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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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Irwin B. Rosenstein

Irwin B. Rosenstein

April 12, 1936 - January 19, 2021

Irwin Rosenstein, husband and co-founder with Carol of Music Mends Minds has passed.  

Irwin was the comedic half of the Rosenstein duo.  Constantly tossing one-liners off-handedly until the very end.  Somehow through the fog of dementia and late-stage Parkinson’s, Irwin was able to maintain the occasional sarcasm that he was known for.  

The one-liner that sticks in my mind was when we were filming The 5th Dementia documentary one day at the church. I told Irwin how handsome he looked in all black.  His response was that…” Black is very slimming”.  

The road from diagnosis to now (about 5 years) was long but not always sad.  Carol had been able to keep him at home with the help of his wonderful caretakers, Narcisso and Dorothy, all the while, keeping Music Mends Minds up and running through the pandemic.  Irwin was able to play the piano almost until the very end, proving once again that the music cells in the mind are not completely erased with neurodegenerative disease.

Irwin’s legacy will continue through Carol and Music Mends Minds, the musical group they co-founded for those living with neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.  

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Judy Powers Riemer

Judy Powers Riemer

October 4, 1934 - January 18, 2021

Judy passed peacefully on January 18, 2021. She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, a proud daughter of Irish immigrants, Walter Powers and Ethel Geary Powers-the youngest of seven children.

Her first formal job was with the telephone company in Lowell, after her graduation from Lowell High School. She married David N. Riemer on June 2, 1956. They were married for fifty-five years, until David passed on August 8, 2011. She is survived by her children: David W. Riemer (spouse Tayreze); Debi Tejeda; Gregory Riemer; Marlene Heath (spouse Phil); Judith Ellen Brown (spouse Steven), Elizabeth Schulze (spouse Donald), and Christina Miker (spouse Rodney). She is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her four sisters, two brothers, and two grandchildren. She had many nieces and nephews. Judy's favorite way to spend time was with her family all of whom she loved very much.

She worked in the administrative offices of Nellie Coffman Middle School in Palm Springs from the late nineteen-eighties until her retirement, where she had yet another family of beloved co-workers. After retiring, she moved to the community of Desert Sands where she enjoyed water aerobics and barbecue gatherings with friends.

As part of her Irish heritage, she loved Irish blessings:

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

An outdoor funeral mass will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church in Cathedral City on February 8, 2021, at 8:30 am, in accordance with CDC guidelines for social distancing and facial coverings. 

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Donald G. Tober

Donald G. Tober

March 8, 1931 - January 16, 2021

Donald G., beloved husband, admired philanthropist and successful business executive, chose to end his life today after facing the increasingly debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease. He would have been 90 years old in March. Donald was Chairman of Sugar Foods Corporation, whose team he saw as a second family. He served as former Chairman of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, Vice Chairman of the Culinary Institute of America and as a board member of the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. He was a patron of associations that serve to elevate the quality and appreciation of food and wine, including of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and the Chevaliers du Tastevin and the Culinary Institute of America (where he was Trustee Emeritus). He was a founder and Honorary Board member of the Citymeals-on-Wheels program in New York City. Donald's contributions positively impacted a tremendous range of institutions beyond the food business. He served on the board of the New York Landmarks Conservancy and was honored in 2019 along with his wife Barbara as Living Landmarks. He also served on the board of the Manhattan Institute, the American Austrian Foundation for Medical Scholarship, the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID), the National Dance Institute with Jacques d'Amboise, and was a long-time supporter of Lincoln Center, the Philodoroi and Amati Societies of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), and The Juilliard School, to name only a few. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, Donald practiced law in New York City before joining Sugar Foods Corporation. In 1973 he married Barbara Maud Starkey. It was not the first marriage for either and proved an unusually happy enduring union for both. A funeral for family only is scheduled. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  

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Lyndell Austin Samples

Lyndell Austin Samples

January 20, 1940 - January 13, 2021

Lyndell Austin Samples, 91 of Rancho Mirage, California passed away on January 13, 2021, leaving behind his spouse of 41 years, C. Jay Scott, II. Lynn was born on September 11, 1929 in Baxter Springs, Kansas to Paul J. and Florence H. Samples, one of two children. His family moved shortly thereafter to Portland, Oregon where Lynn grew up. Lynn spent his entire working life in clothing retail initially in Portland and later moving to San Francisco, California where he began a 32-year career with Brooks Brothers. Lynn ultimately became the manager of the store's University Shop, which he directed until his retirement in 1989. Lynn's passions were music (in particular playing his beloved Yamaha concert grand piano), collecting antiques and travelling, which he was able to enjoy to the fullest for many years with Jay. They traveled around the world, primarily on ocean cruises, with Lynn particularly enjoying Europe and the Baltic countries, to which they frequently returned. A gentle, kind and caring man, Lynn was a consummate host and gourmet chef who so enjoyed hosting dinner parties with Jay for their family and friends. In addition to Jay, Lynn is survived by his sister, Betty Samples and related family.Interment to be at Riverside National Cemetery.

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Marcella A. Pavlinsky

Marcella A. Pavlinsky

February 18, 1930 - January 12, 2021

Marcella Kasarda Pavlinsky, 90, peacefully joined the choir invisible on January 12, 2021. With dedication and love, Marcella raised her five children with her husband Walter in Danbury, CT. Marcella was a member of Sacred Heart Church and also sang soprano in the choir.

She is survived by her four children: Walter Pavlinsky III of Waterbury, CT, Marcella Davis of Bethel, CT, Robert Pavlinsky of Oxford, CT, and Joan Pavlinsky of Charlestown, RI; her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Born in Trecskow, PA, she graduated from Hazleton, High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and John (Johnson) Kasarda, eleven siblings, her husband Walter Pavlinsky, Jr., her daughter, Christina DuMoulin, and granddaughter, Cassandra DuMoulin.

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Mary Whalen

Mary Whalen

March 1, 1935 - January 12, 2021

We remember the life and cherish the memory of Mary Kathryn (Broderick) Whalen. Mary was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1935. She was the third of five children (Richard, Patricia, James, and Margaret) to Cyril and Eva Broderick. The family moved to Montebello, California in the 1950s, "... and as a young girl, she attended both Sacred Heart of Mary High School for Young Women and Montebello High School.

She met the love of her life, Harry Whalen, at a party. From then on, they were inseparable and were married in 1954. From their home in Whittier, California, they selflessly raised 10 children and taught them the value of family, the virtue of love, and the gift of laughter. Their family grew and grew, and the shared moments of family, love, and especially laughter became lasting memories for all.

Mary loved to sew, cook, and collect various treasures throughout her life. She had an infectious smile and showed compassion to all. She would wake up her children every day with her beautiful voice and sing "Good Morning to You" before they got ready for school. Despite her large family keeping her busy, Mary still made time for everyone. She always enjoyed being with her friends, neighbors, and her church where she volunteered her time regularly.

Mary is survived by her husband, Harry, of 66 beautiful years, and their loving children Tom (Terri), Bob (Karen), Jim (Lisa), Cathy (Larry), John (Kari), Mike (Beth), Rich (Christy), Tim (Suzy), Laura (Bryan), and Patty (Dana), their 23 grandchildren, and their 6 great-grandchildren

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