Feb. 8, 2009
AuntMinnie.com founder, radiologist and business executive Dr. Phillip Berman passed away on Feb. 8 due to complications from non-small cell lung cancer. He was 55 years old.
A trained radiologist, Berman either led or founded a half-dozen companies in the radiology and Internet markets. He had a major role in the growth and development of several important trends in medical imaging, including teleradiology software, desktop-based computed radiography and Internet publishing.
Berman graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Harvard University in 1975. He received his medical degree cum laude from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1980 and completed his radiology residency at the University of California, San Diego in 1984.
After serving 10 years as department chair of radiology, Berman branched out into the business world to fill what he believed was a much-needed market niche-software that would enable radiologists to read images while traveling or at home on call. His company, Compurad, went public in 1996 and in November 1997, the firm was acquired by Lumisys, a manufacturer of film digitizers. A year later, Berman became CEO of the combined company.
While at the helm of Lumisys, Berman recognized another promising market niche-computed radiography (CR) systems that were small enough to be sited on desktops or at remote locations. In 1998, Lumisys launched the desktop CR reader which made it more economical for hospitals and imaging centers to convert to digital x-ray. In the late 1999, Berman, developed a web portal dedicated to radiology with the name AuntMinnie.com. After being acquired by Kodak, Berman continued as VP until May 2003. In January 2004, he was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer and was forced to take medical leave.
Although, initially, given a diagnosis of having only six months to live, Berman's entrepreneurial spirit lived on and following the blog movement, created a forum for cancer survivors to communicate with each other and their loved ones, RedToeNail.org. He became a tireless advocate for the rights of cancer patients and was even profiled in a segment on CNN on the therapeutic power of blogging.
He was able to paint five red toenails before succumbing to cancer at his home in Coronado surrounded by friends and family.
Berman is survived by his beloved wife Judy; his children Sloane; Spencer; and Skye; his parents Marianne and Martin Berman; sisters Michelle Kaye (Allan;) Claudia Resnikoff (Bruce;) nieces; nephews; and many, many friends. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to San Diego Hospice Foundation or RedToeNail.org.
Thomas Patrick Fitzgerald
June 3, 1938 - February 19, 2009
Thomas Patrick Fitzgerald (aka “simple sailor”) died at the San Diego Hospice Center on Thursday, February 19, 2009.
Tom was a caring husband, father, PopPop, brother and friend. He lived his life to the fullest and could be seen several times a week on the San Diego Bay in his wooden sail boat, the Gem. He was an avid sailor, a world traveler, wonderful story teller and devout Catholic. When not sailing the Gem, Tom was walking or riding his bike throughout downtown San Diego and Coronado. Tom loved the Navy and retired in 1989 after 28 years of service aboard nuclear submarines and numerous surface ships.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the San Diego Hospice Center, where he received wonderful care during his last days. The family would like to thank both the Hospice Center and Balboa Naval Hospital for their compassionate care.
He is survived by his wife Pat; children Suzanne Wingert; Jeffrey Martin (Michelle;) Robert Agnew and Kimberly Keith (John;) his grandchildren Jennifer Martin-Wade (Wesley;) Jonathan and Benjamin Keith; Keifer and Kyle Agnew; and great-grandson Cash Wade. Tom is also survived by his sister Roselyn Benedick; nieces; nephews; and great-nieces.
A private memorial mass will be held at St. Joseph's Cathedral.
Tom will be missed by all who knew him, but “knot” to worry, his family is certain that he will be sailing with St. Peter.
April 11, 1915 - February 12, 2009
Virginia Moyle died peacefully early on Thursday, Feb. 12, Lincoln's 200th birthday. She was 93 and lived a very active, full and glorious life.
Virginia's parents, Ralph and Charlotte Dick, were living in Marietta, Ohio, on a tributary of the Ohio River, where she and her two brothers, Howard and Bob, were born and spent their early school years.
