Remembering those that left us in 2021
This yr noticed some of the well known figures in San Diego historical past go: Father Joe Carroll, whose legacy continues.
We additionally mentioned good-bye to instructional leaders and a couple of veterans from the Largest Technology who fought in one of the vital maximum pivotal battles of all time.
Tom ‘Tomcat’ Courtney, 91, Jan. 11
He discovered the blues from musicians touring during the hardscrabble Texas plains of the Thirties.
He introduced the ones blues with him to San Diego in 1971, the place he endeared himself to generations together with his model of uncooked Texas blues with a dose of Chicago flavoring.
He shared his song no longer simply with audiences a number of occasions every week, however with younger musicians who have been searching for realism in their very own sound. In the neighborhood, the Spring Valley resident was once steadily referred to as the “godfather of the blues.”
Tom Blair, 74, Jan. 26
He was once the consummate man-about-town who parlayed his pastime for phrases and song right into a occupation that extremely joyful and entertained generations of San Diegans via his newspaper column, large band jazz performances and Sixties rock ‘n’ roll duvet songs.
The longtime newspaperman lined native politics sooner than turning his pen to the three-dot columns that chronicled the existence and occasions of San Diego briefly and funny anecdotes printed within the Night time Tribune and The San Diego Union.
He and his former spouse, Wendy, additionally carried out in a jazz trio, a large band jazz ensemble and a rock band referred to as Cluck and the Chickens.
Trunnell Levett Value, 71, Jan. 26
He was once a number of the closing of San Diego’s authentic Black Panthers. He was once memorialized no longer just for the battle he launched into some 50 years previous, however for mentoring a crop of younger activists who’re wearing at the iconic motion’s legacy these days.
“He was once very involved for the neighborhood, for deficient folks typically, particularly Black folks,” Pastor Friend Hauser, who served within the Panthers with Value as a early life, mentioned on the memorial provider. “He stood for us when numerous folks weren’t even occupied with us.”
Larry T. Baza, 76, Feb. 20
He was once a local son whose lifelong pursuit of championing the humanities made him a cultural titan in San Diego.
He found out the theater and visible arts communities as a scholar at San Diego Prime College.
For greater than 4 a long time, he used his voice advocating for San Diego’s inventive and cultural neighborhood on the native, state and nationwide ranges. He served on numerous panels, forums and commissions, together with the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts, California Affiliation of Native Arts Organizations, Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Nationwide Affiliation of Latino Arts and Tradition, San Diego Group Basis and Diversionary Theatre.
He served as chair of San Diego’s Fee for Arts and Tradition sooner than being appointed to the California Arts Council in 2016 by means of then-Meeting Speaker Toni Atkins.
Willie Blair, 69, Feb. 25
He was once a San Diego neighborhood chief who fought for racial fairness at Town Corridor and in Congress, and later as president of the Black American Political Affiliation of California.
California Secretary of State Shirley Weber mentioned he had laid the groundwork for the following era of leaders via his years of public provider and on the helm of BAPAC, a civic engagement and public coverage assume tank that is helping African American Californians reinforce their instructional, skilled and financial alternatives.
Blair was once additionally a Army officer. He served for 8 years, together with a excursion of responsibility in Vietnam as a small boat chief, the place he participated within the evacuation of Saigon and Cambodia in Might of 1975.
Robert L. Moore, 91, Feb. 25
He was once the closing surviving Montford Level Marine in San Diego County. Moore served in each the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The Montford Level Marines have been the primary Black males to serve within the U.S. Marine Corps. Starting in August 1942, about 20,000 Black males — together with Moore — skilled on the segregated Camp Montford Level in Jacksonville, N.C.
“He lived a excellent existence, filled with journey,” mentioned his granddaughter, Trina Lloyd. “My grandfather was once very modest. He didn’t assume he was once anything else particular, however he in reality was once an bizarre guy.”
Jack Port, 98, March 16
His 15 months as an Military rifleman in Europe throughout International Struggle II got here to outline his existence. However pals say that the paintings the longtime Escondido resident did after the conflict within the industry, schooling and charitable communities made him an area legend.
Over the last two decades, he changed into widely known for sharing his reviews about touchdown on Utah Seaside throughout D-Day, and combating his approach throughout Europe.
