Temporary altar for late Supervisor Richard Elias at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson


Supervisor Richard Elias
Temporary Altar
July 7 – November 8, 2020
Open During Business Hours

Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum, 196 N. Court Ave. (entrance on Court Ave.)

“Richard Elías served Pima County as a supervisor for 18 years. His sudden passing on March 28th, 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis was a shock for many.  Due to Covid-19 a public memorial event was not held.  Supervisor Elias was a fifth-generation Tucsonan, a direct descendant of Tucson Presidio settlers and a member of a family that included many local leaders and luminaries.  In lieu of a memorial event, members of the community, friends and family are invited to bring mementos to leave on a temporary alter displayed at the Presidio Museum.”

The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is OPEN
with limited evening hours. 

“Summer operating hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm from June 25th – August 29th with social distancing practices in place.  During these evening hours, visitors can enjoy the summer outdoors while taking a self-guided tour. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy the museum’s unique surroundings.  No admission fees will be charged through August 29th,  but your support through membership and donations is truly appreciated at this time.  We are slowly adding small events that follow social distancing guidelines. “
Carolyn’s note: My husband and I dropped by the Museum on Saturday evening July 11, and paid our respects to our friend and District 5 Democratic Supervisor Richard. Still quite a shock that he died so suddenly at age 61 (apparently from a heart attack) on March 28, a few weeks after the COVID 19 crisis began here in Pima County. And he was the Chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors and was carrying the burden of the onset of this pandemic.  Richard was a very friendly, personable, hard working, dedicated public servant, and many here in Tucson miss him dearly.  I folded a white origami crane and left it on the ofrenda for Richard.  R.I.P. dear friend.  The altar will be available for people to view till Nov. 8, 2020, with no admission charge.  As Richard would say (on FB): “Resist. Much love” (and vote wisely in the General Election on Nov. 3).
Pima County Supervisor Rivhard Elias, District 5
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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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