In the 1920s, the family moved to Mt. Vernon, N.Y., a suburb of New York City, where she attended Brantwood Hall, a private high school for women, graduating in 1933. She studied for two years at Katherine Gibbs in New York City, a prestigious two-year college program incorporating secretarial skills. She worked briefly before she met her husband of 38 years, Eugene Henry (“Doc”) Moyle on a Christmas cruise to Havana in 1936 and married him 10 days later in January, 1937.
A doctor in private practice for 10 years in Manhattan before the wedding, Gene was an ear, nose and throat specialist and he and Virginia started their life together on the Upper East Side. Marilyn and Patricia were born in 1939 and 1942, respectively. In April Dr. Moyle joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, except for leaves, until 1945.
While Gene was in Hawaii, Virginia and the girls moved back to Mt. Vernon where Virginia's parents still lived. After the war, Virginia and Gene made the decision to stay in the Navy and in 1949 the family moved to San Antonio, Texas when Gene was assigned as a Navy doctor to Lackland Air Force Base. Following that assignment, he was stationed at the Naval Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, the hospital ships Consolation and Haven and in 1955 at the Naval Training Center hospital in Point Loma. During that time, the family moved first to West Los Angeles and then to Coronado.
Virginia fit in beautifully as a Navy wife in all those tours of duty, raising her girls while Gene was away, becoming involved in Navy Relief activities and meeting friends, some of whom are now their ninth decade. Betty Ferguson, Dorothy Yerger and Toni Hoppe still live in Coronado.
After four wonderful years in Coronado, 1955-‘59, where Marilyn and Pat attended high school, Capt. Moyle was transferred to Hawthorne, Nev. to take charge of the hospital at the Naval Ammunition Depot. The family moved to San Francisco in 1961 and Doc completed his Naval career in San Francisco at the Federal Building after which he lived in Paris, dying there in 1974. Virginia remained in San Francisco.
In the fall of 1964 the daughters were married three weeks apart: Pat to Fred Flowers and Marilyn to Donald Rees. Pat and Marilyn raised their families in the San Francisco Bay area and the four grandchildren spent lots of time with their most interesting grandmother. Virginia moved to Palm Harbor, Fla. in the '80s and bought her first (and only) house to be close to her brother and his wife, Bob and Pearl Dick, but after four years returned to California, this time to an apartment on E Avenue in Coronado. She lived there before moving to Seasons at Coronado in 2001.
Virginia developed an interest in painting in the '60s in San Francisco. For 30 years she painted in oil and water colors and has left a legacy of beautiful works that friends and family will enjoy forever. She and Pat became collectors and students of carousel animals during that time and she served as a docent at the Carousel Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. Her interest in animals was manifested in zoo memberships, birding expeditions (to Guatemala in the '70s) and certainly in her art.
She and Gene had traveled frequently during their married life and she continued to travel with friends throughout the '70s and '80s as she pursued courses of study at Cambridge and other destinations through university education programs with her dear Coronado friends Betty Ferguson and Hal Mathews. She was a monumental sports fan and Giants booster, traveling to spring training a number of times. She could discuss any element of what transpired on the playing field and in later years attended Padres games (and switched allegiance, finally!)
Her love of theater and music was developed during her years in New York City and never let up. She was a season ticket holder at Lamb's for many years. In the last two years she attended a concert produced by her granddaughter at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, as well as a number of Old Globe and San Diego Repertory Theatre productions.
Virginia had variously been described as a wonderful storyteller, zesty (and feisty,) full of charm, intellect and sociability. Her love of people and warm personality were appreciated by all who knew her and at Seasons, where she lived her last seven years. She was a great source of conversation and sage advice to staff and friends alike. She always wanted to be at the party, no matter what or where it was, especially if Marilyn was playing the piano.
She leaves behind her two daughters Marilyn Rees; and Pat and Vince Flynn, living in Coronado; and her son-in-law Don Rees in San Francisco; Marilyn's children Johanna in North Hollywood; Matt, his wife Nina and great-granddaughter Sophia, 4, in McLean, Va; and Pat's children Steve Flowers; his wife Jennifer in West Los Angeles; and Jennifer Flowers in Mamaroneck, N.Y. There is a memorial bench dedicated to Virginia on Ocean Avenue close to the Hotel del Coronado which will always be a place for remembrance, overlooking the beautiful Coronado beach and Point Loma.
