Long time Rancho Santa Fe resident, Phyllis Paul, passed away on 22 June 2013 in Carlsbad, CA, at the age of 91. Born in Berkeley, California, her early years were spent in the San Francisco Bay area as the only child of Arthur and Hazel (Wagner) Hammond. In 1931, Phyllis was one of 250 children selected by the Institute for Human Development at the University of California Berkeley for a groundbreaking life long study of human development and longevity, which continues to this day.|
Phyllis attended University High School in Berkeley. She later graduated from Stanford University in 1943 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Architecture. During her college years she was active in the Rally Committee, Rams Head and the Alpha Phi sorority. During World War II she was employed as a draftsman at Kaiser Shipbuilding in Oakland, California, designing parts for Liberty ships that were launched from San Francisco.
She lived in Yorba Linda for many years where she raised her family, and enjoyed playing golf at the Yorba Linda Country Club with her friends. During this time she also wrote for two newspapers in Orange County and traveled to Washington, D.C., to interview President Nixon.
When Phyllis moved to Rancho Santa Fe, CA, in 1974, she became an advocate for the preservation of the history and character of the Ranch. She was a long time member of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society in the 1980s and 1990s and was president during its most spirited period. During this time the Society was responsible for surveying historic Ranch properties and successfully nominated significant buildings to the National Register of Historic Places. This ambitious effort resulted in the elegant publication, "Rancho Santa Fe: A California Village," now in its fifth printing.
Along with her preservation activities, Phyllis was a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Art Jury; president of the RSF Ladies Golf Club; and chairwoman of the RSF Association Preservation Committee. She held memberships in Save Our Heritage Organization; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; the San Diego Historical Society; the RSF Garden Club; and the RSF Republican Women's Club. She was a member of the RSF A Osuna Adobe Committee and co-founded the Amigos de Osuna.
Phyllis was an avid golfer. She also loved to paint in watercolors, many of her paintings became covers for greeting cards. She traveled extensively throughout her lifetime mostly favoring island adventures and the tours arranged by Stanford University alumnae.
Three of Phyllis' children predeceased her, daughters, Judy and Robin and son, Stuart.
A private service is planned.
Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on July 18, 2013