NANCY KOPPELMAN

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KOPPELMAN--Nancy

Walker. Born June 4, 1954 in Anaheim, CA, to Velma Koontz Walker and Ross Walker, died peacefully at home in Santa Barbara, CA on May 26, 2017. She is survived by her husband Larry, her heart's purest love, daughter Renee; her brother James Walker; her nephew Tru Phillips; rescue dogs Jasper and Thea; and literally hundreds who claim her as their best friend. Nancy was known for her relentless quest for social justice and her persuasive progressive vision. Her passion for social equality began when she was a college student working in the women's health care movement. In the early 1970s, not long after the United States Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, she helped create the feminist health-care clinic. In 2007, Koppelman became a member of the Democratic National Committee. She served on President Barack Obama's national finance and election committee from the very beginning, and throughout his time in office. Over the past ten years, the Koppelmans hosted events for authors, scientists, five Nobel Peace Prize winners, world leaders, and politicians, including President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Nancy also was as an ambassador for UCSB Arts & Lectures; was key on the board of Direct Relief; co-founded the Global Neighborhood Fund, which helps fund social justice in Liberia; and served on the advisory boards of the Aspen Brain Forum and the Aspen Institute and Open Heart World Wide. On a personal level, Nancy Koppelman was the "holy hostess." Everyone who knew her felt surrounded by her magnificent love and basked in her enveloping hugs. She expertly understood and affirmed people's strengths, and connected people to one another to fulfill their mutual artistic or philanthropic goals. Whether she was entertaining or endorsing Presidents or advising a friend of her beloved daughter Renee, Nancy brought out the light and the best in everyone. No one had better or more clever repartee than Nancy, and she was as good at going low as she was at going high. If you asked her "How are you?" she would reply, "I'm adorable." She had an incomparable gift for mirth and was known for her exceptionally whimsical gift giving. In the last months of a lifetime of fearless inner and outer explorations, Nancy taught her tribe how to love without pretense or constraint. In her own words: "To be continued ... " Please send all your love to Nancy's family by donating to the causes mentioned.

Published in The New York Times on June 4, 2017
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