Sanda Schuldmann Clark of Compassion & Choices Arizona at DGT

    February 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only

    Sanda Schuldmann Clark, Tucson contact of Compassion & Choices Arizona,
    will speak on the end-of-life resolution by Tucson City Council.

    Sanda Schuldmann Clark
    Sanda Schuldmann Clark
    “She will be accompanied by Judith Willis, also from Compassionate Choices for Tucson, will discuss current efforts in the AZ legislature, via HB 2347, to change current state laws to reflect the realities families face with medical challenges.”

    Sanda Schuldmann Clark: Born in Bucharest, Romania, continued her musical education in Jerusalem, subsequently, as a scholarship recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation; received a B.A. in piano from the Rubin Academy of Music. Along with her partner, cellist Harry Clark, started Chamber Music PLUS in Hartford, Connecticut and later on brought it to Tucson, Arizona. Has performed on most every important stage in America including Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress, and recorded a dozen or more albums of established repertoire and music composed for her by many of America’s best composers.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Sanda Clark spoke of the one year old Tucson chapter of Compassionate Choices of AZ which is advocating for choices for the terminally ill, to die with dignity, using physician prescribed meds. Oregon passed this law in 1998, has had 108 such deaths of 39,000 deaths since then, so it’s a “privilege, not for all” as a choice to die by self-medication, taking sleeping pills w/ liquid, with death within 5 to 10 minutes. Judith Willis also spoke of the painful death of her 56 year old son, with Stage 4 colon cancer last May, 2015. She said her son Gunner ultimate chose to stop eating/drinking. Sanda advocated this legislation in Arizona, for people to choose and be in control of a good death, to alleviate suffering at the end. Bills in Arizona legislature are stalled in committee. California and Montana have passed similar bills, but under challenge, also valid in Washington state and partially in New Mexico. Tucson and Bisbee have passed compassionate resolutions, as well as Town of Oro Valley (proclamation). Audience was knowledgeable, knew of several death discussion books “Being Mortal”, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”, “Final Exit”.


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