All Articles: Obituary

Thomas Curby Henderson Died From Fourth Tier Fall

By Juan Haines Thomas Curby Henderson, 60, better known to inmates and as the meek, hard working, and humble “Charlie,” died on Jan. 23 at Marin General Hospital following a four-story fall at San Quentin State Prison on Jan 22. Charlie’s death, still under investigation, shocked many of the men housed with him. The Marin […]

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San Quentin Prisoner Writes Unique Obituary Before His Passing

Editor’s Note: George Burns passed away on Oct. 16, 2013. Burns was one of the eight inmates honored at a memorial service held in the Protestant Chapel on Nov. 15, 2013. He was the youngest of the inmates. Last year he took a journalism class held by Patten College. One of his assignments was to […]

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Long-Time San Quentin Volunteer Dies of Stroke

By the Lubin Family A long-time San Quentin Prison volunteer, Hari “Ed” Lubin, passed away after a stroke. Born in 1932, he died March 15 at Marin General Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. “Hari loved life, food and helping people make the changes necessary to live in love and balance with themselves,” his family […]

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Lifer Laid To Rest After Long Journey

Ron Taylor, 63, dies of cancer  Editor’s Note: Ronald Evans Taylor, a well-known former San Quentin prisoner, died in Vacaville of liver cancer in February. Before his death, as part of a journalism class last summer, Taylor wrote his own obituary, which is excerpted here. Noted three-card Monte artist Ronald Evans Taylor landed in his […]

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Member of the S.Q. Family Passes Away

One of San Quentin’s bestloved volunteers has died from a blood clot triggered by an accident. Kimberlee Ann Rasmusson, 53, was an avid supporter of the prison’s restorative justice programs, designed to help men turn their lives in positive directions. She was a facilitator with the House of Healing program. She died Feb. 1 after […]

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Phyllis Diller: The Queen of Comedy

1917-2012 She was a regular in night clubs and on television, and once graced the inner walls of San Quentin with her comedy act. She was Phyllis Diller, known for her big laughs and sharp wit, who died last month in her Los Angeles home. A TV regular in the 1950s, Diller took time to […]

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Memorial Honors Fellow Prisoner

By Journalism Guild Writers The San Quentin community came together in the Garden Chapel to memorialize and commemorate Levelt Duverne, 39. Duverne’s April 25 suicide stunned the San Quentin population. The memorial service for Haitian-born inmate was attended by about 50 men in blue, institutional staff, and the San Quentin Prison University Project volunteers. The […]

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Lewis Murder Suspect To Stand Trial

By N. T. “Noble” Butler After 10 months in a mental hospital, the accused killer of a prominent East Palo Alto community leader and former San Quentin inmate has been deemed competent to stand trial for the 2010 murder. A San Mateo judge ruled in July 2011 that Gregory Elarms, 59, from Pittsburg, was mentally […]

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Legend Remembered

By JULIANGLENN PADGETT Boxing legend Joe Frazier lost his last fight to liver cancer but one of his nephews remembers him as a people’s champion and a fighter to the end. Joe Frazier fought many battles in his life and held the heavyweight championship of the world for several years. Yet on Monday, Nov. 7, […]

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Co-Founder of S.Q. Veteran Group Dies

By RONALD ‘YANA’ SELF Elmer G. “Geronimo” Pratt, an early leader of San Quentin’s Vietnam veterans group and a decorated paratrooper, died at his home in Tanzania, according to his sister. He was 63 years old. Pratt was a co-founder of the Vietnam Veterans Group San Quentin (V.V.G.S.Q.), established in 1986. He volunteered to join […]

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