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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 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…

1929-2021 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.

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. Legal Career 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.

Martha Toole Harvey, age 89, passed away peacefully at her Pasadena home surrounded by her family on Friday, March 5. Known for her beauty inside and out, she was a kind and adventurous mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She was born on Jan. 25, 1932, in New Haven, Conn., the daughter of Dr. Frank E. Toole and Alice Oswald Toole. She attended The Day School, Pine Manor Junior College and graduated from Johns Hopkins Hospital Nursing School in 1956, where she discovered a career that engaged her nurturing nature and ignited a lifelong interest in medicine. While working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, she was introduced to Dr. J. Paul Harvey, Jr., who, according to lore, tried to impress her by performing a Russian folkdance during an elevator ride. The two were married at St. Monica’s Catholic Church on April 12, 1958, and made their home in New York City’s Upper East side. Three daughters, Maryalice, Martha and Frances, came in quick succession. The Harvey’s moved to California in 1962 when Paul was recruited to start the Division of Orthopedics at LAC-USC Medical Center. Another two daughters, Lucy and Laura, followed.

Sulochana Viswanathan, most recently of Pasadena, passed away February 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. Preternaturally self-composed, humble, and instinctively alert to the needs of others, generations of Sulochana’s extended family and numerous friends honor her reflective mind, wise counsel, and good humor. Born November 25, 1932, to Rukmini Ammal and Dr. K. Rangaswami Iyer, Chief of the Medical Staff at the Army Hospital at Taungoo, Burma (Myanmar), Sulochana’s earliest memories were of her dearly loved family of parents and six brothers and sisters. Decades later, as her siblings gathered from disparate cities in India and around the world, they would invariably recount the family’s daring 2,700-mile journey from Burma to their ancestral home in Tiruchirappalli, South India, in the days leading to World War II. Dr. Rangaswami Iyer spearheaded the crossing amidst armed conflict by native insurgents, invading contingents, and colonial troops as each attempted to stake claim to the then British colony. Her older siblings formed a chain and with absolute trust in their bold, shrewd, and quick-witted father trekked more than 650 miles from Taungoo to Rangoon (Yangon) to Calcutta

Dorothea W. Zinn, born on February 19, 1919, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Bryant and Grace Wilson of Long Beach, Calif., passed blessedly on to heaven on January 8, 2021, at age 101. She died at the Royal Oaks Manor of Duarte, Calif., of complications from COVID-19. She and her husband of 71 years, Dr. Willard Jack Zinn, lived at Royal Oaks after moving from San Marino in 2012. Dorothea was preceded in death by her husband and by her sister, Gladys Tann, and is survived by two sons, Douglas Scott (Patricia) of Melbourne, Fla., and the Rev. Peter Stuart (Suzanne) of Indianapolis, Ind. She is also survived by her grandsons: Chaplain Capt. Matthew Scott (Crystal), and Dr. Joel Coyle, respectively. Dorothea was valedictorian of her class at Santa Barbara High School and went on to Santa Barbara Teacher’s College (now UCSB). After graduation she taught kindergarten for two years. When children came, Dorothea became a full-time homemaker.