Elizabeth "Beth" Sunflower
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Elizabeth (Beth) Sunflower Photographer Elizabeth Sunflower (nee Bagby) died of an aneurysm on July 30, 2008. She was 65. She began her career covering jazz funerals while a student at Tulane University-work referenced in "Blue Monday," a biography of Fats Domino. Beth's photos of the ill-fated 1969 Rolling Stones concert at Altamont were frequently reproduced and are featured in current DVD's of the documentary "Gimme Shelter." National newswires picked up her images of Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate President Ford in 1975. In the 1960s and '70s, Beth lived in North Beach alongside the beat generation, hippies and social activists. Her photos appeared in City Lights Books' publications and were part of the 1997 "Summer of Love" retrospective at the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco. Images of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers convey her abiding empathy for the disadvantaged. Her beloved husband Robert Klein; five siblings: Emily Ady, Tom Bagby, Tim Brady, Kita Curry and Julia Throckmorton, and a large extended family survive her.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 31, 2008.
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May 21, 2017
I fondly remember Beth from a time now 45 years ago, when I was beginning work as an reporter/producer at KUOP in Stockton. We shared interests and connections with regard to the UFW and other things. I thought of her tonight watching a PBS special on Dorthea Lange -- Elizabeth, I think had that level of talent. I regret that we lost touch -- and I've been saddened to learn of her passing. She put smiles in my life many years ago.
Richard Lyness
March 26, 2015
I don't know who posted the picture of Beth at Tulane, but thank you! She'd only be 72 if she were alive today.

Her sister Kita
March 25, 2015
Beth's husband - Robert Wolfgang Klein - died on March 21, 2015 in Lodi. He was 87. - Kita
March 24, 2015
Beth at Tulane University
May 13, 2013
I just found out that Beth died back in 2008. I fell in love with her from the moment that I met her at Paly HS. She certainly lives in me and I am glad that she has profoundly affected so many. My love to all who knew her.
Allan Koehler
September 4, 2008
WE WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE KNOWN BETH AND SHARED GOOD TIMES WITH HER AT PATTI AND TIMS. SHE WAS ONE OF A KIND AND SO KIND. SHE WAS REMARKABLE AS A PHOTOGRAHER. YOU CAN ALL BE VERY PROUD TO CALL HER YOUR SISTER. LOVE JOHN AND BETTY
JOHN AND BETTY ALLRED
September 3, 2008
Beth was such an amazing soul.We will miss her laughter,warm heart,smile, her sense of adventuring into whatever the unknown was finding the answers to all that boggled her. Beth loved to take pictures of family get together's,special occasion's, but always ready with her camera's just in case she missed something. She was a free spirit, touching all of our hearts with love and kindness. Beth will always be with us, she is watching over all of us wanting to know what's going on in our lives. Beth is on a fabulous journey and with this my sister, Peace,Love and follow the rainbow.
Patti Brady
September 2, 2008
Beth's siblings welcome contact or memories from friends and former colleagues.
Kita Curry
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