The Memorial Wall

Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

The Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is dedicated as a tribute to those who lost their battle with Parkinson’s disease.

This special way of remembering the loved ones in our Parkinson's community arose from the requests of families and friends asking us to design a place for healing of those who were left behind.

The purpose of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is a virtual place to 

- hold the memory of someone who lived with Parkinson’s and/or their family members
- memorialize families who were touched by Parkinson’s
- maintain the memory of others who suffered from the same or similar conditions
- allow family and friends to grieve and heal from the loss of someone they now can only remember
- bring greater awareness of the passing of Parkinson's sufferers than can otherwise be accomplished through print publications
- acknowledge and appreciate those who have made a donation and posted sentiments in memory of someone’s loved one
- provide a place for the living to visit so they can gain solace and understanding around the battle of a loved one with Parkinson’s, or a similar disease
- establish a memorial event honoring the legacy of the decedent and family
- serve as a memorial when the family prefers donations in lieu of flowers or tributes at anniversaries or other significant dates.

If you wish to honor your loved one and share your memories in a public fashion or establish a memorial event, such as a golf tournament, tennis tournament, or special award presentation in the name of the family or decedent, please contact us at


Donations made to the Memorial Fund go towards funding Parkinson's Resource Organization activities globally.

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin Memorial Fund

Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin Memorial Fund

April 19, 1926 - November 29, 2010

Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin died peacefully at his home in Pacific Palisades on November 29, 2010, of complications from Parkinson's disease.

He was born in Los Angeles on April 19, 1926 to Thelma and William Tamkin.

He was exceptional as a young student, and was particularly interested in science and engineering. He was involved in the invention of an electronic device to detect dangerous gas, preventing explosions on naval vessels. He was one of our military's youngest commissioned officers, working at the Naval Research Laboratories in Washington, DC at the age of 18 during World War II. He attended and taught at University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles and ultimately achieved a PhD studying and researching mechanical and chemical engineering. 

Entering the industrial sector with his extensive educational qualifications, Dr. Tamkin enjoyed a diverse career path as he performed engineering and management work for firms such as U.S. Rubber, Wilco and Waste King. 

Dr. Tamkin was a founding director of American Medical International. With his father, he founded TGT Petroleum in Kansas, where he has continuously served as its chairman.

He became a prolific, successful investor, particularly in real estate and petroleum.

In the post war era Dr. Tamkin he served as a Civil Defense coordinator responsible for administering over 1,000 other volunteers. He later held a position on the Board of Directors of the Crime Prevention Advisory Council for the Los Angeles Police Department and was one of the founders of the successful "DARE" program targeting youth drug abuse. 

Dr. Tamkin became an extremely active philanthropist. An Eagle Scout, he partnered with his wife, Judith, in supporting Boy Scouts of America and related programs. Dr. Tamkin and his father formed the Tamkin Foundation, where he served as its chairman. Some of his abundant generosity was directed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Cedars Sinai, UCI medical school, UCLA medical school and hospital (where he served as a board member), Betty Ford Center, countless Jewish and secular educational and outreach institutions, and hundreds of individual charities.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judith, his brother Jack, sons Steven Tamkin and Dr. Gary Tamkin, daughters Sherry Catlett and Windy Litvak, grandsons Evan Harmon, Andrew Litvak and William Tamkin, granddaughters Erin Campbell , Lina Litvak, Emily Tamkin and Megan Tamkin, great granddaughter Jenna Campbell, Nephew Douglas Tamkin, and cousins Robert Rich, Kenneth Rich, Errol Kader, and Donald Kader.

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Judie Finwall

Judie Finwall

March 20, 1937 - June 28, 2019

Judith N. Finwall, 82, of Rancho Palos Verdes, lost her 20-year fight with Parkinson's disease on June 28th, 2019. Judith was born on March 20th, 1937, in Boston Massachusetts to Kenneth and Marion Nighman. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 6th, at 11:00 AM, at McNerney's Mortuary, with a reception to follow at the family home. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Parkinson's Resource Organization (PRO), 74090 El Paseo, Unit 104, Palm Desert CA, 92260.  

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Janice Yvonne Hayhurst

Janice Yvonne Hayhurst

- May 28, 2019

Janice Yvonne Hayhurst left her mortal state on May 28, 2019 after living 79 years of an active and heroic life. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, but their relationship actually started at college when they both were 18 years old, so they were together for over 61 years. She also is survived by her two children, Ren Hayhurst and Jill Upton, and by her brother Larry Schmidt. Janice lived an active life, including being a house wife until her children were in school; taking on the role of bookkeeper for the family business; being a private a banker at Wells Fargo Bank; and, being the senior officer for a medical supply business. Despite her working life, she always loved and attended to her children's, husband's and family's needs and activities; including attending all of her children's sporting practices and games; always cooking healthy and delicious meals every night; and, making sure that her children's respective friends always felt comfortable by having their favorite snacks and beverages on hand. Janice always showed love to all of her extended family members and created a loving home for every person who ever entered her family home. Janice also was a brave person, skiing until she was 68 years even though she had Parkinson's Disease for 35 years, and she continued her inspirational life for at least 31 years after she was diagnosed with her disease, because she wanted to live life to the fullest, which she did. She was beloved by all of her family and friends because of her sense of humor and her commitment to everything she did for those persons who had the benefit of having a relationship with her. She leaves this world with a footprint of joy and love for everyone who had the pleasure of interacting with her. Love and service where her mark that she leaves for those who loved her and mourn her passing.

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Eugene Becker

Eugene Becker

February 14, 1933 - January 1, 2019

Eugene Becker, known to friends as "Gene", passed away from Parkinson's complications on Jan. 1, 2019 at the age of 85.

A native of Seattle, WA. Gene attended Washington State University and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. 

In 1959 he began his career and worked on projects including the "Beavon Process" which reduced emissions from oil refineries in Los Angeles in the 1970s, to his own Global Sulfur Systems which recycled the "Stretford Solution" which was previously disposed of by oil refineries. He also spent 4 years working in the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory in the early 1960s. He coached basketball and led backpack trips for underprivileged kids.

Gene Becker is survived by his 2 daughters, Julia and Kathryn, his dear friend and ex-wife Carolyn, 2 sons-in-law, Jim and Al, and 5 grandkids, Hannah, Aliza, James, Katie, and Tyler.

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Lee Iacocca

Lee Iacocca

October 15, 1924 - July 2, 2019

Lee Iacocca passed away at the age of 94 on July 2, 2019, at his home in Bel Air, California,of complications from Parkinson’s disease.  He was born Oct. 15, 1924, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. A child of Italian immigrants who grow up in humble conditions, Iacocca became one of the most powerful — and best known — executives in Detroit.

Originally started on an engineering track. He got into the automotive industry in 1946, when he joined on as an engineering trainee at Ford. From there, he eventually moved on to sales and marketing, where his career flourished. In 1960, he became vice president and general manager of the whole Ford division.  Iacocca rose to become president of Ford Motor in December 1970.

Iacocca became famous not only as Chrysler’s chairman and CEO but its TV pitchman, where he made famous the tag line, “If you can find a better car, buy it.”

In his latter years with Chrysler, Iacocca spent an increasing share of his time doing charitable work, among other things spearheading efforts to restore both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the immigration port in New York Harbor where his own parents came into the United States.

Iacocca was married three times. His last marriage, to Darrien Earle, ended in 1994. His daughter Lia Iacocca Assad said Lee Iacocca died of natural causes, but that he suffered from complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by two daughters and eight grandchildren.

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74090 El Paseo #104
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Updated: August 16, 2017