Linda Scott Kaufman
May 31, 1942 - August 17, 2009
On Aug. 17 our beloved Linda Kaufman passed away peacefully with her family at her side. Linda was born May 31, 1942 in Claremore, Okla., the daughter of Wilma Collins Scott and Raymond Richard Scott and lived there until she went away to college. She attended Christian College in Columbia, Mo. and then transferred to the University of Missouri where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. During her senior year she was honored as one of the three finalists for the coveted title of Miss Mizzou. She received a B.S. degree (with honors) in interior design and fashion merchandising. Thereafter she lived and worked in Chicago, Atlanta and New York before moving to Coronado with her two daughters, Kristin and Leslie and her Naval officer husband Jim, in 1981.
Upon arriving in Coronado she went to work for the interior design firm of Cannell & Chafin in La Jolla, where she was a lead designer and then manager. In 1987 she established her own firm, Linda S. Kaufman & Associates. Over the years, her high-end residential projects took her all over Southern California, as well as to the Bay Area; Napa Valley; Aspen, Colo.; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Hawaii; and Mexico. She was most well-known for her traditional style with a California flair. In her design work Linda created beauty both inside the home and out.
She was a four-time winner of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Excellence Awards and several People's Choice Awards for her rooms in Designers Showcase houses. In a poll conducted by Coronado Lifestyles magazine she was voted Favorite Interior Designer in Coronado. Her work was often featured in both national and local interior design publications.
A long time member of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Coronado, she served as an elder for six years and was very involved in various beautification projects in the church. She also served for six years as a commissioner on the Coronado Design Review Commission and for two years on the board of directors of the San Diego ASID chapter.
Besides her love of family and creating beauty through interior design work, Linda loved to travel. She and Jim traveled to many exotic places, with Bali and Tahiti being two of her favorites.
She lived with cancer heroically for eight years. During her long illness she continued her very successful career as an interior designer. She always said; “I may have cancer, but I don't have to live my life as a cancer patient.” During the entire time she was being treated for cancer she continued to work full time, regularly went to her exercise and yoga classes, traveled with her husband and family and lived life to the fullest, never expressing self-pity or defeat. In fact, she rarely discussed her illness with family or friends. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Beautiful both physically and spiritually, Linda will be remembered not only for her style, grace and sophistication, but also for her caring heart, ready smile and adventurous spirit. She lived life to the fullest and was grateful for all that God gave her. As a mother, wife, design professional and friend she excelled. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her.
She is survived by her beloved husband Jim; her daughters Leslie Cunningham; and Kristin Kahle; son-in-law Richard Houston; sister Dr. Mary Louise Willbrand and husband Rick Reike; niece Amy Willbrand of Salt Lake City; and in-laws Suzanne and Peter Bowman of Kittery, Maine; and Torkin Wakefield and Charles Steinberg of Boulder; Colo.; uncle Gene Cloninger of Oklahoma City; plus many cousins whom she loved.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, the San Diego Hospice, or your charity of choice.
A memorial service in her honor will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Ivan A. Getting
January 18, 1912 - October 11, 2003
Dr. Ivan A. Getting, president-emeritus of The Aerospace Corporation and the company's founding president, died Saturday night, Oct. 11 at his Coronado home.
Born in New York City on Jan. 18, 1912, Getting attended grade and high school in Pittsburgh. He was an Edison scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1929 to 1933. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar and earned his doctor of philosophy degree in astrophysics from Oxford in 1935.
Getting was director of the Division of Fire Control and Army Radar at MIT's Radiation Laboratory from 1940 through 1945. His group developed the first automatic microwave-tracking gunfire control radar, the SCR-584.
From 1945 to 1950, he was a professor in MIT's Electrical Engineering Department, there he headed a group that developed and built a 350-million electron volt synchrotron. From 1950 to 1951, during the Korean War, he served as assistant for development planning of the Air Force.
Getting was a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He was IEEE president in 1978. Getting was also an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
His awards include the President's Medal of Merit (1948), the Naval Ordnance Development Award (1945), the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Award (1960), and the IEEE Pioneer Award (1975).
He also was presented with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Kitty Hawk Award (1975) and the Brandies University Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Technology Award (1977), the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (1997), and the John Fritz Medal (1998).
