About Pilgrim Place Residents


The following are representative of the activities and achievements of Pilgrim Place residents who remain active and involved, and dedicated to faith, service, and pursuing their concerns for a more healthy, peaceful, and just world.


The Feasibility Study for the Thompson Creek Spreading Grounds (in Claremont) has been named for a Merit Award from the American Planning Association for "Innovation in Green Community Planning." The study was funded by a $200,000 grant and based on conceptual plans developed by Marilee Scaff. Marilee and Claremonter Freeman Allen are co-chairs of the Water Task Force of Claremont League of Women Voters. (May 2011)

Eva Fleischner was featured in an article in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin that highlighted her life's work (and passion!) studying the Holocaust and trying to improve relations between Jews and Catholics. Pope Paul II selected Eva to participate on the Panel of Five with responsibility to review Vatican documents from 1938 to 1945. (May 2011)

John Cobb, professor emeritus at Claremont School of Theology (CST), was honored with a major conference entitled, "The Legacy and Lure of John B. Cobb, Jr." in celebration of his intellectual legacy and 50 years of work at CST.  A gala dinner raises awareness of and funds for an endowed chair in Cobb's honor. Over 400 participants attended the conference and dinner to celebrate his contributions to Process Theology.

Gesine Robinson was invited by the National Geographic Society to write an essay about the "Gospel of Judas," providing an alternative view to the initial sensationalized interpretation.

Dennis MacDonald serves as a Professor of New Testament at Claremont School of Theology and is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles on the relationship of Q to the Gospel of Mark, Luke-Acts, Christian apocrypha, and the role of literary imitation in the composition of ancient religious narratives. His work as a Professor and as Co-Director of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, inspires countless graduate students in their research and development.

Donna Ambrogi and Linda Vogel were invited to present a workshop on the Pilgrim Place Patient Advocacy Program at the Aging Services of California annual conference. (May 2010)

Jeanne Audrey Powers was featured in a United Methodist publication on women in The United Methodist Church during Women's History Month.  Jeanne Audrey was a founding member and officer of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women at the time it became a full-fledged standing committee in 1972.  She then became an executive with the United Methodist Church's Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. Jeanne Audrey continues her commitment to these issues though her Pilgrim Place involvements.

Fourteen Pilgrims took part in 4th of July 5K races and eight won medals. They are: Ann Appley, Wendy Bayer, Kay Brown, Jim Lamb, Bill & Grace Moremen, Barbara Rogers, Anelise & Bob Smith, Cathy Thompson, Janet Vandevender, Robert Wallace and Dickson & Ellen Yagi.

Marilee Scaff was honored by the Claremont League of Women Voters with the Caroline Beatty League of Women Voters. Marilee has been a part of local chapter for 60 years, and at 92 remains an instrumental player in the League, heading the organization's task force on water that has been examining some of city's most talked about issues.

Ernest Newborn received the Founders Award from the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization for his pastor ministry, ecumenical involved and social activism.

Beryl Moore was the recipient of the 2010 Founders Award at the annual luncheon for Inland Valley Hope Partners.

Grace Moremen was named by USA Track and Field "Master Female Race Walker, aged 75-79, Athlete of the Year for 2007."

Judy Manley has had two items accepted in a national Quilt Show.

The proceeds from Stan E. Moore's book, The Impossible Dream, will be sent to Chile to aid in earthquake relief and reconstruction.

The late Fred Sontag was awarded the Pomona College Trustees Medal of Merit for his distinguished academic career—teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students during 57 years as Professor of Philosophy at the college, as well as being “a major force in philosophy in as many years” as the author of 27 books.

The late T. Willard Hunter, founder of the Claremont 4th of July Speakers Corner, received special recognition. The site of this annual oratory is named the "Willard Hunter Speakers Corner."

The late George Hill played a major role in the founding the United States Institute of Peace which, by an act of Congress, has secured an extraordinary site in Washington D.C. for its permanent headquarter that will serve the American people, the federal government, and the international community as a national center for research, education, training, and policy development on issues of international conflict prevention, management and resolution.