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Patti Whitney Laursen Obituary
1927 - 2013
"I remember as a child standing under coastal redwoods and seeing shafts of light coming through the branches. There is something utterly spiritual and monumental about that, like listening to a Bach chorale. It's a gift from God."

Patti Whitney Laursen died on June 16, 2013. Born in 1927 in South Pasadena, Patti leaves a legacy of fierce dedication and stellar accomplishments pursued in a spirit of exploration and fun. Joining Capitol Records in 1963, Patti became a renowned classical music producer primarily for Angel/EMI. Audiophiles praise the "Patti Laursen Sound" which garnered several Grammy nominations including 1990 Classical Producer of the Year.
The youngest of six children of Patti and Howard Almeron Whitney, Patti is remembered by her surviving nieces and nephews, musicians, colleagues and friends as a woman of vision, integrity and humor. She was predeceased in 1992 by the love of her life, artist Tom Laursen. Patti was an environmental activist with the Los Angeles Sierra Club; she helped achieve creation of the Giant Sequoia National Monument. She was also a member of the Eagle Rock Association Preservation, Planning and Development Committee. Her many interests included sewing, weaving, bookbinding, her beloved cats, and fighting City Hall. When you hear John Adams' Grand Pianola Music, Martha Argerich's piano, Ransom Wilson's flute, Nancy Allen's harp, Ravi Shankar's sitar, Lee Erwin's organ, Kathleen Battle's This Little Light of Mine and countless other glorious sounds, you will know that Patti Laursen will live forever. Let It Shine.
Contributions in Patti's honor are welcomed by: Wild Burro Rescue, PO Box 10, Olancha, CA 93549-0010, or http://www.wbrpp.org/html/donate.htm
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 4, 2013
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