He would go back to the small cities of Normandy greater than 30 occasions for D-Day commemorations. France awarded Port its perfect army award, the French Nationwide Order of Legion of Honor, in 2009. And in 2018, the French town of Saint-Pois named its highschool after him, the Ecole Publique Jack Port.
For just about 30 years, Port ran a males’s outfitter in downtown Escondido, and he served at the San Diego County Board of Schooling for 28 years. With Jack Raymond of Escondido, he co-founded and was once an established director for North County Financial institution and the Escondido Group Basis.
The Escondido Historical past Middle named him as probably the most town’s 8 Escondido Legends, a program that Raymond underwrote with $1,000 scholarships in every of the 8 males’s and girls’s names.
George Dallas McKinney, 88, March 20
Bishop McKinney was once a towering determine in San Diego’s Black spiritual neighborhood for 60 years.
The nice-grandson of a slave and the son of a sharecropper, McKinney began St. Stephen’s Cathedral Church of God in Christ within the basement of a pizza eating place in 1962 and shepherded it right into a Valencia Park mainstay that integrated a Ok-12 faculty, two senior facilities, and low-income housing.
As bishop, he oversaw about 40 Church of God in Christ congregations in Southern California and sat at the Pentecostal denomination’s nationwide board.
“He led the best way for such a lot of people who now stand on his shoulders,” mentioned the Rev. Terry Wayne Brooks, senior pastor at Bayview Baptist Church in San Diego. “He was once a person of the neighborhood who knew that he needed to do greater than pontificate. From time to time it’s important to supply and offer protection to. He lived that existence.”
James R. Generators, 93, March 27
The San Diego local and longtime Coronado resident was once a retired state Meeting member and state senator who authored regulation that created the native trolley device and Outdated The town State Park.
The Generators Act, named after him, has been credited with saving hundreds of ancient residential and business structures from destruction in California by means of lowering belongings taxes for homeowners who keep them.
He secured investment to assist repair the Outdated Globe Theatre after it burned in 1978, and he advised appropriations for building of the library at San Diego State and 3rd Faculty (now Thurgood Marshall Faculty) at UC San Diego.
Richard Emerson, 70, April 2
He was once the Chula Vista police leader from 1992 and 2009.
Emerson was once remembered as a task type and mentor who left a mark at the careers of his subordinates.
Beneath his management, the Chula Vista Police Division created new devices, together with a unique investigations workforce; doubled the scale of the site visitors unit to handle neighborhood issues; expanded the varsity useful resource officer unit from one officer to 23; created volunteer positions, together with senior patrol volunteers; based the Chula Vista Police Basis, the fundraising arm of the Police Division; and built the police station that homes the dept these days.
Clayton Schenkelberg, 103, April 14
He was once believed to be The usa’s oldest Pearl Harbor survivor.
Born a yr sooner than the Spanish Flu swept the rustic, his ultimate yr integrated a run-in with COVID-19. He stuck it however didn’t get in poor health, members of the family mentioned.
He was once a Army torpedoman on that fateful day of Dec. 7, 1941. He volunteered to power a teach loaded with the underwater missiles clear of strafing Eastern airplanes. Then he ran to an armory, grabbed a rifle, and began capturing again.
After the conflict, he stayed within the Army for every other twenty years, were given married and raised seven kids, and in the end settled in San Diego, the place he had a moment occupation as a highschool custodian.
Margaret ‘Peg’ Marston, 100, April 15
She was once a homemaker and neighborhood volunteer who carried on her pioneering circle of relatives’s pastime for the historical past and herbal wonderful thing about San Diego.
She was once the widow of Hamilton Marston, who like his father and grandfather sooner than him ran the circle of relatives’s self-named division retailer downtown and changed into a tenacious supporter of Balboa Park and of environmentally delicate land building.
“Marston is a reputation that carries ancient weight in San Diego, proper up there with Scripps and Spreckels and Horton,” mentioned Invoice Lawrence, govt director of the San Diego Historical past Middle. “Peg was once an out of this world steward of the Marston identify.”
Her civic actions integrated the inventive and academic Wednesday Membership, considered one of San Diego’s oldest women folk’s organizations, and auxiliary teams with ties to UC San Diego, the Salk Institute and the Torrey Pines State Herbal Reserve.
Jim ‘Mouse’ Robb, 87, April 22
He was once a mythical San Diego surfer who began using waves within the Forties on 70-pound longboards made from redwood. He changed into a father determine to dozens of native lifeguards and various water rats.
