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Sunday Obituaries


BOWER, Florence

1918 - 2005

Florence (Florrie) Bower died Oct. 9, 2005. Survived by her sons Tom and Kenneth Frankel and her sister and brother-in-law Shirlee and Si Collins. She was a talented painter, decorator and antiques dealer for many years. She resided between Santa Barbara and Las Vegas the last few years and will be very missed by many of her young and older friends.

COSIO, Tabin Vargas

68, went home to the Lord on Friday, October 7, 2005. He passed away in the presence of his loving family. Tabin lived his life with purpose and intensity. He knew God had given him a strong body and a loving heart for a reason and he used these gifts everyday of his life.

Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Tabin came to the United States in 1960 as a guest worker under the Bracero Program. He worked in the agriculture fields of Oxnard and the cattle ranches of Texas before settling his family in Santa Barbara. It was here that Tabin found his calling in the construction trade and was a life-long member of Laborer's Union #220. As a construction laborer, Tabin helped build the dolphin fountain at Stern's Wharf, parts of Cottage Hospital, the downtown branch of Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, and many other buildings. Tabin also helped many friends and family members build their family home. He could often be found at a friend's or family member's home paving a driveway or constructing an addition to the house.

As talented as Tabin was at building things out of concrete and wood, his greatest accomplishment was his family. He loved his family tremendously. Tabin was the loving husband to Maria Asuncion, a father to five sons, two daughters, and a grandfather to 11 grand kids. Tabin's family spans many generations to include a brother, sisters, nephews, in-laws, and a countless number of friends. Tabin built this family over many years with an outpouring of love, kindness and strength. Tabin often spent his weekends with his family and friends talking about his hometown of Potrero de Gallegos, horses and life in general.

Tabin will be remembered as a man full of love and strength because that is how he lived life. Tabin knew the Lord and understood His promise of salvation. So let us rejoice in knowing that Tabin Vargas Cosio is now resting in heaven after having lived his life with purpose and intensity.

GURSE, Morry

Our sweet father Morry Gurse (born March 17, 1917) passed away on Friday October 7, 2005. He died the same week, five years later, as his beloved wife Billie. Both passed away during the Jewish High Holy Days.

Morry is survived by his loving sister Miriam Zalben; his son Alan, daughter Cheri and her partner Carol Keator, all of Santa Barbara, and daughter Robin of Berkeley/WLA; granddaughter Yael, grandson Ron, his wife Alicia (Gomez, of Santa Barbara) and their daughter Justine (Morry's great grand-daughter); his niece Beverley Marmor and her sons Randall (of Isla Vista) and Greg Rostoker; his niece Bonnie Crow and her children Michael and his wife Deborah, Andrew and his wife Alana, and Julie; nephew Gary Zalben and his wife Adriana; and his very best friends Ritchie and Rita Fordham. There are also many other relatives and friends who will miss him.

Morry was lively and curious about life and had a huge social network. Many people adored him. He kept dancing, learning, going to the movies, and playing bridge; he went to current events classes for many years, was an avid, longtime democrat and believer in social equality, and a loyal volunteer especially for the City of Hope.

Arrangements for cremation are being handled by Groman Eden Mortuary in Los Angeles.

The family invites his friends to a gathering in his remembrance on Sunday, Oct. 23; location (West L.A.) and time TBD. Call 805.705.9335 for details.

Donations may be made in his name to the City of Hope, West Los Angeles chapter, c/o Norm Beals, Treasurer, 1810 So. Bentley Ave. #209, Los Angeles, 90025.


(Michel Gibson Koury)

"Mr. Tennis"

At the age of 90, Mike Koury gently passed away at his home with his family and friends present on Thursday, October 6, 2005. A warm and friendly tennis professional who began teaching in 1949, combined his love for people with a championship tennis skill and created a successful, lifelong career of the two. A memorial service will be held at the Municipal Tennis Courts in the Mike Koury Tennis Stadium on Sunday, November 6, at 11:00 A.M. Friends also can join in the tennis that is planned.

LADACKI, Michael

born June 1, 1918 in Lowicz, Poland and died October 8, 2005 peacefully at home with his family by his side after a lengthy illness.

He served in the Polish Army from 1939 through 1946. He fought with the British 8th Army at Monte Casino WWII and was awarded the Polish Cross for Valor.

