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In Memoriam Olivia Sajjadieh ‘05 is flanked by college counselors Kathleen O’Reilly and Lynn O’Grady. Erin O’Reilly (South Miami, FL) graduated summa cum laude in May from the University of Miami with a B.A. in Marine Affairs and Ecosystem Science and Policy. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management, specializing in Coastal Marine Resources Management, at UCSB’s Bren School. Recently she interned with Heal the Bay in Santa Monica where she worked as a Science and Policy intern for their MPA Watch Program. In her free time she enjoys scuba diving—in locations including Turks & Caicos, the Florida Keys, Bimini, Bonaire and the Channel Islands—as well as hiking around Santa Barbara. 2012 Kimberly Koperski (Washington DC) studied in Vienna last semester and wants to be a CPA. She is interested in connecting with alumnae in DC. 2013 Carole Gong (Los Angeles, CA) is currently a junior majoring in human biology and minoring in sports media studies and occupational science at USC. She works in the USC Department of Athletic Medicine as a student athletic trainer for the USC football team among others. She would like to pursue a career in physical therapy and sports medicine. Kendall Millard (Bloomington, IN) after her summer at the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland, Kendall is spending the spring semester of her junior year in London, England. She loves Indiana University.

Virginia Limacher Benziger ’32

Mary Maule Riley ’50

Virginia passed away at the age of 101 on September 26. According to her daughter she lived a long, full, and happy life. While at Westridge, Virginia served as Vice-President of Welfare Association, Secretary and Treasurer of Crop and Spur Club, and as a member of the Inlook staff. She is survived by her daughter Virginia Lacy.

An educator and bookseller, Mary passed away peacefully on May 13, after a brief illness. Born in Pasadena, she attended Westridge and the University of New Mexico, where she met and married Howard Riley. At Westridge she was Assistant Stage Manager of Mask and Brush, played many sports, worked for the Welfare Committee, and was a member of the Junior Auxiliary. She received a master’s degree in education from Whittier College. Mary taught in the Monrovia Unified School District for more than 40 years, primarily at Bradoaks Elementary School. In 1990, she opened BOOK’em Mysteries in South Pasadena with her partner, and husband, Barry Martin. She is survived by her husband, his two sons, and her daughter.

Elaine Earley Bourdette ’38

The oldest living member of her class, Elaine passed away September 22, in Portland, Oregon at the age of 95. She was born and raised in Pasadena, attended Stanford University and Chouinard Art Institute, where she studied fashion design. While at Westridge she was the Business Manager of Inlook. During World War II she worked as a draftsperson for an engineering firm, in design at Catalina Swimwear, and as a swimsuit model. In 1950, she married Warren Bourdette. Her daughter reports that Elaine’s life was long and good, and she always spoke very fondly of Westridge. She is survived by her daughter Christine. Dextra Baldwin Hopper ’44

On October 4, Dextra, age 90, died peacefully at home in San Diego surrounded by her family. Born in Los Angeles, she grew up in Pasadena where she attended both Polytechnic and Westridge schools. While at Westridge, Dextra served as President of the Mask and Brush Club and then went on to attend Stanford University. She is survived by her five children,11 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Her twin sister, Anne Baldwin Purcell ’44, preceded her in death.

Janet Johnson ’53

Janet died on March 30. She attended Westridge for Grade 10. Janet’s career was in teaching. She was buried at Mountainview Cemetery in Altadena. Leslie Archer Mayo ’53

After failing health for several years, Leslie died peacefully on November 16. Her page in the 1953 Inlook describes her as “contributing more than her share to Westridge life.” In her high school years she was 9th Grade Class Secretary, Art Editor of Inlook, a member of Mask and Brush, on Spyglass staff, and on the varsity swimming and tennis teams. Following graduation from Westridge she attended Pomona College, majoring in art at Scripps College, and then went on to receive her General Elementary teaching credential from the Claremont Graduate School. Leslie taught elementary school until retirement age. She loved teaching and was very close to her students. Leslie also enjoyed skiing, surfing, and tennis. She is survived by her husband, a son and daughter, and four grandchildren.


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