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Hurst IV, Samuel Thomas  
1921 - 2015 Samuel Thomas Hurst IV, the dean of the USC School of Architecture and Fine Arts from 1961 through 1973, died April 10 at age 94 in Montecito. Early in his career, Hurst worked in the private sector and taught at Tulane University and Georgia Tech, his alma mater. After serving in the navy during WWII, he became the youngest Dean of Architecture and Fine Arts at Auburn University. At USC, Hurst worked to build one of the most experimental programs in the U.S. He had studied with Walter Gropius at Harvard and brought many modernist lecturers to USC, including Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, and Mies Van der Rohe. He was instrumental in USC Architecture taking over maintenance of The Gamble House in Pasadena. Hurst was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a founder of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, and a founding board member of The Sustainability Project in Santa Barbara. His wife of 30 years, Lillian Gershenson Carson, described him as a true Southern gentleman who loved music and dancing, politics, nature, and photography. He is survived by Carson, three stepchildren and six step-grandchildren, as well as his first wife, Melinda Hurst and three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A brother, John Hurst, survives him. At his request, there was no service.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 20 to May 24, 2015
Lynch, Dennis Joseph - Palm Springs  
August 7, 1939 - May 7, 2015 Dennis Joseph Lynch, born in Union City, New Jersey August 7, 1939 died in Palm Springs, California May 7, 2015. Dennis was the first born son of Joseph Lynch and Theresa Bracco Lynch who predeceased him. Upon Dennis' graduation from St. Cecliia High School in Cliffside Park New Jersey the family moved to California where they settled in Fullerton. In 1963 Dennis received a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Public Administration from UCLA where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Dennis served in the US Navy aboard the nation's first nucelar carrier the USS Enterprise. It was while sailing around the world on the carrier that Dennis obtained his fondeness for meeting people. Following discharge from the Navy Dennis began a 30 year career in the Human Resources Department of the City of Los Angeles. In 1966 Dennis met the love of his life, Bill Shaw. They lived as Domestic Partners until being legally married in 2008. Dennis and Bill maintained a home in Silver Lake until 2011 when they relocated to Palm Springs. While in Los Angeles the enthusiastically supported the Los Angeles LGBT Center, marriage equality and the Human Rights Campaign. While in Palm Springs, Dennis and Bill became Founders of the new Architecture and Design Museum as well as supporters of the Desert Aids Project. After retirement in 1996 Dennis and Bill began a life of travel and sail boating around the world. They studied French in Ville Franche sur Mer and sailed the Mediterranean aboard "Contact" with Captain Jean-Luc and First Mate Jean-Pierre. Eventually, they settled in the Marai in Paris for six years. Dennis was a loving, kind, gentle well mannered man who people sought out to sit next to at a dinner party in order to enjoy his laughs and conversation. He is survived by his loving husband, Bill Shaw, his brothers Alan (Rose) Lynch, Kevin (Jeanine) Lynch, brother-in-law Pat (Hilary) Shaw, step sister-in-law Robin Wall, nine nephews and nieces, and six grand nephews and nieces. Per Dennis' wishes, there will be no memorial service. He asked that his friends raise a glass of fine wine to a life well lived. His ashes will be taken to France for disposal. It was Dennis' desire that any donations in his memory be mad to the Alzheimer's Association.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 19 to May 24, 2015
McGarvey Jr., William "Bill" - Los Angeles  
November 5, 1921 - May 14, 2015 Bill, 93, passed away peacefully at his home in Fullerton. Born in Wooster, Ohio on November 5, 1921. His family moved to California in 1937 where he graduated from Manual Arts HS in 1939. He joined the Navy in 1941 and was on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific theater in WWII. In 1953 he joined Chapman Ave Realty as a realtor and later formed McGarvey-Thompson Realty and subsequently McGarvey-Clark Realty where he served as Chairman of the Board. He married Virginia in 1945. She preceded him in death in 1994. They moved to Fullerton in 1951 and he remained there until his death. Bill was involved in more than six decades of charitable work and community service. He was the founding president of the Friends of the University for Cal State Fullerton and served 37 years on the CSUF President Advisory Council Board. He was the Past President of the Fullerton Rotary Club, the Fullerton District Board of Realtors, the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce, and the Big Brothers of North Orange County. He was named a Super Good Guy in 1969 by the Boys and Girls Club of Fullerton, Mr. Education in 1964 by the Fullerton School Board and Man of the Year in 1965 by the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded the CSUF President's Medallion in 1992 (one of two in the past 50 years). He is survived by his sons, William III (Janet) and Patrick (Anna) and four grandchildren, Meghan, Matthew, Molly and William IV as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Friday, June 26th at 11:00 am at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. In lieu of flowers please contribute to one of the charitable organizations that he so generously gave to during his lifetime.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 21, 2015
Meloeny, Nancy Lucille  
