadly, we lost Radcliffe (Harvard), Sophie Newcomb (Tulane), Pembroke College (Brown), for starters. There may be more. What a rich and vibrant life she led! And having been born in Palo Alto, CA., I wonder whether her education there began at the Castilleja School?

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December 23, 2013 at 11:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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