DPHS Honors Geody and Richard Deffenbaugh for Founders Day

Posted by on Jun 9, 2020 in About DPHS, Awards, Featured, Member Profiles | 0 comments

The Dana Point Historical Society’s Founders Day Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the history of Dana Point, and this year’s honorees, Geody and Richard Deffenbaugh (below), have also contributed to the Society directly. Both grew up in California — Richard Deffenbaugh in Anaheim and Geody in La Mirada.  Richard’s first experience with Dana Point was in 1962 as a teenager when he...

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In Memoriam: Mel Pierce

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in About DPHS, Awards, Featured, Member Profiles, Oral History, Surfing Heritage | 0 comments

DPHS Patriarch of Dana Point, August 11, 1923 – May 19, 2015. Mel and Helen Pierce were honored as DPHS Founders in 2007.  Mel lived here from the age of six, with the exception of his service in WWII, loved Dana Point and believed in serving his community. Services will be held Saturday, June 6 at 2 PM at South Shores Community Church. Please click here to read all about the lives of Mel and his family when he was named Patriarch of the...

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Harold Kaufman Celebrated by Friends and Family as 2014 Founders Day Honoree

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Awards, Events, Member Profiles | 0 comments

The May Founders Day program honored Harold Kaufman for his contributions as a DPHS Founder, his efforts on behalf of Dana Point and celebrated the 25th Anniversary the City of Dana Point’s incorporation. DPHS board member Heidi Hyde presented an extensive power point presentation and talked about the accomplishments and highlights of Harold’s life before and after his arrival in Dana Point. Harold was presented with a certificate from the...

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