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Life Regent Rosemary Kraemer Lokey Raitt Passes
The Pepperdine community was saddened to learn that Rosemary Kraemer Lokey Raitt, a 29-year member of the Board of Regents, passed away on December 16. She was 91 years-old.
"Rosemary Raitt was one of the university's staunchest and most consistent supporters," says President Andrew K. Benton. "She was more than a supporter—she was an active and constant contributor to the University community. From her establishment of scholarships, to serving on our Board of Regents and our Center for the Arts Guild, to directly working with our students, Rosemary distinguished herself as a person who actively sought to involve herself in the life of the University, with the aim of making a real and immediate difference."
Marnie Duke Mitze, chief of staff and former managing director of the Center for the Arts at Pepperdine, noted that "Rosemary and her late husband, John, were a vital part of our arts center and the life of our university. Hundreds of young musicians have benefited from the opportunity to perform in the exquisite Raitt Recital Hall, and many more students have benefited from the generosity of the Rosemary Lokey Raitt endowed scholarship and the John and Rosemary Raitt music theatre scholarship. Rosemary was the first person to establish a scholarship at the University's Malibu campus."
Rosemary Kraemer Lokey Raitt was a director of two family partnerships that worked together for two centuries in Southern California. A descendant of Antonio Yorba, a member of the Portola expedition from Spain in 1769, Raitt observed the rapid growth and development of the Golden State from her family's Orange County rancho.
In addition to serving on the Pepperdine University Board of Regents, the Pepperdine University Associates, and the Center for the Arts Guild, she was a director of the Crippled Children's Society of Los Angeles, a member of the Costume Council of the Los Angeles Art Museum, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the National Arts Association, the Diadames (supporting the Mirman School of Talented Children), Le Dames De Champagne of Los Angeles, and the American Academy of Achievement.
Raitt attended Scripps College, Claremont, and the University of Southern California, where she majored in geology. She was married to Hulsey S. Lokey and following Lokey's death, married John Raitt, renowned performer and Broadway legend, who passed away in 2005. She pursued the study of horticulture, mineralogy, Folk Art, Oriental art, and was involved in the creation of a national design for handicapped housing.
Raitt is survived by her daughter, Sally Lokey, step-children David and Bonnie Raitt, Dorothy Mahieu Johnson, and several grandchildren. A viewing/visitation and a remembrance is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Gates, Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors, 1925 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310-395-9988).