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  • Henry Kissinger Dies At The Age of 100. Nixon's Secretary of State immigrated to the US as a Boy, became one of the World's Most Influential Figures

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 4, 2023

    Henry Kissinger, the most significant American diplomat of the cold war has died at the age of one full century. He was pilloried for working as Richard Nixon's Secretary of State. He was frequently mocked in the media. But in later years, Henry Kissinger was praised as a voice for moderation in US Foreign policy. Remembered as a very significant figure in the 20th century history of the Middle East, Kissinger talked Sadat into peace with Israel at Camp David, through his famous shuttle...

  • Charles Munger Can't Be Dead; He's Got a Book Coming Out on Amazon.com in a Week. "Poor Charlie's Almanack" to be released December 5th.

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 4, 2023

    Legendary investor Charles Munger died Tuesday at 99 years of age. But he can't really be dead. Because he has a book coming out on Amazon in a week. Munger died at a Los Angeles area hospital, after a short, undisclosed illness. He met Warren Buffet in 1959 at an Omaha dinner party, and was his lifelong investing partner. “Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Essential Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger” will be released on Amazon.com on December 5, 2023. Munger was famous for his quote "All I...

  • Roosevelt Elementary School Remembers 35 Year Career of Kitty Donohoe, After Her Sudden Passing

    Submitted by Homi Hormasji, Kittys Husband|Oct 28, 2023

    Kitty Donohoe, who was born in Fresno, California, on December 29, 1959, was part of a historic Yosemite pioneer family. She spent her childhood between Fresno during the school year and the welcoming mountain home of her Degnan family in Yosemite Valley during vacations. Her grandparents were still running the family restaurant and bakery that her great grandparents had built. Summers there were the delight of Kitty's childhood. She learned, at her mother's knee, about the little creatures of...

  • Former Big Blue Bus Director Stephanie Negriff Mourned by City of Santa Monica

    City of Santa Monica|Oct 2, 2023

    The City of Santa Monica announced that Stephanie Negriff, former director of Big Blue Bus, passed away earlier in September at age 67. Negriff rose through the ranks to become Big Blue Bus director in August 2002, having previously served in various capacities, including assistant director of operations, manager of transit development and intergovernmental relations and senior administrative analyst. Negriff retired from Big Blue Bus in 2011, after 25 years of service. Prior to joining Big...

  • Her favorite election campaign slogan was "Carole Currey Cares." She Served as an SMC Trustee for 27 years.

    Jeff Susan and Nancy, Her children|Sep 21, 2023

    Carole Currey, 87, died peacefully at her Santa Monica home on July 30, 2023, surrounded by family. She succumbed to non-smoker's lung cancer. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Carole Ingeborg Lundgren was born on March 24, 1936, the daughter of Svea and David Lundgren, and grew up with her sister, Luelle Lundgren Peavey. She received her bachelor's degree in art and French from Northwestern University, studying at the Sorbonne, Paris for a year. She earned her master's in teaching English from...

  • Marguerite Noel Downing March 7, 1928 - June 18, 2023

    Janis Holt, Daughter of Marguerite Noel Downing|Sep 21, 2023

    Marguerite drew her final breath just less than a year after her husband Jim drew his. She is survived by her children Janis Holt, Ken Downing and Pamela Noel Hughes, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Marguerite grew up in Mentone, California. She attended the University of Redlands before transferring to the University of California at Santa Barbara where she met Jim, who sold her a pair of shoes and didn't let her walk away. They were married for 72 years. Marguerite earned...

  • Bob Barker Dies at 99, After Long Career in Television, Movies. Most Remembered as Host of "The Price is Right."

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 28, 2023

    Bob Barker has died after a long illness, his family announced on Saturday. He was 99 years of age. Barker's wife Dorothy Jo died of lung cancer at age 57 in 1981. He had frequent fights with skin cancer after a lifetime of tanning. But it is uncertain what finally took his life. It may simply be extreme old age. Robert William Barker (December 12, 1923 – August 26, 2023) was an American television game show host. He hosted CBS's The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007, making it the...

  • Obituary: Michael J. B. Allen, distinguished professor, engaging teacher, accomplished scholar, dynamic raconteur, avid hiker, and loving family man

    Benjamin Allen, Special to the Observer|Mar 5, 2023

    Michael J. B. Allen, distinguished professor, engaging teacher, accomplished scholar, dynamic raconteur, avid hiker, and loving family man, passed away peacefully of natural causes February 25, 2023 in his Santa Monica home. 81 years old at his death, he is survived by wife Elena, sons Ben and Will, sister Patricia, daughters-in-law Claudia and Melanie, grandchildren Paloma, Moses, and Ezra, and dog Wiglaf. Michael was born on April 1, 1941 in Lewes, East Sussex, England to Frederick "Jack" and...

