Lewis Porter Grinnan Jr. loved La Jolla so much that he did not miss a summer there until 2005.
"Uncle Lewis was always fun and interesting to be around," nephew Shep Grinnan said. "He was the firstborn of that great and exciting group of brothers that included my father."
Lewis Porter Grinnan Jr., the son of Genevieve Manning and Lewis Porter Grinnan, died peacefully at his home in Dallas, Texas, on Aug. 20. He was 91. Grinnan leaves behind many friends in La Jolla whom he loved and cherished.
Grinnan first fell in love with La Jolla during World War II when he was in the Navy and stationed in San Diego. During his stay, his wife Margaret Beck Grinnan and his two daughters, Neall and Peggy, lived at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. After Margaret's death in 1982, Grinnan spent more time in La Jolla. He served on the board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R. I., and played with his son Lew in many national father and son tournaments. They achieved a top 20 national ranking.
"I was always made welcome to our home by [Lewis] and he always greeted me at the tennis courts, making me feel special," writes Al McClendon, a family friend.
After World War II, Grinnan formed the Grinnan Mortgage Company, which he sold in 1982. In 1995, he married Susanna Saville Clark, who survives him. Lewis is also survived by his three children, Neall Rose, Peggy Allen and Lew Grinnan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas, 75265; the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 9400 North Central Expressway, Suite 1201, Dallas, Texas, 75231; or the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas, 4300 Macarthur, Suite 245, Dallas, Texas, 75209.
Dorothy Day Stewart, 91; patron of the arts
Dorothy Day Stewart, known for her role in founding the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, passed away in her Pacific Beach home on Aug. 15. She was 91.
She died of natural causes, said her son, Douglas Day Stewart.
Stewart, called a "Patron of the Arts" by her son, was born in Oklahoma City on June 30, 1915. After graduating from Principia College, she co-founded the San Marino League and then worked alongside Martha Longenecker in creating the Mingei International Museum. She resided in La Jolla for many years.
In 2002, Stewart was hailed as "San Diego Woman of the Year" for her role in creating Mingei International and making it one of the great museums of the world.
Stewart is survived by her two sons, Douglas Day Stewart and Stephen Worley Stewart; their five children and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mingei Museum, attention Dorothy Day Stewart Memorial Fund, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101; or Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, 1270 Silverado, La Jolla, CA 92037.