Patricia (Patty) J. O'Keefe

Patricia J. O'Keefe 031319 onlineIt is with great sadness that the family of Patricia (Patty) J. O’Keefe announces her passing on March 1, 2019 at home in Mountain View. She was born on April 20, 1929 in Flagstaff, Arizona. She attended Nativity School, Flagstaff High School and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1950. In college, she was a Gamma Phi Beta sorority member, Phi Beta Kappa society member and captain of the golf team. She married fellow University of Arizona graduate John C. O’Keefe and they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Together they raised three daughters, Maureen, Marcy and Kelley. Patty was greatly loved by family and friends alike who appreciated her zest for life, her wisdom, strong convictions, and the energy with which she undertook all her pursuits. After raising the girls she became a docent for the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford, especially enjoying leading guided tours of the Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Juanita Nissley

Juanita Nissley 030619 online(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley, née Reeder, a forty-year resident of Los Altos Hills, California passed away at home with her loved ones caring for her on January 21, 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87. Juanita was born in Houlka, Mississippi on May 19, 1931 to Robert Elon Reeder and Annie Mae Reeder, née Cockrell, a baby sister for Charles and Nelda. She grew up in nearby Columbus and graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a B.S. in Secretarial Sciences in 1953. Working as a civilian secretary at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi she met her husband, Harold Thomas Nissley, who was stationed there. They married in 1957 and moved to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She was an elementary school teacher in 1958, supporting Harold as he finished at Case Western, and had five children between 1959 and 1966.

Noteworthies: LA resident receives philanthropy award


Cassin 

Los Altos resident B.J. Cassin received the 2019 St. Katharine Drexel Award for exemplary contributions to Catholic philanthropy from the Foundations and Donors Interested in Activities (FADICA), a network of Catholic philanthropists in the U.S.

According to FADICA representatives, Cassin’s philanthropy has been instrumental in making Catholic education across the U.S. more accessible, especially through the Cristo Rey Network model.

Noteworthies: LA philanthropists fund social-sciences initiative

Los Altos residents and UC Santa Barbara alumni Louise A. Pahl and Stephen D. Pahl recently donated $1.1 million to their alma mater to fund research and teaching on major social issues ranging from housing to homelessness and mental health.

The donation, announced Feb. 12, establishes the Pahl Initiative on the Study of Critical Social Issues in UC Santa Barbara’s Division of Social Sciences.


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