Remembering those who left us in 2021

This yr noticed one of the vital well known figures in San Diego historical past move: Father Joe Carroll, whose legacy continues.

We additionally mentioned good-bye to instructional leaders and more than one veterans from the Largest Era who fought in probably the most maximum pivotal battles of all time.

Tom ‘Tomcat’ Courtney, 91, Jan. 11

He realized 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 along with his model of uncooked Texas blues with a dose of Chicago flavoring.

He shared his tune now not simply with audiences a number of occasions every week, however with younger musicians who had been in search of realism in their very own sound. In the neighborhood, the Spring Valley resident was once frequently 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 tune right into a occupation that thrilled and entertained generations of San Diegans via his newspaper column, giant band jazz performances and Sixties rock ‘n’ roll duvet songs.

Tom Blair

(The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The longtime newspaperman coated native politics ahead of turning his pen to the three-dot columns that chronicled the lifestyles 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 few of the final of San Diego’s unique Black Panthers. He was once memorialized now not just for the battle he launched into some 50 years previous, however for mentoring a crop of younger activists who’re sporting at the iconic motion’s legacy nowadays.

“He was once very involved for the group, for deficient folks generally, particularly Black folks,” Pastor Good friend Hauser, who served within the Panthers with Value as a early life, mentioned on the memorial carrier. “He stood for us when a large number of folks weren’t even fascinated 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 came upon the theater and visible arts communities as a pupil at San Diego Top Faculty.

Larry T. Baza

(Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune)

For greater than 4 many years, he used his voice advocating for San Diego’s creative and cultural group 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 ahead of 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 group 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 technology of leaders via his years of public carrier and on the helm of BAPAC, a civic engagement and public coverage assume tank that is helping African American Californians enhance their tutorial, skilled and financial alternatives.

Blair was once additionally a Military 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 Would possibly of 1975.

Robert L. Moore, 91, Feb. 25

He was once the final surviving Montford Level Marine in San Diego County. Moore served in each the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Robert L. Moore

Robert L. Moore

(Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Montford Level Marines had 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 — educated on the segregated Camp Montford Level in Jacksonville, N.C.

“He lived a excellent lifestyles, stuffed with journey,” mentioned his granddaughter, Trina Lloyd. “My grandfather was once very modest. He didn’t assume he was once the rest particular, however he in point of fact was once an abnormal guy.”

Jack Port, 98, March 16

His 15 months as an Military rifleman in Europe all over International Warfare II got here to outline his lifestyles. However pals say that the paintings the longtime Escondido resident did after the struggle within the trade, schooling and charitable communities made him a neighborhood legend.

During the last twenty years, he changed into widely known for sharing his reviews about touchdown on Utah Seashore all over D-Day, and preventing his means throughout Europe.

He would go back to the small cities of Normandy greater than 30 occasions for D-Day commemorations. France awarded Port its best possible 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 almost 30 years, Port ran a males’s clothes shop 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 Heart named him as one of the most town’s 8 Escondido Legends, a program that Raymond underwrote with $1,000 scholarships in every of the 8 males’s and ladies’s names.

George Dallas McKinney, 88, March 20

Bishop McKinney was once a towering determine in San Diego’s Black non secular group 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 Okay-12 faculty, two senior facilities, and low-income housing.

Bishop George D. McKinney

Bishop George D. McKinney

(U-T report photograph)

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 folks 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 group who knew that he needed to do greater than hold forth. Infrequently you must supply and offer protection to. He lived that lifestyles.”

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 machine and Previous The town State Park.

Former Senator, James Mills, stands outside of the Casa de Bandini restaurant in Old Town. UT/CRISSY PASCUAL April 12, 2001

James Generators

(U-T report photograph)

The Generators Act, named after him, has been credited with saving hundreds of ancient residential and industrial structures from destruction in California by means of lowering belongings taxes for homeowners who maintain them.

He secured investment to assist repair the Previous 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 fashion and mentor who left a mark at the careers of his subordinates.

Underneath his management, the Chula Vista Police Division created new devices, together with a unique investigations staff; doubled the dimensions of the visitors unit to handle group considerations; 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 dep. nowadays.

Clayton Schenkelberg, 103, April 14

He was once believed to be The us’s oldest Pearl Harbor survivor.

Born a yr ahead of 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.

As Clayton Schenkelberg, 102, looks on, his great-grandson, Patrick, tossed a wreath into Bay from Midway

As Clayton Schenkelberg, then 102, seems to be on, his great-grandson, Military Petty Officer 2d Elegance Patrick Schenkelberg, tossed a memorial wreath into San Diego Bay from the flight deck of the united statesMidway Museum, all over the once a year Pearl Harbor Remembrance Rite.

