Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fund Established for Baby of City Clerk

By Doug Oakley
Staff Writer
Friends and family of Berkeley City Clerk Deanna Despain, who died Jan. 7 from a fall down stairs in her home, have created a fund for the health and education of her 10-month old daughter. 
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates annonced the fund at the City Council meeting Tuesday night, although it is not sponsored by the city.
Contributions can be mailed to the Deanna Despain Memorial Fund for Adele Hyland Dickson at 2342 Shattuck Ave. #886, Berkeley, CA 94704-1517.  Checks should be written to the Deanna Despain Memorial Fund. 
Despain was found by her husband at the bottom of her stairs in her Oakland home at about 2 a.m. Jan. 7.  authorities said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities said there were no signs of foul play and that the couple’s baby was asleep in another room.
Preliminary findings of an autopsy indicated the fatal injuries she suffered were consistent with a fall, officials said. Despain was appointed city clerk in May 2009.
“January 7 was a terrible day for her family and our city,” Bates said during the City Council meeting before holding a moment of silence in her honor.
Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at

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