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Prominent county residents who passed away in 2001

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Prominent county residents who passed away in 2001
Monterey County Herald, The (CA) - January 2, 2002

The year 2001 took its toll among prominent Monterey County residents who made their mark on local, state and national history.

Here is a roll call of some of the area notables who passed into history last year:

* Jan. 13 Thomas Thwaits, 89, of King City, founder of the Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum.

* Jan. 19 Darius Nathaniel Keaton Jr., 76, of Pebble Beach, retired oilman, a founder and one of the 14 members of the board of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the governing body of the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament.

* Jan. 16 Amy L. Pattison Compton, 84, of Pacific Grove, the first licensed woman barber in Pacific Grove.

* Feb. 3 Clyde Pattison Klaumann, 89, retired Carmel police chief who was instrumental in founding the police academy at Monterey Peninsula College. His wife, Ruth, 82, died Aug. 14.

* Feb. 23 William "Tex" West, 96, of Prunedale, a former professional boxer who founded the Prunedale Boxing Club in 1964, and later, the Tex West Boxing Club. Over 60 years he trained hundreds of boys, including 10 state Golden Globe champions, a State Junior Olympic champion and two Diamond Belt champions.

* April 7 John Palmer Hallisey, 61, of Carmel Valley, former sportswriter and award-winning golf columnist for The Herald.

* June 1 Hank Ketcham, 81, of Pebble Beach, cartoonist who created the nationally popular "Dennis the Menace" cartoon strip.

* June 20 Bonnie Gartshore, 75, of Pacific Grove, a published poet who was a journalist and columnist for The Herald for 50 years.

* June 12 Ulrich Haupt, 93, of Pebble Beach, aeronautical engineer and professor, who held engineering positions with aircraft manufacturers Hanburger Flugzenbau in Germany, Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, Allied Aviation in Maryland and Fletcher Aviation in Pasadena, and taught at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey as an associate professor of aeronautics from 1954 to 1972.

* June 14 Dr. Robert Bowersox, 79, of Monterey, retired physician and former Monterey County health director.

* June 22 John P. Morgan, 85, of Monterey, a retired Army sergeant who won the Illinois state boxing championship in the flyweight division for four years, and the Golden Gloves in the Catholic Youth Organizations of Chicago, served for 20 years as an Army criminal investigator, including duty as a bodyguard for Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. After retiring he was one of the first volunteers at Monterey Bay Aquarium to care for exhibit sea otters.

* June 24 James Justin Thackara, 87, of Carmel, retired economist and banker who was adviser to the Brazilian delegation to the 1946 International Monetary Conference, which launched the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, who served as an economist for the IMF in its Latin American division from 1946 to 1955.

* June 25 Douglas C. Despard Jr., 79, of Carmel Valley, retired ship broker who was involved with many organizations and held positions with the Carmel Valley Property Owners Association, the Carmel Chapter of the Red Cross, the Big Sur Land Trust, the Monterey History and Art Association, the Monterey County Grand Jury, the Monterey County Sheriff's Advisory Council, the Community Hospital Auxiliary Board and Old Capital Club.

* June 30 Nancy Jory Hopkins, 75, of Carmel Valley, editor of the Sierra Club's Ventana Wilderness Guide and a founding board member of the Big Sur Land Trust.

* July 5 Robert "Bob" Leslie Grainger, 77, of Salinas, founder of Grainger Farms Inc., and former chairman and member of the Grower-Shipper Vegetable Association, chairman of the board of the Western Growers Association and a board member of United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association.

* July 7 Coby Lorenzen Jr., 95, of Carmel Valley, professor of agricultural engineering at UC Davis who developed the mechanical tomato harvester, which resulted in 20 patents for the University of California, did research on the breaking point of test cylinders of concrete and collected data that was later used to design structurally sound concrete piers for the Golden Gate Bridge, and also did research on the development for aerial "bombs" to control wildfires.

* July 20 King Harris, 88, until 1999 a resident of Pebble Beach, an advertising executive who, after retirement, co-founded Public Interest Communications in San Francisco, a nonprofit advertising agency dedicated to bringing attention to humanitarian causes.

* Aug. 4 Elizabeth F. Wood, 85, of Carmel, a nationally known and recognized expert on flower arranging, gardening and landscape design, who was an emeritus judge and national director of the Garden Club of America, helped establish the Hillsborough Architectural Design and Review Board, and also served on the flower committee of the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.

* Aug. 11 Charles "Monk" Meyer, 99, formerly of Carmel, a retired brigadier general and famed college football player who started a scholarship fund that helped more than 300 talented football players from Monterey and San Benito counties attend college among them ex-49er Chris Dalman.

* Aug. 17 Johnie E. Porter, 86, of Salinas, who was the first woman to be admitted into the Sheet Metal Workers Union while working in the shipyards of Southern California during World War II.

* Aug. 23 Edna Alameda "Ettie" Felix, 105, longtime Seaside resident who was a founding member of Bethel Baptist Church in Seaside and the person who named the church.

* Sept. 19 Artist and actress Rosemary B. Cava, 80, of Carmel, a registered nurse who became an accomplished abstract artist and actress. She was also a civil-rights activist and was an early supporter of civil-rights movements.

* Sept. 22 Retired Seaside Police Chief David Butler, 61, a 35-year veteran of the force who was instrumental in reorganizing the department in 1984 and was involved in the creation of the Monterey County Sexual Assault and Child Abuse response teams.

* Oct. 5 William Charles Marsh, Monterey city attorney for 28 years from 1962 to 1990 and active member of E. Clampus Vitus California historical society.

* Nov. 21 Author and activist Donald Vincent Marsh, 73, of Soquel, formerly of the Monterey Peninsula, one of the original volunteers with the Monterey County AIDS Project as a companion and advocate, becoming the first coordinator of the companion/advocacy program, and a published novelist and poet.

* Dec. 19 Dino Lazzerini, 68, a lifelong Castroville resident who was one of the area's best-known farmers. He was a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West and the Castroville Club.

* Dec. 25 Donald C. Cummings II, 71, a lifelong resident of Carmel Valley, a 33-year member of the Carmel Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 10 years of which he served as volunteer chief, and sometimes acting chief, and a founding member of the Carmel Valley Historical Society.

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Copyright (c) 2002 The Monterey County Herald
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