The College has learned of the deaths of the following alumnae.
Jean Marshall Cates, of Nevada City, Nevada, on May 2, 2020.
Jean was born in New Jersey in 1915. Her family eventually moved west to Southern California. She attended the University of Southern California and Scripps College, at which time she met her husband, Barker Cates. Jean was extremely artistic, creating window displays for major fashion stores in the ’50s. Jean and Barker moved to Nevada City in 1960. Jean was an avid gardener and world traveler. She had a great love for England and traveled the country many times exploring its history. Jean Cates is survived by her only grandson, Steve Moran-Cassese, and two great-grandchildren.
Life Trustee Nancy Hart Glanville Jewell ’49 passed away on August 2, 2020, at the age of 92.
Nancy joined Scripps College’s Board of Trustees in 1990 and was a member of the College’s inaugural class of Life Trustees. As a Trustee, she served on a number of Board committees and chaired the Development Committee twice, serving as a key advisor to the College during the planning phase of the College’s “Campaign for the Scripps Woman.” She remained active as an Emerita and Life Trustee, attending meetings and remaining in contact with board members. In 2007, Nancy’s son, John, established the Nancy Glanville Jewell ’49 Endowed Scholarship in honor of his mother.
After graduating from Scripps, Nancy moved to Houston, where she became involved with many charity boards and organizations, including the Noroton Presbyterian Church, the Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and its Bayou Bend Collection.
Nancy is survived by her four sons and nine grandchildren.
Elisabeth “Bep” Polak Barendsen, of Huizen, Netherlands, on April 6, 2020.
Bep was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her family survived the German air raid on Rotterdam on May 14, 1940, that started five years of Nazi occupation of Holland. In 1948, her father, a professor of economics at Rotterdam University, made her apply for admittance to Scripps College through a colleague who at the time was teaching at Claremont McKenna College. Bep sailed to Boston and went on to California by bus, abroad for the first time and hardly knowing any English. Coming from war-torn Holland, she wrote home that, to her amazement, “You can buy just about everything here!” Bep studied humanities and French and lived in Dorsey Hall. She enjoyed it all enormously and had two unforgettable years at Scripps. Afterward, she never stopped keeping in contact and meeting with many college friends. Back in Holland, she took up and finished her law study. Rather than entering a law firm, she joined the American Field Service Committee, which, following the principles of the Quakers, was involved in refugee assistance in Europe. She stayed with the organization in Vienna for two years, counseling refugees from Hungary who had fled the Russian oppression that followed the 1956 popular uprising against communism. She came back in 1958 to marry Dick Barendsen, a civil engineer employed by the city of Amsterdam. While abroad for a one-year traineeship with an American construction company, they lived in New York City, where their eldest daughter was born (when Nel Barendsen came of age, she was admitted to Scripps College, Class of 1983). Shortly after returning home, they moved to Rotterdam, where Dick got involved with the port extension. In 1970, Dick’s work sent them back to Amsterdam, where they settled in the beautiful, rural Gooi area south of the city and the three children grew up, finished school, and set out for further education. Later, daughter Charlotte died from a brain hemorrhage. After a stroke, Bep ended up with dementia. After two years of living at home, she moved into a nursing home in a nearby town. There she lived for five more quiet and even happy years, with Dick visiting daily. She is survived by him, daughter Nel Barendsen ’83, son Niek, and two grandchildren.
Ellyse Spiegl Burke, of Salinas, California, on June 21, 2020.
Ellyse Burke, aged 91, of Salinas, California, passed away on June 21, 2020, peacefully and in her beloved home. She was born on March 8, 1929, to parents Ellis and Phyllis Spiegl. Ellyse was predeceased by her husband of 21 years, Mickey Burke, and two sons, Jeffrey Burke and Patrick Burke. Ellyse graduated from Salinas High School, attended Scripps College, and ultimately graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She returned to Salinas after college, married, and became the mother of five children. Her sincere interest in the lives of others reverberated throughout her friends and family, but also through her lifelong dedication to service. Her volunteer work included involvement in the Junior League, Entre Nous, the Steinbeck House, Meals on Wheels, the National Steinbeck Center, the ATT Pro-Am Golf Tournament, and the Monterey Jazz Festival. She served on numerous committees at Sacred Heart School and Palma High School, as well as setting up the gift shop at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Ellyse was known by friends and family as enthusiastic, curious, engaging, and straightforward. She lived in a beautiful home that she shared not only with her family but also with foreign exchange students, musicians, actors, and out-of-town visitors. She had a gracious and welcoming spirit and was fascinated with other people’s lives and well-being. Ellyse’s ability to measure the soul of a person took one from “stranger” to “dear friend” in a short time. Her dear friends were enormously important to her, and many of the friendships started in childhood continued all the way through her life. Her friends lifted her up, carried her through tragedies, and provided the camaraderie that was always of utmost importance to her. Ellyse also had many interests and hobbies. For years she was a member of Chamisal Tennis and Fitness Club, enjoying doubles tennis. She was an enthusiastic bridge player, cherishing the thrice-weekly games that filled up her calendar until COVID-19 shut down her favorite pastime. Starting in childhood and extending into her eighties, Ellyse enjoyed horseback riding. She was given her first pony at age three and spent her childhood and teenage years riding through the hills and gullies of Carmel Valley, her second most beloved place on Earth. The California Rodeo marked her favorite time of year, and participating in and attending the four-day event was a highlight in her life. Ellyse traveled extensively, with multiple trips to Europe and Mexico and trips to the Galápagos Islands, West Indies, Costa Rica, and Israel, to name just a few highlights. She touched the lives of so many. She was truly an indomitable spirit; nothing defeated her. She took all life’s ups and downs and showed her family how to navigate them through sheer stubbornness, humor, and practicality. Her children will forever miss the force of nature that was Ellyse, but they are grateful that she was absolutely clear in how she wanted to conduct her final days of life, an amazing example of living life to the fullest. Services were private per her wishes. She wanted her friends and family to remember her from her blowout 90th birthday party, so please keep that memory close in your hearts.
