Thursday, April 28, 2016

Roger H. Davis, BHS 1941

Roger H. Davis, Longtime WMA Executive and MPTF Leader, Dies at 92

Roger H. Davis, a longtime executive at the William Morris Agency and a former leader of the Motion Picture Television Fund Corp., died Aug. 16 after a 10-year battle with cancer. He was 92.

Davis spent 32 years with WMA where he helped rep such clients as Natalie Wood, Barbra Streisand, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Norman Lear, Warren Beatty, Omar Sharif, Fred Zinnemann, Stanley Kramer, David Wolper and Steve McQueen. He was also chairman of the WMA board’s executive committee and oversaw business affairs and international offices for the agency, in addition to its overseeing its motion picture and literary departments.

Davis was active in numerous entertainment industry organizations. He served as chairman of the Motion Picture Television Fund Corp., the parent entity of the MPTF medical and residential services operation. He was vice president of the Assn. of Talent Agents advocacy org, and served as an arbitrator for the Directors Guild of America.

Born in Chicago, Davis moved to Los Angeles at the age of 2. After graduating as president of his class from Burbank High School, Davis served as a U.S. Army captain stationed in the Philippines and New Guinea during World War II. He later attended UCLA on the G.I. Bill and earned his law degree from UC Berkeley in 1951.
Davis joined law firm Loeb & Loeb and was upped to partner by 1956. During his time at Loeb & Loeb he worked as a legal advisor to the entertainment industry’s lobbying efforts in the California state legislature. He left the firm in 1961 to join WMA.
After retiring from WMA Davis worked as a entertainment industry arbitrator and as an expert witness in showbiz-related legal cases.

Davis was a member of AMPAS and served on the board of governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Davis’ survivors include his wife of 33 years, Laura; two children, Roger Davis Jr. and Shelley Davis Browning, who heads management firm Magnolia Entertainment; as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Variety, August 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pamela Jean Ardizzone Stacy, BHS 1980

Pamela Jean Ardizzone Stacy
April 12, 1962 - May 1, 2015

Tehachapi News, May 8, 2015

Pamela is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Scott; her mother, Dorothy and sisters, Dana and Jodean (Jim); her loving fur babies Reagan Jean and Shelby Anne Kelcee and many family and friends. Thank you to the Petrolock family.

Services were held May 9, 2015 at Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals and Cremations, 44831 N. Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Donations can be made in Pamela's name to The Seeing Eye Dog Foundation.
To Our Loved One
Life has happiness, joy and sorrow
But never promises about tomorrow
your smile, laugh and loving touch
A happiness you gave no one can touch
Life is unfair when it takes anyone
These words you will hear flowing
from every tongue
We all sit and ask ourselves why
But deep inside we know even the
good must die.
It is Hard to let go of the ones we love
We must remember they are with God above
You have now taken your place with the best
Our loving God and Eternal rest.

Stephen Andrew Woody, BHS 1987

Stephen Andrew Woody, age 46, of Prescott, Arizona passed away on Jan. 27, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving wife, Pastor Al and his wife Julie. Stephen was born on May 25, 1969 in Glendale, California to Stephen and Connie Woody.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Kay Woody; his loving father Stephen Woody; a sister Tamara Woody-Ortega; paternal grandmother Billie Jean Woody; maternal grandfather Arvie Kyle; a niece Rene Ortega; and numerous other family members.

He was preceded in death by his mother Connie Woody and paternal grandfather Floyd Earl Woody.

Steve had a huge love for baseball and played as a young child and into college. Steve graduated from Burbank High School in California. Over the years, he has lived in California, Florida and Arizona. He was a true blue Dodgers fan, L.A. Lakers fan and an Oakland Raiders fan.

He spent most of his life as a mechanic and ended his final days as a production manager at ABC Carstar Body and Frame in Prescott, Arizona.

He attended Calvary Daysprings Chapel where he served as an usher and volunteered to help wherever his "MUSCLES" were needed!

He will be remembered for his quick wit, love of animals, outdoors and mostly his huge heart. He will dearly be missed by many and his favorite color was BLUE.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Calvary Chapel Daysprings Church, 2180 Gulfstream in Prescott, AZ 86301.

Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the service and reception following service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Northland Cares.ORG

Entrusted into the care of Abcfunerals in Prescott Valley.

