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Lucy Roucis

Lucy Roucis

August 22, 1959 - February 8, 2021

Lucy Roucis is a living, breathing, and tremoring example of "turning something adverse around and making it work." Her young-onset Parkinson's disease actually helped get her a part in the film, "Love and Other Drugs." Director and writer, Ed Zwick, after reading over 40 actors for the role, was so impressed with Lucy's audition that he asked her to write for the scene and add her own dialogue. Lucy portrays a woman doing a stand-up routine, poking fun at having Parkinson's, and helps Anne Hathaway's character, Maggie, begin accepting her own diagnosis.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Lucy is the daughter of a dentist and a homemaker. She and her five siblings all received a private education. She attended Loretto Heights College in Denver, receiving a B.A. in theatre, Magna cum Laude. She immediately moved to Los Angeles to start her career. There she became a long-time student of Roy London, the late acting teacher who revolutionized acting technique.

She began getting work in the film, television, and modeling world as well, being tall and slender. She had parts on "General Hospital," "Santa Barbara," the CBS pilot "Domestic Life" with Martin Mull, and on-screen in "Better Off Dead" with John Cusack and "The Party Animal." On the theatrical stage, she was a member of the Los Angeles-based Radio City Music Hall Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and the Colony Theater's "The Robber Bridegroom." She co-starred and produced the Celtic Arts Center's "A Tragedy You Can Dance To" by Ric Matheson. Several television commercials and print ads later, she was breaking ground as an actor when the Parkinson's reared its head.

She had a double diagnosis of young-onset Parkinson's disease and thyroid cancer, undergoing thyroid removal and the cancer being eradicated. But Parkinson's is incurable so, defeated, she returned home to Denver, giving up on Hollywood. She reinvented herself as an actress with a disability and found work. Denver Audiences know Lucy well and her Parkinson's is just part of her package. She's a long-time member of the world-renowned PHAMALY (Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League, Inc.) where her Parkinson's is an asset, alongside her fellow cast members who each have a disability of his/her own. The award-winning company produces quality plays at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Roucis has starred in 20 productions, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Musical from WestWord Magazine for her Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls." She was cast in the pilot, "One Step Ahead," a Washington, DC-based weekly disability news program, as its Cultural Correspondent. In 2008, Lucy received the Mayor's Award for being an Unsung Hero.

In 2008 Lucy underwent deep brain stimulation at the Cleveland Clinic. This procedure, although temporary, lessens the symptoms of her now advanced Parkinson's disease.

Like Michael J. Fox, Lucy found her voice as an advocate for Parkinson's and disability awareness. She also found an outlet for her wit as a stand-up (or sit-down) comic, working fundraisers with comedian Josh Blue    

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In Memoriam
Irene "Rene" J. Motta
In Memoriam

Irene "Rene" J. Motta

August 9, 1928 - February 6, 2021

Irene "Rene" J. Motta Taught physical education and English in San Jose and Los Angeles for 36 years. She was our beloved and generous "feisty little Italian" who gave Parkinson's a good fight for many years. Rene will be greatly missed by her many friends, niece Leslie Mancebo, nephew John Marshall and especially by her loving partner of 48 years, Francine Savery.

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Les Levine

Les Levine

October 6, 1935 - February 3, 2021

Beloved husband of Allison (nee Skully). Loving father of Jeremy (Melissa) Levine, Jamie (Elan) Levine Daniel, Adam Mesnick and Mara (Victor) Bendersky. Devoted grandfather of Noah, Vida, Mayla, Leia and Mallory. Dear brother of Stu (Leslee) and Bill (Nancy) Levine. Private family services will be held Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11 AM at the Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel. 

Les Levine had been battling Parkinson’s disease for several years, but continued to work until late December, 2020.

Les Levine, whose wit and opinions graced the Cleveland sports radio and television airwaves for decades across multiple stations, has died at the age of 74 after battling Parkinson’s disease & diabetes for several years.

 

Born and raised in Cleveland, Levine graduated with a political science degree from the Ohio State University, but had his sights set on being a sportscaster from a very young age. He got his start DJing and doing high school play-by-play in Jasper, Indiana, before returning to Northeast Ohio at Akron’s WNIR in the early 1970s to call local basketball games and double as the station’s sales manager.

In the 1990s he had his own show complete with his signature self-deprecating title: “More Sports & Les Levine.” His sense of humor was also a staple of his broadcasts, especially with his famous “How Come Quickes.” For example: “How come you park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?”

