Diane Thomas died December 1st at her Berkeley home after a long struggle with cancer. The celebration of Diane's life will be held on Saturday, January 17th at 10 a.m. at Pacific School of Religion (MAP), where she was on staff for nine years. The public is invited.
I worked with Diane in the UC Nuclear Weapons Conversion Project and other peace groups in the late 70's, and continued to see her over the years, including a few times at parent nights when her kids where at Berkeley High School during the years I was teaching there.
"Diane was a shining person. She was loving and loveable, fully committed and conscientious in her activism, and dedicated to helping make a better life for all people. Those who knew her thought of her as one of the best human beings any of us had ever encountered. She was one of my heroes."
-Daniel Ellsberg, anti-war activist and long-time friend of Diane Thomas.
Donations can be made in Diane's name to the Iraq Initiatives Project, a major new effort for peace in Iraq that Diane supported and helped start in the last year of her life. Visit the Ecumenical Peace Institute web site to donate.