In 1948 he entered the University of Manchester, England for the study of Chemistry. He received a B.S. and M.S. degree. He came to the United States in 1955 and attended Syracuse University and obtained his Ph.D. in 1958. He married Margaret June Nixon in 1954. He worked for Dupont in Kinston, N.C. Had two daughters, Claire and Elizabeth. In 1965 the family moved to Woodand Hills, CA where he worked for Rocketdyne on the Apollo 8 space program. He was published in Chemistry in Space Research, chapter 8, "Chemical Aspects of Ablation."

He was recognized by NASA for his work on the Heat Shield. He semi-retired in Santa Barbara, CA in 1970. He was a master Chess player, fluent in six languages with a brilliant mind and a kind, generous heart.

He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, his 2 daughters and relatives in Poland. He was a man for all seasons and he will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Santa Barbara City College Foundation.

Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

PROFT, Meta Shaw

Our beloved Meta passed away on October 7, 2005. Born August 20, 1937 in Tarrytown, New York she lived the past 34 years in Santa Barbara, CA. Meta moved to the West Coast in 1959 to join her husband Richard where they started a new life. In 1971 they started Met-Ric Maintenance, a service station repair business, that they ran together for 17 years. As a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter she leaves behind a legacy of total love and caring to be reunited with Richard and her dear friend Ken. She is survived by her daughter Stacie, sons Charles and Andrew, grandchildren Danielle and Milianna, brothers Richard and Phil as well as her mother and sweet dog, Shelby. Her positive friendly personality touched everyone she came in contact with. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Meta will be inurned with her husband at Santa Barbara Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 17, 2005 at 11:00 am at Santa Barbara Cemetery. Friends wishing to honor Meta's life and love of animals may make donations to your local chapter of the Humane Society.

REID, Eugene F. "Bud"

Private services were held for Eugene F. "Bud" Reid in Carpinteria, California. He passed away Sunday, October 2, 2005.

Eugene was born September 28, 1926 in Long Beach, California to Eugene C. and Ethel M. Reid. He attended Long Beach schools and was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America.

During WWII from 1944-1946, he served in the U.S. Navy. After his military service, he began his university studies at Stanford University. His passion for the oil and gas industry blossomed during this time. For practical experience, in the summers of 1948 and 1949, he worked as a rotary helper with his father, E. C. Reid of Gene Reid Drilling, Inc., Bakersfield, California. The family partnership kept him on a path of amazing adventures and experiences as well as great acts of charity.

Eugene earned a B.S. and M.S. in Geology at Stanford University. However, the field of geology was not all that interested Eugene. The power of romance overwhelmed him as he graduated from the academic world. He married Marjorie E. Reese on June 18, 1952.

In 1959, after a several years of working at Shell Oil Company in Ventura, California, Eugene joined his father at Gene Reid Drilling. The renowned entrepreneur, Armand C. Hammer, approached him and his father and acquired their business, merging it into Occidental Petroleum Corporation of Bakersfield, California.

As Occidental grew in leaps and bounds, Eugene honed his creative managerial efforts and skills. He helped guide the development of oil and gas fields in Libya, Africa and eventually became Executive Vice-President of Worldwide Oil & Gas Production (1968-1971). For the years after his Occidental Petroleum service (1972- present), he managed to run privately controlled oil companies such as Sunburst Exploration, Inc., Vortex Petroleum, Inc., and Liodier, LLC.

Not only interested in the oil and gas industry, Eugene became involved with many charitable causes including the Boy Scouts of America, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the R. M. Pyles Boys Camp, the Lucile Reid Cancer Institute, and World Scouting.

Most cherished by him was his work with Boy Scout organizations at the local and world levels. He became the World Jamboree Committee Chairman (1978-1979) traveling to countries such as Australia, Egypt, Ireland, Senegal, and Thailand broadening his world understanding and fund raising.

Eugene's enthusiasm for these activities provided him the opportunity to chair the World Organization of the Scout Movement in Geneva, Switzerland (1990-1993). During his tenure, he and his wife participated in an audience with the Pope as well as meeting many other dignitaries.

Besides his efforts in the Scouting world, Eugene served whole-heartedly in many organizations in capacities such as President for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) (1995-1996) and for the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp.

Further balancing his life, Eugene spent personal time at home playing competitive games of gin rummy and dominoes as well as gardening.

His wife, Marjorie, his children, Jenny, Scott and Kip, and his grandchildren, Kip and Chad, survive him. His sister, Florence Wheeler and his son, Chet, preceded him in death.

All who knew him will miss Eugene's sincerity, generosity, spirit, and boundless energy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation (AAPG Foundation), the Boy Scouts of America, the Cottage Hospital Foundation, the Thomas Wilson Dibblee, Jr. Geological Foundation, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, or the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp.