Georgia D. Economou, of Towson, Maryland, on May 11, 2020.
Georgia D. Economou, professor emeritus of English, was embraced in the arms of our Lord. She was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Georgia, “Suzi,” was born on February 21, 1930, in Great Falls, Montana, to Demetrios G. Economou and Amelia Ananiadis Economou, who both emigrated to the United States from Greece. Georgia was the eldest of two children, followed by her brother, George Economou, noted American poet, literary translator, and scholar. Georgia led a rich, full life, as she was a true Renaissance woman with a passion for the arts, culture, and education. As a senior at Great Falls High School, she was chosen as a top 50 finalist in Vogue’s Prix de Paris Fashion Contest and was a representative on Mademoiselle magazine’s college board. Georgia earned her BA from Scripps College and an MA from Columbia University. She was a successful author of various books, including Virginia Woolf: A Writer’s Diary. Georgia began her teaching career as an English professor at State College in Mankato, Minnesota. In 1957, she began teaching English at Towson University, which she deeply cherished until retirement. One of the highest honors of Georgia’s life was receiving the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, which allowed her to fulfill her dream of living in Greece, the land that she loved, while also visiting Paris, the city that brought her great inspiration. Throughout her life, Georgia was captivated by ballet, theater, and classical literature, including Greek mythological literature, while her desire to learn only grew. She had an adventurous spirit and was a source of joy and laughter for her family and friends. She loved to tell stories about her journeys in her Volkswagen Bug, named Shots, which included a thrilling trip to the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado. Georgia enjoyed creating unique and specific memories with each family member. Her laugh was infectious, and the twinkle in her eye was sparked by joy. Georgia is survived by her sister-in-law, Rochelle Owens, poet and playwright, and many loving cousins in Greece and the United States. Georgia was preceded in death by her father, Demetrios G. Economou, mother, Amelia D. Economou, and brother, George D. Economou.
Nancy Lloyd Kittle, of Corte Madera, California, on March 9, 2020.
Nancy Kittle, known for her support of nonprofit organizations committed to improving the environment, furthering the arts, and promoting the causes of Native Americans, died on March 9, 2020. She was 89 and a resident of Corte Madera. Born in Santa Barbara, Nancy was the only child of Grace Meeker Lloyd and Francis Vernon Lloyd. Her father died in 1935 when she was 5. Nancy attended Miss Branson’s School in Ross before attending Scripps College and later graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. In subsequent years, she obtained MA degrees in biology and anthropology from San Francisco State University and the University of Arizona, respectively. After completing her studies, Nancy married Jonathan “Jake” Kittle, who was raised in Marin County. They became cattle ranchers and eventually bought a ranch in Wyoming that supported 2,000 head of cattle. However, the isolated life on the ranch did not provide the intellectual stimulation Nancy sought, and she ultimately returned to Santa Barbara and ended her marriage. Nancy was truly a Renaissance woman with many intellectual and varied interests that ranged from classical music (she played the flute) and the San Francisco Symphony and theater to Native Americans, photography as an art form, the ecology of San Francisco Bay, bird watching, gardening, and traveling. An avid hiker, backpacker, and camper, she made frequent trips to explore the Sierras in California and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. In the month of August, she could typically be found in her beloved Jackson Hole cabin. During the 1990s, Nancy became interested in photography and took classes at the San Francisco Art Institute. She chose a Hasselblad camera for shooting black and white landscapes and portraits. Her most accomplished work was published by Sierra Club Books in 2005 as the book Legacy, with text by John Hart, which showcases 50 photographic portraits of prominent people in the San Francisco Bay Area who made major contributions to protect the environment during the past 100 years. In 2009, Nancy produced and contributed the photographic portraits of Native leaders included in the book Restoring Native Homelands, published by the Tribal and Native Lands Program of the Trust for Public Land. Nancy was predeceased by her three half-brothers: Francis V. Lloyd, Jr., of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts; Ambrose Coghill Cramer III of Charlottesville, Virginia; and Neville Murray Joselyn Cramer of Montecito, California. She will be missed by many loving nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends.