  • Scoutmaster Steve Marcy Passes Away at 77, Leaving Santa Monica Boy Scout Troop 2 Bereft

    Janet McLaughlin, Troop 2 Parent|Feb 4, 2023

    1.25.23 It is with profound sadness that I report the passing of one of the best men I have ever known--Dr. Steve Marcy, our Scout Master for Troop 2. He lead our troop for more than three decades, helping it to become one of the largest and best in the country. We've produced many CEO's, political leaders, astronauts, and surgeons. But most importantly was how Dr. Marcy shaped so many boys into becoming competent, kind, skilled, and loving young men. Marcy was also a Mathematics teacher at...

  • Lisa Marie Presley is dead at 54. "Now she is out of grief." Elvis' Daughter Never Recovered From Her Son's Death

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 16, 2023

    1.12.23: Lisa Marie Presley passed away in a coma after an incident at home today, where she lost consciousness in her bathroom. She was found by Danny Keough, her ex husband who gave her CPR. She survived in a hospital for a time, but never came out of a coma. "She looked awful at the Globes two days ago - dead eyes - probably heavily medicated - still in deep grief over her son Ben's suicide," said our Hollywood reporter. Lisa Marie Presley (February 1, 1968 – January 12, 2023) was an...

  • Former Los Angeles KABC Talk Radio Host Ira Fistell Dies at 81

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 3, 2022

    Former KABC Talk Radio Host Ira Fistell has died at the age of 81, his family said. Fistell was at KABC radio from 1977-95; KKGO/KNNS, 1996-98; KRLA, 1999-2000; KABC, 2000-06. He was at times, a newspaper editor, adult education educator, newswriter, radio and tv personality, lecturer and writer. Fistell grew up fascinated by the radio industry and as a child enjoyed pretending to be on the radio. Coupled with his affinity for reading, he found that in college he could combine his interests and...

  • Singer Olivia Newton Dead of Breast Cancer at Age 73, Says Her Family

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 10, 2022

    You have to believe we are magic Nothin' can stand in our way You have to believe we are magic Don't let your aim ever stray. Magic, Olivia Newton John Multiple news outlets are reporting that Olivia Newton John has died at age 73. "Olivia Newton-John has died at 73 after a decades-long battle with breast cancer, according to a post from her Facebook page." Wikipedia: Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE (26 September 1948 - 8 August 2022) was a British-born Australian-raised singer, songwriter,...

  • Nichelle Nichols, "Uhura" on Star Trek's Original Series, Dies at 89

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played the Iconic Star Trek character Uhura on the original series, has died at 89, says her family. She was said to have been a victim of elder abuse in later years. In her youth, she was a ground breaking actress, who took part in TV's first interracial kiss in 1968. Nichols died of natural causes in Silver City, New Mexico, on July 30, 2022, at the age of 89. On Star Trek, Uhura is a translator and communications officer who specializes in linguistics,...

  • Longtime Santa Monica Attorney Rosario Perry Dead at 75

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 13, 2022

    Rosario Perry has died of cancer. He was 75. The longtime landlord's attorney based on Pico Blvd, represented property owners across four decades in Santa Monica. "Rosario truly loved Santa Monica. He was engaged his entire life politically and professionally," said former Santa Monica planning commissioner Sharon Gilpin. "He enjoyed the back and forth of policy discussions and had some great ideas for the City. He was a walking encyclopedia on the history of the City." Perry graduated from USC...

  • Michael Edward Morrisette, 61, Mentor to Many, Father Husband and Son to His Family, Dies on Feb. 14, 2022

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 8, 2022

    Michael Edward Morrisette, age 61, passed away from complications of Covid-19 on February 14, 2022 at Torrance Medical Center. He was surrounded by family and at peace with his end, which came after six grueling months in the Intensive Care Unit struggling to overcome odds that eventually became overwhelming. Some people affect the lives of the public in very public ways, elected to office or presiding over large corporations. Others are no less influential although they may not have names that...

  • Irony: Man Who Travelled to Space With William Shatner in October, Dies In Small Plane Crash in November

    Nov 16, 2021

    He survived a ten minute ride into space last month, but died in a small plane crash in New Jersey. (AP) -- Glen M. de Vries, who traveled to space with William Shatner last month was killed along with another man when the small plane they were in crashed in a wooded area of northern New Jersey, according to state police. The one-time space tourist de Vries, 49, of New York City, and Thomas P. Fischer, 54, of Hopatcong, were aboard the single-engine Cessna 172 that went down Thursday near Hampto...

  • Sylvia and her husband co-owned the former, Jim King's Professional Pharmacy on the corner of 15th St. and Arizona Ave

    Keely King|Oct 8, 2021

    Sylvia Rae Marble, age 84, native of Santa Monica died in her home in Santa Monica on September 19, 2021. She was a 1954 graduate of Santa Monica High School and a Member of the Sargeanettes. She attended University of Southern California where she joined Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She was married to James King in 1956 until his death in 1993. They had three daughters, Keely King, Terri King and Laurie King. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, James and daughter, Terri. She was...

