The Memorial Wall

Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

The Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is dedicated as a tribute to those who lost their battle with Parkinson’s disease.

This special way of remembering the loved ones in our Parkinson's community arose from the requests of families and friends asking us to design a place for healing of those who were left behind.

The purpose of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is a virtual place to 

- hold the memory of someone who lived with Parkinson’s and/or their family members
- memorialize families who were touched by Parkinson’s
- maintain the memory of others who suffered from the same or similar conditions
- allow family and friends to grieve and heal from the loss of someone they now can only remember
- bring greater awareness of the passing of Parkinson's sufferers than can otherwise be accomplished through print publications
- acknowledge and appreciate those who have made a donation and posted sentiments in memory of someone’s loved one
- provide a place for the living to visit so they can gain solace and understanding around the battle of a loved one with Parkinson’s, or a similar disease
- establish a memorial event honoring the legacy of the decedent and family
- serve as a memorial when the family prefers donations in lieu of flowers or tributes at anniversaries or other significant dates.

If you wish to honor your loved one and share your memories in a public fashion or establish a memorial event, such as a golf tournament, tennis tournament, or special award presentation in the name of the family or decedent, please contact us at


Donations made to the Memorial Fund go towards funding Parkinson's Resource Organization activities globally.

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

Robert Lewis Shapiro

Robert Lewis Shapiro

May 6, 1939 - March 21, 2015

Robert Lewis Shapiro was born May 6th, 1939 in Ohio and passed away peacefully on March 21st, 2015 in his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He is survived by his wife Linda; his daughter, Eden (Steve) Friedman; his son Gregory (Daria) Shapiro; his brother Aron (Judy) Shapiro; his grandchildren Evan, Jake and Nathan.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Parkinson's Resource Organization  or by mail at 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Remembering Robert Lewis Shapiro

Thank you for your memorial contribution and for completing this form. The information you provide enables us to apply your remembrance gift exactly as you wish.

Grace Fowler

Grace Fowler

October 23, 1928 - January 29, 2019

Grace Fowler, beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother died peacefully at her home in Palm Springs, CA on January 29, 2019. Born in New York City October 23, 1928, Grace was a daughter of Ruth Cutting Wilmerding and Eglington Montgomery, granddaughter of Helen Seydam Cutting and Lucius Wilmerding.

An avid skier, tennis player and golfer, Grace was a supporter of the theatrical arts and an accomplished cook and gardener. She was predeceased by her sister Ruth Murphy and former husband Harry Spencer Winthrop Fowler and is survived by her partner Bernice Zubrinsky and her children Cecily Grand of North Salem NY, Winthrop Fowler of Anchorage AK, Angela Fowler of New York, NY and Lucius Fowler of Langdon, NH, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Remembering Grace Fowler

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Adelbert Bernardi

Adelbert Bernardi

February 1, 1923 - May 15, 2012

Adelbert (Del) Leroy Bernardi passed away peacefully at home in Indian Wells, Calif. of prostate cancer. He was born in Price, Utah, to Joseph and Anna Larcher on February 1, 1923. He is survived by his loving wife Ali Bernardi, his son Jay and daughter Vicky and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Del ran a very successful flooring business in Palm Desert. He provided flooring for the Indian Wells Country Club, Eisenhower Medical Center, local schools and casinos as well as many other large projects. Del will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.

Remembering Adelbert Bernardi

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Carole Ann Bennett

Carole Ann Bennett

November 18, 1929 - July 23, 2019

November 18, 1929 - July 23, 2019 Carole Ann Bennett nee Messenger passed away, in her home in Brentwood, on Tuesday morning from complications relating to Parkinson's disease. She was 89 years old. Carole was born on November 18, 1929 in Sonora California. She was a descendent of the Messenger family who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1627 and went on to settle various areas of New England that would become the original Colonies. Her great grandfather, Hiram Ashley Messenger, was an early settler of California and figured prominently in early California history. Carole met her future husband, Charles "Grant" Bennett when she was 16 and he was 19 and she married him two years later, one week after her 18th birthday. Carole moved with her husband to Southern California in 1952. She attended UCLA and worked as a librarian while she was a student. Many years later she would become the Head of Foreign Language Acquisitions for the main UCLA research library. Grant's scientific research took the couple to the Panamanian Rain Forest where they lived with the Embera and the Cuna peoples, gathering data. While in Panama, Carole created the library for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. One of Carole's greatest passions was ballet and in the 1970's she served as the Chairman of the Pacific Ballet Theater in Los Angeles. Throughout their lives together, Carole and Grant traveled and lived in Central and South America, Spain and France. Carole is survived by her husband of 71 years, her daughter Ashley and her granddaughter Gisele.

Remembering Carole Ann Bennett

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Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin Memorial Fund

Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin Memorial Fund

April 19, 1926 - November 29, 2010

Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin died peacefully at his home in Pacific Palisades on November 29, 2010, of complications from Parkinson's disease.

He was born in Los Angeles on April 19, 1926 to Thelma and William Tamkin.

He was exceptional as a young student, and was particularly interested in science and engineering. He was involved in the invention of an electronic device to detect dangerous gas, preventing explosions on naval vessels. He was one of our military's youngest commissioned officers, working at the Naval Research Laboratories in Washington, DC at the age of 18 during World War II. He attended and taught at University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles and ultimately achieved a PhD studying and researching mechanical and chemical engineering. 

Entering the industrial sector with his extensive educational qualifications, Dr. Tamkin enjoyed a diverse career path as he performed engineering and management work for firms such as U.S. Rubber, Wilco and Waste King. 

Dr. Tamkin was a founding director of American Medical International. With his father, he founded TGT Petroleum in Kansas, where he has continuously served as its chairman.

He became a prolific, successful investor, particularly in real estate and petroleum.

In the post war era Dr. Tamkin he served as a Civil Defense coordinator responsible for administering over 1,000 other volunteers. He later held a position on the Board of Directors of the Crime Prevention Advisory Council for the Los Angeles Police Department and was one of the founders of the successful "DARE" program targeting youth drug abuse. 

Dr. Tamkin became an extremely active philanthropist. An Eagle Scout, he partnered with his wife, Judith, in supporting Boy Scouts of America and related programs. Dr. Tamkin and his father formed the Tamkin Foundation, where he served as its chairman. Some of his abundant generosity was directed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Cedars Sinai, UCI medical school, UCLA medical school and hospital (where he served as a board member), Betty Ford Center, countless Jewish and secular educational and outreach institutions, and hundreds of individual charities.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judith, his brother Jack, sons Steven Tamkin and Dr. Gary Tamkin, daughters Sherry Catlett and Windy Litvak, grandsons Evan Harmon, Andrew Litvak and William Tamkin, granddaughters Erin Campbell , Lina Litvak, Emily Tamkin and Megan Tamkin, great granddaughter Jenna Campbell, Nephew Douglas Tamkin, and cousins Robert Rich, Kenneth Rich, Errol Kader, and Donald Kader.

Remembering Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin Memorial Fund

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Parkinson's Resource Organization
74090 El Paseo #104
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Local Phone
(760) 773-5628

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(877) 775-4111

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Updated: August 16, 2017