Eleanor Bynum Savage ’29

Eleanor Bynum Savage ’29 died on October 25, 2011 in Ashland, Oregon. She was born August 5, 1913 in San Diego, California to Sterling Spotswood Smith and Eleanor Louise Smith. Eleanor attended Francis Parker School, where her father, Sterling Spotswood Smith, taught mathematics for many years. As a teen, she was an avid equestrian and hiker. She participated in Sierra Club trips, during one of which she scaled Mt. Whitney. After graduating from the University of Arizona, she served as a social worker for the State of California until her marriage in March 1937 in La Mesa, California to fellow San Diego native, Arthur Mix Savage. She accompanied Arthur, a career naval officer, on tours of duty in San Francisco, California; Newport, Rhode Island; Charleston, South Carolina; and Washington DC, as well as overseas postings in Sasebo, Japan, and the U.S. Embassies in Santiago, Chile, and Lima, Peru. Following Captain Savage's retirement in 1969, the couple lived in San Diego until 2003, when they moved to Ashland, Oregon to reside, to be with their daughter, Eleanor and son-in-law David. Eleanor enjoyed extensive travel with Arthur, and the couple visited their daughter, a Foreign Service Officer, in many parts of the globe. She loved knitting and reading, and was an enthusiastic stamp collector and worker of crossword puzzles. After moving to Ashland, she joined Trinity Episcopal Church, where she was active in the quilting circle. She is survived by her daughter Eleanor and son-in-law, David Gildersleeve, of Ashland.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

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6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
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