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In Memory of Beverly Wood

Tuesday, August 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Dear SBHRA members:

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that our beloved member Beverly Wood passed away on August 15, 2019.

Beverly had been an SBHRA member since 1983. Along with many over the years, she was a significant influence in the success of SBHRA serving as membership chair, starting the first Student Focus committee, maintaining the history of SBHRA for many years, and being the SBHRA Administrator for a period of time.

Beverly had a keen sense of humor, a willingness to help, and was a mentor to many of us over the years influencing many HR careers. She truly understood the meaning of the word mentor by providing guidance, wisdom, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. Several members have shared that she connected them to people and jobs. While she wanted no fanfare following her passing, if you are one of those individuals touched by Beverly, feel free to share that with her sister, Cathy Toft

Following her position as HR Manager at Howden Fluid Systems (now Pacific Design Technologies) she went on to co-found HRxpress, an HR consulting business that continues today.

We will miss Beverly’s quick wit and the knowledge she so willingly shared. In her memory, we have created a scholarship via the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation for individuals pursuing an education in Human Resources. We felt it would be a perfect way to honor her.

Should you care to donate in Beverly's memory, you can do so at If you do so, please indicate "Beverly Wood Memorial" in the "ïn memory of" field when filling out the form. Or checks can be mailed to Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 3620, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.

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