Idelle Feinberg Weber, of Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2020.
Idelle Weber, an artist who cast a critical eye on mid-century American consumerism with Pop Art silhouettes of corporate workers and photorealist paintings of trash, died at the age of 88. She had been in an assisted living facility, according to her daughter, Suzanne, who confirmed the death but did not specify a cause. A painter who experimented with sculpture and collage, Ms. Weber was one of the few women involved in the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and ’60s. She used brightly colored and patterned backdrops to highlight her anonymous, black and white figures of businessmen, brides, politicians, and television show characters, all appearing in arrested motion. Her bold, flat aesthetic fit into the new art category, but her subject matter was different from Andy Warhol’s soup cans or Roy Lichtenstein’s blown-up comics. Ms. Weber was interested in how consumer culture codified social roles. Her work “expanded the notion of what ‘Pop’ could be,” wrote Sid Sachs, the director of exhibitions at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, in a catalog for a show of Ms. Weber’s work. She achieved success despite the hurdles she faced as a woman in a largely male milieu. In 1957, for example, she tried to audit a class taught by the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell. She went to see him with her portfolio, which he looked at approvingly. He then asked if she was planning to marry and have children, to which she responded yes. “He looked at me and he said, ‘It’s too bad, you’ll never keep working,’” she is quoted as saying in Sachs’s catalog. “And he didn’t let me in the class.” Motherwell was wrong: Ms. Weber got married, had children, and kept working. By 2000, she was known primarily as a realist, and her Pop Art work was largely forgotten. It wasn’t until about 2010, when Sachs curated the critically acclaimed exhibition Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968, that her early breakthroughs were rediscovered, once more hitting a cultural chord.
Ms. Weber was born Tessie Pasternack on March 12, 1932. Her father put her up for adoption after her mother died in childbirth. Her new parents, Julius Earl Feinberg, who worked in real estate, and Minnie (Wallach) Feinberg, a homemaker who had previously lived abroad, gave her the name Idelle Lois Feinberg. Ms. Weber attended Scripps for a year before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her bachelor’s degree in art in 1954 and her master’s the next year. Shortly after moving to New York, Ms. Webster met her future husband, Julian Weber, a lawyer who went on to be president of the humor magazine National Lampoon; they were wed in 1957. He died in 2006. Ms. Weber is survived by two children, J. Todd and Suzanne, and three grandchildren.
Ms. Weber showed in galleries and museums, some of which acquired her art, among them the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She taught at New York University for more than a decade and then at Harvard. “Art historians, art critics and dealers sometimes make it sound like an artist’s development is like a single thread,” Ms. Weber once observed. “More often it’s like a rope with several strands intertwined and revolving around one another.” She added, “This certainly has been the case for me.”
Cynthia Margaret Holyoak Harris, of Bellingham, Washington, on June 10, 2020.
Carol E. Levy Hicks, of Prescott, Arizona, on November 30, 2019.
Carol E. Hicks was born in San Diego, California, to Dr. Edward and Katherine Levy on December 20, 1939. She graduated from San Diego High School and received her BA from San Diego State University. A Prescott resident for 25 years, Carol was an avid horsewoman and a member of Desert Saddle Bags, Prescott Saddle Club, and Back Country Horsemen of Central Arizona and a founding member of Large Animal Shelters and Emergency Readiness (LASER), an organization that provides shelter for animals during evacuations. Carol loved riding wilderness trails and camping with her husband and riding partner of 59 years. She is survived by her husband, Charles “Spike” Hicks; sister Susan Conner of Carlsbad, California; daughters Katherine “Katie” (Randall Carruthers) of Keosauqua, Iowa, and Carlyn (Lawrence Ille) of Oceanside, California; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. No services will be held, per Carol’s wishes. Her family would like to thank everyone for their love and support in sending sympathy cards and keeping them in their prayers.
Barbara Burns Myers, of Omaha, Nebraska, on July 15, 2020.
After contracting ALS, Barbara Burns Myers, with the attentive, loving care of her husband, Lee, and their three sons and their families, managed to participate in travel, baseball games, family gatherings, and a raft of activities until fairly recently. Of course, the nature of that disease is that it always overwhelms, and she left us on July 15, 2020, at her home in Omaha, Nebraska. She came to Scripps College by way of Clinton, Oklahoma, and Phoenix, Arizona, and majored in psychology. Dorsey Hall was her home base on campus, and over her Claremont years she was a cheerleader for CMC-HMC teams, a participant in child development activities, and always a wonderful friend. Upon graduation, Barbara went to San Francisco, where she met her future husband, writer and editor Lee Myers. Later homes included Cody, Wyoming, and Omaha, Nebraska, where she was employed at Girls and Boys Town. As one of three sisters, she enjoyed being the mother of three creative sons, Mason, Ryan, and Tyler, and following the activities of three granddaughters.
