Myrna Lord, a longtime resident of Santa Barbara who passed away in May 2014, was honored with the Myrna Lord Memorial Classroom at Antioch University Santa Barbara on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
About 30 of Ms. Lord’s friends and family, including her husband Donald Lord, gathered together for the dedication, which included a campus tour led by Victoria Riskin, chair of the AUSB Board of Trustees. Following the tour, AUSB revealed a plaque commemorating the classroom, room 340, in Ms. Lord’s memory on the third-floor of the downtown campus. The attendees then shared stories and memories over a catered lunch in the Community Hall.
“Myrna Lord was a strong believer in the value of education,” said Barbara Greenleaf, Ms. Lord’s friend and director of institutional advancement at AUSB. “She was always there for young people who wanted to better themselves, which is why AUSB — with its emphasis on creating access to higher education for all — is the perfect place to honor her name.”
Originally from Chicago, Ms. Lord spent many winters in Santa Barbara and was active in progressive causes, mostly notably serving on the local committee of Human Rights Watch.
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