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John M. Daniel: 1941-2020

John Daniel, one half of Daniel & Daniel Publishers, was a warmhearted, brilliant, witty, and generous man who had a profound impact on Santa Barbara’s literary community.

Kellam de Forest: 1926-2021

Kellam de Forest’s career took him to Hollywood as a researcher whose company became the industry standard, and he retired to his native Santa Barbara where he became an incisive presence at many a planning meeting.

John Buttny: 1938-2020

John Buttny cut his political teeth on Vietnam protests in Boulder, Colorado, and after he settled down in Isla Vista, he rarely said “no” when asked to work on issues ranging from environmental protection to homelessness, from the Gaviota Coast to the bucolic Santa Ynez Valley.

Judith Meisel: 1929-2020

Holocaust survivor Judy Meisel would say, if she could emerge from her experience without hate in her heart, then anyone can learn to live without hate.

Alfred Daniel Eliason: 1934-2020

Family and friends describe Dan Eliason as a “gentleman’s gentleman.” At the nearby assisted living facility where he lived for two years, his pleasant demeanor, ready smile, and jokes made him one of the staff’s favorite residents.

Ross McMurry: 1939-2020

I lost my friend this week. It still hasn’t quite set in. We were supposed to have lunch on Friday, like we do most weeks.


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