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Alan Rosen

Alan Rosen

July 13, 1925 - April 29, 2007

Alan Rosen, FAIA prided himself in his personal involvement in many architectural projects, including the renowned Hollywood Bowl, Reunion Tower (Dallas, TX), the Fluor Project (Irvine CA), Tripler Hospital, (Oahu, HI), Terminal One (LAX), Security Pacific National Bank Buildings (CA) and Bullock’s Department Stores.

Alan Rosen was born to Saul and Mae Campbell Rosen, July 13, 1925 in Chicago, Ill. In 1947, after his WWII European tour of duty, he married his childhood sweetheart, Mildred Weinstein, the mother of his three children, who died April, 1976. In 1947 Mr. Rosen joined the architectural firm of Welton Becket, becoming a licensed architect in 1956 and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architecture in 1984. He retired as Director of the Los Angeles office in 1989. He died from advanced Parkinson’s disease April 29, 2007.

Soon after his retirement in 1989, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It says much about his character, that rather than give in to the disease as so many do, he instead became heavily involved in helping manage the effects of this devastating illness on caregivers and their families, the oft-forgotten victims. Along with his wife Jo and others, he was one of the founders of the 501(c)(3) charity of Parkinson’s Resource Organization. As an active participant in the first psycho-social organization in the Parkinson’s world, he was an Integral part of the organization that for 18 years has helped over 7,000 families affected by Parkinson’s.

And while his iconic architecture is an achievement to be proud of, it is his contributions to the lives of thousands of fellow sufferers of Parkinson’s that left the world a better and more caring place.

Today we remember him as the beloved husband, loving father, adoring grandfather and dear brother. Private burial services are being held at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks, Hollywood Hills. Memorial Services being arranged in Palm Desert, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Alan Rosen Founders Memorial Fund at Parkinson’s Resource Organization, 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260 www.parkinsonsresource.org.

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Peter V. Herald

Peter V. Herald

December 20, 1920 - February 17, 2007

Perhaps best known for his work in National Lampoon’s Animal House and National Lampoon’s Class Reunion, or in still Top Selling film from 1978 “Foul Play” starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, Hollywood Producer, Peter V. Herald died from complications of Parkinson’s disease this week. Services are being held Saturday, February 24, 2007. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donation to the Parkinson’s Resource organization.

Mr. Herald is survived by his daughter Tori (Robert) Knepper, son Michael (Holly) Herald, and 3 adorable grandchildren.

Parkinson’s Resource Organization is honored that the Herald family chose us to be the recipients of the Peter V. Herald Memorial Fund.

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James Lannert

James Lannert

November 21, 1926 - May 6, 2006

James W. Lannert, age 79 years, of Oswego, IL, died Saturday, May 6, 2006 at Alden Courts of Waterford in Aurora, IL. He was born November 21, 1926 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late William H. and Margaret (nee Flynn) Lannert.
Jim was employed as a mechanical engineer at Maytag, Whirlpool, All-Steel, G.F. Business Equipment and Lyon Medal Products, prior to his retirement in 1990. He was a graduate of Purdue University in 1949 as well as a member of the Alumni Club. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Oswego, IL, the Rush-Copley Healthplex and a long time volunteer at Rush-Copley Medical Center serving the needs of others.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ann (nee Schirra), whom he married on March 22, 1946 at Fort Leavenworth, KS; five children; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grand children.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 from 3 to 7 PM at the McKeown-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd. & Cremation Services at 210 Madison St. in Oswego, IL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM at St. Anne Catholic Church, 851 Boulder Hill Pass in Oswego, IL on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 by Rev. Dan Stempora celebrant. Burial will take place at Pearce Cemetery Oswego, IL.

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In Memoriam
Donald Kroll
In Memoriam

Donald Kroll

April 23, 1944 - April 19, 2006

Donald Kroll Donald Kroll, born April 23, 1944, to Elizabeth and Ferdinand Kroll, died April 19, 2006, at Alamitos Belmont Rehabilitation Hospital in Long Beach. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sandra; daughter, Katie Kroll; sister, Carol Kerr; and nieces, nephews, an aunt, uncles, and cousins.

