The Man & Woman of the Year Award honors Santa Barbara residents whose lifetime of volunteer service represents a meaningful commitment to the community; addresses a real community need or enhances the quality of life in Santa Barbara; or has been involved in acts of generosity, kindness, or innovation, with an emphasis on the accomplishments and achievements that occurred in 2019.
Recipients are selected from a wide range of candidates who have been nominated by community members.
Tom Parker and Catherine Remak are the 77th Man & Woman of the Year! Michael & Marni Cooney have also been selected as the first ever Outstanding Couple in Service. We celebrated these incredible individuals at our first ever virtual ceremony on September 2, 2020.
Stay tuned for our 78th Man & Woman of the Year awards ceremony in 2021!
MAN OF THE YEAR | Harold Chase | L. Stuart Wing | Patrick Maher | Sidney McFarland | Donald Welch | Edwin Welch | James Van Etta | Thomas M. Storke | Warner Edmonds | Duncan MacDougall | Richard Polsky | Dwight Murphy | Francis Price, Sr. | George Castagnola | Charles A. Storke | Edgar Robinson | John Parma | Reuben Irvin | John S. Rathbone | David Siebert | Clark Sargeant | Michael Lemus | Russell Bell | Louis Lancaster | H.O. Koefod | John Timmons | Arnold Jacquemain | John Rickard | Courtney Monsen | Elmer Shirrell | Stanley Lowry | Leonard Kummer | Milton Weinstein | Selmer O. Wake | Bruce O’Neal | Charles Stearns | Hildahl Burtness | Charles Panoyan | George Adams | Jerry Harwin | Donald Phillips | Ralph McNall | Richard Arbagey | David Shiffman | Wallace Drew | Sid Smith | Larry Crandell | Virgil Cordano | David Medina | Donald Anderson | Gil Garcia | Cliff Lambert | Michael Towbes | Robert Kallman | Eli Luria | Palmer Jackson | Pierre Claeyssens | Stanley Bartlett | Peter MacDougall | George Bliss | Bob Bryant | David Anderson | Marshall Rose | James Hurley, Jr. | Richard Welch | Stephen M. Hicks | David L. Peri | Robert J. Emmons | Clifford W. Sponsel | Ken Saxon | Bill Cirone | Steve Lyons | Ed Birch | Jon Clark | Ernesto Paredes | David Boyd
WOMAN OF THE YEAR | Pearl Chase | Katherine Meeker Gray | Lotte Lehmann | Etta Glahn | Grace Meeker Lloyd | Alice Schott | Julia Forbes | Mary Perry | Sylvia Griffiths | Ardis Sloan Bryant | Deborah Pelissero | Winnie Lancaster | Ida Cordero | Lucy McReynolds | Annette Slavin | Yvonne Jordan | Emily Davis | Ada Schick Wing | Gertrude Calden | Mary Jo Miles | Anita Mackey | Eleanor Wright | Betty Rosness | Carolyn E. Ferguson | Lorraine Hoelscher | Louise Lowry Davis | Betty M. Groebli | Sheridah Porter | Lura Dolas | Alice Rypins | Mildred Pinheiro | Helen Pedotti | Barbara Tellefson | Vie Obern | Shirley Ann Hurley | Jeanne Graffy | Mary Standlee | Penny Jenkins | Cally Brennand | Gail Towbes | Patricia Dillon Bliss | Jean Schuyler | Joanne Rapp | Jan Severson | Carnzu A. Clark | Sue Adams | Nancyann Failing | Leslie Ridley-Tree | Susan Miles Gulbransen | Léni Fé Bland | Patricia Caldwell Dow | Carol Doane | Maryan Schall | Jane Habermann | Gerd Jordano | Patricia MacFarlane | Anne Smith Towbes | Carol Palladini | Vicki Hazard | Janet Garufis | Joni Meisel | Jelinda DeVorzon