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Victor Katsuo Masaki

Victor Katsuo Masaki

December 10, 1941 - February 3, 2021

Victor passed away at age 79 in Manhattan Beach, California on February 3, 2021 with family at his bedside following complications from Parkinson's. He was the eldest son, second of seven children of Setsuo Jim and Haruko Helen (nee Fujikawa) Masaki. At the age of nine months his family was relocated along with others of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast. After a few months at the Santa Anita Assembly Center (race track), they were sent to the Rohwer Relocation Center, an Internment Camp near McGehee, Arkansas.Within a year, the family was able to move out of camp on a work permit to Brigham City, Utah.

At the end of the war the family returned to their farm in Torrance, California. Vic attended Torrance schools, graduating with the class of 1959. He was active in student government serving as Student Body President in his Senior year. Vic attended UCLA before acceptance to the School of Pharmacy at USC. After graduating, he continued at USC for an MBA in Finance.Vic assumed the role of family patriarch after his father's passing in 1965. He admirably attended to the family's welfare especially in financial matters. Professionally he was accomplished as the Business Manager for Western Radiology Medical Group in Culver City. He had exceptional talent and knowledge in financial matters.He was a proud member of the Manhattan Beach Country Club, and for many years enjoyed playing tennis and socializing with other members. Downhill skiing was another love which allowed him to travel with family and friends to many ski resorts (Mammoth, Whistler, Sun Valley, Beaver Creek, Park City, Steamboat, as well as Switzerland and Austria). Off road motorcycling was another favored activity of which there are many stories of his misadventures.

Vic is survived by his son, Craig (Charity) and grandson, Alexander. He is also survived by his sisters: Irene (Carl) Christensen, Christine (Larry) Chen, brothers: James and John (Jeanne), an uncle, Nori Uyematsu, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard (D'Ann) and sister Aki/Helen (George) Yamaoka.A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to gather.

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John Forbes

John Forbes

June 20, 1947 - January 31, 2021

John Hamilton Forbes, 73, of Holmdel, passed away on January 31, 2021. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, grew up in Fallston, Maryland on Rochelle Farm be-fore settling in New Jersey 42 years ago. He was the son of two thoroughbred race-horse trainers, Nancy Shakespeare Forbes and John Hamilton Chew Forbes. John worked as a Thoroughbred Racehorse Trainer for over four decades. He began his career in his home state of Maryland in 1972 but soon thereafter switched his operation to New Jersey. He was lured to the Garden State by the charms of Mon-mouth Park.

He was a five-time leading trainer at Monmouth and topped the standings seven times at the Meadowlands. Among many successes over his career, in 1978, he won 109 races and followed that up with a career-best 233 in 1979. In 1995, Forbes and longtime assistant and friend, Pat McBurney, formed a limited partnership, Phan-tom House Stables, that raised nearly $2 million to purchase yearlings. He was named President of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association in 2010, after having helped launch the umbrella organization, the THA, comprised of six states in the mid-1990s, and served until 2021. John built the Blue Grass Mini-Golf Course in 2012 at Monmouth, which hosted the 2014 and 2017 U.S. Open for Mini Golf. He was inducted into the U.S. Pro Mini Golf Hall of Fame in 2020.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Vicki (Duckworth) Forbes, his loving children, Anne and her husband Damian Zajac, John Truxtun Forbes and his wife Nicole and Carrie and her husband Dr. Eric Oberdorf, his cherished grandchildren, Avery Grace Forbes and Estella Anna Elizabeth Zajac and his siblings, Catharine Ishii and her partner Jim Valdy and Anne and her husband Jim Taylor. Also surviving are Jamie Ishii, Christopher Ishii, Nathanial Taylor, and Amanda Steg-mann Taylor, and Ellis Taylor.

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Allan P Burns

Allan P Burns

May 18, 1935 - January 30, 2021

Allan Burns escaped this mortal realm on Saturday, January 30 at the age of 85. His family suspects he willed it so if only to avoid watching a second failed impeachment of Donald Trump. Allan leaves behind an amazing life, his beautiful wife Joan Bailey Burns, two loving sons, Eric and Matt, his daughters-in-law Ana and Lee, and five doting grandchildren. Born in Baltimore to attorney Donald L. Burns and Paulene (Dobbling) Burns, Allan lost his father at 9 due to complications of mustard gas poisoning from the Battle of Belleau Wood during WWI. Three years later, Allan and his mother fled Baltimore for the sweet song that is Hawaii in 1947.

