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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.

Tays Tarvin Bogue, at age 96, passed away peacefully at home on January 22, 2021. Tays was born in Milligan College, Tennessee, on June 28, 1924, to the Reverend Merle G. and Ruth Steward Tarvin. She was the oldest of three children. She grew up in Alabama and Georgia and graduated as valedictorian of her class at Tuskegee High School. Then she attended Auburn University and was active in her Delta Zeta sorority. One weekend on campus in 1944 she met a young army officer stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Tays and Bruce Bogue were married in 1945 after the end of World War II. Bruce was a native Californian and the young couple, with a 6-week-old baby, relocated in Los Angeles in 1947. Later they moved to San Marino and raised their two children, Betsy and Charlie. Tays cherished her family and was a devoted mother. The family shared many wonderful vacations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, even living in Madrid one summer. In her 50s, after her children had earned their master’s degrees, Tays returned to college and earned her degree, a BS in Business Education. Tays resided in San Marino for nearly 65 years.

Philip Harbison Oehler passed away peacefully in his Grass Valley, CA home on February 4, 2021; he was 81. Born March 23, 1939 in Buffalo, N.Y. to Philip and Fern Oehler, he grew up in Glendale, California (Montrose), graduated from Glendale High School, earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College (Alpha Delta Phi – President), Master of Engineering from USC, Juris Doctor from Pepperdine Law School, and was a member of the California State Bar. Phil had a 33-year career as an aerospace engineer with a large Southern California defense contractor where he participated in several important national defense projects before retiring with his wife, Maria, to their dream home in Grass Valley. In retirement Phil was an active member of the Nevada County Sportsmen Club. Phil is survived by his wife, Maria, their puppy Misty; daughter Juliet, sons Jeffrey and Michael (daughter-in-law Jena); grandchildren Nicholas, Benjamin, Daniel, and Harper Lynn; stepsons Gabriel, Bob, Jack (daughter-in-law Elsa) and Des; step-grandchildren Maya, Iaos, Keisha, Kumar, Chloe, Quinlyn, Aloe and Quetzal; and step-great-grandchildren Ryker, William and Kiara.

Paul Nelson Johnson Jr., born in Oakland, California, passed away on Feb. 2, 2021 of natural causes at the age of 94. He leaves behind his loving family: his beloved wife of 68 years, Dorothy Thacker Johnson, known best as Tita; his brother David E. Johnson; his daughter Lynn J. Connors (Dennis); his sons David D. Johnson (Jane) and Daniel T. Johnson (Charleen), and grandchildren Errin (Tiarra), Sean, Brian and Jennifer. Paul received his BA in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University before attending Harvard Business School for a one-year intensive middle management program, graduating in 1956. He worked at Merk & Company and Riverside Cement Company prior to launching an entrepreneurial career in investment banking and merger advisory services. For 41 years, Paul advised clients on mergers and acquisitions until his retirement in 2009, when he moved to the Rogue Valley Manner in Medford, Oregon with Tita to enjoy his retirement years. Paul and Tita met at Stanford University in 1951, married in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 19, 1952, and lived in Honolulu, Oakland and San Marino, California before the move to Oregon.

November 1918-January 2021 Longtime San Marino resident Eleanor Terry passed away Jan. 18 this year at the age of 102 from COVID pneumonia. She had lived nearly 50 years in San Marino since 1969 but spent her final few years in a nearby assisted independent living facility. Eleanor graduated from University of Rochester School of Nursing in 1941, and is the last surviving member of her entire class by decades. She worked for many years as an RN at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester before moving to California in 1969. Evidently, the nursing profession is a definite family trait extending through four generations. Eleanor’s mother was also a nurse (graduated in 1909), and her daughter Robin was an RN, graduating from the University of Rochester in 1968. Both of her beloved granddaughters became RNs as well. She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Roger Terry, MD in 2008, and her daughter Robin in 1989. She leaves behind her son, Orrin Terry, MD (who graduated San Marino High School in 1971), his wife Andrea Terry, RN, her two granddaughters, Jennifer and Allison, two great granddaughters, and son-in-law Ryan Murray, MD. Her greatest joy in her final years was getting to see and hold her little great granddaughters Grace and Kate. Famously thrifty throughout her life, she requested no funeral. Her ashes will be scattered at sea by the family in a private ceremony.

Dec. 26, 1935 – Dec. 31, 2020 Emeline Louise (Emmy Lou) Sudor Grady, 85, passed away Dec. 31, 2020, surrounded by family and Companion Hospice at Las Palmas SRG in Laguna Woods, California. She was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, the youngest of six children of Lucille Nichols Sudor and Carl Albert Sudor. A former model and beauty queen, she graduated from Minnehaha Academy and attended the University of Minnesota where she was affiliated with the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. At the University of Minnesota, she met the love of her life, Charles (“Chuck”) Farrell Grady. Chuck and Emmy Lou were married for 61 years, until Chuck’s death on Dec. 26, 2017. They had three children: Lynn, Jeff and Jill. Chuck’s career took the family to many locations around the country (Minnesota-Minneapolis, Duluth; New York-Huntington, Stony Brook; Maryland-Gaithersburg; Georgia-Fort Valley/Macon; California-Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Newbury Park, San Marino, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods; Northern California-Sacramento). Wherever they called home, Emmy Lou was known for the beautiful homes she created for her family and for her active involvement in the Catholic church, local schools and philanthropic organizations. She took great pride in both her early American and Scandinavian heritages, which she expressed in her home décor and through the many stories of family history she loved to share.