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La Jolla High School student and chess champion Varun Krishnan is no rookie

Varun Krishnan

Varun Krishnan is the reigning 11th grade National Chess Champion and holds the title of National Master in Chess. Born in Austin, Texas, he moved to La Jolla with his parents when he was eight years old. Varun is also the youngest Southern California Open State Champion, and has been named to the All American Chess Team six times — the highest national honor attainable by a young chess player.

Mary Soriano shares her love of life and family as a La Jolla Town Council trustee

Mary Soriano

Born in the Philippines (my biological father remarried), my American father, who served in the Air Force, fell in love with my mother and her two daughters (my sister and I), and brought us to America. We were stationed in Boise, Idaho, returned to the Philippines, and eventually came to San Diego. I grew up practicing the Jewish and Christian beliefs from my father’s family, though my mother’s side is Roman Catholic. I believe religion provides a good foundation.

Landscape architect Jim Neri has designs on La Jolla’s scenery

Jim Neri

Jim Neri grew up on the bluffs and beaches of La Jolla, gaining an appreciation for the design subtleties found in both natural and built landscapes. Schooled in horticulture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and armed with a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, he sketched his way through Europe, and designed the great outdoors with a San Diego landscape architecture and planning firm before founding Neri Landscape Architecture in 1997.

Ramin Pourteymour: Community service in La Jolla is a big part of my life

Ramin Pourteymour

Ramin Pourteymour has 25 years of experience in aviation. He has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Iran, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the United States. In 1990, he became the youngest pilot to fly for United Airlines and has flown many dignitaries, including a former President of the United States.

Career as novelist comes to Hal Taxel in his later years

Hal Taxel

al Taxel was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the youngest of four boys. (“My poor mother,” he said.) He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Scouts’ Order of the Arrow. He served in the U.S. Navy Aircorps after graduating from New York University, where he was a reporter for the school’s newspaper, captain of the NYU national champion fencing team — a NCAA silver medalist and fencing All-American.

10 Questions: Vivian Glyck’s mission is improving the lives of mothers

Vivian Glyck

Vivian Glyck is an author, entrepreneur, humanitarian and mother. Passionate about parenting and dedicated to improving the lives of mothers and children globally, in 2007 Glyck founded the Just Like My Child Foundation (JLMCF).

With a heart of gold, Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club’s Gordon Shurtleff is the ultimate Rotarian

gordon shurtleff

Gordon Shurtleff, president of Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club, has spent a lifetime helping others, and most would agree he is the epitome of Rotary’s concept of “Service Above Self.” With wife Penny at his side, thousands have benefitted from his generosity over four decades. Many more have learned from him to make each day better.

Fundraising work fills the days (and nights) for Hillary Brendzel

Hillary Brendzel

Hillary Brendzel is director of development for Scripps Health’s Campaign for Cardiovascular Care, a $180 million capital campaign to raise funds and awareness for the new Prebys Cardiovascular Institute and Scripps Clinic Anderson Medical Pavilion.

10 Questions: Jeannie Walsh has a spot in her heart for senior citizens

10Q.Jeannie Walsh

Jeannie Walsh is the newly appointed director of La Jolla Friendly Visitors, a program under Greater La Jolla Meals-On-Wheels. Inc. She conducts home visits with seniors, interviews volunteers, and matches their personalities and interests in an effort to make supportive relationships within the La Jolla community.

Dr. David Smotrich works to make life better for others

Dr. David Smotrich

David B. Smotrich, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, specializing in reproductive endocrinology and fertility. He has served as an adjunct scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, and lectures throughout the world on advanced diagnostic and treatment methods for infertility. He is widely published on the clinical care and treatment of, and basic research in, infertility in both American and international medical journals.

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    “On my last book tour, I had a day off in Portland and it was very nice,” said bestselling novelist Jojo Moyes at a luncheon recently held at the Del Mar Country Club. Then she paused, looked around and added, “But I can tell you a day off in La Jolla is better.” The British author definitely knows how to please an audience – as evidenced not just by the war […]
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