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When the Rev. Donn Moomaw abruptly resigned in 1993 from his celebrity pulpit at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, with a mysterious statement that he had "stepped over the line," it was because regional church officials were looking into rumors of sexual misconduct with women he had counseled.
The Pentagon, acknowledging snags in military procedures for handling sexual harassment cases, announced plans Friday to shore up the existing system by increasing pressure on individual commanders to enforce current policies.
July 1, 2011 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
The Rev. Michael Wenning, the retired senior pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church who presided at former President Reagan's 2004 burial service in Simi Valley, died Tuesday at his home in Mission Viejo, one week before his 76th birthday. The cause was leukemia and kidney failure, said his wife of 54 years, Freda. From 1995 to 2001, Wenning led Bel Air Presbyterian Church, where former President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, had worshiped for years. The pastor also made regular visits to Reagan's home and Century City office when the former president, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, stopped appearing in public.
April 11, 1989
UCLA assistant golf coach Raymond A. Snyder, 77, died suddenly Sunday. Snyder began teaching at UCLA in 1950 in the physical education department. He retired in 1979. Snyder was a volunteer assistant golf coach for more than 15 years. Services are set for noon Wednesday at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church.
August 3, 2006
A memorial service for Milan Williams, one of the original members of the 1970s Motown group the Commodores, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, 16221 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. Williams died of leukemia on July 9 at age 58.
June 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Firefighters jumped on three small blazes across the county Wednesday as dry and gusty weather raised fire danger in the parched region. One fire burned brush in the Sunland-Tujunga area of the northeastern San Fernando Valley before it was extinguished after about 50 minutes, said city Fire Department spokeswoman d'Lisa Davies. Another fire burned three acres and threatened structures in Santa Clarita before it was put out, said county Fire Inspector Sam Padilla.
August 8, 2003 | Chris Pasles
Mark Thallander, formerly assistant organist at the Crystal Cathedral and director of music at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, suffered serious injuries in a car accident Sunday evening on the Maine Turnpike, near Ogunquit. According to colleague John West, artist in residence at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Thallander was returning alone to a friend's house from a church service in Worcester, Mass., when, during a heavy rainstorm, he ran off the road.
December 25, 1996
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. for Jordan Scott Cronenweth, an independent cinematographer who died Nov. 29 at age 61. The service will be at the Bel-Air Presbyterian Church, 16221 Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. Cronenweth, who died in Los Angeles of Parkinson's disease, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 for his work on "Peggy Sue Got Married." He won the British equivalent of the Oscar in 1982 for his imaginative photography on "Blade Runner."
December 12, 1985
A memorial celebration of the life of architect George MacLean is scheduled at noon Wednesday at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in West Los Angeles. MacLean, who designed shopping centers for the public and mansions for film stars, was 68 when he died of cancer Dec. 1 at his ranch near Hemet. He most recently had pulled away from the Los Angeles social scene, said his longtime friend John Green, the composer and conductor.
March 14, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Edwin C. (Babe) Horrell, 89, UCLA's football coach from 1939 to 1944, died Friday night at his home in Beverly Hills. He suffered from Parkinson's disease for 30 years. As a player, Horrell was a lineman on California's famed "Wonder Teams" of the early 1920s. In 1942, he became the first UCLA coach to beat USC. UCLA went to the Rose Bowl for the first time that year, losing to Georgia, 9-0.
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