Lasting Memories

Lynn Torin
June 21, 1935-Dec. 7, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Lynn Torin, a longtime Palo Alto resident whose many leadership roles included chairing the city's Human Relations Commission and its first Parks and Recreation Commission, died on Dec. 7 at Channing House. She was 79.

Torin, who was born in Spain and spent her childhood in Chile, came to the United States in 1946 and later studied at the University of California, Berkeley. She married Dave Torin in 1956, and the couple moved to Palo Alto in 1965 when Dave joined the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.

Torin, who taught English as a Second Language at the Palo Alto Adult School for 19 years, chaired PTAs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, earning an Honorary Service Award and later a Continuing Service Award from the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.

She chaired the Santa Clara County Advisory Commission on Consumer Affairs as well as the board of the Committee for Green Foothills, a nonprofit group that works to protect open spaces, farmlands and natural resources in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Torin was president of the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and co-chaired the Tinsley Advisory Committee, which advised the Palo Alto Unified School District on the court-mandated integration of minority students from Ravenswood City School District.

She was a founding board member of Leadership Palo Alto and the inaugural chairperson of the Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commission when the commission was created in 2000.

As host of the cable television program "Front and Center," Torin moderated many debates and discussions. She also moderated many League of Women Voters candidates' forums. She also managed the 1980 Congressional campaign of Tom Lantos, who served in Congress from 1981 until his death in 2008, and the 1988 State Assembly campaign of Byron Sher, who served in the Assembly and later in the State Senate.

She is survived by her loving family.