Allan blossomed at Punahou School in Honolulu and discovered a talent for animation and writing, eventually having cartoons published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.In 1953, Allan began attending the University of Oregon, hoping to become an architect but dropped out after his sophomore year because he wasn't the physics and engineering whiz he needed to be to complete an architecture degree.

In need of work, Allan drove to Los Angeles and eventually landed a job as a page at NBC, which would change the trajectory of his life. Television was a new medium in those days, and having the opportunity to watch back-to-back live broadcasts (first East Coast, then West Coast) fascinated him. He made a decision then to start writing in earnest, and quickly was recognized as a prodigy and hired on staff....oh let's be real, he-like all writers in Hollywood before him-passed around his work and it mostly went nowhere. After his page stint at NBC and in need of further employment, Allan began creating humorous greeting cards and eventually did enough work to make his way into the cartoon world of Jay Ward Studios, helping create The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle, Tom Slick and the character Cap'n Crunch for General Mills (only to see zero residuals). This eventually segued into television, co-creating The Munsters, Get Smart, and his most misunderstood masterpiece - My Mother the Car. Later, he worked on He and She and the groundbreaking Room 222. Then came his most well-known work, when he co-created The Mary Tyler Moore Show with James L. Brooks, which won multiple Emmy Awards. Later came the spin-offs Rhoda, Phyllis, and Lou Grant. After several years of the successful, serious tone of Lou Grant, he went back to sitcoms, creating two shows, FM and then Eisenhower & Lutz. One night at the Comedy Store, Allan discovered a young Jim Carrey and created The Duck Factory, coming full circle: a show about writing cartoons. Allan also wrote for the silver screen, highlighted by his nomination for an Academy Award for A Little Romance, starring Diane Lane and Lawrence Olivier. He also wrote and directed Just Between Friends with his old friend Mary Tyler Moore. Allan's work was bestowed with honors, including the prestigious George Peabody, Valentine Davies, and Paddy Chayefsky Awards. Allan also helped an untold number of aspiring hopefuls get their start in the entertainment business. In his home office sit his Emmys and other keepsakes that are a testament not only to his talent as a writer but his works in the community.

An Angeleno for 65 years, Allan loved the Arts and worked hard for many causes: the Joffrey Ballet, Center Theater Group, The Music Center, The Jazz Bakery, The Henry Mancini Institute, and the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica. He also served on the Board of the Writer's Guild and sat for decades on the Board of the Writer's Guild Foundation. His dedication to advancing the human condition was inherent to who he was. Allan died of complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia.

Following his wishes, there will be a family service held in private. There will be a memorial in the months ahead - even Allan would have never guessed that his planned future memorial would be dependent on the concept of "herd immunity," but there you have it. 

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Michael Clanchy

Michael Clanchy

November 28, 1936 - January 29, 2021

Lecturer in medieval history who explored the work of Peter Abelard served Penguin biscuits to his students and was once trapped on Lindisfarne

How and why did we start to write things down? It was a question that Michael Clanchy, a lecturer in medieval history at the University of Glasgow from 1964 to 1985, endeavored to answer in From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307 (1979), a ground-breaking book that considered the rise of the signature as a guarantee of authenticity on contracts.

My dad watches, worries about his new Parkinson’s diagnosis, the dystonia in his neck,

which presses his chin to his chest, his cancer, resurgent again, and always, his depression.

Each day we walk the same loop round the meadow and each day he finds it longer.

                                                                                                                                       ~ Kate Clanchy

For several centuries the signature was mistrusted, with people preferring methods such as plunging a sword into the earth or cutting each other’s fingers and exchanging blood. Even when the written contract came to carry more weight, a wax seal was used to indicate originality and as a liquid metaphor for the blood that might have flown.

Clanchy, a leading light among medievalists, also produced England and its Rulers 1066-1307 (1983), another authoritative work that has become a classic textbook.

Although Clanchy’s specialism was English medieval history, the broad curriculum at Glasgow meant he was teaching European history. Thus he came to discover Peter Abelard, the medieval French philosopher who seduced his student Heloise, was castrated, stood accused of treason, and was twice condemned as a heretic. Clanchy wrote Abelard: A Medieval Life (1997), which he dedicated to the students.

Clanchy’s students, who recalled being served coffee and Penguin biscuits during tutorials, told of his “gentle, thoughtful approach to teaching . . . something of a contrast to the norm at the time”. They once visited Lindisfarne, which is only accessible by causeway at low tide. Somehow they managed to misread the tide table and were trapped on Holy Island for several hours on a cold, February day. “Even that turned into good fun and was part of the enjoyment of the whole weekend,” one recalled.

