Berkeley feminists and world poetry lovers are saddened to learn of the death of a pioneer translator and anthologizer of women’s poetry from around the world. Deirdre Eberly Lashgari, professor emerita of English at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, died August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. She was 73. She was born April 7, 1941 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A specialist in ethnic and world literatures, Ms. Lashgari translated both classical and modern Iranian poetry, and wrote, published and lectured on Iranian fiction and film as well as on women writers of fiction and poetry in Iran, China, India, Ghana and the United States.
Please allow us to share our thoughts and memories of our mom, Dorothy “Dot” Sheehy. She loved her community and her family so much that we feel it fitting to bring the two together to try to capture her essence more than a standard formal obituary could ever do, although we know we cannot do her essence justice.
Our mom, Dorothy “Dot” Frances Sheehy, was born on April 20, 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She died suddenly and unexpectedly on September 29, 2014. She was 71 years old.
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.