Obitaries & Tributes


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.

Jan. 19, 1939 – Dec. 31, 2020 It is with profound sadness but also very grateful hearts that we watched Suzy pass peacefully from 2020 into eternity on New Year’s Eve from complications of COVID-19. There are not enough words to express the faith, love and impact she made. Born in Los Angeles to Clifton and Margaret Capps, Suzy attended Marlborough School where she formed lifelong friendships with many of her “Marlborough girl” with whom she would still gather several times each year. Following high school, she attended the University of Southern California as a proud member of the Delta Gamma sorority. After two years studying psychology, Suzy left USC to attend the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles where she furthered her lifelong passion for art. After graduation, she pursued another passion of hers by taking classes in archeology at the Otis Art Institute. Suzy married in 1959 to Donald Warren Crowell (deceased in 2004, lived in Hancock Park) and moved to San Marino in 1965. She is the proud mother of Donald Crowell, Jr. (Gabriela) and Andrew E. Crowell (Keri), and grandmother of four: Kristofer Warren, Emily Ann, Thomas Andrew and Christine Elizabeth.

Berkeley Willis Johnston Berkeley Willis Johnston passed away on January 9, 2021 with his beloved wife of 59 years, Maria, by his side. His several year journey through Alzheimer’s never took his smile, sense of humor or unbridled love for the people around him. During his 84 years, Berk touched many lives with his enthusiasm and passion for life. He loved being with his friends and family and was quick to invite others along to join in his many passions, whether it be skiing, backpacking, horseback riding, or hiking in his much loved Sierra or Teton mountains.Berkeley graduated from Menlo Atherton High School and Stanford University (Class of ‘59). He met Maria while they were both attending university. They were married in 1961 and moved to San Marino where they raised their three children, Berkeley, Kristen and Erik.

Billie Youngblood-Knolle Often described as a force of nature, Billie Youngblood-Knolle, a trailblazing woman of her era, who achieved success in many arenas, died peacefully in her sleep on December 13, 2020. She was 97. A San Marino resident for 60 years, she was born to William and Lucille Kolb, on October 25, 1923 in Ontario, Canada while they were there on extended business. Billie moved to her childhood home, Appleton, Wisconsin while still an infant.A life-long learner, Billie graduated from Appleton High School in 1941. She first attended Lawrence University, pledging Kappa Alpha Theta. Transferring to the University of Minnesota her sophomore year, Billie majored in English and Fine Arts with a minor in Journalism. She graduated Cum Laude in December 1944 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in which she remained active, serving for many years on the PBK Southern California Counselor Board.Her career frequently found her the sole woman on the team. In high school, summers found Billie working full-time at a drafting table for Marathon Paper. During college, she designed wartime K-ration packaging and camouflage patterns for Container Corporation. Moving to New York City in 1948, she joined Architectural Forum magazine, soon followed by a transfer to sister publication LIFE magazine, where she spent a decade as a copywriter and media manager, the first woman to break the glass ceiling in each department.

Barbara B. Campbell Barbara Campbell passed away peacefully Friday, January 29 at her home in Pasadena. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth James Campbell.Born in Alhambra, CA, Barbara graduated from Alhambra High School. She went on to attend Pasadena City College and the University of California at Los Angeles, where she earned a teaching degree. Barbara taught school for the Los Angeles Unified School District for many years.Barbara was an avid skier, bicyclist, runner and reader. Her interest in travel took her to Europe and Asia, many times with her bicycle. It was her love of ceramic arts where much of Barbara’s time was spent creating beautiful, creative and functional ceramic pieces. She strived to support artists and the arts community and was active in the Pasadena Art Alliance and Community Center of La Cañada.Barbara’s family and her many friends were her true joy in life. Barbara is survived by her sons Angus MacKenzie (wife Ann Woods) of Denver, Colorado; and Stuart Kenneth (wife Elise) of San Marino, California. She was blessed with four wonderful grandchildren: MacKenzie Ann, John Krogen, Abigail Helene, and Duncan Stuart Campbell.In lieu of flowers, donations (in Barbara’s name) may be made to Pasadena Art Alliance, Pasadena Senior Center or Pasadena Community Foundation.

John Anthony (Jack) Havens Born on August 17, 1939 in Pasadena, passed away on January 18, 2021 in San Francisco.A longtime resident of San Marino, where he and wife, Maxine, raised their two daughters, Jack grew up in San Francisco and was graduated from Santa Clara University in 1961. He was an avid golfer and an active member of Annandale Golf Club, serving as president before returning to the Bay Area in 1998. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maxine, daughter Corinne Vernon (Alan) of Danville, and grandchildren Nicholas and Peyton Vernon. He was predeceased by daughter Natalie in 2010. His family and friends will miss his warmth, sense of humor and vibrant personality.

The creative energy fueled light that was Patricia Lynn McNairy (Etter) dimmed on December 21 with her death at home surrounded by family and devoted canines Lobo and Goya. Lynn was a second generation San Marino resident whose paternal grandfather, WK Etter, was vice president of the Santa Fe Railroad. The family, including her father,  Lewis Fort, settled in Los Angeles. Her father graduated from Caltech and subsequently embarked on a career with railroad equipment supplier PreCo., later establishing his own company in Azusa, CA. Lynn attended San Marino schools and the family spent cherished summer months at their home on Lido Isle in Newport Beach, where the Etter family hot dog roasts were a much anticipated event among its summer residents. Lynn attended Stevens College before graduating USC and obtaining a secondary teachers certificate. Following marriage to USC classmate and Investment Manager Dreux McNairy, the couple settled in San Marino to raise sons Ryan and Sean. Lynn’s lifelong involvement in art included teaching, fashion illustration, painting and continuing study in a variety of artistic media. Lynn is pre-deceased by brother Michael and their parents. She is survived by her husband, Dreux, sister, Michele Hansen (Peter) of Hillsborough, CA, and sons Ryan and Sean, both of Los Angeles.