In Memoriam as of June 2012
We have been notified of the recent deaths of the following Westridge alumnae. If you have questions or know of an alumna who has recently died, please contact Christie Guevara, Director of Alumnae Affairs, at 626.799.1153, ext. 244 or email@example.com.
Eleanor Egan Everett ’29
Eleanor passed away on June 20, 2012 at the age of 101. Eleanor attended Smith College and Yale University. She served as Secretary of the Student Body in high school and was quite the athlete at Westridge, playing volleyball and basketball, and making it to the all-star basketball team during her senior year. Eleanor was the beloved wife of the late Morris Everett, Sr. and is survived by her children, Chandler H. Everett (Marsha), Morris Everett Jr. (Diana) and Anne E. Kucklick (Ted), her grandchildren, Chandler P. Everett, Alexander Everett, Rebecca Bendlak and Richard Hoffman; Morris Everett, III, Elizabeth Everett, John Ours, Jr., Adam Ours and Alice Vitiello; Angella Collier, Carl Collier, Sara Strozza, and Ruth Prentice, as well as ten great-grandchildren.
Barbara “Babbie” Witter Gillett ’41
Babbie passed away on May 17, 2013 in her home at Casa Dorinda in Santa Barbara, CA. She and her sister Elizabeth “Betty” Witter ’36 were raised in Pasadena. She was an active Westridge student who played tennis and volleyball and served on the Library Committee and as the President of her Senior Class. After graduating from Westridge, she went on to attend Finch College. Babbie was described to be a dog lover, fierce backgammon player, proud owner of a competitive forehand, accomplished equestrian, and socially sought after for her lively graces. Babbie met her first husband, Gerry Gregory, in Honolulu where she served with pride as a W.A.R.D. in 1945. Their three children, Tyler Gregory, Ann Gillett Knight ’69, Susan Gregory Weisberg ’66, were raised in Pasadena. In 1969, Babbie married Frank Gillett, father of Elizabeth Berry, Jane Gillett, and Priscilla Hoecker, joining the two families and cementing the six children's special bond. She will be remembered with love by her children and grandchildren and for her great sense of humor, competitive nature and love of animals.
Susan Larwill Pease ’43
Susan passed away at the age of 85 on November 27, 2010 in West Plains, MO. While at Westridge, Susan was an active athlete and a gifted student earning awards and graduating with honors. After graduating from Westridge, she began her university studies at the University of Colorado where she served as President of the Colorado Alpha Phi Sorority and met her future husband, Robert “Bob” Miles Pease Jr. After getting married, Susan transferred to Kansas State University where she graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in history. Her husband’s career in flour milling moved their family between Denver, CO and El Reno, OK to West Plains, MO, where they resumed management of the 60-year old family mill, the Pease-Moore Mill. Susan participated in the PTA at her children’s schools, served as a leader of both Boy and Girl Scout troops, raised support for the American Cancer Society, served in the Rotary Club, and was an active member within the library community as she was a lifelong supporter of reading, learning and libraries. Susan was predeceased by her husband and is survived by many friends and family including her four children, Arthur Miles Pease, Nancy Jean Pease Gallavan, Ann Elizabeth Wright, Susan Victoria Pease, and their families.
Peggy "Peg" Garlinghouse Sperry ’46
Peg passed away at the age of 84 on July 22, 2012 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL. Peg grew up in South Pasadena and her father was a civil engineer who worked on the Hoover Dam and, with his brothers, invented a special model of wheelbarrow that became the industry standard. Peg was the Lower School Editor of the Inlook at Westridge and was known by her classmates to wear many sweaters. After Westridge, Peg received a degree in textile and apparel merchandising from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent most of her life as a homemaker and volunteer, working with several community organizations. In 1986, she and her husband Don moved from South Pasadena to Palm Springs, where she volunteered with the Palm Springs Art Museum and was an avid golfer and swimmer. In 2010, she moved to Illinois to be closer to her family. She had a vibrant personality and beautiful smile. A leap-year baby, Peg had recently celebrated her 21st birthday and always embraced her youthful spirit. Peg was athletic, stylish, and giving. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, wife, mother-in-law, and friend. Peg is survived by her daughter, Katie McMullen (Scott), son, David Sperry (Cathy), four grandchildren; and brother, Albert Garlinghouse (Barbara).
