July 10, 1941 – February 5, 2014
Bruce Feldman, 72, died peacefully after a brief illness at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cathy Feldman.
Bruce was born in Davenport, Iowa and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. He attended Indiana University before transferring to University of Southern California, where he graduated from its Film School and immediately began working as a screenwriter. His first produced Movie of the Week was “Maybe I’ll Come Home in the Spring” starring Sally Fields as a runaway girl who comes home and David Carradine. He also wrote the lyrics to the title song that was recorded by Linda Ronstadt. Bruce was nominated for an Emmy for his teleplay, “The Defection of Simas Kudirka” starring Alan Arkin. He won a Christopher Award for the script that tells the true story of Lithuanian sailor who attempted to defect to the U.S. by jumping aboard an American Coast Guard cutter.
Bruce and Cathy moved to Santa Barbara from LA in the late 1970s. In 1991 they co-founded Blue Point Books, dedicated to publishing books that make a difference. In 2006 Bruce edited “Harry Says: Boss Talk Without the Warm Fuzzies” based on the ruminations of a successful boss he knew in LA.
There are no plans for a memorial service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bruce’s honor to Doctors Without Borders or to the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation that raises money to provide seed capital for student entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County. The address for the latter is PO Box 91347, Santa Barbara, 93190.