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In Memoriam: Harris Meisel, MD, 1932-2018

Artist and Healer

Harris Meisel came to Santa Barbara more than 50 years ago to establish the Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital (now Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital), where he built a master tool to marry art and healing science. Read story.

In Memoriam: Jim Ranta, 1946-2018

Aquatics Mentor and Coach

Jim Ranta’s lifelong commitment to club water polo raised the bar for the sport in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Remembering Miloš Forman

A Stranger in Paradise

A stranger in paradise. Read story.

In Memoriam: Sunanta ‘Sunny’ Quinn, 1954-2017

Instant Friend, Family Woman Extraordinaire

The famed bartender at Mel’s, Sunny loved Santa Barbara. And Santa Barbara loved her right back. Read story.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Erro Hvolboll, 1930-2018

Singer

Elizabeth was as easy onstage singing in her rich contralto as she was escorting a rattlesnake from her kitchen. Read story.

In Memoriam: Sylvia Short, 1927-2018

Doyenne of Santa Barbara Theater

Actor Sylvia Short was a Shakespeare aficionado, unparalleled storyteller, singer of Irish songs, and longtime resident of Santa Barbara. Read story.

In Memoriam: Ruth Nadel, 1914-2017

Cofounded the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Ruth Nadel’s volunteerism helped create the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, and in her career, she pioneered the recognition of women’s paid and unpaid work. Read story.

In Memoriam: Allan Ghitterman, 1924-2018

An Impossible Dreamer

An attorney with a passion for social justice, Allan Ghitterman believed in charity, civic betterment, friends, and family, above all. Read story.

In Memoriam: Virginia Hayes, 1950-2018

Gardening Goddess

Virginia Hayes was known far and wide as an authority on lotus and exotic plants like cycads, which she nurtured at Lotusland as diligently as she raised her children and cherished her friends. Read story.

In Memoriam: David MacLeod Brainard, 1955-2017

Renaissance Man

A true renaissance man, David Brainard had a resume that stretched across bartending and theater, as well as mediation and teaching tough kid Read story.

In Memoriam: Gilbert Ramirez, 1927-2018

Ever Young at Heart

Gil Ramirez was that rare individual who retained the best of his youth at age 90. Read story.

Remembering John 'Jack' Cantin

'Life’s purpose is to serve and inspire those around me.' —Jack Cantin Read story.

In Memoriam: Archie McLaren, 1942-2018

One of a Kind

Wine impresario Archie McLaren was a colorful, one-of-a-kind fine wine and food enthusiast. Read story.

In Memoriam: Dennie Ferry LaTourelle, 1940-2018

Explorer of the Self and Beyond

Dennie LaTourelle explored the inner depths, within herself and also in teaching others, while finding the time to start Santa Barbara’s Birth Resource Center. Read story.

George Edward McClintock: 1929-2017

Opened the Spigot, a Jazz Club

George McClintock’s jazz club, the Spigot, brought world-famous jazz musicians to Santa Barbara in the 1950s and 1960s. Read story.

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Walter Elwood Zeni

Walter Elwood Zeni, age 86, went to meet his Lord and Savior on May 18th, 2018, at ... Read

Allyn Ann McLerie Gaynes

Allyn Ann McLerie Gaynes, actress and dancer of the Broadway stage, movie and television screens, died peacefully ... Read

Kristin Galloway

DATE OF BIRTH: 10-30-1939 DATE OF DEATH: 05-23-2018 AGE:78 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Services Pending Read

Charlotte Ann Woods

Charlotte Ann Woods a native of Santa Barbara passed away May 18, 2018 the age of 100. ... Read

Barbara Marion Bowie (Tilley)

Mom was born January 23, 1925 in Oahu, Hawaii to William and Dorothy Tilley. She was the ... Read

Cornelia Koke

Cornelia Koke lived a full life and will never be forgotten for her smile, laughter and beautiful ... Read

Richard Bruce Parent

DATE OF BIRTH: 05-02-1938 DATE OF DEATH: 05-18-2018 AGE:80 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara, CA SERVICE INFORMATION: Funeral service; ... Read

Barbara Maddux Rudenko

Barbara Maddux Rudenko passed away on May 5, 2018 at the age of 80. Ms. R as ... Read

Carl Harris

Carl Harris passed away on May 14th in Santa Barbara. He grew up in Jennings, Louisiana on ... Read

Dorothy Pearl Chambers

Dorothy passed away peacefully in her home with her daughter, son, and granddaughter by her side on ... Read

Dr. Harris "Bubs" Meisel

Memorial Celebration of Harris' life, Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Alpha ... Read

Barbara Miller Reiss

Our Mom and Nana loved her family, her friends, her country and the Lord. She lived a ... Read

Robert E. Weiss

Robert E. Weiss of Santa Ynez, California, a longtime attorney, died on May 15, 2018, from the ... Read

Adil M. Yaqub

DATE OF BIRTH: January 19, 1928 DATE OF DEATH: May 14, 2018 AGE: 90 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara ... Read

Joanne Marie Coulter

Our amazing mother, Joanne Marie Coulter, passed away suddenly on Tuesday March 20, 2018 and flew to ... Read

David Joseph Boccali

David Joseph Boccali passed away on March 26, 2018. He was born in Santa Barbara on February ... Read

Dylan Corselius Willson

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYLAN May 27, 1986 We celebrate you with open hearts knowing you are still here ... Read

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