Friday, July 31, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
Stephanie Steel Johnson ’74 died July 15, 2020. She didn’t want things from people. She wanted things FOR people. She lived by the mantra “think of others." Few who knew her were untouched by her generosity, her selflessness, and her grace in supporting those around her. She would not hesitate to take the more difficult of two paths if it meant doing the right thing. Her robust character and boundless spirit make saying this all the more difficult. Please understand: if you were in her life, she loved you. There was no other way with her. Nothing short of love. It was her wish that those who loved her in kind would think long and hard about one aspect of her experience that they valued and then seek to emulate that in their own lives. In this way, we keep her close and honor her still. It is important to note that Stephanie long cherished the idea of “day clean.” A concept borrowed from the Gullah culture of South Carolina, “day clean” evokes the sense that each dawn brings a fresh start complete with renewed energy and the bright assurance that there is good work being done. Stephanie believed in the greater “day clean” that awaited her. So too would she expect us to remember that each day is a fresh opportunity to think of others.
Friday, July 17, 2020
Douglas Brant ’70 died on July 4, 2020. Doug lived across from me on West Falls View Drive and attended Blessed Sacrament, Horace Mann and Crawford. I recall many visits to the Helix theater for movies with Doug around 1965-66. We liked slot cars back then too. He was the fastest guy on the block running as well. One guy down the street said he could run so fast because he had his own gasoline (Douglas gas stations) -- John Hermes ’70
Friday, July 10, 2020
Penny Wuest Severson ’66 passed quietly at home, in her sleep, with her family by her side on June 11, 2020. She was a native San Diegan, educated at Oak Park Elementary, Horace Mann Junior High, Crawford, and Grossmont Junior College. Then she was off to Delta Airlines for the next 34 years. She retired in 2003. Penny was a volunteer advocate. She was a Candy Striper in her teens, worked at a hospital while based in Texas, and a faithful worker for the San Carlos Library for almost 25 years. She constantly encouraged her family and friends to volunteer. She was also a Brownie leader at Hearst Elementary School in Del Cerro, and she drove braille students and their dogs to and from lessons. Penny was a breast cancer survivor for seven-plus years.
James Parish ’75, an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Southern Illinois University, passed away from natural causes on April 20, 2020. Jim was born in Augsburg, Germany, the youngest of five children. He received his Master’s from University of California Santa Barbara and from there went on to graduate from the University of Chicago with his Ph.D. in Mathematics. Jim taught at the University of Arizona before moving to Edwardsville where he taught at SIUE for more than 30 years. He was well-liked and admired by his colleagues, students, and friends. Mathematics was his passion, but he had many interests that included reading, music, cooking, and the love of his two furry companions.
Friday, July 3, 2020
Barbara Thomas Davis ’68 passed away June 23, 2020, after battling cancer for eight years. Barbara worked full-time at an insurance brokerage company after graduating from Mesa College with an Associates degree. After moving to Utah, she worked full-time at Brigham Young University as a secretary in the Employment office. She loved being a stay-at-home mom. After the children were grown, she especially enjoyed working for Jackman Music. Her late brother Richard described her best when he said: “Barb was always nice and very kind. I don't ever recall her being really angry. She was always too kind to be mean, even when she thought she was being mean.” Her kindness was evident throughout her life.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
Doug Wied ’63 passed away on May 29, 2020, in Ventura, CA, surrounded by his children. He was editor of the school paper at Crawford, and earned a BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley. After college, Doug entered the United States Navy Reserve and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. He served aboard the USS Duluth (LPD-6) during the Vietnam War and was discharged at the rank of Lieutenant. While stationed in San Diego, Doug met Christine Goscinski, and they married in February 1971. They moved to Lodi in 1977, where they raised their family, before moving to Ventura in 2006. Doug's career in banking and as a trust officer spanned 42 years. Doug had a tremendous love of music and musical performance. In his youth, he played saxophone in the Bonham Brothers Boys Band in San Diego. He was a great supporter of the Stockton Symphony Association, serving on its board and as its president. He also sat on the board of the New West Symphony and was a past president of the Ventura Music Festival. In late 2019, Doug was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, which contributed to his passing