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Shirley F. Chang, 71

Shirley Francis Chang of Derby died Dec. 1 at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. She was 71.

Born May 13, 1945 in Norwalk, she was the daughter of Sun Soon Wu and Fung Ho Wu.

She attended Brien McMahon High School, and then attended New York University. She owned and operated Golden Dragon, and then Peking Inn restaurant in Westport, as well as Mandarin East in Norwalk, and The Oriental Palace in Stamford, as well as Golden Palace in Wolcott.

She was previously affiliated with the Mandarin Inn, also in Norwalk. She worked earlier at Hing Lee, a family-owned laundromat, and for New Canaan attorney Linda Strumpf.

Dorothy C. Shook, 94

Dorothy C. Shook of Essex, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 27 at Essex Madows. She was 94.

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Dorothy Shook: former Westporter. Contributed photo

While residing in Westport, she was the longtime secretary of the local chapter of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization which promotes the advancement of and provides educational opportunities for women.

She was an assistant registrar of voters in Westport for over a decade and was the bookkeeper for the family-owned business, Television Workshop, Inc. for many years.

More recently she was a resident member representative to the board of directors for the Essex Meadows Retirement Community and served on the welcoming committee.

June Parker, 88

June Parker of Seattle, Washington, a former Westport resident, died Nov. 17 at home. She was 88.

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June Parker: artist. Contributed photo

She chose the scenic route through life and she lived it with grit and grace, her family said. She enjoyed a love of family and love of beauty that launched her into the world of art and a lifetime of strong ties to her four children; Donna Parker of Seattle, Brad Parker of Vienna, Virginia, Karen Parker of Los Altos, California, and Melissa Riordan of Fairbanks, Arkansas.

Claire “June” Crary was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. where she lived for several years with parents, Claire and Ralph Goodman and siblings Nancy (Reilly) and Richard Goodman. When her mother remarried to Stu Crary, the family moved to Westport. All three siblings graduated from Staples High School.

In 1949, June married Donald Parker, an alumnus of Staples High School, the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and the University of Connecticut.

Judith Eve Brown, 70

Judith Eve Brown of Brandon, Vt., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 27 at home. She was 70.

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Judith Eve Brown: Staples grad. Contributed photo

An obituary supplied by her family said she lived the last five and half years in a continual dance of spirit contending with ovarian cancer and scleroderma.

She pursued treatment across the spectrum of traditional and non-traditional medicine. Her hard-earned learning taught her to listen to her own body, and it was her wish that her obituary encourage women everywhere: “listen to, and trust, your body.”

In her words, “The more you accept where you are, your mind then isn’t in a constant struggle…and then your life doesn’t revolve around it. . . You know me, I never liked guns, I’m not a fighter, but I’m aggressive about knowledge. The more you can learn. . . to make your inner terrain healthier, the more empowered you are.” She understood a basic principle that you can’t fight and heal at the same time.

Peter D. Griffin, 58

Peter D. Griffin of Westport died Nov. 29 at home of pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

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Peter Griffin: certified in internal and occupational medicine. Contributed photo

He was born on July 7, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended Rutgers University School of Engineering from 1976 through 1980, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science, electrical engineering, high honors, in May 1980. He was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society as well as Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society.

He attended Loyola Stritch School of Medicine from 1980 through 1984 where he graduated with a Medical Doctorate in 1984. He was accepted into Columbia University’s combined internal medicine and occupation medicine program becoming board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He received a Master’s in public health from Columbia University in 1991.

He fulfilled a two-year commitment to the National Public Health Service by working in a physician shortage area in upstate New York at Syracuse Community Health Center from 1987 to 1989. There he earned the NPHS Regional Administrators award for his work on AIDS and drug addiction. It is in upstate New York where his interest in outdoor sports began.

George T. Bristol III, 67

George Treat Bristol III of Tujunga, Calif., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 12 at home of heart failure. He was 67.

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George Bristol: former Westporter.  Contributed photo

He was the husband of Toni (Shpuntoff) Bristol and owner and president of Expansion Ventures Inc. of Montrose, Calif. The company provides consultation services for periodontists, a dental specialty.

He was born April 20, 1949 in New York City, the son of the late George T. Bristol Jr. and Marjorie (Macon) Bristol of Westport. He grew up in Westport and was a graduate of Staples High School. He attended Clark University before relocating to California.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, he is survived by a son Thomas Bristol and his wife Jamie (Wilson) Bristol of Glendale, Calif.; a brother, Ned Bristol of Wrentham, Mass.; three sisters, Kathleen Federico of Norwalk, Patricia May of Medina, Wash., and Elizabeth Callahan of Wilton; two grandchildren, one nephew and six nieces.

Leland Armbrust, 86

Leland Armbrust, known as Martin, of Boca Raton, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Nov. 25. He was 86.

Westport was home to his family for many years until he and Elena, his wife of 56 years, moved to Boca Raton in 1990 to start a computer company.

He was a proud man, a smart man, a compassionate man.

As an IBM executive for over 30 years, he traveled the world. As a graduate from Stanford Business School, his best day of the year was when the Stanford Cardinals played against UCLA Bruins, his wife’s alma matter.

Al Brodax, ‘Yellow Submarine’ Producer, 90

Albert P. Brodax of Ridgefield, formerly of Westport and Weston, producer and co-writer of the iconic animated Beatles film, “Yellow Submarine,” died Nov. 24 in Danbury. He was 90.

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Al Brodax at a 2010 Westport Arts Center appearance where “Yellow Submarine” was screened. (CLlCK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

In 2010 and 2012, he appeared at the Westport Arts Center to discuss his Beatles film and the 2004 book he wrote about the experience, “Up Periscope Yellow: The Making of the Beatles Yellow Submarine.”

Born in the Bronx on Feb. 14, 1926, he enlisted in the Army at age 17, was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and awarded the Purple Heart and a Combat Medical Badge. 

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1948 and began his career at the William Morris Agency as a program developer, working on “Your Show of Shows” and co-producing the Broadway play “Winesburg, Ohio.”

Miller Pope, Mad Man Illustrator, 87

By Gordon Joseloff

Miller Pope, a Mad Man illustrator who lived the life of “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” while living in Westport in the 1950s and ‘60s, died Nov. 20 at his home in Shallotte Point, N.C. He was 87.

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Miller Pope: an original “Mad Man.”  Contributed photo

“We called it ‘The Uniform,’” said Pope of the commuter attire in a 2006 interview. “Oxford shirt, button-down collar, regimental tie.”

Pope said every workday, like Gregory Peck in the movie, he would don his full dress and take the train from Westport to Manhattan.

There, he made a living as one of New York’s top illustrators, creating covers and inside sketches for such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Redbook, and Reader’s Digest.

Linda Johnson, 76

Linda (Mitchell) Johnson of Mansfield, Mass., formerly of Westport and West Windsor, Vt. and Wellesley, Mass., died Nov. 15. She was 76.

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Linda Johnson: former Westporter. Contributed photo

Born in Wellesley on Aug. 8, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Frank J. Sr. and Elizabeth F. (Fisher) Mitchell.

She grew up in Wellesley and Sherborn, and was a 1958 graduate of the Beaver Country Day School. She furthered her education, receiving an associate degree from Briar Cliff University, where she majored in English.

Prior to retiring, she had worked as an office manager at Modem Media in Norwalk. She had made her home in Mansfield for the past one and a half years.