Jacqueline Bigar, of Glendale, Arizona, on March 1, 2020.
Jacqueline Bigar, 72, an astrologist whose syndicated column “Bigar’s Stars” has been published for decades in the Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers across the nation, died at her home in Arizona. First published in the Daily News in 1977, Ms. Bigar’s column over the years drew a national and then an international audience. In it, the then Philadelphia-based writer offered readers a view of the future based on their birth dates and the position of the stars. “Readers flocked to it,” recalled Gene Castellano, a former assistant features editor for the Daily News. Castellano, who worked on Sundays, said the column would arrive that day for editing even though it wouldn’t be published until later in the week; it was so compelling that fellow journalists would call from home asking him to look ahead and let them know what was in the stars for their love life. In 1995, Ms. Bigar helped to develop and moderate, with her former husband, an online astrology forum for Prodigy.com. She also wrote daily astrology tips and conducted chat sessions online. “She will be missed,” said C. J. Kettler, president of King Features Syndicate. “She has been part of the King Features family for a long time. We are shocked. She was beloved.” The last of her columns, written in advance, appeared in the Inquirer on Saturday, March 14. Ms. Bigar, an Aquarius, began formal astrology training in 1975 under the guidance of Jeanette Oswald, a professional astrologer and radio and television personality. Except for that tutelage, Ms. Bigar was largely self-taught.
Born in Washington, she graduated in 1965 from the Orme School in Mayer, Arizona. Four years later, she graduated from Scripps with a BA in literature. In 1966, she met Thomas E. Livingston, a student at nearby Claremont McKenna College, through the student newspaper, the Collegian. “She was always interested in astrology when I met her in college,” he said. “It was hard to tell if this was her hobby.” They married in 1970 in Pasadena, California, and moved in 1975 to Philadelphia, when Livingston took a job at the Daily News. Livingston described Ms. Bigar as quirky and fun, a lover of music and good times. The couple divorced in 1986. Ms. Bigar moved to Arizona in 2011. In addition to her son and former husband, she is survived by a daughter, Joanne Marder; two grandchildren; and a brother. “May the stars be with you,” son Geoffrey Livingston wrote on Facebook.
Cynthia Williams Haney, of San Diego, California, on May 2020.
A note from Marianne Pfau, University of San Diego professor of music history and director of the concert series “Angelus: Sacred Early Music”: Cynthia was the initial spirit behind the “Angelus: Sacred Early Music” concert series that I have directed since 2007 at USD. After the passing of her late husband, Michael Haney, in 2006, she contacted me in the Music Department, asking whether I could think of any way in which the department might honor his memory. She told me that her husband, who was a professor in USD’s Psychology Department, had cherished a great love of early music. During the following months, Cynthia and I conceived of “Angelus” together, and she has been a trusted and generous supporter of the series ever since. After a while, her donation became true seed money as she intended, attracting further support from other donors. Seeing this trajectory gave her great joy. This year’s concert would have been on Bach’s birthday, March 21, 2020. Knowing that Cynthia herself was battling a serious illness, on that day I shared with her the finished program for the concert, which of course could not happen due to campus closure. I was hoping that it would console her in some way and give her strength. She responded gratefully. This was the last contact I had with her. As a regular donor, Cynthia took a true interest in the development of “Angelus,” which has blossomed from small seeds into a well-established and university-supported series of high caliber year after year. For the past decade, we have been able to pair renowned professional early music specialists from around the country with student singers in cantatas by J. S. Bach. Cynthia enjoyed witnessing this growth in size and significance. I will always be grateful to Cynthia Haney for sharing her husband’s passion for early music over a decade ago, for helping me establish a vision for “Angelus,” for her unfailing financial generosity, and for her fervent support. She was a very fine person indeed, whose gentle spiritual and quiet artistic presence held immense meaning for me. My life is enriched by having known her, and I will miss her dearly. We will dedicate next year’s “Angelus” Lenten concert, scheduled for March 20, 2021, to Cynthia’s memory.
Linda Jean Yorton, of Hartford, Connecticut.
Tamara Smiley Hamilton, of Washington, DC, on June 29, 2020. Fellow alumnae have written this special remembrance: Tamara was born in Alabama on February 28, 1952, to Viney and Maso (pronounced May-so) Smiley. The Smileys migrated to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s. Years later, Maso told his daughter that the family made that trip because California had tuition-free state colleges.
Tamara’s family ultimately settled in Watts, where, at the age of 13, she witnessed the 1965 uprising in her neighborhood. Tamara knew she wanted to change the anger and violence into justice and reconciliation. This approach dovetailed with her efforts to become the global citizen that her father told Tamara repeatedly was her destiny.
