Kerstin Arusha, 37, died of pancreatic cancer on April 15 at her home in Berkeley, CA surrounded by the love of her husband Ari Krantz Arusha, her 6-year-old twins Kaja and Tavi Arusha, and her extraordinary community of friends, family, housemates and colleagues. Kerstin (pronounced “Share-stin”) was born on June 25, 1970 in Cambridge, England, and grew up in Altadena, CA. She was graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College with a degree in Women’s Studies, and from New York University School of Law, where she and her future husband Ari were Root-Tilden Scholars. They married at Mount Desert Island, Maine, on July 6, 1996, and their daughter Kaja and son Tavi were born on March 15, 2002.
Kerstin joined the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in 1996 and co-founded the Fair Housing Law Project (FHLP) in 1998. Kerstin served as Directing Attorney, building FHLP into one of the finest fair housing and anti-predatory lending law firms in the country. Kerstin led groundbreaking litigation in protecting tenants with disabilities, home child care providers, and many others. Well before the mortgage lending crisis hit, Kerstin became an expert in protecting borrowers whose loans were unfair and misleading, and her work in this area has been spotlighted by multiple national media outlets. In the past six years, Kerstin continued making advances on behalf of underserved populations, even while working part time, as Kerstin’s commitment to her children always came first.
In her personal life, Kerstin was a voracious reader, a tenacious gardener, and a loyal friend. She had a special connection to the ocean, especially to the shores of Kauai and Maine where her family had roots. She inspired many with her commitment to social justice, her ability to develop and maintain strong friendships, her dedication to building family ties throughout a large extended family, her incredibly loving and joyous role as parent and spouse, and, lastly, how she and her community pulled together even more closely through the ordeal of her disease.
In addition to her husband and children, Kerstin leaves her parents, Stephanie Merton Tombrello and Thomas Tombrello Jr., her siblings Christopher Tombrello, Susan Tombrello, Karen Burgess, Laura Attardi, Daniel Russell, and David Russell, as well as a loving extended family. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Robert K. Merton, Suzanne Merton, William Russell, and Elizabeth Russell, and her father Richard Russell, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1994. Kerstin’s courage and grace in facing her disease matched the spirit with which she lived her rich and beautiful life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a fund in furtherance of Kerstin’s social justice work, at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (see www.lawfoundation.org/kerstin).
Jerome J. Botkin, M.D. In San Francisco on April 15, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Born in Yonkers, NY on Oct. 29, 1929, he graduated Columbia University as a Regent Scholar and received his medical degree from New York University. He was an intern and resident at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and then served two years in the U.S. Navy Public Health Service in Puerto Rico.
He moved to San Francisco in 1959 and was Chief Resident at Mt. Zion Hospital, and began his practice in internal medicine. Dr. Botkin served on the Mt. Zion Medical Board and was Chief of Staff during the UCSF/Mt. Zion Hospital merger.
Beloved husband of Meryl for almost 44 years; loving father of daughter Deborah Botkin, son and daughter-in-law David and Lee Anna Botkin; devoted grandfather of Julia, Rachel and Owen. Dr. Botkin was highly regarded and greatly respected by his many colleagues, patients, friends and family and will be dearly missed.
Funeral services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel with interment at the Home of Peace Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Brain Tumor Research, c/o UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, SF/CA 94145-0339.
Heinz G. Lewin, a revered stalwart in the San Francisco and Las Vegas hospitality and gaming industry, passed away April 16 in San Francisco at the age of 85. “Henri,” as he was known by his family and friends, arrived in San Francisco in 1947, via Shanghai, China, after fleeing Potsdam, Germany in 1939 with his family due to the war. He began his illustrious career on the first day he arrived in San Francisco at The Fairmont Hotel as a busboy, along with his loving brother Werner, and worked his way up the corporate ladder. Henri served the Fairmont in many capacities for 17 years until he left in 1964 to begin his epic career with Hilton.
A protégé of Conrad Hilton, Henri quickly won respect and admiration for his diligence and ethics, and embarked on a well-known success story in the hotel and gaming industry. He began his 22-year Hilton tenure as Catering/Sales Manager of the prestigious San Francisco Hilton, rapidly becoming a Vice President for the Western division. When Hilton purchased the Las Vegas Hilton and Flamingo Hilton, Baron Hilton also appointed Henri to Executive Vice President of Hilton’s gaming interests. In 1985, Henri left Hilton and began his highly successful and sought-after consulting company, Aristocrat Hotels. His legacy is his family, and includes his loving wife of 57 years Brigitte, “Gitta,” his three devoted sons, all renowned hoteliers, including Larry (Cheryl) of Las Vegas, Jerry (Jia) of New York City and Barry (Jeannie), San Juan, Puerto Rico; grandchildren Jade, Brittney, Bridgette and Brianna, brother Werner of San Francisco, sister-in-law Libby; nieces and nephews Werner Jr.,Michael, Lydia, David, Lysa, George and Jeff.
