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Jo Duffy: 1943-2019

Jo Duffy started flying with the nonprofit Aeromedicos, then flew baby eaglets to sanctuaries; mapped oil spills, tracked migrating whales, and monitored the health of the shoreline from the air with Lighthawk; and was also a search and rescue pilot for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Russ Spencer: 1960-2019

Since his death, dozens of stories have been told of Russ Spencer’s helping hand and generosity, but he fought personal demons, too.

Ursula Mahlendorf: 1929 – 2018

Urusla Mahlendorf lived the examined life, as a scholar of literature, women’s studies, and psychology, but also learning to sculpt marble in Carrara and learning peace at a preschool.

Virginia Vercammen: 1925-2019

Despite assurances their restaurant was destined for failure, Virginia Vercammen and her husband, Paul, and two friends opened the Olive Mill Bistro, which became a hot spot in Montecito.

Elinor Brelsford: 1916-2018

The head of The Oaks Parent-Child Workshop for 31 years, Elinor Brelsford shaped early education for hundreds of parents and children.

Michael Hathaway: 1941-2018

Michael Hathaway was both a seeker and a vagabond whose life led him to Santa Barbara at one point, where he helped found the “News & Review.”

Ozzie Da Ros: 1921-2018

Ozzie Da Ros began working with stone at age 14 for his father and came to represent a legendary standard of level-headed integrity on jobs from Lotusland to the Old Mission to Los Angeles estates and Santa Barbara homes.


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