Robb gained trophies and was once renown as a tandem surfer, hoisting women folk overhead as he rode. He arranged and judged primary browsing competitions.
What set him aside, his admirers mentioned, was once his decadeslong embody of the sea — the waves, the seafood, the bracing salt air — and of the “spirit of Aloha” that animates the lives of its maximum devotees.
Marye Anne Fox, 73, Might 9
She was once a tough-minded chemist who guided UC San Diego via 8 years of expansion as the varsity’s chancellor.
She earned a doctorate in chemistry at Dartmouth in 1974. She went directly to turn out to be a chemistry professor on the College of Texas, the place she rose to vice chancellor of study.
In 1994, her analysis, coverage paintings and bridge-building with business earned her election to the Nationwide Academy of Sciences. On the time, fewer than 100 of the academy’s 1,700 contributors have been women folk.
Fox, who was once awarded the Nationwide Medal of Science for her insights about sustainable power, was once named chancellor of UC San Diego in 2004. On the time the campus had 24,663 scholars. The determine grew by means of 3,631 by the point she stepped down in 2012. The college’s analysis investment additionally surpassed the $1 billion stage, making UC San Diego a number of the 10 biggest analysis faculties within the nation.
Gail Stoorza-Gill, 77, Might 16
She based a small San Diego corporate within the Nineteen Seventies that briefly grew to turn out to be the most important impartial public family members and promoting company in California.
She began her corporate at a time when women-owned companies weren’t best uncommon however blocked from becoming a member of some civic organizations.
She based her self-named corporate in 1974, which later changed into Stoorza, Ziegaus and Metzger. Thought to be the most important endeavor of its type owned by means of a girl, the company had a body of workers of greater than 100 and places of work in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Riverside.
The corporate attracted a consumer checklist that integrated the Port of San Diego, Los angeles Costa Lodge, McDonald’s, the Financial Building Corp. and firms in what was once then a nascent biotechnology business. Operating with the Padres, she and her corporate labored to assist go the proposition that resulted within the building of Petco Park.
Jesse Macias, 73, June 4
He was once a published journalist who for many years delivered information to San Diego tv audiences whilst breaking limitations as a Latino reporter.
He labored as a information reporter for CBS 8 San Diego and different native stations, from the Nineteen Seventies till his retirement in 2009. He was once probably the most first Latino tv journalists within the house and lined many breaking information tales, together with the PSA Flight 182 crash in 1978 that killed 144 folks, probably the most deadliest air failures in California historical past.
He earned an Emmy for his investigative reporting on exertions stipulations for migrant farmworkers. He gained different awards from such organizations because the Academy of Tv Arts and Sciences, the Radio & Tv Information Affiliation of Southern California and the California Chicano Information Media Affiliation.
Neil Ash, 96, June 11
He was once a International Struggle II veteran and legal professional who devoted the closing 35 years of his existence to native philanthropic reasons, such because the USO San Diego.
Ash was once a well known determine in volunteer and fundraising circles, having served at the forums of the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Museum of Artwork and Scripps Memorial Health facility, in addition to Irvine’s Concordia College and the College of Southern California’s legislation faculty.
When the symphony went broke in 1996, Ash helped stay the orchestra afloat by means of subsidizing the musicians’ paychecks. And when the USO San Diego wanted an enduring transit heart for army team of workers at San Diego Global Airport, Ash and his spouse, June Barrymore Ash, underwrote the challenge with matching $100,000 tests. These days, the 5,000-square-foot ready house is known as the USO Neil Ash Airport Middle.
On the heart’s determination in 2016, former USO San Diego board member Karen Miller instructed the Union-Tribune: “There would no longer be a USO San Diego with out Neil Ash.”
Frank Wada Sr., 99, June 14
He was once born in Redlands, the place he confronted common anti-Eastern discrimination when he was once rising up in San Bernardino County. After highschool, he labored on his sister Mary’s farm in Chula Vista. 3 months after Pearl Harbor, his circle of relatives was once ordered into internment. They ended up on the camp in Poston, Ariz. However that didn’t prevent him from combating for his nation in International Struggle II.
Wada served within the famed 442nd Regimental Fight Crew, an all-volunteer regiment made up basically of nisei, the American-born second-generation descendants of Eastern immigrants. Wada noticed heavy battle because the 442 fought throughout Europe.
