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Elizabeth Carol Schwartz

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Elizabeth Schwartz, 66, of Los Angeles CA died suddenly on August 12, 2015 while hiking in Arizona. Born in New Haven CT, she graduated from Vassar College, then studied Italian in Florence Italy and philosophy at Columbia Univ. She obtained her J.D. from USC and joined Irell & Manella in LA, where she practiced law for 15 years. After retiring, she became a Certified Horticulturist and taught courses on native plants at UCLA Extension. Liz served as Executive Director of the Theodore Payne Soc for Native Plants and Wildflowers, and as a Board President of the Southern California Horticultural Soc. She presented lectures and wrote articles on native plants in many venues, was on the staff of the Botanical Garden at UCLA, and served on the advisory board of the Mediterranean Garden Soc. She also became certified and practiced as a Holistic Health Coach. Her background and interests intersected in the domains of food, sustainability and health. She was an avid gardener; one of her passions was growing fruits and vegetables at home. Liz shared her intellect, curiosity and sense of adventure with her husband Benjamin Zuckerman, astrophysicist and environmentalist, as they traveled worldwide and hiked together often in the canyons and deserts of the Southwest. She is survived and greatly missed by her husband, by her sisters Maxine Schwartz Asnis (David Klassen) and Jessica Schwartz (Robert Brumbaugh), by her sister-in-law Ellen Rocco, by nieces and nephews and their families, and by many devoted friends. Contributions in her memory can be made to the California Native Plant Soc, 2707 K St, Suite 1, Sacramento CA 95816, www.cnps.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 27, 2015
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