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Alice Richards.

ALICE M. RICHARDS, a long-time resident of the Menlo-Atherton area and a peace activist, died on June 20, 2011 at Sequoia Hospital after a short illness. She was 96. Born Alice Maxine Schott on January 2, 1915, in Denver, Colorado, she grew up in Santa Barbara and was a resident of the Menlo-Atherton area since 1951.

She received her BA from UC Berkeley in psychology in 1949 and an MA in anthropology from Stanford University in 1965. She taught cultural anthropology at the College of San Mateo from 1965 to 1971 and at Little House as an Emeritus Teacher from 1975 to 1978.

Throughout her life, Ms. Richards was a tireless peace activist. She supported efforts to promote peace and justice both nationally and globally. She participated in anti-war movements beginning in the early 1950s, first against the Korean War and later in the 1960s against the Vietnam War and continued to oppose the wars in Central America, and in Iraq and Afghanistan until her death. She was a lifelong member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and was also a member of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Women for Peace, the ACLU, the Sierra Club, and several other organizations. She attended the first UN Conference on Women held in Mexico City as a delegate of an NGO in 1975.

Together with her husband, Harvey W. Richards, she traveled to the Soviet Union, central Asia, Mongolia, Cuba, and Africa. During the 1960s and 70s, she helped him produce documentary films about the peace movement, the civil rights movement, the environment, and conditions of women and children. Footage from these films continues to be used in feature films, documentaries, and television news programs in the U.S. and around the world through the Harvey Richards Media Archive ( She is survived by her sons, Jonathan Meigs of San Mateo and David Meigs of Soquel, and by two stepsons, Steffen Richards of Berkeley, and Paul Richards of Oakland.

-- Family of Alice Richards

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Publication:Peace and Freedom
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Date:Sep 22, 2011
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