Tamara made a strong impression on Nancy Hargrave Trask ’39, who met Tamara at the Anytown/Brotherhood Program run by the International Council of Christians and Jews. Tamara recalled in her memoir that Nancy “saw me; she really saw me.” Nancy lobbied for Scripps’ admissions office to recruit Tamara, and in the fall of 1970, Tamara arrived for her first year at Scripps.
Tamara was a true trailblazer. She left her imprint on Scripps when she designed her own curriculum for a Black studies major that ultimately took her to Ghana, West Africa. Scripps granted her the opportunity to pursue her studies. Tamara’s approach to creating change—the epitome of the Scripps woman actualizing a creative and independent choice—helped to pave the way for what is now the interdisciplinary Core Curriculum. After immersing herself in Black studies at Scripps, Tamara enrolled in an equally prestigious HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), Howard University. She earned a master’s in African studies and research in 1976 and thereafter spent 17 years working as a regional director for the National Education Association on the front lines to help reduce racism’s impact on education.
In 1981, Tamara completed her second master’s, in communications management, from the University of Southern California. In 2016, she received a call from the Obama White House inviting her to work with White House appointees who requested public speaking coaching to support their reentry into the private sector. Tamara earned a third master’s, this time from George Mason University in conflict resolution, in May of 2020, and she was awarded the 2017 James H. Laue Scholarship in recognition of her contributions to human and civil rights.
In 2013, Tamara began attending Camp Scripps and became widely known among alums of all ages. While she took her role as global citizen and peace coach seriously, she did not take herself too seriously. Her first presentation at Camp Scripps was “Zumba Grandma.” Her one-woman tour-de-force performance on the stage of Balch Hall was the first of many, as Tamara told over 100 Scripps campers how she became a Zumba teacher. She wore her Zumba outfit, demonstrated the exercises accompanied by Zumba music, and delivered her own humorous commentary about the experience of being over 60 with a sometimes-creaky body among so many young and energetic participants.
This was Tamara: supremely comfortable in her own skin and profoundly at ease with who she was, approaching tough situations with tongue-in-cheek humor based on detailed observations of human nature, self-revelation, and clever use of language and movement. Her presentation made an indelible impression and brought many generations of Scripps alums together as one. For alums who did not know Tamara as a student and only met her fully formed, Camp was the place where they could revel in the richness of her life experiences and be introduced to and included in her world. She made her background and interests a part of the shared experience of Scripps.
That was the essence of Tamara Smiley Hamilton.
Constance “Connie” Caputo Spar of Los Angeles, California, on June 18, 2020.
A resident of Corona del Mar, Connie was born and reared in Long Beach, where she attended Wilson High School. After graduating from Scripps College, she earned a master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Fullerton. She served as head counselor at Irvine High School, then as chair of the School of Guidance and Counseling, director of matriculation, and professor at Irvine Valley College. As small as she was in stature, she had an enormous capacity to grasp another person’s reality and the grace to walk alongside them through the messiness of life. She steadfastly offered kindness, acceptance, direction, and empathy to all. She was patient yet motivating. She was smart as well as wise, as funny as she was sensitive. She was loyal, lavish with her affection, and powerful in her honesty. She was a deeply spiritual person who cherished the little pleasures of earthly life—perfectly scrambled eggs, well-polished shoes, a card from a far-off friend. She loved the bawdiness of Bette, the mysteries of Marceau, the treasures of the Met, and the Champagnes of France. She prized poise and dignity and placed a premium on her Scripps experience and education. Connie died after a prolonged illness. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Jerrold Spar, of Corona del Mar and brother Phillip Caputo of Newport Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Scripps College or to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Rebecca Blanche Randall Mullen, of Ladera Ranch, California, on July 7, 2020.
Rebecca Blanche Mullen, née Randall, 66, passed away on July 7, 2020, in Ladera Ranch, California. She had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer in 2016. Rebecca was born in Lake Forest, Illinois, to Cmdr. John A. and Barbara Coen Randall Jr. She grew up in Washington and Southern California and graduated from Scripps College. In 1977, she married Franklin Mullen. Franklin’s involvement in real estate took the couple to Denver, where Rebecca received master’s degrees in education and school administration and was active in the Junior League. After moving to the Los Angeles area, she continued her work with the Junior League. A plaque in a Los Angeles library bears her name in appreciation of her efforts to establish a children’s literacy program. After teaching for 12 years at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, Rebecca took a position at the Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas, where she taught for four years until her illness forced her to retire. She moved to Ladera Ranch to receive treatment at UCLA, where she also participated in a clinical trial that helped to extend her life for several years. Rebecca loved life fiercely. She enjoyed movies, theater, tennis, and reading, and she was a member of the Ladera Library book club. She also took an avid interest in local and national politics and was a research advocate for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, but she found her greatest joy in her sons, Tyler and Maxwell. Rebecca was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Cynthia Chambers. Besides her sons, she is survived by her former husband and lifelong best friend, Franklin; sisters Barbara Buckler and husband Bill, Deborah Nava and husband David, and Sylvia Randall and husband Keith Posen; brothers John A. Randall III and wife Jerrilynn, James G. Randall and wife Valerie, Paul Randall, and Matt Randall; sister-in-law Lizz Randall; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tegan Cloud Speiser, of Capitola, California, on June 26, 2020.