Information provided by survivors.

The Daily Courier,  February 3, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Gordon Daly, BHS 1949

Gordon Daly, BHS 1949

Gordon Daly passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2008, He graduated with the class of 1949 at Burbank High School and always enjoyed reading the Senior Bulldogs News. Gordon never strayed far from his Burbank roots, working for some 50 years in television, many of them at NBC working in advertising on both the Johnny Carson and Jay Leno Show. No other details at this time.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Therese (Terri) Louise Hill Perry, BHS 1974

Terri Hill Perry, BHS 1974

December 3, 1955 – Los Angeles, California ~ November 30, 2015 – Marysville, Washington...
Terri Hill Perry, BHS ‘74, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Marysville, Washington on November 30, 2015, three days before her 60th birthday, after many years of health issues from numerous illnesses.

Therese Louise Hill was born December 3, 1955 at Kaiser-Sunset Hospital, in the Hollywood/Los Feliz area of Los Angeles to John “Jack” Hill and Eleanore Hill of Burbank. Terri was the fifth of the six Hill kids. The family lived at 931 E. Verdugo Ave. in Burbank. Jack Hill was a local architect. Terri attended Joaquin Miller Elementary School for kindergarten, then attended St. Robert Bellarmine Elementary for 1st through 8th grades. She was at John Muir Junior High for 9th grade, and then Burbank High where she graduated in 1974. Terri was a talented artist, and was always very artistic in every area throughout her life.

Terri is survived by her 16 year old son, Damon Perry, of Gold Bar, Washington; her siblings, Maureen Hill Franklin (Jerry) of Prescott, AZ (Bellarmine-Jefferson ‘61); Cathy Hill Bangert (Rob) of Oak Harbor, WA (Bellarmine-Jefferson ‘63); Mike Hill (Bonnie) of Reno, NV; Christine Hill-Hill (Bob) of Olympia, WA (BHS ‘71); and Patrick Hill of Hathaway Pines, CA (BHS ‘76). She also leaves seven nieces, one nephew, four grand-nieces, one grand-nephew, and her former husband, Dave Banks of Burbank. Terri was predeceased by her husband, Rick Perry, who passed away in 2005 due to cancer, her mother, Eleanore in 1991, and her father, Jack in 1994.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Lee Buffington, BHS 1944

Lee Buffington, BHS 1944

Lee Buffington graduated from the 1944 class at Burbank High School and passed away on Saturday March 21, 2009 at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. No other details at this time.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Corrine Ann Lee Swanson, BHS 1966

Corrine Ann Lee Swanson, BHS 1966
April 2, 1948 - November 29, 2012

Corrine Swanson passed away on November 29, 2012 after a battle with cancer. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1966. Corrine is survived by her husband, Carl of 46 years and is also survived by a son and daughter. She will be missed by all who knew her. No other details at this time.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Warren L. Ward, BHS 1944

Warren L. Ward, BHS 1944

Warren L. Ward passed away August 29 in San Clemente, CA. Warren was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and later moved to Burbank, California. He graduated from Burbank High School, served in the United States Navy, then returned to college and graduated from Stanford University. During his college years, Warren was a member of the Stanford Track Team and later the Stanford Buck Club.

Warren became a restaurant owner and eventually owned 3 restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area. His last dinner house, Raffles, was in Downey. In the late 1980's Warren served as President of the California Restaurant Association. Warren and his 1st wife Jess moved to Huntington Beach in 1975. During his years in Huntington Beach he served on the Personnel Commission and was Chairman of the Beachwalk Homeowners Association. Warren is predeceased by his wife, Jess and his daughter, Sharon. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Liggett; daughters, Jacquette (Howard Shafer) Ward and Tricia (Paul) Dolkas; 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He is also survived by 3 step-daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 great granddaughters.

Warren L. Ward, BHS1944A celebration of Warren's life will be held on September 19, at 11:00 AM, Beach Point Church, 17415 Magnolia Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA.

Published in Orange County Register from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, 2015

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Michael Howard Lewis, BHS 1967

Michael Howard Lewis, BHS 1967

Aug. 15, 1949 - Sep. 15, 2015

Michael Howard Lewis, son of Howard and Hazel Lewis, husband, father, brother, uncle, and constant helping hand, is loved as acutely as he is missed. Always eager to help others, Michael sought out and valued close-knit communities wherever he was. From Guam to Oklahoma, Michael enjoyed being a part of something larger than himself. He made friends everywhere he went, with his offbeat sense of humor and appreciation for the kindness of others.

