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San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, February 16, 2001
Section D, page 5

GUASTAVINO, Louise Wright -- in San Anselmo, February 11, 2001. Beloved daughter of Colonel Allen G. and Helen P. Wright and sister to Carroll Wright of Washington state, widow of Robert A. Guastavino, loving mother to David, Janet, Priscilla, Allen and Robert, grandmother to Robert Parker, Andrea, Lorenzo and Allison and step-grandmother to Aryn. Louise passed away peacefully at her home Sunday evening after an extended illness. A resident of Marin County for fifty years, she was born and raised in San Francisco. She attended the Hamlin school of San Francisco, Dominican College in San Rafael and graduated in 1944 from Mills College in Oakland. As a young woman, she was an actress in San Francisco theatre, where she met her husband-to-be at the old Bay Theatre in the 1940's. Her favorite part was as Mary, Queen of Scots, as she had once traced her own family lineage back to the real Queen Mary. A lover oI all cultural things, she was especially fond of opera and was a benefactor to both the San Francisco and Los Angeles Operas. One of her biggest thrills was her first chance meeting with her idol Placido Domingo after a performance of his at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Active for many years in local politics, she served as a valued member of the Marin County Democratic Central Committee, attended state Democratic Conventions as its Marin delegate, and was awarded the Dorothea B. Cooney Award for Volunteer of the Year in 1992. She was presented with the Ray Castell-Blanch Award for Lifetime Service to the party in 1997.

At her request a family only interment service will be held. Memorial contributions preferred in her memory to the San Francisco Opera or the Positive Center in San Anselmo. An open house celebration for neighbors and friends will be held Saturday, February 24, 2001, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.


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