Tribune Staff

Marillyn McCormick

Marillyn McCormick Vanderhoof passed away from a stroke on March 22, 2021 in Davis, CA. She had been struggling for many years following a lymphoma diagnosis and treatment. Aged 94, she lived a full life, always bringing her entire family together with her outgoing personality and big smile.
Born on November 20, 1926, in Oakland, CA to Herbert Hamilton McCormick and Eva Petersen McCormick, she grew up mostly in San Marino, CA after her father’s career in the insurance industry took the family to the Los Angeles area. Later, her father Herb McCormick became editor and publisher of the San Marino Tribune from 1943 to 1977. A highlight of her childhood was posing as “Pinkie” (from the famous painting in the Huntington Library) on the San Marino float in the 1940 Rose Parade.
Marillyn graduated from Occidental College in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She married her childhood sweetheart (the boy next door) Richard (Dick) Scovell Vanderhoof on July 10, 1947. They remained married until Dick’s passing on December 4, 2013. Early married life took them to San Francisco, El Paso, TX and San Diego as Dick’s career, a medical doctor in the Navy, required. With the end of the Korean War, Marillyn and Dick settled in San Gabriel and then San Marino as Dick entered a surgical residency at L.A. County/USC hospital. They continued to reside in San Marino until 1991 when they relocated to Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA.

Elizabeth Carlin

Elizabeth Carlin Scannell passed peacefully in her sleep at her San Marino home on Sunday morning, April 25th. 
Betty, as she was always known, was born in San Francisco to Dennis Carlin and Elizabeth Carlin (Farrell) in 1933. Both her mother and father immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. Dennis Carlin owned several pubs in San Francisco and became a successful real estate investor. 
Betty attended St. Cecilia Elementary School and Presentation High School where she was a star basketball player. She graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Belmont in California remaining lifelong friends with many of her classmates. She worked briefly as an elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Public Schools following graduation.
Betty married Dennis Scannell in 1959 in the Bay Area. After having their first two children, they moved several times throughout California, eventually settling in San Marino where they raised Dennis Jr., Elizabeth, Michael, and Patrick, all of whom graduated from San Marino High School. She held her family most dear and was a big part of her nine, much-loved grandchildren’s lives, rarely missing a sporting event, stage production or ceremony.

2-9-1926 to 4-24-2021

Jud Orendorff Roberts

Jud Orendorff Roberts, a 58-year resident of San Marino, CA, passed away peacefully at his home on April 24, 2021. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he was 95 years old.
Jud was an avid outdoorsman, learning as a boy to fish, hunt, snow ski, and water ski at Lake Arrowhead with his brother, Frank.
At 17, Jud enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II.
After returning from the war, he attended Northern Arizona State Teachers College — and transferred to USC, where he earned a degree in 1949. Jud was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and maintained lifelong friendships with many college friends.
In 1952, he married Marilyn Hubbard of Hollywood. As a condition of the engagement, she required that he teach her to ski, which provided a lifetime of travel experiences for them and their family. Jud and Marilyn were both known as fun lovers who made friends easily. They were married 60 years until her passing in 2012.

Stalwart Sailor of the Golden Orange

Davis Taylor Pillsbury

Davis Taylor Pillsbury (1938-2021) passed away April 27 at the age of 82 surrounded by loved ones in his home overlooking the Newport Beach marina where his beloved CAL40 Ralphie is berthed. 
A fourth generation Californian and the only child of Jeanne Casenave and Charles Taylor Pillsbury, Davis grew up in Hollister and Beverly Hills. Davis attended several schools including Loyola High School, Beverly Hills Catholic and Orme School in Arizona. Upon graduating from high school, Davis attended Menlo College, CU Boulder & UCLA. He proudly served in the Marine Corps Reserve.
In 1963 he married Patricia Ann FitzPatrick in the Beverly Hills Catholic Church. They raised four children in San Marino where he enjoyed building homecoming floats and coaching Little League teams. 
Davis actively campaigned a variety of sailboats in offshore races including the Transpacific Honolulu (5 times), Newport to Cabo San Lucas (8 times) and countless regattas spanning from San Francisco to Manzanillo. Davis took first in class in the 2005 Transpac (his last), 2008 Ensenada race and the 1995 Big Boat Series. He was an honorary lifetime member of the St. Francis Yacht Club, former Commodore of the Isthmus Yacht Club and a long time member of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club among others.

