| Apr 9, 2011
He was a man with a booming voice but one that calmed in times of crisis.
Whether it was a teenager's personal drama or a community tragedy, the Rev. John Edward Nix-McReynolds was known for his calm, caring and focused demeanor — one that could...
| Jan 3, 2011
John Olguin, whose enthusiasm for the ocean made him a perfect teacher for generations of youngsters who visited the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, has died. He was 89.
Olguin, the longtime director of what was then called the Cabrillo Marine...
| Jan 28, 2011
Conceptual artist and sculptor
Dennis Oppenheim, 72, a pioneering conceptual artist and sculptor who also made his mark on the earthworks and body art movements, died Jan. 21 of liver cancer at a New York hospital.
Beginning in the...
| Apr 18, 2011
Bijan Pakzad, an Iranian American designer of jewelry, fragrances and luxury menswear who ran a Beverly Hills boutique and was renowned as clothier to some of the world's most powerful men, died Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los...
| Jan 24, 2011
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Ron Patterson, who with his then-wife Phyllis founded the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in 1963, which showcased traditions of 16th century Elizabethan England, has died. He was 80.
Patterson died Jan. 15 in Sausalito, Calif., where he was receiving hospice...
| Jun 23, 2011
Bob Pease, 70, a prominent Silicon Valley engineer and author of several books on analog chip design, died Saturday evening when his car crashed into a tree in Saratoga, Calif., southwest of San Jose.
Pease, who was not wearing a seat belt while...
| Jan 21, 2011
Prolific character actor
Paul Picerni, 88, a prolific character actor who costarred in the television series "The Untouchables" and was featured in the 1953 horror movie "House of Wax," died Jan. 12 of a heart attack at his home in the...
| Apr 3, 2011
A. Alan Post, the longtime legislative analyst who watched over the budgets of California governors from Earl Warren to Jerry Brown, has died. He was 96.
Post, who also was a well-regarded artist, died March 26 of natural causes at his home in...
| Feb 6, 2011
As a leading contemporary ceramic artist, Elsa Rady created elegantly simple porcelain vessels and often controlled how they were presented by bolting the refined pieces into place.
"She really forged her own path and became a force," said Jo Lauria,...
| Jun 1, 2011
Dr. Leo Rangell, a leading psychoanalyst who argued forcefully that theoretical fads and factions threatened to erode consumer confidence in the field founded by Sigmund Freud more than 100 years ago, died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He...
| Apr 11, 2011
Gil Robbins, a musician and actor who was a member of the 1960s folk group the Highwaymen, died Tuesday at his home in Mexico, said his son, actor-director Tim Robbins. He was 80 and had prostate cancer.
"He was very charming, open and funny," Tim...