Noteworthies: LA resident receives philanthropy award


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.

Noteworthies: Local attorney named Lawyer of the Year


Daniel S. Gonzales, longtime Los Altos resident, received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association at its 2018 Judges’ Night Dinner Dec. 11.

The association presents the award annually to one of its members in recognition of his or her exceptional contributions to professionalism in setting an outstanding example and embodying the highest standards of practice for lawyers in Santa Clara County.

Erika Nord Richards

Erika Nord Richards 030619 onlineErika Nord Richards never seemed to age. She died Feb. 13, 2019, seven weeks shy of her 103rd birthday, still young in mind, spirit, and body. The most frequent word used to describe Erika is “amazing.” Until December, Erika took twice-daily walks, swam on Sundays, played bridge five times a week, completed Sudoku puzzles every morning, and enjoyed social and cultural events. She was a model of how to live -- with zest, optimism, integrity, and a kind heart. If someone suggested an activity, she enthusiastically answered, “Yes, why not?” Erika was born April 7, 1916 in Berlin, Germany, to Walter and Herta Nord and was raised in Hamburg. She enjoyed field hockey, sailing, and gymnastics. After studying two years in Sweden, Erika came to America in 1936 with $10 in her pocket and settled in Chicago (thanks to a young doctor she had met in Germany, who eventually became her husband). Erika earned a physical therapy certificate from Northwestern University.

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