  • Model Who Lived Quietly at 6th and California for 25 years, Could Be Seen Pushing Her Grocery Basket All Over Santa Monica

    Peter Broome|Jul 18, 2021

    Rachel Newton Broome passed away peacefully with her children by her side on July 5, 2021 in Santa Monica. She was 89 years old Born in Denmark, South Carolina in 1931, Rachel grew up in Charleston, and graduated from Memminger High School in 1949. As a teenager, Rachel won numerous local beauty pageants and was featured in magazines and brochures promoting the area. A photo of Rachel on the Folly Beach Pier in 1946 was featured on the cover of Charleston Magazine's July 2007 edition. Rachel...

  • Long Time Rotary Club Member, James Reidy was a US Marine and Professor of Computer Science

    Harmon Sieff, Fellow Rotarian|Jul 10, 2021

    James Reidy, 92 passed away on June 24, 2021. He was a long-time resident of Santa Monica and an active member of the Santa Monica Rotary Club. He was proud to serve his country as a United States Marine and was a member of "E"asy Company Tucson Detachment. He served on numerous Santa Monica Boards and Commissions and as member of the California Coastal Commission. In 1960 he was the recipient of the Santa Monica Distinguish Service award and in 1961 was selected by the California Junior...

  • David Dudley Jennings Remembered by his Family and Friends for his Kindness, Integrity, Generosity, and Good Humor

    Craig Jennings, Loving son|Feb 11, 2021

    David Dudley Jennings was born January 15, 1925 at Manhattan, Kansas, to Harry Clayton Jennings and Leona Moore Jennings. He had two brothers, Gerald and Harry Jr. Their mother died from cancer when David was three years old and his family moved to Venice, California, and then to West Los Angeles when David was of school age. He graduated from University High School. At age 18 he joined the Navy and served as a radioman on the troop transport ship, "U.S.S. Heywood" in the Pacific Theatre during...

  • Brigadier General Chuck Yeager left 'a legacy of strength, adventure, and patriotism'

    John Grimaldi, Association of Mature American Citizens|Feb 9, 2021

    Before there was a U.S. Space Force, there was a U.S. Air Force and before that there was the Army Air Corps and a genuine American hero by the name of Chuck Yeager. He passed away on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, with not enough fanfare. Oh, there were news reports about his death at the age of 97, but not enough of a sendoff for someone who did what he did with his life. Perhaps it was because the COVID crisis was taking up so much of the media's time; or maybe it was because it's not in...

  • How Positive Energy and Generosity of Spirit Made Larry the King of the News Broadcasting World

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 3, 2021

    Tribute to Larry King, Legendary TV and Talk Show Host by Rachel Ganz Larry King was more than a legendary CNN host and iconic radio interviewer, whose career surpassed 63 years. Larry King died at age 87 on Saturday January 23, 2021 at Cedar- Sinai Medical Center of Covid-19 complications Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger) was born on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn New York. His parents Jennie (Gitlitz) and father Aaron Zeiger, were Orthodox Jews who immigrated to the United States from...

  • Former Santa Monica Mayor Bob Holbrook Dead at 79

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 16, 2020

    Former Santa Monica City Council Member Robert "Bob" Holbrook has passed away. The former Mayor had been ill for sometime, reportedly with Lymphoma. Bob Holbrook was born in Santa Monica in 1941. He attended local schools, graduating from SamoHi in 1959. Holbrook was first elected to the SMMUSD School Board in 1982, and to the Santa Monica City Council in for 35 years off and on, ending in 2014. Seen as a businessman and a voice of reason on the council, he played the opposition role to the...

  • Phyllis E. Morrison, 98

    Lena Jenkins, Phyllises daughter|Sep 21, 2020

    Phyllis E. Morrison, wife of Archie M. Morrison, passed away peacefully on 9/12/2020 in Eugene Oregon at the age of 98. Phyllis leaves behind her 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Despite her large family, Phyllis always made time for everyone. After raising her children, she began a career in nursing that was indicative of her love of helping others. Moving from Michigan to Santa Monica, Phyllis met and married Archie Morrison. Phyllis joined St. Bede's church in the...

  • Herman Cain Dead at 72 of Covid-19, after 30 days in the Hospital

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 1, 2020

    Former US Presidential candidate Herman Cain has died of coronavirus, his website announced. www.HermanCain.com noted that he had climbed the corporate ladder at Pillsbury, then become known as the CEO of Godfather Pizza. Cain briefly led the 2012 Republican presidential candidate field. He dropped out amid allegations of sexual harassment. He became a conservative commentator with a show on Fox's Newsmax. Cain attended a Trump Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June. Some sources report that he...

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