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Longtime Santa Barbara County Philanthropist Viola Girsh Dies

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:02pm


A woman who was a part of Southern Santa Barbara County’s early Jewish community, and along with her husband would go on to become a major benefactor for numerous community projects has died.

Viola Girsh and her late husband, Lester, were involved in many local philanthropic efforts, and major contributors to the creation of a 25 acre park in Goleta which is named Girsh Park.

The foundation which runs Girsh Park released word of Viola Girsh’s death. She was 105 years old.


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