Tireless legal advocate, gifted athlete, grandfather
Claremont native Stephen Ewing Ronfeldt, 76, died December 1 in Berkeley, California after a long battle with cancer.
Steve was born October 28, 1942 in Pomona to Louis and Emily (Lyon) Ronfeldt. He was raised in Claremont, attending Webb School then Claremont High School (class of 1960), where he excelled in tennis and basketball. He was student body president of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he met Suzy, who would become his wife of 53 years.
“It is with great sadness we announce that Muriel Faith O’Brien died—her word exactly—November 6, 2018 at the age of 96 to join her husband, Judge Edmond O’Brien and her parents in the next adventure of their lives,” Ms. O’Brien’s friends shared. “Muriel will be remembered for her spirit, commitment and involvement specifically within the communities of La Verne and Claremont among others.”
Teacher, traveler, artist, gardener, champion of Claremont’s international students
Louise W. Bell died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on August 16, 2018.
Louise, who deeply appreciated the global community and its international culture, arts and people, was born in Turkey in 1929. Her parents worked for the American Board Service Committee. By the time she was five, she, her parents and two siblings had crossed the Atlantic Ocean three times by ship.
Devoted friend to hundreds, talented athlete, 2009 Claremont High graduate
Taylor Kristofer Meyer, 27, who attended Mountain View and Condit elementary schools, El Roble Intermediate, and was a 2009 Claremont High School graduate, was robbed and brutally murdered by three attackers on November 9 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where he had been vacationing with 13 of his friends.
Minister, grandfather, devoted missionary
Much loved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, Richard Clement Elwell died October 13. “Full of faith in God, he bravely fought liver disease while waiting for a liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Florida,” his family shared. He was 66 years old.
Family, friends, and community members from Claremont and across the nation whose lives were touched during his lifetime are mourning the loss of John David Maguire, 86, who died October 26 after suffering a massive stroke.
A resident of Claremont, he was an accomplished civil rights activist, president emeritus of Claremont Graduate University, and a formative agent of change who inspired the lives of many through his example, his family shared.