James LeRoy Wahle


James LeRoy (“Jim”) Wahle died peacefully at the age of 84, in the presence of family at Lake Forest, IL (Northwestern) Hospital on Saturday, April 10, 2021 after a long illness.
Born November 16, 1936 in Indianapolis, IN to MarySue (Campbell) Wahle and Leroy Louis Wahle. Jim was the second of three children and the couple’s only son. Jim graduated from Shortridge High in Indianapolis in 1954, from Denison University with a degree in mathematics in 1958 and from Purdue University in 1960 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
In his professional career, Mr. Wahle held a number of management positions at manufacturing companies including Schwitzwer in Indianapolis, IN, Hayes Albion in Jackson, MI and Rajay Turbochargers in Long Beach, CA, where he served as President. Jim also served as President for portfolio companies of the Hillman Corporation, as well as other management and consulting positions later in his career.
Jim is survived by his wife, Martha Burke Wahle of Lake Forest, IL, and step children Kathy Allen (husband Doug and children Carter and Trevor) of Lake Forest, IL, Jonathan Burke (wife Miriam and children Gustavo and Ava) of Mill Valley, CA and Alison Roberts (husband Smith) of San Gabriel, CA. Mr. Wahle also is survived by his children from his first marriage, Betsy Smith (husband Rory and children Amanda, Winston and Everett) of Vero Beach, FL, Charles Wahle (children Charlotte, Theodore, Dean and Austin) of Duxbury, MA and Curtis Wahle (son Parker) of Nashville, TN. Jim is also survived by his sister Susan Carroll (husband Thomas) of Arlington Heights, IL and was predeceased by his sister Janet Swearingen (husband Edward) of Indianapolis, IN.
Jim loved sports and was an avid fan of automobiles and auto racing, growing up in Indianapolis, he carefully followed the Indy car circuit and attended multiple races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well as other venues. Owning and driving sports cars was a favorite hobby of Mr. Wahle. He also enjoyed golf and regularly walking with his beloved wife Molly and their West Highland White Terriers. Spending time on the Lake Forest beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan was another favorite pastime.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 734985, Chicago, IL 60673-4985. Please make the check payable to “Northwestern Memorial Foundation” and include “James LeRoy Wahle” in the memo line. Donations can also be made online at (click ‘Give Now’) or over the phone at (833) 443-8663. Your gift will support Alzheimer’s patient care and research in the Neurology Program at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.  
A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be scheduled at a later date. Info: Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest (847) 234-0022 or


W. Hall Evans

Hall Evans, 58-year resident of San Marino, passed away at home in his sleep in March 2021 at the age of 92, with his wife and children present, following a short, rapid decline in health. Like his father, Hall was born in San Francisco. Despite his father’s death when Hall was one year old, Hall thrived, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1951. He began his career with an engineering design role at Barrett & Hilp in San Francisco. Moving to Southern California, he served as a research engineer at Northrop Aircraft.  
In 1958 he founded Evans Engineering & Air Balance to commission the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems of large construction projects in the booming construction industry of Southern California. His firm was selected to review conformance to specifications of many of the largest buildings in the region including the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building, Olive View Hospital, and the University of California, Irvine Campus. 
One unique project in 1978 was modeling the ventilation systems at Prudhoe Bay where dangers of petroleum combustibles threatened the safety of ARCO’s pumping facilities on the North Slope of Alaska. For his lifetime engineering achievements, Hall was recognized with the Santa Clara University Distinguished Engineer Award in 1999.

June 21, 1929 – March 18, 2021

Virginia Madeleine de Surville Muller

Virginia (Ginny) Madeleine de Surville Muller was called home to our Lord, and the angels on Thursday morning, March 18, 2021. She passed in her sleep with her loving husband, George, by her side.
Born June 21, 1929, to Emile and Helen (Sutherland) de Surville in San Francisco, California, Ginny, to all who knew her, was the kindest and most caring of individuals. She touched the lives all that knew her.
Ginny and George were married in 1954 after meeting on a double date by their mutual friend, Max Love. What a prophetic “date” that was! During their 67 years of marriage, they raised three daughters: Victoria, Robin and Mary. Ginny was totally dedicated to her children and to her husband in all aspects of their lives.
She was a graduate of Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, California and Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC. She spent all of her married life in Pasadena and Santa Barbara. She was active in the Pasadena Junior League, Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital and Villa Esperanza. Ginny could always be found working at a polling place during many presidential elections, and she spent many years working for Port O’ Call in the antiques department.

By Maggie Lee
Special to the Tribune

Maggie Lee
Chinese Club of San Marino

Now is the time for San Marino to come together as a community and bring back the goodwill and unity to the city we love so much.
The Chinese Club of San Marino was founded more than 40 years ago as a support system for new immigrants to San Marino. Four decades later, sadly we are still dealing with many of the same issues we had in the past.
As an active member of the San Marino community, CCSM has donated millions of dollars to various organizations within the city through the years. We will continue to play an active role within the community to promote understanding, love and unity in San Marino.
Even with clean streets, manicured lawns and civic traditions, San Marino has not been immune to the global pandemic and the ensuing rise in hate, violence and aggression directed at the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Recent events and world issues have been divisive in nature, and as humans our first instinct is to look for answers often times by placing blame. The community is what makes San Marino special. The Chinese Club of San Marino asks everyone to rededicate themselves to the family values and community spirit to support each other through these times.
This past year has been extremely difficult on our Chinese American communities, and we have felt the weight of the pandemic across every area of our country. As we live through traumatic acts of hate, xenophobic rhetoric and violence, there is an even greater need for our diverse communities to come together to collectively address the challenges that we are facing. COVID-19 has posed issues for all of us.