(U-T report photograph)

He was once a Military torpedoman on that fateful day of Dec. 7, 1941. He volunteered to pressure a teach loaded with the underwater missiles clear of strafing Jap airplanes. Then he ran to an armory, grabbed a rifle, and began capturing again.

After the struggle, he stayed within the Military for some other 20 years, were given married and raised seven youngsters, and sooner or later 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 group 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 ahead of 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.

Margaret, left and Hamilton Marston hold an old book

Margaret, left, and Hamilton Marston dangle Marston circle of relatives memorabilia at a 1978 reunion luncheon within the U.S. Grant Lodge celebrating the a centesimal anniversary of the founding of Marston’s division retailer.

(U-T report)

“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 Heart. “Peg was once a fantastic steward of the Marston identify.”

Her civic actions integrated the creative and academic Wednesday Membership, certainly one of San Diego’s oldest ladies’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 driving waves within the Forties on 70-pound longboards created 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 ladies overhead as he rode. He arranged and judged main browsing competitions.

What set him aside, his admirers mentioned, was once his decadeslong include 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, Would possibly 9

She was once a tough-minded chemist who guided UC San Diego via 8 years of enlargement as the varsity’s chancellor.

She earned a doctorate in chemistry at Dartmouth in 1974. She went directly to turn into a chemistry professor on the College of Texas, the place she rose to vice chancellor of study.

San Diego, CA_10/15/2010_UCSD chancellor Marye Anne Fox

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 had been ladies.

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 degree, making UC San Diego a few of the 10 greatest analysis faculties within the nation.

Gail Stoorza-Gill, 77, Would possibly 16

She based a small San Diego corporate within the Seventies that briefly grew to turn into 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 most effective uncommon however blocked from becoming a member of some civic organizations.

Gail Stoorza Gill, in her downtown office on March 29, 1989.

Gail Stoorza-Gill

(U-T report)

She based her self-named corporate in 1974, which later changed into Stoorza, Ziegaus and Metzger. Regarded as the largest endeavor of its sort owned by means of a lady, the company had a workforce of greater than 100 and workplaces in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Riverside.

The corporate attracted a consumer record that integrated the Port of San Diego, Los angeles Costa Lodge, McDonald’s, the Financial Construction Corp. and corporations in what was once then a nascent biotechnology business. Running with the Padres, she and her corporate labored to assist move 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 boundaries as a Latino reporter.

He labored as a information reporter for CBS 8 San Diego and different native stations, from the Seventies till his retirement in 2009. He was once one of the most first Latino tv newshounds within the space and coated many breaking information tales, together with the PSA Flight 182 crash in 1978 that killed 144 folks, one of the most deadliest air failures in California historical past.

Jesse Macias with his daughter, Mariana Palmer

Jesse Macias along with his daughter, Mariana Palmer

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He earned an Emmy for his investigative reporting on exertions prerequisites 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 Warfare II veteran and lawyer who devoted the final 35 years of his lifestyles 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 Sanatorium, in addition to Irvine’s Concordia College and the College of Southern California’s regulation 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 everlasting transit heart for army workforce at San Diego World Airport, Ash and his spouse, June Barrymore Ash, underwrote the venture with matching $100,000 exams. Nowadays, the 5,000-square-foot ready space is called the USO Neil Ash Airport Heart.

On the heart’s willpower in 2016, former USO San Diego board member Karen Miller instructed the Union-Tribune: “There would now not 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-Jap 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 preventing for his nation in International Warfare II.

Frank Wada Sr., photographed in 2018 by Shane Sato

Frank Wada Sr.

(Shane Sato)

Wada served within the famed 442nd Regimental Battle Workforce, an all-volunteer regiment made up basically of nisei, the American-born second-generation descendants of Jap immigrants. Wada noticed heavy struggle because the 442 fought throughout Europe.

The 442 would turn into one of the vital embellished devices, for its dimension and duration of carrier, within the historical past of the U.S. army. More or less 18,000 males served, in the end incomes greater than 4,000 Pink Hearts, 21 Medals of Honor and an remarkable seven Presidential Unit Citations, in step with the Move For Broke Nationwide Schooling Heart. “Move 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 origin.

Members of the family say they consider Wada was once the regiment’s final 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 variety a few of the school and pupil frame, and introduced a graduate faculty of public well being. He opened a satellite tv for pc campus in North County that cleared the path for Cal State San Marcos.

SDSU president Thomas B. Day addresses the non-teaching staff in 1993.

He earned a doctorate in physics at Cornell College, and sooner or later 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 according to yr to greater than $67 million all over 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 became him right into a San Diego icon.

Identified fondly because the “Hustler Priest,” Carroll took what have been a small charity handing out peanut butter sandwiches downtown within the early Eighties and became 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 accomplished,” 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 flow of private and non-private appearances that used humor to inspire fundraising. He starred in TV ads 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 certainly one of war’s maximum iconic images. Severance spent years quietly looking to set the document immediately about who did what again then, and why.