Michael Thomas Clanchy was born in Reading in 1936, the son of Henry Clanchy, a Royal Navy captain from an Irish Catholic family, and his wife Virginia (née Cane), who was from New Zealand. At a few weeks old he traveled to Moscow, where his father had been appointed naval attaché; they returned on one of the last trains back through Nazi Germany in 1939. He had an older brother, John, and a sister Elizabeth; both died in the 1980s.

At Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire, his interest in history was encouraged by Basil Hume, the future archbishop of Westminster and cardinal, and as a teenager, he wrote a letter that was published in History Today.

While reading modern history at Merton College, Oxford, he was president of the archaeological society. Emerging with a second meant being unable to secure funding for a full-time Ph.D. He instead taught at Presentation College, a Catholic boys’ school in Reading, before returning to Merton College for a DipEd and then becoming a lecturer at St Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill. In 1961 he started a part-time doctorate at Reading University that led to his first two books.

At Oxford, he had met Joan Milne, a fellow historian, and a Scot They were married in 1963 and the following year moved to Glasgow, where he would spend the next 21 years at the university. When Joan moved to North London Collegiate School, Clancy left his secure post at Glasgow. With the success of his books, he had hoped for a life free from academic bureaucracy. However, the loss of tenure, the absence of colleagues, and the stress of tackling dry rot in their house in West Hampstead brought on depression, an illness that periodically returned.

He held an honorary position at Westfield College and taught at University College London, but remained essentially an independent scholar. Some years after Joan retired, they returned to Oxford, in part because they both enjoyed cycling. Joan predeceased him by two weeks, and he is survived by their son, James, a lawyer, and daughter Kate, a teacher and writer.


 

 

 

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Alastair Scrivener

Alastair Scrivener

- January 27, 2021

Alastair, who started Scrivener’s Books & Bookbinding in 1997, died on January 27 after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

As well as a bookseller and knowledgeable binder, the “man of many talents” was also a sculptor, artist, bell-ringer, teacher, musician and local historian.

“True one-off” Alastair set about transforming the much-esteemed higher Buxton premises from a “junk-filled building” into the “theatrical book heaven” it is today 24 years ago.

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John William Kruse

John William Kruse

March 4, 1929 - January 27, 2021

March 4, 1929 - January 27, 2021 John William Kruse passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 91, surrounded by his loving family. He had been battling Parkinson's disease for several years. John was born March 4, 1929 to John William Kruse Sr. and Irene Miller Kruse in Pasadena, CA. He attended UCLA, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Engineering. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and the Naval ROTC. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War for three years, then attended USC, where he received his MBA. He worked as a Civil-Structural Engineer, where a notable project was working as a Project Manager on the Saturn missile test stand in Huntsville, Alabama in the 1960s. He retired from Fluor Corporation in 1992. While in the Navy, he met Paula Bush on Balboa Island in 1952, and they married in 1956. In 1958, they spent five months exploring Europe in a VW Bug they had purchased. This was the start of a life of travel, visiting all the continents and over 100 countries. They designed a house and had it built in La Cañada, CA where their three children were born. In 1975, they moved to Newport Beach where they have lived ever since. John became a member of the Newport Harbor Exchange Club, where he served as President 2002-2003. They joined a group of friends for weekly beach walks at Crystal Cove and holiday celebrations for over 30 years. John is survived by his loving wife, Paula, and his children Dana Kruse Uzzo, Lauren Kruse Moore and David Evan Kruse, and five grandchildren: Alicia & Andrea Jones, Rachel Moore, and Benjamin & Daniel Kruse. He was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn Buckler. Once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, a celebration of life will be held. 

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In Memoriam
Murray Cohen
In Memoriam

Murray Cohen

January 1, 1925 - January 23, 2021

Formerly of Indianapolis, IN and Rochester NY, died Sunday, January 21, due to complications of Parkinson's Disease at 82.

He is survived by his devoted wife Marilyn, and his loving children, Rhonda (Cohen) Rubinstein, Alan Cohen, and Barbara (Cohen) Richman, son-in-law Stan Richman and his loving grandchildren, Marissa and Andrea Rubinstein and Brandon and Blair Richman.

He touched all those who knew him and will always be in our hearts.


In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74-090 El Paseo Ste# 104 Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760-773-5628) would be appreciated.
Services will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Eden Memorial Park, Malinow & Silverman Mortuary 800-710-7100.

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