Thirty years ago Claremont lost a friend that many would consider the city’s biggest cheerleader, Alexander (Alex) Hughes. In memory of Alex, who many Claremonters remember but some may not know, I would like to share who he was, what he did and why there is a building with his name on it.
David Lytle Paulson, 82, of Boise ID, died unexpectedly from heart related complications on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, while visiting family and friends in Claremont, CA.
Born in Duluth, Minnesota on October 7, 1937, David grew up in Sioux Falls, SD, graduating from Washington High School there in 1956. Following four years of service in the Air Force, He attended University of Minnesota and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Accounting.
Claremont resident Jacqueline “Jackie” Stickels died November 16 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana of complications from a fall.
Jackie was born in Chino in 1935 to Elsie and Jack Elrod. She graduated from Chino High School, where she was active in athletics and was the president of Girls League during her senior year.
Longtime Claremont resident and fixture in local civic and political life Sally Spiegel Seven died November 8 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center following a heart attack. She was 89. Sally was born April 10, 1930 and grew up in Kewanee, a small city in northwest Illinois. Early on she revealed a sense of social justice when she refused to attend Sunday school after learning lower-income children were denied entrance because they could not afford the required nickels to pay for refreshments.
Reverend, champion for peace.
Reverend Ken Mitchell, age 89, a longtime resident of Claremont’s Pilgrim Place, died November 14.
He served churches in Michigan, Montana, Washington state and California. He took a special interest in counseling, and worked for justice and peace.
Activist, lawyer, educator, author.
Dorothy Brandt Davis, a native La Verne resident, died while napping at 1 p.m., Monday, September 30.
Dorothy was born December 8, 1929 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, followed shortly thereafter by her twin brother Daryl.