The 442 would turn out to be some of the embellished devices, for its measurement and period of provider, within the historical past of the U.S. army. More or less 18,000 males served, in the long run incomes greater than 4,000 Red Hearts, 21 Medals of Honor and an remarkable seven Presidential Unit Citations, in keeping with the Cross For Broke Nationwide Schooling Middle. “Cross For Broke” was once the regiment’s motto, representing the warriors’ “shoot the works” fearlessness in fight to turn out their patriotism to their place of birth.
Members of the family say they consider Wada was once the regiment’s closing native survivor.
Thomas Day, 89, June 15
He was once San Diego State College president’s for 18 years.
Because the college’s 6th president, Day expanded its analysis clout, added doctoral methods, driven for higher range a number of the school and scholar frame, and introduced a graduate faculty of public well being. He opened a satellite tv for pc campus in North County that lead the way for Cal State San Marcos.
He earned a doctorate in physics at Cornell College, and in the end moved into faculty management.
He arrived at San Diego State as president in July 1978. Early on he driven for extra analysis cash. Grants and analysis awards went from $10.8 million in line with yr to greater than $67 million throughout his tenure. His prowess there introduced him appointments to the Nationwide Science Board, the policy-making arm of the Nationwide Science Basis.
Father Joe Carroll, 80, July 10
His 40-year devotion to serving to the homeless grew to become him right into a San Diego icon.
Recognized fondly because the “Hustler Priest,” Carroll took what have been a small charity handing out peanut butter sandwiches downtown within the early Nineteen Eighties and grew to become it into an help community for the deficient that gained awards and drew nationwide media consideration.
Now referred to as Father Joe’s Villages, it supplies housing, meals, well being care, schooling, vocational coaching and different products and services to hundreds of folks every year.
“This man touched extra lives, did extra excellent for extra folks, than any San Diegan has ever performed,” mentioned David Malcolm, a businessman and philanthropist who served at the villages’ board for 31 years.
Carroll constructed the homeless group and made himself a family identify via a gentle circulate of private and non-private appearances that used humor to inspire fundraising. He starred in TV advertisements that baldly instructed audience, “I wish to hustle you out of a few cash.”
Dave Severance, 102, Aug. 2
He was once a retired U.S. Marine colonel whose troops famously planted an American flag on Iwo Jima.
There have been in fact two flag-raisings that February morning in 1945, the second one of which was once captured in considered one of war’s maximum iconic images. Severance spent years quietly looking to set the report instantly about who did what again then, and why.
When the primary flag was once raised, Severance mentioned, Secretary of the Army James Forrestal, who had simply arrived, requested to have it as a memento. “Hell, no,” mentioned battalion commander Lt. Col. Chandler Johnson, in keeping with Severance. “We put it up there, and we’re going to stay it.”
A moment team of Severance’s Marines was once despatched up with orders to interchange the flag. The Marines would stay the primary one, and the Army secretary would get the alternative, which flew over Mount Suribachi for the remainder of the fight. Each flags at the moment are within the Nationwide Museum of the Marine Corps close to Quantico, Va.
Stu Hedley, 99, Aug. 4
He was once a Pearl Harbor survivor who spent a long time stoking the flames of remembrance about that pivotal second in American historical past.
He was once a fixture at annual public occasions honoring army veterans and a common speaker at native faculties and in entrance of provider organizations.
Clad in a Hawaiian blouse, white slacks and a medallion-bedecked garrison cap, Hedley made loads of appearances, in San Diego and in other places, once in a while going to a couple of purposes at the identical day. Through his depend, he spoke to greater than 200,000 folks through the years.
Greater than 100 of his shipmates aboard the battleship West Virginia died at Pearl Harbor. Hedley, a 20-year-old seaman apprentice, narrowly escaped dying a number of occasions.
He regarded as it an honor and an obligation to constitute those that fought in International Struggle II, particularly those that have been killed.
Yolanda López, 79, Sept. 3
She created activist artwork, from her feminist interpretations of the Virgin of Guadalupe to a work that featured the faces of 7 wrongfully imprisoned Latino males at the back of the stripes of an American flag made to seem like jail bars.
