LCPC Donates to Nonprofits, Funds Scholarships

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La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education board members include Ashley Smith (front row, from left), Maggie Mason and Hillary Clayburgh. Back: Meg Wade, Katie Enney, Anne Bierling, Angela Shepherd-Isagholian, Maria Strong, Charlotte Miller and Lynne Graves.

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program recently donated 10% of its fundraising proceeds, $4,312 in total, to local charities Harambee Christian Family Center and Elizabeth House, the church said in a statement.
Harambee Christian Family Center emphasizes Christian education, affordable housing and employment opportunities through programs including after school programs, internships, preschool through 6th-grade education, a summer day camp and a community garden. Elizabeth House provides shelter and support to homeless pregnant women and their children in Pasadena. Proceeds were raised through the annual LCPC Parent Education Gala event in February and by selling “Wild Hope” ornaments.
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Kiwanis Celebrates Builders Club Accomplishments

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Builders Club members celebrate the group’s volunteer work, including Gloria Gong, Connor Hall, Jayden Husfeld, Joshua Fung, faculty adviser Sam Picture and Kiwanis President Dr. Mike Leininger.

The La Cañada 8th-grade Builders Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Flintridge, had a successful school year. This year, 25 8th-graders volunteered to be part of the community service organization. Their faculty adviser, Sam Picture, has led the Builders Club for eight years.
Builders Club students took on four projects that exceeded last year’s success. Their first project was to help UNICEF raise money to provided medicine, clean water, school supplies and more for kids all over the developing world. The students raised $1,465 over a four-week period, which grew to $2,465, from an additional grant from the Kiwanis Club.
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Obituary: Beulah Lynch Oakes

Beulah Lynch Oakes

Beulah Lynch Oakes, a 29-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on El Camino Corto on June 21. She was 105 years old. Beulah was an active member of the Thursday Club for many years, having moved to La Cañada Flintridge to live near her son and his family following the death in 1988 of her husband, Dr. Harold Oakes.
Beulah was born in a ranch house on Nov. 16, 1911, near the town of Salt Lake, New Mexico, the youngest of six children. After growing up on the ranch and graduating from Albuquerque High School, Beulah traveled to Washington, D.C., to work for the Department of Labor. She worked in the office of Frances Perkins, secretary of Labor in the Franlin D. Roosevelt administration, who was the nation’s first female cabinet member.
Beulah met Harold in El Paso, Texas, and following their marriage in 1942, she received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley while Harold was serving in the Army in the South Pacific.
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Obituary: Roger Herrling 1928-2017

Roger Herrling

Roger Herrling passed away on June 8 of natural causes at the age of 88.
He was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Duluth, Minnesota, and came to California when he was 19 with his father and brother. He met Toni Bonifield when he was 21. The couple married two years later and were together for the next 67 years. They had five children, Dana, Cindy, Grant, Randy and Brad. The family often spent time together on wonderful summer vacations to Lake Tahoe, Carmel and Hawaii.
Roger attended UC Berkeley and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. While at Cal he was a member of the crew team where he rowed under legendary coach Caroll M. “KY” Ebright. His college career was cut short by the Korean War. At that time, Roger was accepted into the Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he earned the rank of second lieutenant. The war ended just as he was ready to deploy.
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Two Hospitals Join LANES to Streamline Information Exchange

Glendale Adventist Medical Center and White Memorial Medical Center are partnering with Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services to deliver better, more efficient health care to the communities they serve. Through the collaboration, the hospitals executed a contract with LANES to support secure information exchange between hospitals, community-based clinics and health plans in Los Angeles to support better care coordination — with special emphasis on underserved populations.
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Descanso’s Bird Observation Station Getting New Look

Starting this week, the Bird Observation Station at Descanso Gardens is getting upgraded. The bird-watching structure, located in the botanical gardens’ Oak Woodland, is expected to reopen in October, according to a news release. A new waterfall feature will debut in November. Descanso Gardens is working in partnership with Pacific Outdoor Living on the project.
For information, visit descansogardens.org.

Obituary: Daniel Bush Downer

Daniel Bush Downer
Daniel Bush Downer

His family and many friends lost a creative, talented, principled, caring and witty man on June 15 with the passing of Daniel B. Downer, 98, a resident of San Marino for 63 years.
Born in St. Louis and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Dan relocated to Southern California with his family in 1939 and graduated from Pomona College in 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII in Fairbanks, Alaska, and married his college sweetheart, Mary Louise Geis of South Pasadena, in Juneau, Sept. 1, 1945. Continue reading “Obituary: Daniel Bush Downer”

Noted Physician to Retire After 49-Year Career

Dr. Ronald Wu, OB-GYN

Dr. Ronald Wu, OB-GYN, who for the past 49 years has delivered thousands of babies and provided care for generations of women in Glendale and Greater Los Angeles, is retiring.
Wu’s last day of practice will be June 30.
“From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank all of my patients for a lifetime of opportunity to give my very best in the specialized care that I provide,” Wu said. “As I reflect on the multi-generations of families I’ve assisted to bring new lives into the world, these years have brought me joy and happiness beyond description.”
On his decision to retire, Wu, 75, added, “It’s time I pay closer attention to my personal health — and I’m also past due catching up with my family.”
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Obituary: Melvin N. Wilson Jr.

Nov. 7, 1924 – May 14, 2017

Melvin Wilson with his wife, Adina.

Melvin N. Wilson Jr. was born in San Diego, California, on Nov. 7, 1924.
His parents were Frances Schaffer Wilson and Melvin N. Wilson. His dad was a prominent banker in San Diego. Mel attended Point Loma High School in San Diego; he received his Bachelor of Science in 1945 from Caltech and his Master of Science and aeronautics in 1946 from the same institution.
He was first employed by Bryan Aeronautics, then by the South Pacific Railroad as a consultant to industry, and from 1953 to 1994 he was employed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Mel designed wind tunnels and technical facilities, including several solar simulators, the largest of which has been designated a national historical monument due to its size and the innovative use of optics, cryogenic high vacuums and other techniques simulating space environment. He received the NASA exceptional service award at retirement, as well as a number of other commendations during his career.
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Golf Tournament to Benefit Sheriff, LCF Chamber

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Support Group and the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce will present the 34th annual Crescenta Cañada Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 21, at the LCF Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.; tee time is 1 p.m.
Awards and prizes will be presented immediately after the tournament. Proceeds benefit the CV Sheriff’s Support Group and the LCF Chamber of Commerce.
The cost to participate is $225, which includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner, awards and tee prizes. Tee and greens sponsorships are available for $150.
“The Sheriff Support Group is a nonprofit organization that is run by volunteer members of the community and the money raised is used to support the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station and its deputies,” an event spokesperson said. “The funds raised help purchase specialized equipment and other programs necessary to operations at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.”
For further information, visit cvssg.org or call (818) 414-2758.