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An Evening with People In Preservation

The Twenty-First Annual People In Preservation Awards will certainly be remembered as one of the best parties of the year. This year's awards were held on the grounds of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. SIO co-sponsored the event with SOHO, and we thank them for their marvelous hospitality. The sold-out event brought together some of our longtime members, along with some of our newest members, winners, and SIO officials. Also in attendance was honored guest Edith Munk, whose parents Judith and Walter Munk were responsible for the oceanfront Lloyd Ruocco designed Munk Laboratory building where the awards ceremony was held. It was in this setting that awards ceremony guests beheld a most beautiful sunset.

The Behind-the-Scenes tours were interesting and informative. At the T-cottages, tour leader David Goldberg regaled the groups with stories of his childhood spent there. Jim Kelley-Markham guided guests through the Munk Lab where we learned about the architect's designs. We also learned about the inventions created there, such as the wet suit, and the important oceanographic research work that has made history and that continues today. Kevin Hardy of SIO took guests through the Hydraulics Laboratory building where we saw the famous roof structure and the very cool wave machine.

The garden reception was intimate and lively with lots of laughter to be heard. SIO Events Director Jill Hammons created a colorful and elegant décor. UCSD Caterers prepared the food, which was especially good and which everyone truly raved about.

The winners were congratulated by so many SOHO friends on hand for this event: SOHO co-founder Carol Lindemulder, County Director Renée Bahl, County Historian Lynn Christenson, Ellen and Melvin Sweet, Charles Riley, Deirdre Lee and past SOHO President Robert Broms. Many of the present SOHO Board attended including Treasurer Jessica McGee, President David Marshall and his wife Stacy, Vice President Barry Hager and his wife Hilary, Dr. Susan Hector and Michael Sampson, Lori Peoples and Christopher Pro, and Beth Montes. Longtime supporters who rarely miss a SOHO event Franklin and Marian Gould were present, as well as Kristen Aliotti, Ron and Dale May, Kerri Klein and Mark Wiesner, Helen and Andrew Halmay, Elizabeth Courtier, and one of our favorite archivists San Diego Historical Society's John Panter, SOHO Executive Director Bruce Coons, and so many more.

The ceremonies began with opening remarks by SOHO President David Marshall who introduced our emcees: SOHO past Board Chairman, Bill Lawrence, and the lovely Nigella Hillgarth, Director of the Birch Aquarium. Nigella comes to San Diego from Salt Lake City, Utah, with a love of and a background in historic preservation. Recently many of us first met Nigella at another SOHO sold-out event, Red Tile Style, whose hosts Lee and Barbara Roper were also present for this evening.

The laughter carried well into the night especially during the ceremony when the slide show had a bit of a mix-up. Our Audio/Visual volunteer Erik Hanson, well known for his witty remarks, and emcee Bill Lawrence, who very much holds his own, verbally sparred off good naturedly and created a most entertaining time out of an awkward moment. Neither was responsible for the mix-up, we should hastily add! Oh, how nice it is to be among friends.

Thank you to our jury: David Marshall, David Goldberg, Kim Grant, and Marty Poirier, who were very impressed with the scope and quality of this year's nominations. The winners gave warm and generous speeches with many words of thanks. The ceremony ended with a standing ovation for Lifetime Achievement winner Architect Homer Delawie.

It was a fabulous evening, and we wish you all could have been there as well. At the close of ceremonies each year, SOHO announces its Most Endangered List. Read more in this issue about this year's list and look for details about our wonderful 2003 People in Preservation Winners. Thank you to this year's People In Preservation committee: Kathleen Kelly-Markham, Bill and Suzanne Lawrence, and special thanks to SOHO staff Mary Jones and Sandé Lollis, and to Events & Education Coordinator Alana Coons.

2003 - Volume 34, Issue 3


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