López, who was once born and grew up in Barrio Logan and earned her grasp’s stage in high-quality artwork from UC San Diego, lectured, produced movies and created installations during her occupation. However her muse remained the Virgin of Guadalupe. She reimagined Guadalupe as an Indigenous lady nursing her kid, because the Aztec goddess Coatlicue, and as Boticelli’s Venus. Mexican critics fumed over her “Strolling Lupe” — Guadalupe in open-toed heels, calves uncovered beneath a shorter model of her conventional get dressed.
Her paintings changed into a mainstay of exhibitions and everlasting collections. Prints of “Loose Los Siete” and “Who’s the Unlawful Alien, Pilgrim?” are with the Smithsonian American Artwork Museum.
Bob Baker, 89, Sept. 5
He owned greater than 25 automotive dealerships during the rustic throughout a occupation that spanned 60 years.
He grew up in Los Angeles throughout the Melancholy. When he was once 10, his oldsters divorced and he spent the remainder of his formative years in foster properties, boarding homes and at the streets. He enlisted within the Military in 1951 and noticed battle within the Korean Struggle. (In 2016, he donated $250,000 for a 30-foot-tall bell tower at Miramar Nationwide Cemetery in reminiscence of his Korean Struggle comrades.)
After the conflict, he established and grew Bob Baker Chevrolet in Indianapolis. He in the end offered that dealership and moved to San Diego, buying what was once then College Ford. He ceaselessly expanded and constructed up the Bob Baker Auto Team of dealerships with manufacturers similar to Chevy, Toyota, Lexus, Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, Ford, Acura, Cadillac, Nissan and Subaru. And he was once at the back of the catchy promoting jingle, “The Bob Baker Auto Team, the place it’s so great to be great.”
His monetary luck allowed him the facility to earmark thousands and thousands of greenbacks through the years to lend a hand Catholic church buildings and faculties, methods for army veterans and underwriting for Answers for Trade, a nonprofit that is helping get North County homeless households off the streets.
Robert Lynn, 82, Sept. 14
He was once a civil rights legal professional who based key industry and political organizations in enhance of San Diego’s LGBTQ communities.
Beginning within the Nineteen Seventies, he solid relationships with organizations representing minorities and girls, serving to determine the LGBTQ neighborhood as a political drive within the town.
In 1975, Lynn served as founding president of the San Diego Democrats for Equality, an influential LGBTQ group firstly referred to as the San Diego Democratic Membership. And in 1979, he introduced the San Diego Equality Industry Affiliation, which was once then referred to as the Larger San Diego Industry Affiliation, to enhance LGBTQ companies.
“If there may be one individual I might credit score for the clout the LGBTQ neighborhood has these days, it’s Bob Lynn,” mentioned Doug Case, a former president of the San Diego Democratic Membership.
Richard Lerner, 83, Dec. 2
He was once a masterful biochemist who guided Los angeles Jolla’s Scripps Analysis on its solution to changing into an elite heart for biomedical science, and he helped expand Humira to regard rheumatoid arthritis. It’s the perfect promoting healing drug on the earth.
Lerner just about tripled the scale of the Scripps institute throughout his 24 years as president.
He was once a self-described “lab rat” whose occupation spanned greater than 55 years. Lerner had regarded as changing into a neurosurgeon, however he modified his thoughts in 1965, accepting a place as a postdoctoral scientist at Scripps Sanatorium and Analysis Basis, which later changed into Scripps Analysis.
He in brief left for a task in Philadelphia, then returned to Scripps in 1970, the place he served at the school for the remainder of his existence.
DJ Sullivan, 86, Dec. 23
She began her skilled appearing occupation on the Outdated Globe within the Sixties, labored ceaselessly in small roles in tv, advertisements and flicks within the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties and gave the impression in all 4 of the San Diego-made “Assault of the Killer Tomatoes” horror parody movies.
Nevertheless it was once her paintings as an appearing trainer — first at San Diego Junior Theatre from 1968 to 1985, and later at her personal Sullivan Gamers theater corporate in College Heights — that made her a liked native determine. 3 of her Junior Theatre scholars — Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christian Hoff and Casey Nicholaw — went directly to win Tony Awards on Broadway. She loved celebrating the successes, each huge and small, of all her scholars.
Sullivan’s greater than half-century have an effect on on San Diego’s appearing neighborhood led the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle to honor her in 2009 with its Craig Noel Lifetime Success Award.
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