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Cynthia Dix Baugh, born June 21, 1915 and died July 2, 2013.

Dana Point became a city in 1989, but Mrs. Cynthia Dix Baugh was a prominent community leader long before that. In Dana Point, she was the founder of the Friends of the Library here in our city.

When the library opened its doors at the new building on July 7, 1977, she was there along with Tom Riley, her Friends supervisor. The library had relocated from its small store front at 24721 La Plaza. That building is still there and is now a dentist’s office.

As president of the Friends of the Dana Point Niguel Library, and with the late Doris Walker as vice president, she began a group which is still active today. Her vision was to fund the extras for the library patrons like buying new books, records and supplies, as well as, remodel and repair work, special programs for children, author visits and lectures of local interest for the Festival of Whales and of local history. Artwork, films and music were also included.

She was also active in the Meals on Wheels program and Designing Women, a support group for the Laguna Beach School of Art, as well as a member of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. She never missed an opportunity to give back to the community, her community, some of what she felt she had been given.

A private burial service was held in Orange County. Memorial gifts may be made to the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075.

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