July 15, 1939 — Aug. 15, 2014
Elaine was born and raised in Los Angeles and came to Davis as a freshman to study biochemistry. After graduation, she worked briefly as a biochemist in the Bay Area before returning to work at UC Davis. She co-authored many scientific publications between 1963 and 1986.
During this time she started to perform dog rescue activities as an avocation and rescue became her lifelong passion. Elaine retired from UC Davis and changed direction entirely. She was keenly interested in Native American arts and traveled to the Navajo Nation to learn traditional methods for restoring Navajo rugs. She began to restore rugs for part time work. Elaine raised her own sheep, and used the wool sheared from the flock to spin the fleece into wool of natural colors. She also raised angora rabbits and used the hair combed from the rabbits to spin angora wool, also of natural colors. Elaine was a long time vendor at the Saturday Davis Farmers Market, where she sold skeins of her natural wool as well as items that she knitted.
She added various animals to her farm, some of them abandoned. Elaine was well known among dog rescuers in Northern California for her deep knowledge of, and expertise with dogs and was generous with her time and experience. She was especially fond of Rottweilers. She started Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue in 2002, pulling at risk Rottweiler’s from kill shelters in a wide geographic area. For 12 years she successfully rescued and re-homed abandoned Rottweilers as part of her non-profit rescue, arranging for veterinary care and offering education, expertise and support to people who had either already adopted a Rottweiler or were thinking of doing so.
Elaine will be tremendously missed by her friends and Rottweilers in need of rescue on the West Coast.
According to her wishes, there will be no memorial service.