Longtime Claremont resident Dr. Kamol Somvichian died Wednesday, February 8 at the age of 80.
Dr. Somvichian was born to parents Phol and Chalual Somvichian on March 14, 1936 in Bangkok, Thailand. He met his wife Marielena Somvichian in New York in 1960. The couple married in 1961.
Dr. Somvichian was an accomplished scholar, earning his bachelor’s degree from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Beatrice Braun, mother of Karen, Felicia and Rebecca Kornbluh, will be buried at Oak Park Cemetery (410 Sycamore Ave. in Claremont) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
There will be a gathering at 470 W. Eighth St. in Claremont directly after the graveside service. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend either or both events.
Shirley Abrams, a longtime Pomona resident and active member of Temple Beth Israel, died in Pomona on January 1, 2017. She was 82.
She was born on February 28, 1934 in Twin Falls, Idaho and lived there until she was 10 years old. Three years after the tragic death of her father—who was hit by a car while acting as a good Samaritan—Shirley and her family moved to Los Angeles.
Waldemar “Bill” Vaskis, a longtime Claremont High School history teacher who influenced generations of students, died by suicide on December 21, 2016 at Mt. San Antonio Gardens. He was 78.
He came into the world in Philadelphia on April 16, 1938, the second of three children born to Latvian immigrants Zelma and William Vaskis.