Santa Paula Times


May 20, 2011

Michael Ramos

Michael Ramos passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011 after a long illness. He was born October 31, 1956 in Santa Paula.

Michael enjoyed fishing, barbecuing, playing horseshoes, and listening to oldies.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert R. Ramos Sr., brother Robert R. Ramos Jr., and maternal grandmother Adelina Chaparro. He is survived by his five children, Annette Soliz of Las Vegas, NV, Michael Ramos and Sonny Ramos of Oxnard, and Mateo Ramos and Michelle Ramos of Golden Valley, AZ; two grandchildren, Esperanza Ramos and Izic Hernandez-Soliz; mother Catalina Ramos of Santa Paula; four brothers, Ralph Ramos, Raymond (Theresa) Ramos and Frank Ramos, all of Santa Paula, and Eddie (Donna) Ramos of Porterville; two sisters, Linda (Richard) Nava and Yvonne Ramos of Santa Paula; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23 with the rosary at St. Sebastian Church, 235 N. 9th St., Santa Paula. A mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Sebastian, with Father Thomas Donne, C.R.I.C. officiating. Commital and interment will follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.


Molly Malcolmson Gustin

Died May 10, 2011

Molly Malcolmson Gustin was born March 6, 1923 in Chicago. Her parents, Esther Van Doren and David Malcolmson, met as students at the University of Illinois.

When Molly was 4, the Malcolmsons moved to Los Angeles. David taught at UCLA and gave lectures to private audiences in the family’s home in Santa Monica.

Molly attended UCLA, where she met William Gustin (r.i.p. 2005). She worked at McDonnell Aircraft as her share in the World War II effort. After the war, the couple moved to Indiana. William acquired his PhD in mathematics, and Molly acquired her PhD in music at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

Molly’s career as a college and university teacher spanned more than 50 years. She taught at Park University in Kansas City, Kansas, and in the music department and the University Scholars Program at Portland State University in Oregon.

She also taught at St. John’s College at both its Annapolis, Maryland and its Santa Fe, New Mexico campuses. St. John’s is among the few institutions in the United States offering a curriculum composed entirely of the “Great Books.” Molly’s breadth of knowledge allowed her to teach throughout that curriculum in mathematics, music, laboratory science, philosophy, literature and history.

In 1972, Molly joined the faculty of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. Thomas Aquinas College’s program also employs only the “great books” instead of textbooks in a non-elective curriculum of Catholic liberal education. Here too, Molly taught a wide array of disciplines. She was a revered member of Thomas Aquinas College until her retirement in 2008.

Molly leaves behind two daughters, Carolyn Morrow of Maui, Hawaii and Cathy Remus of Jenner, California; four grandsons, Gabriel Corley, and John, David and Lauren Remus; and three great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many hundreds of men and women to whom she taught not only the arts of reasoning and enquiry, but also the joy of discovering and living in the truth.

Rosary was said for Molly in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel of Thomas Aquinas College. A memorial mass was held in the Chapel May 18, and interment followed at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery. She was buried with her mother, who was buried there in 1985.

Arrangements were under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Santa Paula.


Robert (Tiny) V. Tipton

Robert (Tiny) V. Tipton of Tehachapi, California passed away on December 30, 2010 at the age of 67.

Robert was born in Santa Paula to Roger and Romelia Tipton on May 29, 1943. He graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1962.

Robert is survived by his sister Jeannie Chambers of Newkirk, OK and his brother Roger W. Tipton of Cody, WY. Services will be held in Montana.