Richard Cupp – Obituary

Richard Cupp

Richard Cupp

La Cañada Flintridge resident Richard “Dick” Cupp, 80, passed peacefully December 22, 2020 of Parkinson’s-related complications. Born May 16, 1940 to Joseph and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Cupp. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol; son Andrew (Susannah), grandsons Alex and George; and daughter Cara. A kid at heart, Dick loved causing a commotion with his grandsons. He attended UCLA for undergrad and obtained his MBA at USC, joking that this allowed him to root for the “best” team in any given season.
He served as Chairman, President, CEO of several commercial and private banks before retiring after 50 years (specializing in “turnarounds” in his later career). Early on he headed a subsidiary of a U.S. bank in Brussels, Continue reading “Richard Cupp – Obituary”

Treasure Little Children Brings Joy to Huntington Hospital Patients

Photo courtesy Philip A. Coombes
Treasure Little Children’s board of directors includes (front row, from left) founder Jules Marcogliese, Lupe Barraza, Ginger Mort and Mary Kay Hunefeld. Back: Mark Henzel, Steve McNall, board President Vance Weisbruch, John Cervenka and Jeffrey Moscaret.

By Nina Aghadjanian
The Outlook

Amid a dim holiday season, Treasure Little Children brought joy to Huntington Hospital’s pediatric patients by donating a bounty of gifts through the Pasadena Police Department Air Operations Section’s 15th annual Christmas toy drive, Operation Polar Wind.
Founded by Jules Marcogliese in 1998, TLC is a nonprofit organization that works with local social service agencies and churches to enrich the lives of low-income children in the San Gabriel Valley. For 20 years, it has played a huge role in lifting children’s spirits through its holiday celebration, in which nearly 300 kids and their families typically enjoy a lunch, music, games and gifts. The event has been a welcome respite for some young residents of Los Angeles County, where 24% of children live below the poverty line.
Due to COVID-19, TLC was forced to cancel the 2020 celebration, but its dedication to making local children feel special proved to be unwavering. In early December, TLC dropped off presents at the Pasadena police heliport, where Operation Polar Wind commences each year. Members of the Air Operations Section and the Foothill Air Support Team distributed the gifts to Huntington Hospital and Peace Over Violence, a domestic abuse prevention center.
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Obituary | Dushan (Duke) Vukovich

Dushan (Duke) Vukovich

Our family circle was broken with the death of our beloved patriarch. Duke was born in Globe, Arizona to parents who emigrated from Montenegro in the 1920s. He excelled in sports at a very young age, but rheumatic fever at 11 changed the course of his life. After graduating in accounting from Arizona State University, he came to Los Angeles and began work at Haskins and Sells. He then was employed by Cyprus Mines Corporation for 25 years, finishing his employment as Director of Taxes. When Cyprus Mines moved out of state, Duke chose to stay in Los Angeles and was hired as International Director of Taxes at U.S. Borax, where he remained for 13 years, until his retirement.
Duke married Nancy Field in 1955, and they moved to Glendale. They became active in Glendale Presbyterian Church, where Duke later served as deacon, elder and adult Sunday class president. During those many years, Duke continued his lifelong interest in sports. Having overcome rheumatic fever’s effects, he enjoyed playing softball and volleyball. He played tennis into his 80s.
Duke’s retirement years were happily spent in Carlsbad, where he and Nancy made cherished friends at Carlsbad Community Church. Being part of the Maranatha class and a small group Bible study were rewarding for him in his senior years.
Duke leaves Nancy, his wife of 65 years; his three daughters, Dyana Vukovich, Jana Vukovich Byeman (Andy) and Marta Vukovich; grandson Joshua Dushan Byeman (Karen) and great-granddaughters, Ava and Alice; granddaughter Julianne Byeman Folin (Steve) and great-grandchildren, Amelia and Abram; sister Nada Pitt; sister-in-law Ida Vukovich; grand godson Ari Abramovitz; and 14 nieces, nephews and cousins. His sister Desanka (Dee) and brother Lazo (Louis) predeceased him.
The values of integrity, responsibility, fidelity, generosity and empathy defined the life Duke lived. We thank God for the blessing he was to our family and many others during his 91 years.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Free Wheelchair Mission in Duke’s name, using the following link:

Pasadena Students Celebrated for Research Project

Parents, teachers and superintendents came together recently for an award ceremony honoring local high school students who were part of Youth Research Vox. The new Pasadena-based nonprofit gives students the tools to complete academic research projects.
The group’s Closing the Gap Project was born during the pandemic, when educators Joyce Coffey and Meg Spaulding wanted to reach students from their homes. Students were faced with uncertainty and isolation, and yet many of them were doing more than ever to help their communities.
One Youth Research Vox member, Westridge School sophomore Maya Lurvey, led a free virtual summer camp for Pasadena youth. While many volunteered their time, all of the students began thinking about education in a new way. Closing the Gap gave them the opportunity to conduct high-level research usually only attainable at the post-secondary level. The students rose to the occasion, creating detailed and nuanced studies about the American education system.
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Obituary | Walter Philip Hurley

Walter Philip Hurley passed away peacefully on December 10, 2020.

Walter Philip Hurley

Walter was born in Long Beach, California, on February 5, 1931, to Cornelius and Cornelia Hurley of Los Angeles. He grew up in Los Angeles and attended John Marshall High School.  Following his graduation from Cal. St. Univ., L. A., he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was last stationed in San Francisco. Following active duty, he continued serving his country through the Naval Reserve, ultimately achieving the rank of Commander. 