It is hard for any one person to get an understanding of the contours of Tegan’s life. She was a good friend to a great many, yet she was self-possessed and didn’t broadcast her thoughts. If you wanted to know her, you had to be there. Many were and many did. Tegan was planning her early retirement when she was surprised by a diagnosis of late-stage cancer. Surprised but undaunted, she fought the cancer ferociously, learning everything about her condition and treatments, from genetic tumor typing to qi gong. She recruited allies among practitioners and fellow patients. She raised money for patient support and advocacy groups, including WomenCARE and Prideville. She practiced self care and did the internal work that extended her life long enough to do more of the things she wanted. She hammered away at her bucket list: traveling, experiencing new things, and exploring philosophy and spirituality. With a relish made more exquisite by the shortness of time, Tegan practiced the culinary arts, soul collage, and unbridled joy. She shared her time with old friends and new. She showed us what an insatiable quest for knowing looks like. Anything left undone was not for lack of trying.
Tegan was born on February 3, 1957, to Imogene and Zane Speiser in Berkeley, California. The family subsequently moved to the San Joaquin Valley for a few years before finally settling in Carmel Valley. Tegan attended public school and swam competitively with the local swim team. At Carmel High School, she was active in student government and served as the song-leading mascot at sports events (which required wearing a heavy grey wool robe with a thick hemp rope belt and a gigantic papier-mâché Padre head). After high school, Tegan continued her civic engagement and developed a critical social perspective in the emerging women’s and gender studies programs, first at Scripps College, then at SUNY Binghamton, and finally at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). While attending Merrill College at UCSC, Tegan was introduced to the progressive feminist LGBTQ community, who welcomed her with open arms. Santa Cruz and then finally Capitola became her home, where she lived as part of an eclectic community that shared her passions for progressive politics, human rights, and good living. Complementing her social justice work, Tegan undertook the first of many roles in transportation planning with Santa Cruz Metro. She then branched out into leadership roles at the Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center and Santa Cruz Community Credit Union before returning to public service as a transportation planner for Santa Cruz County. Throughout the years, Tegan was socially connected and immersed in a rich civic life, while remaining a fiercely independent and private person. Those in her presence felt celebrated by her open heart, challenged by her tirelessly inquisitive mind, steered by her diplomatic demeanor, and tagged by her sharp wit. Tegan is survived by a wide community of family, friends, and admirers who will miss her and continue to celebrate her legacy, including her mother, Imogene, and three siblings, Benjamin, Tara, and Sabin.
Shalom Montgomery, of Hacienda Heights, California, on July 11, 2020.
On the morning of July 11, 2020, beloved Los Altos High School English teacher Shalom Montgomery passed away. She was an amazing mother to her son, Kundai Chamutinya, and mentor to the hundreds of students who stepped through her door every day. She will be remembered for her kind soul and for always being there for her students. Monty, as most students elected to call her, always gave sound advice and took the time to hear her students out. She will be dearly missed by every person with whom she came in contact.
Emily Rees Garnett, of New York City, New York, on March 29, 2020.
Emily Rees Garnett died 28 months after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She was 35 years old. Emily was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 19, 1985, the first child of Brian and Barbara Rees. She graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2003, where she was a four-year state finalist in the breaststroke and co-captain of the swim team. She continued swimming at Scripps College and was named the Scripps Alumnae Athlete of the Year upon graduation. Always seeking adventure, Emily moved to Manhattan after college and began working as a case manager for Housing Works, an AIDS/HIV advocacy group. This work led her to law school, and she graduated from CUNY School of Law in 2012. Emily was admitted to the New York Bar after graduation and worked in New York City as an elder law attorney, focusing on guardianships, capacity issues, special needs issues, and public and private benefits. Emily was known in the New York Surrogate’s Court as a detail-oriented, dedicated professional. In 2012, she married Christian Garnett, and they welcomed their son, Felix, in November 2015. In 2017, Emily, Christian, and Felix moved to suburban Mount Kisco after a decade of living in the city. In November 2017, two days after her son’s second birthday, Emily was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and given a life expectancy of two to three years. After her diagnosis, Emily became a relentless advocate for breast cancer awareness. She began documenting her illness, treatments, and life in a blog, Beyond the Pink Ribbon, to foster dialogue surrounding metastatic breast cancer. Beyond her blog, her writing on health issues was published by Women’s Media Center, Scary Mommy, Coffee+Crumbs, CURE magazine, and Healthline. In February 2019, she walked the runway for AnaOno during New York Fashion Week to bring awareness to metastatic breast cancer, raising $100,000 for research. Emily was a member of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance’s Patient Advisory Advocacy Group and served as an ambassador for the Breast Cancer Research Fund. In this capacity, she appeared in a New York Times ad campaign and was featured on a billboard in Times Square. This last year, she was named WEGO Health’s “Rookie of the Year” for advocacy work across numerous social media channels. In addition to her blog and advocacy work, Emily hosted a podcast, The Intersection of Cancer and Life, which featured candid, honest, and often funny accounts of the realities of life with cancer. She appeared on Entertainment Tonight with Giuliana Rancic to talk about cancer and was featured in a YouTube episode of Binging with Babish. Last October, she traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress for increased funding for breast cancer. But Emily’s real legacy lies with the countless individuals with whom she connected daily. People who read her blog or listened to her podcast sought her out and she always made time to speak to them, offering advice and counsel. Emily is survived by her husband, Christian, their son, Felix, parents Brian and Barbara Rees, her brother Patrick Rees, paternal grandparents Paul Rees and Donna Rees Canfield, maternal grandmother Beverly Morgan, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins and their children. In her last effort to shed light on this devastating disease, Emily donated her tissue to Memorial Sloan Kettering for research. No funeral arrangements were possible due to the COVID-19 quarantine.
