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Ann Ashbrook Lorimer – The Independent of Santa Barbara


Lois Ann Ashbrook was born in Park Ridge IL on August 18, 1924. She died at the age of 96 in Vista del Monte, living with assistance in Santa Barbara, on June 25, 2021.

Ann spent her childhood and adult life in Illinois and especially cherished her days in Crystal Lake.

Ann attended Dennison University from 1942 to 1944. She then married her longtime sweetheart, Walter Mike Lorimer, who was completing his tenure in the United States Navy.

After graduating from college, Mike enrolled in Harvard Law School. Ann and Mike lived in Boston for the next several years and Ann gave birth to their first child Michael George.

Then the Lorimers moved to Los Angeles where their second son Daniel Shepardson was born. Mike practiced law in the entertainment industry.

When Ann’s sons were teenagers, she returned to UCLA from 1966 to 1970. She received her Masters in Public Health, Phi Beta Kappa.

Ann worked at UCLA Health Services Research from 1971 to 1983. Her work focused on the treatment and prevention of childhood illnesses. One aspect of her job that she found particularly rewarding was mentoring young immigrant mothers.

In 1983 Ann and Mike moved to Santa Barbara and loved every minute of life here. For more than 10 years, they have become travelers all over the world. Ann was an avid daily walker, usually enjoying a 5 km hike along the hills of the Riviera.

Ann’s marriage for over 50 years ended when her beloved Mike passed away from illness in December 2000.

For over 20 years, Ann has generously served her Santa Barbara community as a volunteer in various organizations. Her favorites were the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens and the League of Women Voters, Voter Services and the Education Committee.

Ann was a patron of the Music Academy of the West and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, among many other charities. She loved music and attended hundreds of concerts in Santa Barbara and New York.

Another great love for Ann was reading, whether it was fiction or non-fiction. She had a prodigious memory for the books she had read decades ago. Ann belonged to a book club that lasted over 25 years. The members became his closest friends and the meetings were a highlight of his month.

Ann was much loved by her family and many friends. She will be sorely missed.

Ann is survived by two sons, Michael and his wife Judith, and Daniel. Two grandchildren, Cari Lutz and her husband Michael and Jack Lorimer and his wife Marina. Four great-grandchildren, Sophia, Natasha, Vincent and Nathan.