Juanita Nissley

Juanita Nissley 030619 online(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley, née Reeder, a forty-year resident of Los Altos Hills, California passed away at home with her loved ones caring for her on January 21, 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87. Juanita was born in Houlka, Mississippi on May 19, 1931 to Robert Elon Reeder and Annie Mae Reeder, née Cockrell, a baby sister for Charles and Nelda. She grew up in nearby Columbus and graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a B.S. in Secretarial Sciences in 1953. Working as a civilian secretary at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi she met her husband, Harold Thomas Nissley, who was stationed there. They married in 1957 and moved to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She was an elementary school teacher in 1958, supporting Harold as he finished at Case Western, and had five children between 1959 and 1966.

Noteworthies: LA resident receives philanthropy award


Cassin 

Los Altos resident B.J. Cassin received the 2019 St. Katharine Drexel Award for exemplary contributions to Catholic philanthropy from the Foundations and Donors Interested in Activities (FADICA), a network of Catholic philanthropists in the U.S.

According to FADICA representatives, Cassin’s philanthropy has been instrumental in making Catholic education across the U.S. more accessible, especially through the Cristo Rey Network model.

Noteworthies: LA philanthropists fund social-sciences initiative

Los Altos residents and UC Santa Barbara alumni Louise A. Pahl and Stephen D. Pahl recently donated $1.1 million to their alma mater to fund research and teaching on major social issues ranging from housing to homelessness and mental health.

The donation, announced Feb. 12, establishes the Pahl Initiative on the Study of Critical Social Issues in UC Santa Barbara’s Division of Social Sciences.

Noteworthies: Local attorney named Lawyer of the Year


Gonzales

Daniel S. Gonzales, longtime Los Altos resident, received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association at its 2018 Judges’ Night Dinner Dec. 11.

The association presents the award annually to one of its members in recognition of his or her exceptional contributions to professionalism in setting an outstanding example and embodying the highest standards of practice for lawyers in Santa Clara County.


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