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In Memoriam

Beth Montes (1965-2007)

Beth Montes, President of Save Our Heritage Organisation passed away on October 29, 2007 after a 7-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Since 1989 Beth and her husband Zeke lived in the historic neighborhood of South Park in a 1910 William Sterling Hebbard designed home, Beth ran her own historic research company, helping to designate homes and other structures in San Diego and was working with neighbors on a South Park Historic district nomination package.

Beth got involved with SOHO after purchasing her home and has ever since been actively involved in the preservation movement, first as a SOHO volunteer, an employee, a member of the Board of Directors and just recently reelected for her fourth term as SOHO president.

Beth's passion was in her work with SOHO. It was with her strong support and active role as President that SOHO has made the great strides it has in the last few years. Beth was a significant and much loved part of the team and she will be missed every day.

Beth's memorial was held on November 9. Over 400 friends, family and preservationists gathered to say goodbye to this beloved, beautiful and kindhearted woman.

The family along with SOHO has established a memorial fund in Beth's name and it is through this fund that we have one way to show our love and respect for this remarkable young life and through the fund nurture and train students who will in turn be inspired to continue Beth's work.

(Left to right) Zeke and Beth with David Swarens at PIP 2004 at Petco Park; reopening of the renovated Verna House, 2004; Annual Membership meeting and elections, 2007; Beth accepting the 2007 PIP Leadership Award at the NTC North Chapel. Photos by Sandé Lollis

2007 - Volume 38, Issue 3/4


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From the Editor

Reconstructing Balboa Park's "Dream City"
Names & Milestones in the History of Prado Buildings

10 Vanished Balboa Park Landmarks

Historic Losses: Fires Devastate San Diego San Diego County's Historic Sites

California Tile: Our Claim to Tile Fame

The Use of Tile in the Home

Tile Resources

President's Message


In Memoriam - Beth Montes

The Beth Montes Memorial Internship & Outreach Fund

Book Reviews

Letters to the Editor

Lost San Diego

Strength in Numbers


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