For a slide show created by Johanna of Virginia with her friends and family at Christmas, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP_2hwWFWds.
Peggy Lou Brown
October 14, 1921 - January 22, 2009
Peggy Lou Brown was born in Coronado on Oct. 14, 1921 and peacefully passed away on Jan. 22 in her home in Chula Vista. Peggy was born in Coronado in a house on E Avenue to Ruth (Sexton) and Burton A. Hall.
Peggy led a full life and had many accomplishments. Her most important accomplishment was that of giving birth to her daughters Dianne and Cindy, and her son Michael. Peggy had her share of traumatic events and faced each with a positive spirit that still inspires her friends and family.
Peggy was drawn to the liberal arts even as a child and as a young girl she showed a propensity to dance. It was her love for dance and sense of duty that led to her joining the USO toward the end of World War II and traveling overseas to entertain the troops. Peggy was half of a dance and singing duo. They called themselves Vicki and Valerie Vann. Vicki (Peggy) was the one with blonde hair and blue eyes and Valerie with the dark brown hair and brown eyes. They entertained our troops at various locations in the European and African theaters. It often occurred that, due to a lack of a stage, many performances for troops were actually performed on the wings of an aircraft. She gave her daughter Cindy a diary she had kept that year, 1945, and in it Peggy comments on her sense of pride and accomplishment at being able to bring some joy to the troops.
After touring with the USO, Vicki and Valerie Vann returned to New York City to continue building on their act when, unfortunately, while Peggy was on a train ride the window next to her imploded, embedding glass in her eyes. They were able to save her eyes but the doctors advised her to not perform under the bright lights anymore.
She returned to Coronado to help her mother Ruth Martin and stepfather Frank Martin, open up what became Martin's Furniture. It was the prominent furniture store in Coronado for years. She then moved back up to Los Angeles for approximately 10 years where for a period of time she owned a dress shop call Glad Rags. Peggy was an outstanding seamstress and loved well-made clothes. She designed many clothes, so opening up a dress shop was something she really enjoyed. During this time Peggy continued on with her theatrical ways by working as an actress and an extra in films such as “The Bellboy” with Jerry Lewis.
Around 1963 she returned to Coronado and eventually settled in the South Bay area. It was during these years that she managed a dress shop in Coronado called Ballard and Brockett and also managed the women's department at the JC Penney Department Store in Chula Vista. She and her husband, Dick Brown, lived in Imperial Beach on Hollister Street for 30 years on a piece of land they called The Ranch where they raised thoroughbreds for racing. It was during these years that Peggy also took up oil painting and particularly loved to paint portraits, animals and still-lifes.
After Dick's death, she eventually moved back to Coronado for a period of time where she lived on G Street. She always loved Coronado and enjoyed being able to walk to the beach and to town. Her return to Coronado this time was especially heartfelt as she enjoyed, once again, being able to attend church at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. She took a Bible study class that she greatly enjoyed. These later years were shared in companionship with her longtime friend Don Heckenlively. She was settled in Chula Vista for the past few years where she passed away on Jan. 22.
Peggy was a loving daughter, wife, mother, homemaker and was blessed with additional talents as a dancer, singer, seamstress and painter. Peggy will be missed but her influence lives on due to the sense of duty and talent in her children and grandchildren. To you, Peggy Lou, we say “ta da!”
Peggy was preceded in death by husbands Alan Gray, Abe Turchen and Dick Brown. She is survived by her daughters Cindy Millicano (Pat Millicano;) and Dianne White (Fred Rohe;) brother Frank Martin; daughter-in-law Marty (wife of Michael Turchen;) and grandchildren Nicholas and Jessica Turchen; Skyler Millicano; Jensen Bellen; and great-grandchild Isabella Magallanes. She is also is survived by her aunt Lucille Bandel, who is a lifelong resident of Coronado, along with Lucille's daughter Beverly and grandson Edward.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Please make any donations to St. Paul's United Methodist Church.