When the primary flag was once raised, Severance mentioned, Secretary of the Military James Forrestal, who had simply arrived, requested to have it as a memento. “Hell, no,” mentioned battalion commander Lt. Col. Chandler Johnson, in step with Severance. “We put it up there, and we’re going to stay it.”

A moment staff of Severance’s Marines was once despatched up with orders to interchange the flag. The Marines would stay the primary one, and the Military secretary would get the substitute, which flew over Mount Suribachi for the remainder of the fight. Each flags are actually 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 many years 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 carrier organizations.

AUGUST 14, 2016 - | Stu Hedley, 94, during the National Anthem during Balboa Park's Veterans Museum Spirit of '45 Day.

Clad in a Hawaiian blouse, white slacks and a medallion-bedecked garrison cap, Hedley made masses of appearances, in San Diego and somewhere else, on occasion going to more than one purposes at the identical day. Via his depend, he spoke to greater than 200,000 folks over time.

Greater than 100 of his shipmates aboard the battleship West Virginia died at Pearl Harbor. Hedley, a 20-year-old seaman apprentice, narrowly escaped demise a number of occasions.

He thought to be it an honor and an obligation to constitute those that fought in International Warfare II, particularly those that had 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 in the back of the stripes of an American flag made to seem like jail bars.

Yolanda López

López, who was once born and grew up in Barrio Logan and earned her grasp’s stage in fantastic artwork from UC San Diego, lectured, produced movies and created installations right through 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 below a shorter model of her conventional get dressed.

Her paintings changed into a mainstay of exhibitions and everlasting collections. Prints of “Unfastened 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 right through the rustic all over a occupation that spanned 60 years.

He grew up in Los Angeles all over the Melancholy. When he was once 10, his oldsters divorced and he spent the remainder of his youth in foster houses, boarding homes and at the streets. He enlisted within the Military in 1951 and noticed struggle within the Korean Warfare. (In 2016, he donated $250,000 for a 30-foot-tall bell tower at Miramar Nationwide Cemetery in reminiscence of his Korean Warfare comrades.)

Bob Baker

After the struggle, he established and grew Bob Baker Chevrolet in Indianapolis. He sooner or later offered that dealership and moved to San Diego, buying what was once then College Ford. He frequently expanded and constructed up the Bob Baker Auto Workforce of dealerships with manufacturers reminiscent of Chevy, Toyota, Lexus, Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, Ford, Acura, Cadillac, Nissan and Subaru. And he was once in the back of the catchy promoting jingle, “The Bob Baker Auto Workforce, the place it’s so great to be great.”

His monetary luck allowed him the power to earmark tens of millions of greenbacks over time to lend a hand Catholic church buildings and faculties, methods for army veterans and underwriting for Answers for Exchange, a nonprofit that is helping get North County homeless households off the streets.

Robert Lynn, 82, Sept. 14

He was once a civil rights lawyer who based key trade and political organizations in enhance of San Diego’s LGBTQ communities.

Beginning within the Seventies, he cast relationships with organizations representing minorities and ladies, serving to determine the LGBTQ group as a political pressure within the town.

In 1975, Lynn served as founding president of the San Diego Democrats for Equality, an influential LGBTQ group at first referred to as the San Diego Democratic Membership. And in 1979, he introduced the San Diego Equality Trade Affiliation, which was once then referred to as the Larger San Diego Trade Affiliation, to enhance LGBTQ companies.

“If there may be one individual I might credit score for the clout the LGBTQ group has nowadays, 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 method to turning into an elite heart for biomedical science, and he helped increase Humira to regard rheumatoid arthritis. It’s the best possible promoting healing drug on the planet.

Lerner just about tripled the dimensions of the Scripps institute all over his 24 years as president.

He was once a self-described “lab rat” whose occupation spanned greater than 55 years. Lerner had thought to be turning into a neurosurgeon, however he modified his thoughts in 1965, accepting a place as a postdoctoral scientist at Scripps Health facility and Analysis Basis, which later changed into Scripps Analysis.

He in short left for a task in Philadelphia, then returned to Scripps in 1970, the place he served at the school for the remainder of his lifestyles.

DJ Sullivan, 86, Dec. 23

She began her skilled appearing occupation on the Previous Globe within the Sixties, labored frequently in small roles in tv, ads and flicks within the Seventies and Eighties and gave the impression in all 4 of the San Diego-made “Assault of the Killer Tomatoes” horror parody motion pictures.

However 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 affect on San Diego’s appearing group led the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle to honor her in 2009 with its Craig Noel Lifetime Fulfillment Award.