LACOUR, Dr. Jean Phyllis Long-time Topanga resident Dr. Jean Phyllis LaCour passed away on November 22 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She was 91. Dr. LaCour was born in Long Branch, NJ to Chester L. LaCour and Elaine Prager LaCour. Dr. LaCour earned her Ph.D in Public Health from UCLA and taught psychology and gerontology at Northridge and California State University, Los Angeles. She retired in her eighties to enjoy a rustic Topanga lifestyle. As a child, Dr. LaCour performed in vaudeville with her twin sister. Her family later moved to Los Angeles, and among her first memories of the area was living in a tipi on Venice Blvd. while her family looked for more suitable housing. During World War II, Dr. LaCour served as a member of the Women's Air Corps (WAC). Prior to moving to Topanga, Dr. LaCour lived in Malibu, near her beloved ocean. Dr. LaCour is predeceased by her sister, the writer Joan Scott. Dr. LaCour was twice married and is survived by three stepchildren, Christopher and John Capune and Laurel Capune Braun. She is remembered as an intelligent woman, kind and generous to friends, family, animals and even strangers that she would encounter in her daily travels. A private gathering will be held with family and friends at a later date.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 9, 2012