Pamela Drew Kerr, daughter of Vaughn and Elsie Kerr and long-time resident of the Peninsula, passed away peacefully from breast cancer on February 5, 2021, surrounded by her friends.
Born in New York on August 29, 1947, Pam moved to California with her family during childhood. She survived a bout of polio, which left her with lifelong challenges, but in keeping with her personality, she remained undaunted.
A graduate of Buchser High School (1965), West Valley College, and San Jose State, Pam began her career at Hewlett-Packard in technical research in the early years of Silicon Valley and also worked for her father’s company, Kerr Engineering. She was a Renaissance woman who devoured data and whose greatest passion was art. Pam created a prolific body of paintings and especially loved themes involving the ocean, waterfowl, and humanity - the Monterey Peninsula was her muse and escape into light, color, form, nature and spirit.
Pam drew detailed inspiration from the world around her, collecting and embracing dreams of possibility, from the floating elegance of Calder mobiles and the ornate perfection of Asian porcelain to the simplicity and utility of ordinary objects and materials. She sought to render the beauty and asymmetry of all that life had to offer, whether in harmony or contention, and held aloft her many friendships, surrounded by the chiming of the wind. Pam was a musician, played guitar and piano, and music was in her soul.
Always interested in learning and sharing new things, Pam was a spirited and witty conversationalist. She was very compassionate, generous and empathetic and was always willing to fight for the underdog. She also had a great love for animals and provided a home for many over the course of her life.
Pam appreciated the freedom to create her own schedule, eventually became a realtor in the Bay Area and had many other interests and hobbies.
Family & Christianity were important forces in her life from which she took direction and inherited her values. She was especially devoted in her love and caring for her parents, ensuring that their final years were as comfortable as possible.
Pam will be sorely missed by her close friends who appreciated her candor, caring, and forthright spirit. Now, light as a feather, she travels great distances in the blink of an eye and watches over those she leaves behind. In her passing, and true to form, forever will she chase the endless horizon.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
-- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
Pam will be interred at Alta Mesa Cemetery with her parents. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her name to FurrEver Cat and Kitten Rescue, 108 Bascom Ct., Campbell, CA 95008.