Members We Remember

This is a page is a memorial for members who have passed – may they live on through their work!


1c48a1aAL Levenson

AL (never Al) was an energetic and beloved leader of CWC-Berkeley, personally associating with the Club’s motto, “Sail On,” as a yachtsman, whose Write Angles column “A View From the Helm” provided an inspiring and welcoming message to members every month, and he inaugurated this blog. He left Alameda to travel the country in his “Land Yacht,” chronicling his adventures in his blog, A Year on the Road… which took him many years down the road, to the greatest adventure of all.


Deb-at-BotanicalDeborah Susan Frisch

Deborah Frisch ran our 5th Grade Writing Contest for many years, and will be missed. During her time with the club, she published A Mango for the TeacherRunning the Beach and Running a School in Cancún’s Early Days about her adventures teaching English in Mexico.  Her blog is: Latinofile – ¿Qué Pasa? with author Déborah  Frisch

“A Mango” is a delicious dish…a memoir of dreams, hopes and learning….” — Rene Colato Lainez


Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 11.22.49 AMCharlie Russell 1932-2013

Ebony magazine  recognized Charlie’s Five on the Black Hand Side as one of the ten best African-American films of all time. At the time of his death, Charlie was working on a historical fiction novel about Haiti.


Please feel free to comment with your thoughts or memories of any of these members!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Colleen Rae
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 16:38:10

    AL Levenson was the reason I joined the Berkeley branch of the CWC when he was the President. He had been my friend for months. I belonged to the Marin branch of the CWC and he wanted to interview me about my latest book. AL was a wondeful, sensitive and skilled man of many talents. He was an excellent writer and could enchant you with his words on the page as well as he could selling you a yacht. He will be greatly missed. Rest lin Peace, AL.


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