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Press Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, PIO, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7008


Berkeley, California (Monday, July 14, 2008) - I regret to announce the passing of Berkeley City Council Member Dona Spring. A memorial service is being planned for Sunday, August 10 at Civic Center Park from 2-4 p.m., with the event continuing at the North Berkeley Senior Center from 4-8 p.m.

Council Member Spring represented District 4 on the Berkeley City Council for 15 years, but has served the Berkeley community for much longer than that. With her passing, we lose a true public servant who was devoted to her district and to Berkeley. She was a passionate advocate on behalf of her constituents, her City and the people of all walks of life who she cared so deeply about. Her focus, her energy and her commitment have set a high standard for community service, and she will be missed.

Before being elected to the City Council, Council Member Spring worked in the area of nonprofit services to seniors and the disabled, as well as on healthcare, environmental and animal protection issues. A few highlights (although certainly not a comprehensive list of all her accomplishments):

  • She graduated from UC Berkeley with honors with a B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology.
  • She was elected to the County Democratic Central Committee 1986-1988 and to the Green Party County Council 1990-1992.
  • In 1994, Council Member Spring served as the Vice Mayor of Berkeley.
  • Between 1997 and 2001, she served on the Alameda County Recycling Board and was its president in 2001.

The sympathies of the community and City of Berkeley are with her friends and family during this time.


Phil Kamlarz
City Manager, City of Berkeley
July 14, 2008


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