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Appreciating Charlotte 1928 - 2013
Nancy Fisher | 24th Street


In the photo with Charlotte are her grandson Dev Katz and her constant companion, Billy. Photo provided by Annie Hutchins.  Click to enlarge.


Del Mar resident Charlotte Aladjem, who passed away on August 13th, was a shining example of the concept of “paying it forward.” The elegant Bostonian, transplanted to Del Mar in 2000 to be near her family, quickly became a community asset, making new friends and doing volunteer work for Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC), the Del Mar Foundation, the Del Mar Historical Society, and even judging radishes at the San Diego County Fair.

After a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, she slowly and graciously transitioned from volunteer to beneficiary of the services of DMCC. Accompanied by friends or her daughter, Annie -- and always by her beloved service dog, Billy -- she continued to attend teas, to play bridge (better than most) at the Powerhouse each Wednesday, and to dine with girlfriends at Jake’s on Wednesday evenings.
She will be deeply missed by many, especially the staff, board, and fellow volunteers of DMCC. “The thing that struck me most about Charlotte,” says close friend and DMCC board member Karolen Linderman, “is that she never had a negative word to say about anyone or anything. She loved her family, the ocean, and all animals. And everyone loved Charlotte.”

For more on the life and many accomplishments of Charlotte Aladjem, please see her obituary here.



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