Don grew up in Los Angeles, Downey, and Garden Grove, graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School, completed a Bachelor's degree at California State University Long Beach and a Master's at San Diego State University. From 1966 to 1999 he was employed by the Long Beach Unified School District as a teacher aide, teacher, librarian, and library-media specialist at Tincher and Edison Elementary Schools, Stevens Junior High School, and Millikan and Wilson High Schools.

During his career Don was a member of several professional organizations, including the English Council of Long Beach and Long Beach School Librarians Association, both of which he served as president; and the American Federation of Teachers and Teachers Association of Long Beach. He was also active in Friends of the Long Beach Public Library, serving on the Blanche Collins Forum. As a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach (UUCLB), he served on various committees, taught Sunday school, and assisted in many of the programs. With his daughter, he was involved in Indian Princesses at the YMCA for a number of years. 

His enjoyment of music was a recurring theme in Don's life. One of his great joys was leading groups of adults and children in song on his cherished Martin guitar. He spent countless hours listening to his extensive record collection and many evenings in concert halls, enjoying a variety of musical styles, from heavy symphonic music and opera to rock'n'roll and folk. Don took great pleasure in performing in front of a group, and found venues around campfires, at his church and church camp, and in schools. For several years he belonged to his church's choir, participating with them in the Mozart Festival Choir, and he sang with the choir at his church's General Assembly. Don enjoyed other performance opportunities in addition to singing. Many of his friends remember his hilarious performance as "Trudy the Bag Lady," a Lily Tomlin invention. For that, he was billed as "Don Kroll in drag." Don loved spending time outdoors, whether it was in the backyard or on camping trips with family and friends. With his family, he enjoyed extensive U.S. travel including more than one cross-country road trip, as well as travel to Europe, Canada, and Mexico.

He treasured his home and enjoyed handiwork and small repairs, which gave him a sense of satisfaction. He had a strong interest in film and photography. He was a generous person and loved to share whatever he had with other people - whether it was a piece of pie, a Randy Newman CD, or something larger, such as his home or his talent. He was easy-going and mellow, always eager to honor others' wishes rather than impose his own agenda. His kind wit and welcoming smile will be dearly missed by his many friends who remember him as both a gentleman and a very "gentleman."

Don's family requests that donations go to Friends of the Library, 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802; or to UUCLB: Music Special Fund, 5450 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815; or to Parkinson's Resource Organization (Donald Kroll Memorial Fund), 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4135.

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Herbert M. Newman

Herbert M. Newman

August 5, 1922 - April 6, 2006

NEWMAN-Herbert M. Newman, born in Seattle, WA Aug. 5, 1922, passed away April 6, 2006, at home in West Covina, after a brave battle with Parkinson's disease. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy (1943) as both a line & executive officer (navigator) in the Pacific aboard a patrol craft escort; Honorably discharged in 1946, he returned to the University of WA, & received a degree in Ceramic Engineering ('48). He then worked in So. America in construction engineering. In Peru, he met his future wife, Livia, marrying in 1954. They settled in West Covina raising 3 children. For 29 yrs. he worked for Southwestern Portland Cement, as a technical service & sales engineer; & was active in the American Concrete Inst. & Structural Engineer's Assoc. of CA. He used his professional knowledge to help many worthy causes, including the renovation & expansion of his temple, Temple Shalom. He was an active Boy Scout leader & baseball coach for his sons. He enjoyed salt/freshwater fishing, golfing, photography, travel, and being a "do-it-yourselfer". He is survived by his loving wife Livia Newman; sons David (Ellene) & Sam Newman (Judie); daughter Jeannette Velez (Victor); 7 grandchildren: Hallel, Shemarya, Justin, Sarah, Janelle, Sammy Jr. & Andrew; and brother Paul (Lila). He is missed dearly.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Parkinson's Resource Organization 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert CA 92260.

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Gordon C. Nichols Sr.

Gordon C. Nichols Sr.

April 17, 1923 - October 31, 2005

Gordon C. Nichols Sr., 82, a former resident of East Arlington, died Oct. 31, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born April 17, 1923, in New Haven, Conn., the son of Leon Leroy and Marion (Houyou) Nichols.

He received his education in Danbury, Conn.

Mr. Nichols was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during World War II and attained the rank of boatswain’s mate second class.

He married the former Dorothy Florence Mead Oct. 21, 1942. Mrs. Nichols died in 2001.

