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Loris “Lori” Louise Lynch ’79, age 54, passed away during the early morning hours of Dec. 12, 2011, due to heart failure in her home in Chandler, Ariz. Born in San Francisco, she was the first-born child to ballet teacher Adrienne Elaine Lynch (McHugh) of Adrienne Elaine Dance Studios and San Francisco Police Sgt. Maurice Joseph Lynch Jr., both of San Francisco. She grew up in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood of San Anselmo and spent her summers working in Lake Tahoe, traveling with family and spending time at her beloved Camp Mather in Yosemite. Some of her fondest memories and friendships were made during her high school and college years. She attended The San Domenico School for Girls (1971–1975), and then went on to complete a B.A. at Santa Clara University (1975–1979), followed by a nursing degree (B.S.) at Boston University. After completing her studies, Lori had a long and fruitful career in medical sales. She also was an active member of the San Francisco Junior League for years before transferring to the Scottsdale chapter. On October 3, 2003, during a beautiful ceremony overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Lori married Richard J. Nelson of Wisconsin at the Alta Mira Hotel in Sausalito. Together, they lived in Sausalito and San Rafael, before retiring to Arizona, where they split their time between Chandler and Pinewood (Munds Park). Lori’s love for travel continued after marriage with explorations to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Hawaii with her husband. As an avid cruiser, Mexico and the Caribbean were her favorites. Lori was best described as quick-witted and sharp. She loved hearty discussions, whether they were about politics, history, or a debate over a Trivial Pursuit question. She will be missed and is survived by her husband, Richard J. Nelson of Chandler, Ariz., Steven Gregory Lynch (brother) of Scottsdale, Kerri Patrice Lynch (sister) of Scottsdale, Richard Craig Lynch (brother), and family Zuzy Martin Lynch (sister-in-law) and Craig Maurice Lynch (beloved nephew) of Larkspur, Calif.