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In Memoriam

Pat Schaelchlin (1924-2006)

When longtime SOHO member Patricia Ann McKeown Schaelchlin passed away on March 15 at the age of 81, San Diego was deprived of one of its most notable and influential preservationists.

Pat was actively involved in SOHO's efforts to create Heritage Park, a seven-acre county park in Old Town where seven Victorian buildings were transplanted from Downtown and restored. Pat served on the SOHO Board of Directors for nine years beginning in 1975, and, as president of SOHO in 1978-79, she helped move the organization into the legislative arena. She also served at various times as president of the La Jolla Historical Society and Friends of the La Jolla Library and as vice president of the San Diego Historic Site Board.

She was instrumental in saving three historically designated homes in La Jolla that were moved from their original locations to the 7000 block of La Jolla Blvd. They were the 1895 Craftsman-style Galusha B. Grow bungalow, the 1917 Horace E. Rhoads duplex, and the 1906 Dr. Martha Dunn Corey residence, former home of La Jolla's first female physician. She was also the driving force behind convincing the Port Commission that the clubhouse at the San Diego Rowing Club was a city landmark and should be restored instead of razed.

In addition to contributing articles to the La Jolla Report and San Diego Home/Garden, she also found the time to pen three books: Newspaper Barons: A Biography of the Scripps Family (1983); The Little Clubhouse on Steamship Wharf: San Diego Rowing Club, 1888-1983 (1984); and La Jolla: The Story of a Community (1988).

2006 - Volume 37, Issue 2

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