Lucy Amneus, of Claremont, California, on February 11, 2020.
Lucy Amneus died of complications from a stroke. She was 89. Lucy was born in 1930 in South Bend, Indiana, to Robert and Lucille Nall and lived there until she left for college. In 1952 she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English literature and history. She married Edward R. Hagemann in 1951, and the couple had two children, Jessica and Matt. She later married Dan Amneus. A resident of Claremont for 45 years, she taught special education for more than 20 years in the Pomona school district. When she was 49, she received a Claremont Rotary Club scholarship to study infant schools at Newton Park College of Education in Bath, England. When she returned to the classroom, the study abroad added to her already formidable teaching skills. She loved music and the music programs at The Claremont Colleges, and she was a member of the Scripps College Choir, the Louis Ronfeldt Chorale, and the Claremont United Church of Christ choir. After her retirement in 1996, she audited classes in art history, literature, and music at The Claremont Colleges for the rest of her life. “Lucy will be remembered by all who knew her for her love, grace, and kindness,” her family shared. “She was always ready to help a friend or neighbor, and her generosity extended to numerous charitable organizations.” She is survived by daughter Jessica Reichman, son Matt Hagemann, grandchildren Hannah, Hillary, and Henry Hagemann, and by her longtime friend and partner John M. Shahan. “Lucy greatly enjoyed singing with the young students at Scripps College, and they also appreciated her,” her family said. Donations in her memory can be made to support special performances by the Joint Music Program’s choirs by check to “Scripps College—Joint Music Program,” with “Lucy Amneus” in the memo line, mailed to Scripps College, or online at www.scrippscollege.edu/giving.
Julia Freeman P’85, of Palo Alto, California, on August 28, 2019.
“Julie” was born in Torrance, California, and raised in Alhambra, California. She attended Garfield Elementary and Alhambra High School before earning a BA in English and her teaching credential from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her family had a cabin at Lake Arrowhead, where she enjoyed a lifetime of summers water skiing, boating, and swimming. It was there that she met her husband, Paul Clark Freeman, during the summer of 1960. Paul had a summer job working for a lumber company, and Julie worked in the village snack bar. They were married on June 23, 1962. Julie began her teaching career in Burbank, California, where they welcomed children Susie and Wendy. She and Paul bought their first home in La Cañada and later settled in Palo Alto in 1968, where children Jay, Andy, and Bryce were born and where they raised their family. When her children were young, Julie was an active volunteer at Green Gables Elementary School, serving as homeroom mom and on the PTA and helping with field days. She taught a creative writing class at Green Gables, which was loved and appreciated by many students over the years. She introduced “New Games,” a collection of fun, unconventional activities that involved teamwork and creativity. Having achieved the Curved Bar as a Girl Scout, she supported Susie and Wendy’s scout troops. As her own children grew, Julie returned to teaching as a teacher’s aide at Palo Alto High School. She later worked as a private tutor until her recent retirement. Her passions and hobbies included reading, writing letters, postcards, and thank-you notes to everyone, playing the piano and ukulele, singing with the Sunday Singers, baking, book group, tennis, and movies. She traveled to much of the US, visited Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Ireland, and enjoyed river cruises on the Columbia and Rhine Rivers. Julie was a devoted Christian Scientist and a 50-year member of the Palo Alto church. She wore many hats over the years, serving as reading room librarian, on the board, as head usher, on the care and music committees, and in the children’s room and playing piano for the Sunday school. She was ever present. She was preceded in death by her father, John Harold Clay; husband, Paul Clark Freeman; mother, Edna Lemon Clay; and brother John Cordell Clay, Sr. She is survived by sister (Laura) Jane Anderson; five children: Susan Freeman Gomez ’85 (Enrique), Wendy Richardson (Jonathan), Jay Freeman (Charlie), Andy Freeman (Jordana), and Bryce Freeman; and seven grandchildren: Sadie Puicon (Jaime), Abby Puicon, Sebastian Gomez, Isabel Gomez, Ryder Freeman, Hayden Freeman, and Clara Freeman. Julie will be missed by many and lovingly remembered by all. In lieu of flowers or donations, please send a card to someone you love.
