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On Saturday, November 12, more than 60 people came out to Arnoldi’s to celebrate our longtime supporter, board member, and friend Kellam de Forest as he marked his 90th birthday. The event was also a fundraiser to help support an exhibition at the Smithsonian, which features Kellam’s father and famed landscape architect Lockwood de Forest.

“I want to thank all those who attended the birthday party in my honor at Arnoldi’s for their good wishes and support. Also, thanks to those who sent me cards, Facebook messages and emails. I am honored to be part of the Pearl Chase Society, which has preserved some of Santa Barbara’s historic structures and sites,” Kellam said.

Over the years, Kellam has been instrumental in preserving over 70 major Santa Barbara historical sites. Kellam is a founding member of the Pearl Chase Society and has been a key preservationist since its origins in 1998. His efforts to preserve the history and charm of our community are witnessed at every city and county planning commission meeting as well as a voice to be heard at Historic Landmarks Commissions. His passion to preserve the character and low density of our city exemplifies him as an outstanding model of a true public servant.

“Although calm, measured and insightful in his commentaries, he is dauntless in his determination to protect the city we love from overdevelopment and from insensitivity to historic buildings and neighborhoods. Without people like Kellam we might well be another suburb of Los Angeles,” says board member emeritus Sue Adams.

While guests noshed on Arnoldi’s appetizers and pasta, they perused old photos of Kellam and discussed his dedication and positive impact to Santa Barbara. The evening culminated with Kellam blowing out the candles on a beautiful 90th birthday cake.

Happy Birthday Kellam! And thank you for everything you do.

Here are some photos from the evening.

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