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Notable Passings: Fond farewell to community members

Since 2000, the area has lost many valuable people, like two Segerstrom ladies and Jan Vandersloot.

December 30, 2009|By Candice Baker

A controversial pioneer of the televangelism medium, Oral Roberts retired and moved to a country club in Newport Beach, where he remained until his death this December.

Oklahoma native Roberts began by preaching in the Pentecostal and Charismatic styles, then introduced faith-based healing and the concept of the prosperity doctrine to the masses through televised services and fundraising campaigns. He also founded Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, which teaches in the Charismatic tradition.

The illness and death of his wife, Evelyn, in 2005 was a tremendous blow to Roberts, friends said. Previously, he lost one child to an airplane crash and another to suicide.


Upon moving to Newport Beach, Roberts continued in his Biblical study, consulting local rabbis and making friends with area pastors. He also enjoyed golf.



Balboa Island resident Robert E. Badham represented the area in state and federal government. During his tenure, he worked to protect marine life and natural resources at both levels of government.

Badham was a state assemblyman from 1963 to 1977, at which time he became a federal congressman; his last term ended in 1989. The fiscal conservative focused on protecting natural resources like tidepools. The Robert E. Badham State Marine Park in Little Corona was named after him, as a 70th birthday present from his daughter.

Badham was remembered for his happy outlook and strong family life; he raised five children for more than 30 years in a blended family with his wife, Anne Badham.

Upon his retirement, he became a member of the Newport Beach civil service board. He died in 2005; his term was to expire in 2006.


Former Newport Beach mayor and longtime Corona del Mar resident Jay Stoddard was at the helm during one of its largest periods of growth.

The Caltech graduate lived in the area for more than 50 years, and spent 10 years on the Newport Beach City Council in the 1950s and 60s, including several stints as mayor.

He had a background in the petroleum industry, both domestically and in the Middle East.

Stoddard was remembered for his work during the 1956/57 water shortage, when he moved the Big Canyon Reservoir through in record time. The project required a bond issue in addition to design and construction.

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