July 30, 1935 - April 25, 2015 Nancy was born the daughter of Walter and Lucille Herbst in Long Beach, Ca. Her family moved to the Los Angeles area in 1940 where she lived most of her life. She attended Los Angeles High School, where she met her husband, Eugene Meloeny. They were married and lived in Woodland Hills, where they raised three children. Nancy was an active member of her church and a devoted student of the Bible and attended many bible study groups. Her love of her savior, Jesus, and God the Father was first and foremost in her heart. She extended that Christian love to her many friends and family. She loved to travel and did so extensively, from Alaska to Israel. She especially enjoyed Road Trips in this country. Nancy is survived by her husband Gene of 60 years, her children, Gordon Meloeny, Lisa Klender, and Jana Barry, grandchildren, Amelia and Mason Meloeny, Summer and Sandi Barry, her three sisters, JoAnn LePere, Norma Keesee, Terry Beebe, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Funeral services are private.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 19 to May 24, 2015
Mendez, Amalia Reynoso  
June 6, 1925 - March 7, 2015 Amalia R. Mendez, age 90, passed away on May 7, 2015 at White Memorial Hospital. She lived in Lincoln Heights for 62 years. She was married in 1953 to Marcos Correa Mendez. She is survived by her children: Rachel, Alexandra, Hector, Marcos and Tony. She had 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. The funeral mass was held at Sacred Heart Church in Los Angeles Ca.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 15 to May 26, 2015
Miyagishima, Hisami  
(88), more commonly known as Hisa Miya, born in Layton, Utah on June 28, 1926, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2015. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Miya; siblings, Hanako Ito, Kiku Takeda, and Masa, Kazu and Tomio Miya; and is survived by his children, Vickie (Ron) Nakagawa and Kirk (Kathy) Miya; grandchildren, Nolan and Carl Miya, and Brooke and Courtney Nakagawa; sister, Fumiko Matsumoto; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 12371 Braddock Dr., Culver City, CA.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 21 to May 23, 2015
NATHAN, Stephen Richard  
December 5, 1951 - May 18, 2015 Son of Beverly and Irving Nathan Forever in Our Hearts
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 21 to May 24, 2015
PINK, Maxine F.  
August 13, 1913 - May 17, 2015 Beloved wife of Paul Pink (deceased), loving mother to William "Bill" Pink (deceased) and Alison Pink. Services will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:00am at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045, 310-641-0707.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 20 to May 21, 2015
Purcell, Georgia  
On January 30th Georgia Purcell passed away peacefully at her Palm Desert home with her children by her side. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Georgia loved drama, music and music theatre and performed in High School and College. At 21, she married local jazz guitarist and artist Bill Purcell, Sr. and started a family. Georgia moved to California in the early 1960's and settled in the San Fernando Valley where her sisters Dorothy and Betty lived. While working at the Yankee Pedlar Inn in Toluca Lake, Georgia met and married her second husband, pilot James Melvin. Together they founded Club Americana, a private travel club which flew its members to locations in the Southwest and Mexico. She loved entertaining at her Sherman Oaks home, cooking for friends and family and hosting an annual Academy Awards party. She worked for the Goodson-Todman Production Company in Hollywood as the Associate Producer of the original Family Feud game show with Richard Dawson. After the "Feud" ended, Georgia bought a second home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. She lived on the beach enjoying its nightlife and culture. With her beautiful singing voice and love of jazz standards, she delighted patrons and friends at many piano bars in Rosarito Beach, her home in L.A. and Palm Springs. In 2000, Georgia retired to Palm Desert where she lived with her favorite companions, her dogs, Missy and Teddy. She also was a volunteer at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. She loved the desert community and the mountains that surrounded her. She would say, "Those beautiful mountains follow and embrace me wherever I go." Georgia was a loving and vibrant soul who lived a long and fulfilling life on her own terms. She will be dearly missed and thought of often with love. Georgia is survived by her daughters Lynn Purcell and Cynthia Purcell, son Bill Purcell Jr., his wife Claire, and Teddy, her beloved terrier.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 19 to May 24, 2015
Rogister Jr., William James  
March 18, 1921 - April 22, 2015 William James Rogister, Jr. Born in Concord, MA, Bill passed away peacefully at his home in Apple Valley, CA. Bill is survived by his wife of 26 years, Viola Rogister, his daughter Melodie Adams, his son Mark Rogister, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He will be missed by his family and his many friends. Bill's love of photography began at age 14 and led him to become a combat photographer in WW II in the South Pacific. After his service, Bill had a photography studio in Hollywood, CA from 1946 until his retirement in the 1980's. Bill was preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn and his oldest son William III. Bill was very active in more than 20 Masonic organizations throughout his Masonic career. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, May 31 at 11am at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, 1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles 90024.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 15 to May 24, 2015
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