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.
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 (“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 foundation.nm.org (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 www.wenbanfh.com.
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.
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.
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.
Robert S. Warren, attorney, philanthropist, community- and professional leader, passed away peacefully, with his family surrounding him, at his home in San Marino on February 13, 2021.
His life exemplified a blending of whole-hearted appreciation of life and the good things in it, with hard work, commitment, integrity, and service to his family, friends, profession, and community.
He was born December 9, 1931, in Pasadena, California, and was raised in South Pasadena, graduating from South Pasadena San Marino High School.
Bob graduated from the University of Southern California in 1953, and USC Law School in 1956. At law school, Bob graduated as salutatorian and with honors, serving as an editor of the USC Law Review. Following graduation, he served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School (“JAG School”) for two years. In 1959, he joined the firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, where he practiced for 41 years until semi-retirement in 2000. Even after his formal retirement, Bob continued to work as the lead trial lawyer in a massive toxic tort case representing Lockheed Martin Corporation. In his final case as an active attorney, Warren secured an order of dismissal by the trial court following the issuance of an unprecedented set of successful writs by the California Supreme Court in favor of Lockheed.
Cathay Bank has announced a $1 million donation to the Cathay Bank Foundation to support organizations that work to promote diverse communities and combat anti-Asian hate crimes and xenophobia. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the United States. has witnessed the struggle of Asian American and Pacific Islanders against increased violence and harassment fueled by prejudice, hatred and xenophobia. Recent attacks throughout the country reflect a significant increase in anti-Asian hate crimes. “Racism and xenophobia are antithetical to our values and an affront to what we stand for,” said Chang M. Liu, Cathay Bank president and CEO. “We believe in the equality of all people, treating them with fairness, empathy and acceptance. We condemn this violence against Asian Americans as well as against other ethnic groups and will continue to work and support efforts for greater equality in our business, community and society.” Dunson Cheng, executive chairman of the board, echoed Liu’s statement and call to action.
Huntington Hospital attained Magnet recognition again in March, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. Receiving Magnet recognition for the third time is an achievement for Huntington Hospital, as it continues to belong to the global Magnet community — a small, select group of domestic health care organizations and hospitals in the U.S. “Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Dr. Lori J. Morgan, Huntington Hospital’s president and CEO. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”
Officials with Keck Medicine of USC and Methodist Hospital of Southern California have announced that the organizations are exploring an affiliation to expand access to care and enhance the health of residents in the San Gabriel Valley, according to a statement. The affiliation would bring Methodist Hospital into the Keck Medicine clinical enterprise, creating new opportunities for service growth and investment in the Arcadia community and across the region. “Methodist Hospital has a longstanding history of providing excellent care in the San Gabriel Valley and has the potential to be a strong partner as we work together to expand services and create easier access to primary and complex care for the people we serve,” said Rodney Hanners, interim CEO for Keck Medicine of USC. “This affiliation would not only complement our current satellite in Arcadia, but also provide opportunities to elevate our entire network that we are excited to explore further.”