SMITH, James E. "Ted"

was born March 30, 1911 in Ontario, Canada and passed away September 29, 2005 in Santa Barbara at the age of 94.

Ted served in the Canadian Army during WW II from 1942-1946. Ted came to Santa Barbara with his wife, Ellen, from Toronto in 1953. He was involved in the banking industry for 50 years. After 15 years with Santa Barbara Bank and Trust Ted retired as Vice-President and Trust Officer.

While in Santa Barbara Ted was one of the founders of Trinity Baptist Church where he was the first Chairman of the Board of Deacons. He also served on the Board of Directors at Friendship Manor and was Vice-President of Help, Inc. in Carpinteria. Ted was also instrumental in founding the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

Ted is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ellen, of Santa Barbara. He is preceded in death by his sister, Lily Bary.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18 at Trinity Baptist Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Rd.

Contributions can be made to the Remington Missions Fund in care of Trinity Baptist Church or to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider.

WILSON, Clayton

1919 - 2005

Clayton Wilson, a founding member of the Santa Barbara Symphony and Emeritus Professor of Music at UCSB, died early Sunday morning, October 2, 2005, in a Goleta Valley convalescent center where he was receiving therapy following a recent stroke. He was 86.

Born in Ohio in 1919 to Clayton and Bertha Wilson, the future musician passed his childhood in several Midwestern states and-for a brief period-abroad. In 1921 and 1922 he lived in Japan with his parents, both ministers in the Disciples of Christ Church who had traveled there on a church mission. After taking up the oboe, he joined the high school band in La Porte, Indiana. He received both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. An appointment as an Instructor in Music at the University of Texas took him to Austin in 1943, where he met and married Jeanne Mayes in 1944.

In 1947 Wilson and his family moved to Santa Barbara when he was appointed to the faculty of the Music Department at UCSB. He remained there for 35 years, retiring in 1982.

Wilson taught courses in all aspects of music - history, theory, and performance. He won approval from his Music Department colleagues to teach a course in jazz, a course offering that was well received by all students except those who expected an easy listening experience and were surprised to find that the course involved rigorous music theory as well as appreciation. Students admired Wilson as a stimulating and amusing lecturer, and many kept in touch with him for decades after graduation. Inspired by his example, many of his students went into musical and academic administrative careers of their own, in many cases outside of California.

In a performance career that lasted over 40 years, Wilson performed in hundreds of concerts as first chair oboe with symphonies in Chicago, Austin, Houston and Santa Barbara. Smaller recitals were even more numerous. In concert with other woodwind professionals from Fresno, Los Angeles and Long Beach, Wilson formed the California Woodwind Quintet (known familiarly to its members as the Combo de Touperin) and performed with them for many years throughout the state.

For several years Wilson also performed every summer with the American Symphony Orchestra League, which assembled professional musicians in a seasonal orchestra dedicated to conductor training.

While his own performances emphasized the oboe and English horn, Wilson played and taught all woodwind instruments. His performances won laudatory reviews not only locally, but also other states. Tours of New England and the western United States were particularly well received. A core composition in his repertoire, as it is for any oboist, was the Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major. Wilson performed the piece as guest oboist with the Koldowski, Griller and Paganini Quartets.

In addition to his teaching duties at UCSB, Wilson was active in university administration. He served both as Chairman of the Music Department and as Associate Dean of the School of Letters and Science. In the latter capacity he participated in many university-wide committee meetings on educational policy and governance. His academic colleagues elected him Chair of the Academic Senate, in which capacity he presided over UCSB faculty assemblies and represented UCSB at other campuses in the UC system. During the tumultuous 1960s, when allegations of racism and insensitivity to minority issues roiled the campus, the respect accorded Wilson by both students and his colleagues in the administration led to his chairing the meetings that aired and resolved differences in the academic community.

An avid golfer until declining health required him to put away his clubs, Wilson played frequently with friends both before and after his retirement. He once knew the amateur golfer's perfect satisfaction when he hit a hole in one on a small Goleta course.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Jeanne Mayes Wilson; sons David Clayton Wilson (Judith) of Orange County and their daughters Christine Brunner and Catherine Drever; Christopher Paul Wilson (Barbara) of Santa Cruz County; and Philip Kealy Wilson (Karen) of Minnesota and their daughters Holly Wilson and Laura Wilson. Also surviving are three great grandchildren, David Brunner, Nicholas Brunner, and Diana Shirley. Predeceasing him were his parents; his only brother Paul Stanley Wilson, who died in Florida earlier this year; and a son, Mark Allen Wilson, who died of a childhood cancer in 1956.

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