Peggy Phelps, of Claremont, California, on May 29, 2020.
Peggy Phelps, longtime patron of the arts, died at 93. Ms. Phelps was a founding member and past president of the Fellows of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, past president of the Pasadena Art Alliance, and former board member of the Pasadena Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Once a trustee of the former Pasadena Art Museum, she was elected to the board of fellows of the Claremont Graduate School and University Center, where she was a longtime advocate for the arts. She was also a docent for the ArtCenter College of Design. She collected art not for the notoriety or worth but because she loved a particular piece. She owned a Josef Albers and a Jasper Johns but also a tall wooden giraffe she bought on the streets of Johannesburg for $12 that she loved just as much. Born Margaret Taylor in Buffalo, New York, on December 22, 1926, she went by Peggy from a young age. She was the middle of three children born to Reginald Taylor, who went by Commish, and Cecilia Evans, who went by Peach. Ms. Phelps attended boarding school at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, and then studied art history at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She met her first husband, Mason Phelps, a US Marine during World War II, and they married in 1947 and had three children: Mason, Jr., Evans, and Taylor Phelps. It was when the family moved from Lake Forest, Illinois, to Pasadena, California, in 1959 that Ms. Phelps became involved in the art scene in Pasadena. Years later, her youngest son, Taylor, was diagnosed with HIV during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. He died of the disease in 1995. Ms. Phelps became a longtime supporter of the AIDS Service Center in Pasadena, which began as a hotline on an answering machine in 1987 and flourished into a multimillion-dollar social service agency that served thousands of people with AIDS. Her home away from home was an island in the northern channel of the Great Lakes in Ontario, Canada, called Campement d’Ours, where her family first built a summer cabin in 1907 and where she spent nearly every summer of her life. This is the place where the true love of Ms. Phelps’s life, an acclaimed chemist named Nelson Leonard, proposed marriage in a canoe. Ms. Phelps responded, “I’ll have to think about it.” She said yes as soon as they pulled the boat into shore. This is also where her son Taylor’s ashes were scattered and where she most enjoyed drinking her iced tea on the deck, looking out over the water. She and Mr. Leonard traveled the world together and were happily married for 14 years until he died in 2006. Ms. Phelps had a prominent thirst for travel and adventure. She kept meticulous travel journals, documenting her exploits in Africa, India, Pakistan, Morocco, Bali, New Zealand, and Japan. She took many art trips and started an art travel program with the Pasadena Art Alliance. She even did wilderness courses with Outward Bound in her 40s and 50s, then joined the company’s national board and paid the way for her grandchildren to participate in Outward Bound, too. Ms. Phelps was generous beyond belief. She is survived by her sister, Marion “Taddy” Dann; her two children, Mason Phelps, Jr., and Evans Phelps; her four grandchildren, Miles Michelson, Erin Thiem, Megan Michelson, and Larissa Roelofs; her great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A service will be planned for a later date at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, where Ms. Phelps was once a member of the vestry.
Judy Scalin, of Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
Judy Scalin was a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (BA in dance, California State Secondary Credential), and Mills College (MA in dance). She danced with local dance companies in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. She taught at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, at Scripps College, and at Loyola Marymount University, where she was the director of dance for the past 34 years. In that capacity at Loyola Marymount, she established programs that continue to enliven connections between the university with the Los Angeles dance community. Out of this ongoing work has grown a number of residencies, dance works, master classes, and other significant linkages to local dance artists that benefit students and artists alike. Very active in the Los Angeles dance community, Ms. Scalin served on the Dance Resource Center board of directors and on adjudication panels for the Music Center Bravo Awards, the William Couser Awards, Kaleidoscope, and In the Works. In the summer of 1994, she served as a writer for National Examinations for K–12 Arts Education Assessment and received the Lester Horton Award for Sustained Achievement in Dance from the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles. In 1996, she taught for the Graduate School in Dance at California State University, Long Beach, and was elected policy board chair for the California Arts Project. In the spring of 1997, she was awarded the Lester Horton Award for Distinguished Teaching. In addition, Ms. Scalin has served as the chair of the Arts Steering Committee for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, where she worked as a consultant. She was the president of the California Dance Educators Association and served as a curriculum writer for the California Arts Project. She also served on the National Association of Schools of Dance Executive Board as chair of the Commission on Accreditation. Ms. Scalin received the Teacher of the Year Award from the California Dance Educators Association for 2001–2002 and the Loyola Marymount University President’s Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award for 2003. In 2005, she received the Professional Educator’s Award from the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.