Phillip Berry, a resident of Lafayette, was born in Berkeley and graduated from Berkeley High, Stanford University and Stanford Law School. He worked for more than 30 years as a trial attorney, specializing in environmental law and representing the poor. He was a lifelong leader in the Sierra Club, serving three times as the national president for the organization. He also served for years on the California Board of Forestry and was a board member for Pacific Environment. Berry died on Sept. 22 at the age of 76. Barbara Goff,a resident of Lafayette, was born in Berkeley and graduated from Berkeley High and U.C. Berkeley with a degree in political science. She was elected to Phi Betta Kappa and was the commencement speaker at her college graduating ceremony in 1943. She was an avid reader, gardener and traveler. Goff died on Sept. 24 at the age of 92.
John O'Hara,a former resident of Orinda, was born in Oakland. He attended Fremont High in Oakland and U.C. Berkeley, where he played baseball. He was a World War II veteran and worked for 40 years for the federal government, including stints at the Social Security Administration and Medicare. He and his wife lived in Orinda for 45 years. They were fans of the San Francisco Opera and the Oakland Athletics. O'Hara died on Aug. 28 at the age of 87.
Dolores Riniker,a resident of Lafayette, was born in Iowa and relocated to California. She also lived in Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Riniker died on Sept. 25 at the age of 89.