Doris Schmitz Drucker, entrepreneur, author, sportswoman and mountain climber, died on October 1, 2014 at age 103. She was the widow of the eminent management theorist and professor Peter F. Drucker.
She was born in Koenigstein, Germany on June 14, 1911, the first of three children, to Fritz and Clara Schmitz, a textile merchant and a homemaker.
Doris was 3 when World War I began and, after her father was called up for the army, traveled by train with her mother and sister to the city of Mainz, where they stayed at her grandfather’s house for the four-year duration of the war.
Fred Baker was surrounded by his family when he died at his home in Claremont on September 15, 2014, after a valiant two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was 73.
Dr. Baker was proud professor emeritus of Cal Poly Pomona where he worked in the Department of Education, College of Education and Integrative Studies from 1988-2004 and served as chair of his department from 1988-1993. At Cal Poly, he received the institution’s Outstanding Academic Advisor Award and the Outstanding International Scholar Award.
Delores Quinn died on September 6, 2014 in Claremont, just two months shy of her 92nd birthday. A loving wife, mother of four children, grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 13, she lived a life filled with family, friends and her strong faith.
She was born to John and Caroline Proehl on November 30, 1922 in Fernando, Minnesota. The middle of three children, young Delores spent her early years helping on the family farm. After graduating high school, she moved to Buffalo Lake where she cared for her great aunt and began her first job at the Buffalo Lake Bank.
Mary Katherine Courtney Wyatt, a longtime Claremont resident, died in Pomona on March 30, 2014 following a pacemaker implant that went awry. She was 99.
She was born in Maryville, Missouri on September 24, 1914, the second daughter of William E. and Bess S. Courtney. She and her older sister Ellen lived with their parents in Kansas City, Missouri, while summers were spent with their mother’s relatives in Maryville as the only nieces of nine doting aunts and uncles.
Barbara Bolinger Mitchell died on September 3, 2014 at her Palm Desert home after a valiant six-and-a-half-year battle with colorectal cancer. She was 68. She was surrounded by family and friends she loved, and who loved her deeply. Typical of her spirit, throughout her long illness she fiercely powered through every situation and obstacle that confronted her.
She was born in Pomona on May 21, 1946 to Bob and Evalynn Bolinger and raised in Claremont. Her parents were onetime owners of the Village Grille and Casa Flores, and Mr. Bolinger served on the city’s planning commission.
Ray Eberle of Upland died August 15, 2014 at Silverado Sierra Vista Memory Care Community in Azusa from frontotemporal dementia. He was 73.
He was born in Buffalo, New York on April 27, 1941, the son of Raymond and Genevieve Eberle. He grew up playing all kinds of sports but excelled in baseball and basketball. Indeed, he earned the family nickname of “Mickey,” for his hot bat and beautiful blue eyes. He attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute on a sports scholarship during high school and was signed as a “bonus baby” by the Detroit Tigers
Longtime Claremont resident Linda “Lin” Humphrey died in her sleep at her home here on August 14, 2014. She was 74. Ms. Humphrey was an English professor at Citrus College for many years prior to her retirement in 2004.
Described by a legion of friends as “one of a kind,” Ms. Humphrey’s family is planning a memorial for her in the fall. A more complete account of her life will published in a future edition of the COURIER.