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. 

Police Identify Suspect in Killing of Glendale Woman

By Zane Hill and
Camila Castellanos

Glendale News-Press

It will likely be months before a Pasadena man arrives in Los Angeles County to appear on charges that he stabbed and killed a Glendale woman in the La Cañada High School parking lot last month and then left her body in the park across the street.
Adrian Robert Casey, 26, remains in the custody of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico after being arrested near Albuquerque on Thanksgiving Day. Officials here expect to take custody of him next year, since delays typically are the case for suspects held in other states.
“Unless he waives extradition,” Bill Grisafe, a special services lieutenant with the Pasadena Police Department, told the News-Press.

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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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USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Leader Confident Amid Virus’ Surge

By Keith Hobbs
CEO, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Keith Hobbs

We are most definitely seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases locally, regionally and nationally — the news is real. We all heard the public health warnings before Thanksgiving; the combination of colder weather, families wanting to gather for the holidays and students returning home from college would likely result in increased exposure and transmission.
At USC Verdugo Hills Hospital we are already seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases in our Emergency Room and among our admitted patient population, and these are not even people who were exposed due to Thanksgiving gatherings. The incubation period of the virus means that surge is still likely a week away.

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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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Local Craft Beer Scene Is Fermenting Nicely

Photo courtesy Chris Cesnek
Paperback Brewing founders Chris Cesnek and Brandon Monroe said such ventures allow craft brewers like themselves to share a little bit of their personalities with their customers. The venue, which opened in July, is Glendale’s second craft brewery.

Arising from a hobby practiced in basements or garages, the craft beer industry continues to thrive nationwide and in California, and Glendale seems to be putting its own stamp on the heavily localized trade.
The city’s second brewery opened its doors this past summer, years after the first showed up. More craft-themed taprooms are cropping up, too, after aficionados gathered under one or two roofs for years. And those local fans seem to have rallied this year, despite the pandemic, to send one of the bars close to the top of an annual “best of” ranking, bringing the Glendale name to the readers of a national magazine for enthusiasts.

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GUSD’s Actions Amid Pandemic Earn Chamber’s Salute

Photo courtesy Steve Pierce
Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce President Mike Riley (second from right) presents school board President Armina Gharpetian, school board member Jennifer Freemon, and Glendale Unified School District Superintendent Vivian Ekchian with awards of recognition from the chamber.

For its response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Glendale Unified School District was tabbed as the Organization of the Year by the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce in the group’s annual recognition awards last week.
One of the district’s board members, Jennifer Freemon, also was named Educator of the Year by the chamber. Overall, the organization handed out 10 awards in a virtual ceremony last week.
In its program, the chamber highlighted what it described as a nimble response by the GUSD when the pandemic struck in March, prompting school closures and stay-at-home orders from the county. The district distributed laptops for students to use in distance learning and prepared to-go breakfasts and lunches every day for all children in the city who needed them.

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Council Hires Recruiter to Find City Manager

After seven firms applied for the job and four were named finalists, the City Council decided this week to contract with CPS HR Consulting to identify candidates to become the municipal government’s next top executive.
This search for a new city manager will be led by Frank Rojas, the firm’s executive recruiter, through a $25,000 contract with Sacramento-based CPS HR. Council members picked Rojas, who is based in the Los Angeles area, in part because of his familiarity with Glendale and the region.

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Police Seek Help in Probe of Slaying

Police are asking the public for assistance in their effort to determine who fatally shot a 28-year-old man in south Glendale last Saturday.
Officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots near Central Avenue and Laurel Street in the Tropico neighborhood at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, according to the Glendale Police Department. There also were reports of a vehicle being driven erratically and running stop signs in the vicinity.
Police found that the driver of that vehicle had been shot, and after officers and members of the Glendale Fire Department attempted life-saving measures, the man was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County USC-Medical Center that morning.
Sgt. Christian Hauptmann of the GPD said detectives located the original scene of the shooting, but would disclose only that it was “relatively close” to where officers found the victim. Noting that the investigation is ongoing, Hauptmann also declined to say how many times the man had been shot and whether he lived in Glendale.
Police have not yet made any arrests in the investigation. This is the city’s fourth homicide investigation this year.
Those with any information are encouraged to contact GPD at (818) 548-4911. To leave an anonymous tip, contact the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, use the P3 Mobile App or visit

Hospital Remains a Safe Haven Amid Pandemic

By Kelly Linden
Special to the News-Press

Kelly Linden

A year ago we could never have imagined the challenges that were ahead of us as a medical center and as a community. It has been an unprecedented time to work in health care.
I am incredibly proud of the caregivers and providers at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center for their unwavering dedication to care for and ease the way for every patient that came through our doors.
We are fortunate at Providence Saint Joseph to have the space for separate, dedicated units to treat COVID-19 patients. In addition, we have advanced technology and an exceptional clinical team at Saint Joseph’s caring for our COVID-19 patients, and that has led to some amazing outcomes for our patients.

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