October 15, 2008 ~ Elaine Hackel Comess, (81), died Sunday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. Her passing was gentle and painless. In 1973, after a thirty-year hiatus from school during which she raised a family, Elaine graduated from UCLA with a bachelors in Anthropology.
She served as a docent at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, UCLA and the Skirball Museum, and collected the oral histories of the generation of Jews which preceded hers. Blessed with an active intelligence, she was a woman who could read a book and take from its pages what was there. With her husband Leonard Comess M.D., Elaine traveled the world, and followed her interests in art, archaeology, ancient history, and architecture. In fact, Elaine spent her lifetime pursuing knowledge, understanding and social justice. She was a remarkable hostess. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was creating a sense of graciousness for those close to her. Elaine’s life was a success in every aspect important to her. If the totality of a human being may be described in a word, hers would be “class.” Elaine is survived by her husband, Leonard; her children, Richard and Toby; son-in-law, Neil; grandchildren, Max, Hart, Lily and Eden; and great-granddaughter, Ellie. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her well. Funeral Services, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, Hillside Memorial Park, Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, kindly make contributions to the Elaine Comess Memorial Fund at Parkinson’s Resource Organization