Following his active service in the Navy, Walter returned to Los Angeles to begin his career with Travelers Ins. Co., for which he worked 33 years. Following his retirement, he enjoyed traveling, tennis, trout fishing, and being with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Walter is preceded in death by his sisters, Virginia Frear and Mary Parker. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nancy; his children, Jim Hurley and his wife, Nancy, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Steve Hurley and his wife, Dolores, of Simi Valley, and Linda Hurley and her husband, Richard Pachorek, of Burbank; three grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and, his older brother, Neal, and his wife, Sandy, of Medford, Oregon. 

The family would like to thank Foothill Retirement in Tujunga for their loving care of Dad during the past five and one-half years. 

Four Join Cancer Support Community Pasadena Board

Cancer Support Community Pasadena has announced the appointment of four new members to the organization’s board of directors: Ellen Knell, Vicki Laidig, George Mack and Natalie Smalley.
“We’re thrilled that these stellar individuals have decided to join us in our efforts to help those confronting cancer,” says Kal Antoun, president of CSCP’s board. “All four have a deep understanding of the impact of cancer, some personally and some professionally, which gives them special insight into the challenges people face when dealing with this terrible disease. There’s no doubt that their combined knowledge will enhance CSCP initiatives.”
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Local College Student’s Tech Company Addresses COVID Safety

Photo courtesy NextPace Ventures
Troy Bonde (right) and business partner Winston Alfieri, who have sold thousands of hand-sanitizer dispensers to businesses and schools, are planning to donate 500 gallons of sanitizer to groups and nonprofit organizations in the San Gabriel Valley.

Troy Bonde, an Altadena resident who is a junior at USC, is responding to the need for COVID-19 safety precautions by selling state-of-the-art hand sanitizer dispensers that also screen body temperatures.
He started his company, NextPace Ventures, this past July while working as an investment banking analyst at American Discovery Capital, a merchant bank in West Los Angeles.
Bonde, 21, recruited his longtime friend, Pasadena native Winston Alfieri, to become his business partner.
NextPace Ventures has already sold thousands of devices to local businesses, school districts and nonprofit organizations, including Santa Anita Park, the Glendale Unified School District and Cal State Los Angeles. The company was recently named an endorsed supplier for Best Western International, helping Best Western hotels throughout the United States and Canada provide a comfortable experience for guests.
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Dignity Health-Glendale Memorial Hospital Leader Confident Amid Virus’ Surge


By Jill Welton
President, Dignity Health-Glendale Memorial Hospital

Jill Welton

These are truly unprecedented times. Our nurses, physicians and other health-care workers train and drill for epidemic and pandemic responses throughout their careers. Yet we have never seen anything like COVID-19. Regardless of how relentless this virus has been, our staff suits up and shows up every day to continue to provide high-quality, compassionate care to those in need.
Everyone is experiencing some level of “pandemic fatigue.” Those of us in health care have a special responsibility and a unique opportunity to lead in this time of uncertainty. We will stay true to our values and strive to do the right thing for our staff, physicians, patients and community to get through this crisis — together.
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Adventist Health Glendale Leader Confident Amid Virus’ Surge


By Alice Issai
President, Adventist Health Glendale

Alice Issai

This year has brought so many challenges — to our organization, our community and each of us individually. Now, as we embark on a holiday season during a global pandemic, my thoughts immediately turn to our front-line workers and the many community members for whom comfort and joy will be difficult to find.
As with other medical centers, Adventist Health Glendale is seeing a steady climb in the number of patients with COVID-19. State and county officials, fearful of mass spreading, have curtailed activities, instituted curfews and pleaded with the public to heed public health experts’ calls to wear your mask, watch your distance and wash your hands — still the best line of defense against contracting the coronavirus.
And yet, true to the season’s essence, there is hope.
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ALF Helping Behind the Scene During Pandemic Closures

Photos courtesy ALF
Leslie Dick, Charlotte Raulli, Cari James, Keaton Comstock, Seema Kayali, ASB adviser Sarah Beattie and LCHS Principal Jim Cartnal are participating in a partnership between local schools and the Assistance League of Flintridge.

Assistance League of Flintridge members are carrying on with the following activities:
• ALF Operation School Bell has been busy. The OSB committee purchased backpacks, face masks, hand sanitizer, hygiene kits and school supplies and delivered them to 400 students through Friends In Deed, an organization that provides supportive services for homeless and at-risk neighbors. Through collaboration, ALF provided school clothing and supplies to another 600 students. OSB donated 50 new Chromebooks for the La Cañada Unified School District to use as loaners.
• ALFies in Action purchased 200 pairs of Blue Screen Blocker Glasses for local students. La Cañada High School student government members and advisers distributed the glasses in their parking lot on Nov. 17, observing strict protective protocols via a drive-up/drive-thru system. There were warm, happy faces discernible, even though masked.
• ALF instrumental music is underway. The program has been revamped and is totally online, offering new and unique opportunities for young musicians. Specific details and links are on the ALF website.
• ALF drama is coming. There is a tentative start date of Jan. 19 for fun online workshops with director Tristan Waldron. Keep checking the ALF website.
• The ALF Assisteens are active, too, working together Zooming and distributing assembled donations to help children, adults and families in need. The teens are corresponding with our local senior population, too.
As time continues to pass, ALF members also miss Bargain Box shoppers, and the conversations — about life, knick knacks, clothing and jewelry — shared together in the store. The Bargain Box is expected to reopen in early 2021. Many changes are being made at the Bargain Box to protect customers and friends. Safety for all is paramount.
ALF is also look forward to accepting clean, gently used donations. The ALF website,, will provide information regarding when the Bargain Box is able to accept donations again.
Monetary donations are also appreciated while the shop is closed. Checks made out to Assistance League of Flintridge may be mailed to ALF at 4607 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada Flintridge 91011. These donations will help the ALF members carry on with their good work.