Other awards include the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Award (1998), the Albert A. Michelson Award of the Navy League of the United States for contributions to the strength of the U.S. maritime forces and to the enhancement of the nation's industrial technology base (1999), and the Navy Superior Public Service Award (1999) for "his outstanding record of lifetime support to the Navy's Science and technology program" and for leadership on projects such as the development of submarine-based strategic missile systems and GPS.
Following his retirement from the Aerospace Corporation, Getting served as a member of various boards including Northrop Corporation, Verac and ERIM (Environmental Research Institute of Michigan.)
Getting is survived by his wife, Helen, and three children: his daughter, Nancy G. Seeker of Greenbay, Wisconsin, and sons Ivan C. Getting of Boulder, Colo., and Peter A. Getting of Iowa City, Iowa.
James L. Pogue
A memorial service was held Oct. 5 for James L. Pogue who died Oct 2 at St. Helena Hospital. He was 80.
Mr. Pogue was born in Jamestown, ND to Franklin and Esther Pogue and was raised by his uncle after the loss of his father at age three and mother at age 8. Mr. Pogue attended Pacific Union College. He met his wife, Lola Jane Rowland at school in Lincoln, Neb. and they married in 1944. In 1946, Mr. Pogue and his wife went to Singapore, and later Thailand and Guam as Seventh Day Adventist Missionaries. In 1969 Mr. Pogue and his growing family moved back to Calif., eventually moving to St. Helena and later Calistoga where they lived until 2000 when they moved back to Silverado Orchards in St. Helena.
Mr. Pogue is survived by his wife, Lola of 58 years; two sons, James of Auburn and Jerry of Lake Arrowhead; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Vida Lickey of Oregon City, Ore.; and an aunt, Elvera Barker of Littleton, Colo.
Arrangements made by Richard Pierce Funeral Service.
Raymond Charles Brejska
A celebration of Life was held Oct. 5 for Raymond Charles Brejska who died Sept. 30. He was 71.
Mr. Brejska was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Joseph and Hermina Nudera Brejska. Mr. Brejska was a resident of Calistoga from 1978 to 1991. He owned the Calistoga Press where he was the exclusive printer for wine labels in the Napa Valley. Mr. Brejska was a member of the Lions Club in California and the Arnold Heskett Post #132 American Legion of Concrete, Wash.
Mr. Brejska is survived by his companion, Sandra Perry of Concrete Washington; a brother, Don Brejska of Middletown; his former wife, Millie Carter of Middletown; a daughter, Jan McGinty of Windsor; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial can be made to the Cardiac Rehab Fund of Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1376 Mount Vernon, Wash. 98273.
Arrangements made by Lemley Chapel.
Stuart Lyle Shafer
Former Calistoga resident Stuart Lyle Shafer died Nov. 13. He was 68.
Mr. Shafer was a retired civilian employee, a Naval plant representative with the U.S. Navy, who was also an avid auto restorer and winemaker.
In addition to his wife of six years, Betty, he is survived by his mother, Florence F. Shafer; four children, Cynthia Braun, Burton Shafer, Janet Mummert and Geni LeQuesne; four step-children, Kathleen Stevenson, Ronnie Gathman, Michelle McCarty and Laurie Holland; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
At his request there were no services.
Laura Mary Nelson
Laura Mary Nelson, 95, passed away at the Redwood Retirement Center, Napa on November 23, 2002. She was born in Calistoga to Lorenzo and Caterina Pagano on November 14, 1907.
After her graduation from the College of Commerce, Stockton, CA; she worked at Montgomery Ward, Oakland as an interpreter for 11 years. She married George Seaver Nelson and they were married for 61 years, he passed away in 1990.
Laura was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the AARP. She had a very spunky sense of humor; was sharp and witty. She dearly loved spending time with her family. Living through the depression in the 1930s gave her & her husband the wisdom they used throughout their lives.
She moved back to Napa Valley six years ago from Oakland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.
She leaves one son and daughter-in-law, Diane Nelson of St. Helena; three grandchildren, Kathy Nelson of Yountville; Ronna Nelson of St. Helena; and Julie Bissett of Yountville. In addition, she is leaving numerous cousins.
At her request no service will be held. Burial will be at the St. Helena Cemetery.
Arrangements are being cared for by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena, 963-3536.