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Raymond Shonholtz, Founder of Partners for Democratic Change, passes away on January 7, 2012

The Partners family is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of our founder Raymond Shonholtz on January 7, 2012.

Raymond Shonholtz of Kensington, CA died January 7, 2012.

He was born on June 8, 1943 in Los Angeles, and was a graduate of UCLA and UC Berkeley School of Law. In 1976, Raymond founded Community Boards of San Francisco, one of the first neighborhood and school mediation programs in the United States. Raymond then moved into the international arena, founding Partners for Democratic Change, dedicated to the advancement of civil society and the culture of nonviolent dispute resolution, with centers established in 20 countries around the globe, run by local nationals. 

Raymond is survived by his wife, Anne Devero, brother Barton, daughter Kelley (Drake), son Patrick, grandson James, and Morgan.

A celebration of Raymond’s life will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at the Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611.  A second memorial will be held in Washington, D.C. in early March. We will post more details when they are available.

We have established a Memorial Website for Ray that we hope you will visit and contribute to, as he touched so many lives around the world.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Partners for Democratic Change or to the charity of your choice. Donations can be made by clicking on this link or by mail:

Partners for Democratic Change

1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 515

Washington, DC 20036

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