Mr. Nichols was self-employed as a carpenter, painter and wallpaper hanger.

He was a member of American Legion Post 69 in Arlington.

He enjoyed automobile racing and founded the S.N.Y.R.A. He was a member of Star & Near Antique Racing Clubs.

Survivors include eight children, Sandy Nichols of South Yarmouth, Mass., Lee Nichols and David Nichols, both of Chester, Julie Medland of Longwood, Fla., Jeff Nichols of Deerfield, N.H., Ken Nichols of Los Angeles, Calif., Beth Albert of Arlington and Gordon Nichols III of Weston; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Buddy Nichols of Hawleyville, Conn., and Leroy Nichols of Waterville, Maine; two sisters, Lois Read of New Milford, Conn., and Nancy Brown of Bethel, Conn.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The memorial Mass was held Friday, Nov. 4, at All Faiths Chapel of the Vermont Veterans Home with the Rev. Michael Demasi officiating.

Burial with military honors was Saturday, Nov. 5, in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bethel, Conn.

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Jack Martin Hiss, Jr.

Jack Martin Hiss, Jr.

October 1, 1922 - October 3, 2005

John Martin Hiss, Jr., 83
Prominent Physician With a Lifelong Passion for Music

John ('Jack') Martin Hiss, Jr., an esteemed physician who specialized in nuclear medicine from 1966 until his retirement in 1987, died on October 3 in Mandalay Shores, California, where he had resided for the past 15 years. He was 83 and died peacefully at home with family and friends at his side.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, on October 1, 1922, Jack moved to California with his family in 1931. Following his pre-med training at the UCLA School of Medicine, he was awarded his M.D. at Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia. He completed his internship at the University of Chicago before beginning his residency in internal medicine at San Joaquin General Hospital. In 1948 he served as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force in Tokyo. From 1974 until 1987 he was Chief of Nuclear Medicine at Santa Monica Hospital.

Jack loved jazz and classical music. He played drums and percussion, was a member of the Doctors Symphony and had his own small jazz band. Nothing brought him more joy than the sounds of the Buddy Rich Orchestra or the Jeff Hamilton Trio; nothing brought tears to his eyes like the music of Brahms, Beethoven and Mozart. He will be remembered for his heroic efforts to continue attending concerts even when his Parkinson's might have kept him from doing so. He will be missed by those who were moved by his undying and infectious passion for composers and performers alike.

Jack is survived by his sisters, Marion McCulla and Jane Bourland; four children and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Resource Organization: 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert, CA 92660, (877) 775-4111.

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Mildred Dresner

Mildred Dresner

January 15, 1918 - July 22, 2005

MILDRED DRESNER died of Parkinson's disease on July 22, 2005, at 87. She is survived by her husband, Sol; son, Dr. Steve; daughters, Marcia Kabaker and Joanne; five grandchildren; sister, Elaine Michaelson; and brother, Sidney Auster. Hillside  

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Phillip D. Short

Phillip D. Short

April 7, 1945 - May 18, 2005

Phillip D. Short formerly of Arlington Heights Phillip D. Short, 60, of Bermuda Dunes, Calif. for six years and formerly of Fontana, Wis., passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2005, in Palm Desert, Calif. Phillip was born April 7, 1945, in Lawrence, Kan. He was the beloved husband of Karen L. Short (nee Weinstock); loving father of Andrew H. (Adrianna) Short, bari M. (Todd Smith) Short and the late David M. Short; adored grandfather of Morgan Katherine Short; dear brother of Stephanie A. Short of Aurora, Colo.; and cherished son of the late Harry and Harriet Short of Littleton, Colo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4135, are appreciated.

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Michael G. Kushnick

Michael G. Kushnick

April 18, 1933 - December 1, 2003

Michael passed away on Monday, December 1, 2003, of Arlington, VA. Loving brother of Stephen A. Kushnick. He is also survived by a nephew, Gordon Kushnick and two nieces, Andrea Kushnick Rubin and Laura Kushnick. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Dr., Alexandria, VA. Interment Agudas Achim Cemetery. Arrangements by Jefferson Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Physical Address
Parkinson's Resource Organization
74090 El Paseo #104
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Local Phone
(760) 773-5628

Toll-Free Phone
(877) 775-4111

General Information
info@parkinsonsresource.org

 

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Updated: August 16, 2017