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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.

David Denniston: 1936-2019

Dave Denniston was a pioneer of supported living for children with a developmental disability — from a father’s perspective. It was his personal touch that made the difference.

Michael Dvortcsak: 1937-2019

Each day, Mickey Dvortcsak got up and painted. This is a life in art; this is what you do. He would do it for the rest of his days.

Terry Davies: 1934-2019

With his wife, Penny Davies, Terry Davies founded The Earthling Bookshop, famously winning a battle with the city for their downtown corner.

Elaine Arnett: 1940 – 2019

During 33 years as a social worker for Santa Barbara County, Elaine Arnett defended the rights of abandoned and abused children. Simultaneously, Elaine sought relief and found joy in the make-believe world of theater arts.

Santiago Perez Jr.: 1983-2018

Santiago Perez was not only the best of brothers, he was an amazing son, uncle, father, and husband, who built friendships with everyone he crossed paths with.

Pope Freeman 1935-2019

Theater director Pope Freeman got the most out of people with a gentle nudge or an insightful suggestion. He was an artist and a craftsman, a therapist and a train conductor.


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