We Remember

A Farewell to Deborah Eid, 2020

With her family by her side, Deborah Eid passed away at home, on February 24. A member of WACSC for many years, she was on the Board and served as Membership Chair, as Vice President, was active in Great Decisions and the Book Group, and was instrumental in securing the First Presbyterian Church as our temporary venue for two years.

Deborah earned her MD from the University of Wisconsin in 1953 and practiced oncology at UCSF for 15 years, and then went into private practice until retiring in 1989. She also lectured throughout the world and published many articles on medical oncology in international journals.

Deborah was a high achiever: in 1968, with American Women for International Understanding, Deborah was a member of the first delegation of women allowed to visit the Soviet Union, in 1983 she was named a Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow for her commitment to world harmony, and in 1995 was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Humanitarian Award for her dedicated service to cancer patients. After retiring from the medical field, she continued to travel the world helping those in need, serving with Global Volunteers (https://globalvolunteers.org/) and establishing an orphanage in Thailand.

Deborah’s volunteerism touched lives locally as well. She was involved with many organizations, including Sonoma County Museum, Charles Schultz Museum, Green Music Center, The Living Room and was instrumental in establishing the Osher Lifelong Learning program at Sonoma State University and Oakmont “OLLI” and served on their Advisory Board.

While Deborah will be missed, her many contributions will continue as her legacy.

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A Farewell to Ted Eliot, 2019

It is with sadness that we say Good bye to WACSC Member Ted Eliot. Ted passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019, following a heart attack.

Ted had many titles throughout his life: as a member of the State Department for 30 years, he served in Sri Lanka, Germany, Iran and the Soviet Union. He served in Democratic and Republican administrations: he was assistant to Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon in the Kennedy administration; he was economics officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran from 1963 – 1966 in the Johnson administration, and he served as executive secretary of state under William Rogers in the Nixon administration.  Ted offered to serve as Ambassador to Afghanistan from 1973-1978, where he served under three U.S. presidents.

Upon his retirement from the State Department, Ted became dean and professor of diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  Returning to California in the 1980s, he and his wife Pat moved to Sonoma and worked to pass ballot measures for what became the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. Ted became co-chair of the Measure F campaign that extended a quarter-cent sales tax to fund the district for another 25 years, and later served on the district’s advisory committee.

Ted and Pat placed a conservation and trail easement on their property on Sonoma Mountain. This easement, now known as the Eliot Family Trail, is part of the trail that extends the county parkland east of Rohnert Park to Jack London State Historic Park and then an additional 2 miles.

Ted was also an advocate for preserving Sonoma Developmental Center for open space and public access.  An avid birdwatcher, Ted recorded over 4,000 species of birds and just a few months ago, spent 10 days birdwatching in Colombia.

He called visiting Antarctica and Kenya the two greatest trips of his life.  It was his love for Antarctica that led to his sponsorship of the September 2018 presentation to WACSC by Dr. Grant Ballard from Point Blue Conservation Science.

While Ted has been a WACSC member since early 2007, he has been more than that.  He was an advisor, a supporter and a friend to all and will be missed by those of us who had the privilege of meeting him and hearing him say “just call me Ted.”

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A Farewell to Bob Kirk, 2018

Bob Kirk, a noted historian and author and known to us as a long time World Affairs Council member, leader and good friend, has passed away. For some 20 years Bob served our Council with distinction, brought great experience and wisdom to all of us, and led our Council as President for 4 terms-a time after  which he was known as “President for life” for his longtime directing of the Board. As President or as a Director on the Board Bob was always listened to and he always listened to others-the hallmark of a leader.

Bob and his wonderful wife, Barbara, were world travelers. So much so that after dozens of cruises, many of which were to French Polynesia, he assumed the nickname “Bora Bora Bob”. His lectures on these cruises enlightened other travelers to the beauty and history of that area and its peoples. Bob always wanted to share his knowledge and make the world a better place by teaching others.

Always noted for his sense of humor, at a meeting of the Board at my house which he found difficult to get to since it is way out in the country, he dryly asked when searching for the bathroom whether I had indoor plumbing! With his quick wit he had a way of putting a smile on people’s faces and making our jobs more fun.

While Bob is probably setting up shop to teach history and make many new friends in his new place he will be sorely missed at the World Affairs Council and his seat on the Board will be difficult to fill. He will be fondly remembered for a long time.

I and all the members of the Board of Directors and all who make up our World Affairs Council family extend our condolences to Barbara and wish her all the best and great strength in this difficult time. She knows full well what a great man Bob was and what a great life they had together.

Farewell Bob

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