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In Memoriam Valéry Ryvkin 1960-2020

Valéry Ryvkin might not have been central casting’s version of a maestro, but when his glistening head popped up in the orchestra pit for Opera Santa Barbara performances, audiences shouted, “Bravo, bravo, Valéry!”

Jim Sutherland: 1935-2019

A former mayor of Appleton, Wisconsin, Jim Sutherland moved with his family to the Santa Barbara area in 1983 to work in Westmont College’s admissions department, drawn to the “eternal dimension” of the school’s spiritual mission.


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