|Standing on the deck of the air traffic control tower at MCAS Tustin.|
Longtime Santa Ana resident Viola Small passed away March 19 at age 87 following a stroke. Surviving family includes her husband Wayne; son, Bruce; and daughter-in-law, Denise. Viola was on the board of the Historic French Park Homeowners Association, owned 4 historic homes, and was a fundraiser and member of the Old Courthouse Museum Society. We'll all miss her dedication and her friendly smile.
On Feb. 14, we also lost another longtime champion of Orange County history, Dr. Robert Bruce Sinclair. Bruce was an active member of many local organizations, including the Santa Ana, Tustin, and Costa Mesa Historical Societies. He served on the board of the Orange County Historical Society and was president of the Old Courthouse Museum Society for seven years. He helped create an oral history program for the Orange Community Historical Society and received their William T. Glassell Award. A teacher and educational administrator, Bruce was a 43-year resident of Santa Ana’s Floral Park neighborhood. I've already missed seeing him around the Old Courthouse and at OCHS meetings since his health declined. He was definitely "one of the good guys."
Laguna Friends of Architecture, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 26, 6:30pm, at the Laguna College of Art & Design, Studio 12, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd., in Laguna Beach. Above is an image of the iconic Enco/Tramway Gas Station (1965) by Albert Frey and Robson Chambers, which now serves as the Palm Springs Visitor Center.