Doreen Schonbrun shares a love of art with children in need

Doreen Schonbrun received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Criticism from UC San Diego. She is passionate about using the richness of art history to teach children about world history, the arts, diversity, economics, politics and religion. Her other interests include art making, science, music, dance and theater.

Doreen Schonbrun

She sits on many committees, including 14 years on the Art Alive steering committee and as a Circle member of the San Diego Museum of Art, on the development board of the San Diego Center For Children, on the advisory board for the Fishman Fund Awards at the Sanford Burnham Science Research Center, as co-program director of the Fishman Fund “Group of 12 and Friends” lecture series, as Charter 100 member, Patron of the Prado committee, as cultural attaché for San Diego and Florence, Italy, working to create a formal relationship between the two cities and establish The Institute of Non-Invasive Technology in Science for Art, Architecture and Archeology in Florence for San Diego students under the directorship of Dr. Maurizio Seracini.

Schonbrun has also been a long-time supporter of the San Diego Center for Children chairing its annual dinner gala — the biggest fundraiser for the organization. The next gala is June 20 at the US Grant Hotel Tickets: centerforchildren.org

What brought you to La Jolla?

I was raised in Los Angeles and our family vacations were spent in San Diego, boating, at the racetrack, fishing, and in Tijuana at the dog races and the jai-alai games. Little did I know, I would settle here one day. I married and raised my children in L.A.

Seventeen years later, I was single again and dating.  L.A. men, in general, were just not my cup of tea. Lo and behold, my childhood girlfriend, who moved to San Diego, called and asked me if I was interested in going out with her gynecologist and friend, Myron Schonbrun. He was originally from Toledo, Ohio, with good midwestern values, charming, funny, cultured, a bookworm — and did I mention twinkling blue eyes?

On the second date, I decided I would let this man chase me until I caught him. He became the love of my life. After several years, much to his astonishment, his 15 years of bachelorhood came to an end, and we were married. We fell in love with the magical seaside community of La Jolla where we bought our first home and have no intention of ever leaving.

What would you improve in the area?
The downward economy and the loss of so many of our fine longtime La Jolla establishments is sad. Here’s hoping for a continued upward economic trend. I would like to see more good stores, less gyms, and the return of a local movie theater.

Speaking of a theater, perhaps a small playhouse for budding actors and veteran actors? Furthermore, thank you to local government officials for the diminishing number of potholes in the area and for saving the seals. Next, let’s get rid of the stench.

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by those who prevail over illness or tragedy, for example, my students at the San Diego Center For Children. I am inspired by man’s humanity to others less fortunate. I am inspired by good, kind, hard-working people who take pride in the most menial of jobs.

I am inspired by great genius and creativity. I am inspired by and protective of the exquisite and profound beauty found in nature, the ocean, and the flora and fauna.

I am inspired by my husband and children, their goodness, care and support. I was deeply inspired by my precious father who always said, “Just keep running, so they can’t catch you.”  He passed away last month with a keen mind at 98.5 years old.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom would you invite?

I would invite my charming husband, Leonardo Da Vinci, Jan Vermeer, Pytor Tchaikovsky, Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir, Albert Einstein, Jenny Churchill, Cleopatra, Abraham Lincoln, the Dali Lama, and Cary Grant. I invited a few more than eight guests in light of regrets due to busy schedules.

What are your five favorite films?

I love movies from every era, however, from the top of my head I would have to say, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “Gone With The Wind,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “Gigi.”

What is it you most dislike?

Prejudice, violence and ignorance.

What is your most-marked characteristic?
I would like to think it is compassion for others.

What is your philosophy of life?

A quality life is a life of balance. First family, then real friends balanced with continuing intellectual curiosity, creativity, volunteerism, and spiritual awakening.

What would be your dream vacation?

I have a recurring vision that Myron and I have a vacation home in Sienna, Italy. The house sits on a large plateau overlooking rolling green hills interspersed with goats, sheep, and fragrant groves of olive trees. There is a table set with colorful traditional ceramic plates, good food, and wine ready to be served. Our five children and nine grandchildren are staying with us for the summer. The children have been busy playing and now everyone sits down for dinner together as the sun begins to set.

What is your greatest extravagance?

That would be the purchase of two pieces of art by one of my favorite artists.

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