Michael loved flying, sailing, travelling, eating good food, listening to live music, playing with kids and dogs -- but above all, he loved his family and friends. Michael spoke fondly of his childhood in Burbank, CA. It was there that he found his passion for flying, which eventually led him to Continental Airlines and Guam. Michael loved the community and looseness of island life and spent his free time on the beach and sailing.
After his contract in Guam Operations was up, Michael transferred to Hawaii, where he got to know Kathie. Just a week after they started dating, Michael began applying for jobs that would take him to the mainland, where Kathie lived. Ten days after he got a job in Los Angeles, Michael and Kathie were married. The next 34 years would see Michael in three different states -- Oklahoma, California, and finally, Nevada. In each state he found lifelong friends, whether it was in his neighborhood in Broken Arrow, Thursday breakfasts at Nini’s in Burlingame, or at LifePoint Church in Minden, where he loved working Guest Central and being in fellowship with his small group.
He also treasured the community at Century 21 Clark Properties, where he was a realtor for the past nine years. Michael was known for his good attitude, his example of perseverance, and his will to live. He was baptized in Lake Tahoe and had a quiet and steady faith. He loved seeing the colors change in the Genoa wetlands and watching the sunsets and sunrises. He will be remembered for having a spirit even more full than he would pack the dishwasher. 
Michael continues to live in the hearts of his wife, Kathie, his daughter, Erin, his son-in-law, Chris, and the rest of the Lewis, Hughes, Carpenter, and Churchill families. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2016, at LifePoint Church, 1095 Stephanie Way, Minden. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Carson Tahoe Health Foundation for either the sponsor of a stay at the Merriner Cottages or their Cancer Resource Center -- both in support of the comfort and care of cancer patients.
The Record-Courier, September 2015

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Donald (Don) Lee Rand, BHS 1962

Donald (Don) Lee Rand, BHS 1962

Don Rand, 71, passed away on March 12 , 2016 at home in Waldoboro, Maine where he was residing at the time. Don was born August 14, 1944 in Glendale, California to Elmer F. Rand and Gwendolyn Y. Dunn. Don grew up in California and  graduated from Burbank high in 1962 where he was on the Ceralbus Yearbook Staff where he and another fellow student did all the artwork for the yearbook.
Don was predeceased by his father and brother Gary Rand. Don is survivied by his mother Gwendolyn Rand of Cooper Mills, one Aunt, one nephew and many close friends. No services will be held at this time.
In his BHS Reunion profile page he wrote the falling:

After graduation from BHS he attended the Chouinard Art Institute graduating in 1966 and majored in film animation. Chouinard merged with the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music in his last year and the new school name is one that most of you know, California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), now in Valencia, California.

After Chouinard he worked for a while at a little independent film studio over in Hollywood known as Graphic Films. They did a lot of films for the goveerment, including one of the moon landing. He was eventually laid off for several months and Don went back to making  some money restoring and selling player pianos, a hobby with him since he was a kid.
Funny how life can be!!!!  In 1968 a friend of mine and I opened a mechanical music store on Broardway in Glendale, California. We sold player pianos, nickelodeons and all the old Edison and Victor phonographs, plus the memorabilia that went with them. We had a great time and met many interesting people including President Nixon.

In 1976 Ed and I purchased the carousel in Griffith Park from the Davis family who placed it in the park in 1935. We made a lot of improvements and it was a great business for us but after ten years of a grinding, grueling schedule we had to bow out and sell it.

In 1986 I moved to Maine and Ed , my partner in the music business moved to New Hampshire, so we still keep in touch and we both love New England!!!

For the past twenty years my business has been manufacturing music rolls for all the collectors over the U.S., who own nickelodeons, which by the way were Americia 's first Juke Boxes and both J.P. Seeburg and Rudolph Wurlitzer got started this way.

Occasionaily I have down some art work since living in Maine, including work for the Merle Norman Museum out in Sylmar, California. So when people ask about my art career I usually state that both art and music have been in my life for a long time, long time and have enjoyed my involvement in each!!!