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 1936-2021James 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…
Though their institutions are located approximately two miles apart, San Marino High School Principal Jason Kurtenbach and Daryl Topalian, his counterpart at Huntington Middle School, had an identical message last Thursday morning.“It is great to see the kids again,” said Kurtenbach, as students completed the requisite temperature screening and filed into SMHS.
Photo courtesy San Marino Recreation DepartmentApproximately 600 participated in last Saturday’s Great San Marino Egg Hunt, which began here at Stoneman School. San Marino has hosted an egg hunt in some iteration for several decades, but the success of one held last Saturday might just change all that for good.Dubbed by the Recreation Department as “The Great San Marino Egg Hunt,” the event drew almost 600 participants. They cruised via automobile through town on the “bunny trail,” using a map to solve riddles and spot clues while searching for “Mr. and Mrs. Bunny” along the way.To sweeten the pot, Recreation Department staffers hid 10 “golden tickets” in eggs that were distributed at eight stops along the way.
Matthew Lee Based on an enthusiastic recommendation from Kristine Franco, a member of San Marino High School’s counseling staff, senior Matthew Lee was named the Rotary Club of San Marino’s student of the month for February.And for good reason. Lee has a glittering dossier, topped by his recent acknowledgement as a National Merit Finalist, thus remaining in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.The son of Yun (George) Li and Linda Jing Yang, Matthew is also the engineering president of Titanium Robotics team at SMHS and captain of the school’s math and science teams.For the past year, Lee has also operated a group called TitanHacks, where he manages sponsorships and event planning for a what are called “hackathons,” where programmers team up to create original projects. With the leftover funds, TitanHacks operates a weekly food drive with the First Baptist Church of Alhambra.
Jim Folsom Jim Folsom, who retired in December from the Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens after a long and award-winning career, will be the featured speaker at San Marino City Club’s meeting on Tuesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m.Folsom was the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library. He joined the Huntington staff in 1984, serving as assistant curator before becoming director in 1987. As director of the Huntington’s gardens, he oversaw more than a dozen thematic gardens covering 120 acres of the 207-acre grounds.He served as a visionary and project head for the development of new gardens and botanical facilities and restoration of historic gardens and maintenance. He dedicated much of his efforts at the Huntington to education programs that increase public interest and understanding of the science, culture, and history of plants and gardens.
Photo courtesy SMPDAbby Geng, an 8th grader at Huntington Middle School, recently donated $200 to the San Marino Police Department. Pictured are (from left) Commander Aaron Blondé, SMPD Chief John Incontro, Abby Geng, SMPD Corporal Frank Calistro and SMPD Officer Aaron Lopez. Abby Geng, an 8th grader at Huntington Middle School, recently earned some extra money teaching a virtual cooking class. Abby and her parents consulted on the matter and agreed the funds would best be used “for something special.”The result — a $200 donation to the San Marino Police Department, to the pleasant surprise of San Marino Police Chief John Incontro.
Photo courtesy Scott DavesHarry Wendling, San Marino High School’s senior kicker, surfs an impromptu wave provided by his Titan teammates moments after converting a 37-yard field goal to defeat rival South Pasadena on the final play of last Friday night’s Rio Hondo League contest. San Marino’s furious rally in the final minute gave the Titans a 22-20 win and 10th straight over the Tigers in the 66th renewal of the storied rivalry. Last Friday night at 9:45 p.m., a young man wearing a royal blue football jersey with the words San Marino emblazoned across the chest atop an oversized number 19 trotted onto the field at Titan Stadium.He had accepted the task of kicking a football through an odd-shaped apparatus that most would recognize as a goal post at the east end of the facility in an effort to win a game over the town’s foe in a rivalry that stretches back to the Eisenhower administration.Anyone seeking the identity of the young man would be hard-pressed as neither his name nor number appeared on the roster provided in the official game program sold at the venue.They know it now, especially those from South Pasadena who watched the annual contest. And just in case they didn’t, players, fans and cheerleaders provided a reminder that rang into the chilly, damp night.“Harry!” “Harry!” “Harry!”He has a last name, too, and for the record it’s Wendling. But he will forever be known as the boy who kicked a field goal as time expired to…
After 416 days since its last contest, the San Marino High School boys’ basketball program finally was able to re-take the indoor court last Saturday afternoon and, basically, looked like they never left.