Lewin took a steadfast approach to hospitality and demanded that everyone was treated equally and with respect. His advice to all was look your best, be prepared for the worst and always do your best, and never expect more out of anyone than you expect out of yourself.
Funeral services were held at Congregation Emanu-El, in San Francisco with internment at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Heinz G. Lewin’s name to a charity of your choice.
Dr. Morley Segal passed away of pancreatic cancer on April 19, 2008 in San Francisco at age 74. Dr. Segal was widely known and respected for his many innovations in higher education and his role as the co-founder of an internationally recognized graduate program in Organization Development with over 1,200 graduates, conducted jointly by American University and National Training Laboratories (NTL) Institute in Washington, D.C. He published in leading political science and public administration journals and is best known for his critically acclaimed book “Points Of Influence: A Guide to Using Personality Theory at Work” (Jossey-Bass, 1997).
Dr. Segal was a teacher who provided both teaching and nurturance, and a therapist who both counseled and educated. For his hundreds of students for over 20 years, the most unforgettable image of Dr. Segal will be of him tap dancing under a spotlight in a dark room.
The hallmark of all his work was a unique ability to bring together ideas from different disciplines integrated through mental models and typologies that made them accessible and useful to practitioners. While teaching political science at American University in the early 1970s, Dr. Segal started looking for ways to expand the public administration curriculum to include more courses in a relatively new field called organization development (OD). Process in one form or another soon became a part of all his classes, and he once famously conducted a whole semester course sitting in a corner of the classroom making process observations about what the students were doing.
Dr. Segal brought these new ideas about “process” to his family as well. Family dinners turned into psychodrama exercises, and visits to his children’s schools turned into group process demonstrations. Dr. Segal was also funny and irreverent: attending a formal event at his daughter’s southern prep school, he heard earlier arrivals introduced as “Colonel and Mrs. Jones” and “General and Mrs. Harding.” Walking into the ballroom, Segal insisted on being introduced as “Corporal and Mrs. Segal.”
In 1972, Hal Kellner, a colleague at American University and a pioneer of the group dynamics movement, introduced Dr. Segal to NTL Institute, the birthplace of sensitivity training groups (T-Groups). He quickly became interested in the NTL social-psychological T-Group approach and went on to become a highly respected T-Group trainer. Dr. Segal brought that approach to his AU classes, and the popularity of such courses led to one of his most notable accomplishments: creation, with co-founder Edie Seashore, of the AU/NTL joint Masters Degree program.
The program bore all the hallmarks of what Dr. Segal believed and had learned about higher education. Students went through as cohorts so they could learn more about their own process and also support each other, and courses were offered in an intensive two-weekend format.
For over twenty years, one of the highlights of the program, sometimes hinted at but never revealed by more advanced students, was the evening when the students would arrive at class, only to find themselves without a professor. An assistant would arrive to lead the students to another room and, after they were seated, turn out all the lights so the room was completely dark. Suddenly, music would erupt from hidden speakers, and Segal, dapper in hat and pinstriped suit would tap to “Me and My Shadow,” by vocalist Ted Lewis. Typically neither comfortable in the spotlight, nor extremely physically gifted, Segal used dance to demonstrate Jung’s idea that every person has a shadow side to their personality. Develop that shadow, said Segal, and you will find new strengths, and be more comfortable in your life.
After moving from American University in 1997, Dr. Segal returned to his much-loved San Francisco, where he had grown up and gone to college. He completed the requirements to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and began a new career as a therapist at Pyramid Alternatives and in private practice. There, he co-facilitated groups on drunk driving, domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse. He often developed his own interventions, and was famous for sharing his creation with other therapists. Even after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007, he continued his work as a therapist and teacher, and even released a video training on family systems just weeks before his death.
Dr. Segal is survived by his loving life partner and best friend for 30 years, Maurine Poppers, his former wife, Joyce Holly, his brother Rodney, three children and their spouses: Arline Segal and Alex Caspari, Eric Segal and Anne Wright, and Adam Segal and Kim Hyder, and six grandchildren, Niko, Adam, Sky, Nate, Sadia and Alaya. He is also survived by thousands of colleagues and former students whose lives he enriched and influenced for more than forty years.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St., at Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA with interment to follow at Eternal Home Cemetery, Colma, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Segal’s name to the UCSF Foundation, Pancreatic Research Fund, #B1931, UCSF Box 45339, SF,CA 94145-0339.