Darryl Perlin was known to be an attorney who was ethical, prepared, thorough, and successful, but his career with the District Attorney’s Office was nevertheless overshadowed by his love for the King of Rock and Roll.
Shortly after Judy’s Santa Barbara visit in winter 1978, she sold everything she had in Iowa and returned in her old red VW Beetle. She set out to make new friends, among them Ozzie Da Ros, who suggested Judy as a custom tilemaker to a client. Judy had found a new career.
On a visit to Esalen with her husband, George, Judith Brown so impressed Dr. Fritz Perls that he invited her to study Gestalt therapy with him. The kind of person to develop life-long friendships after meeting someone on a plane or in a grocery store, Judith brought her patients to self-awareness and self-love.
Barbara Tellefson was the founder and matriarch of the Unity Shoppe, which embodies a community of support for residents facing an unforeseen crisis with dignity, autonomy, and independent decision-making intact.
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 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.
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.