Marian Colwell ’47
Marian, the youngest of three children, was born on February 7, 1929, in Pasadena and died suddenly of a heart attack on October 29, 2012 in Berkeley in the company of her niece, Teresa. When she was very little, her grandfather gave her a puppy to keep her company and that began her lifelong love of dogs. She always had her dog with her as a companion. Marian was devoted to tennis and played singles until the last few months of her life. While at Westridge, she was an “ace” at tennis and was Head of Tennis during her senior year. After Westridge she went to Tufts University in Massachusetts because of its strong program in Physical Therapy and Liberal Arts. Marian spent most of her career as a professional physical therapist at Cowell Hospital, UC Berkeley, from where she retired as the Head of the PT Department. She continued to work as a volunteer PT at the Berkeley YMCA. Marian was a voracious reader, an enthusiastic athlete, a dear friend and supportive confidant to her many friends and extended family. Marian was a warm, kind and generous person. She laughed a lot and loved deeply, and lived a deliberate and thoughtful life.
Judith Illsley Gleason ’47
Judy was born on December 9, 1929 and died in New York City on August 4, 2012 with her family holding her hands. She was a true Westridge “lifer” having started in the first grade and continued until graduation. While at Westridge, she excelled at both academics and athletics and was head of the volleyball team and senior class president. She completed her undergraduate degree with honors in History at Radcliffe, where she studied poetry with Archibald MacLeish. She then went on to earn her PhD at Columbia, where her advisor was Lionel Trilling, with a thesis on West African novels in English and French. Her field work took her to Brazil, Cuba, Africa and the Bronx to explore the origins of Santeria and the African slave trade. A specialist in the religions and oral literature of West Africa and its diaspora, she was the author of six anthropological documentaries, numerous articles, and seven books, one of which, Agotime, was selected by the New York Times as a notable book of the year. She taught for many years at NYU’s graduate school of education and trained as a lay Jungian analyst. Her adventures extended beyond the intellectual. In the seventies, she crossed the Sahara in a rickety Land Rover to explore the water-spirit cults of the River Niger, and in 1990 she was held incommunicado by the Nigerian police while making a documentary on women's coming-of-age rituals. She then switched her focus to Mexico, where she continued to make documentaries concentrating on the history and cultures of women. Judy was a political activist and a passionate champion of civil rights and social justice. She leaves an enduring legacy. She is survived by four of her five children, four grandchildren and an international circle of devoted friends.
Mary Burton Fussell ‘49
Mary passed away in April 2012 after losing her battle to cancer of the esophagus. Mary entered Westridge in primary school as a first grader. During her time as a “lifer” she was Editor-in-Chief of the Inlook and was also very involved in theatre. Mary followed quite an academic path after high school and received her masters from Pomona College and went on to earn her Ph.D in Literature from the University of California San Diego. She taught English at the Bishop’s School in La Jolla. Mary is survived by her son, Thorpe Teaney.
Bernardine Marquis Hall ‘49
Bernie passed away in Tempe, AZ in 2012. She had volunteered for many years at a local hospice in Phoeniz. During her senior year at Westridge, she was the Photography Editor of the Inlook. Until her death, she still drove to Phoenix many times a week to participate at her church, hospice, and a hiking group. Bernie is survived by her three children.
Ashley Read Parkhurst ’59
Patricia Norman ’60
Deborah Buell ’69
Debby passed away at the age of 60 in Chesterbrook, PA on April 19, 2012, as a result of an aggressive brain tumor. After Westridge, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles. She had a long and travelled career in Information Technology. She worked in the banking, insurance, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals industries. Her career took her to Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, and for the last 20 years the Philadelphia area. Debby had a long history of activity on behalf of women's issues, including work in shelters and against violence. She was an avid gardener, baker, quilter, reader and a lover of music, and she very much enjoyed sharing her passions with others. Debby is survived by three brothers and a sister, Frank Buell of Brookline, MA; Roger Buell of Victoria, BC, Canada; Tom Buell of Preston, CT and Alison Buell ‘73 of Santa Monica, CA.
Elena Duque Grant Cahir ‘93
Elena passed away on June 22, 2013 in Arlington, VA. While at Westridge, Elena exuded school spirit as a Westridgette and was well loved by her classmates. She went on to attend Kenyon College and received her Masters in Education from Occidental College. Elena was a dedicated educator in Washington, D.C. and received the 2011 Highly Effective Educator award for her excellence in teaching. She was a wonderful, amazing person, and a true and loyal friend. She is survived by her husband, Michael Patrick Cahir, daughter, Carol Gabriella Cahir, parents, Maria Ophuls Grant ’62 and Richard Grant, sister, Gillian Grant, parents-in-law, Mary Alice and Michael B. Cahir, brother-in-law, Matthew Cahir.