Mar Vista resident and librarian Alice Waters Spring, a hiking leader for the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter and a former Peace Corps volunteer, has died. She was 68.
Spring died of complications secondary to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at her Mar Vista home July 24th, her husband said.
Born in Los Angeles, Spring earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from UCLA in 1961. Shortly after her graduation, she joined the Peace Corps.
Spring spent two years with the Peace Corps as an English teacher in the Philippines and was in the second group of Peace Corps volunteers to be sent abroad.
After completing her “tour of duty” in the Philippines, Spring took the “long way” home, traveling throughout south Asia, the Middle East, Europe and portions of the United States, her family said.
When she returned home, Spring enrolled in the USC School of Library Science and two years later earned her master’s degree in library science.
Spring subsequently worked for approximately one year as a librarian in Azusa and then became a staff librarian for the City of Los Angeles. Her first assignment was to the Inner City Bookmobile. She was later assigned to the Valley Bookmobile and eventually to several libraries on the Westside.
About 15 years after her Peace Corps assignment, Spring and her husband, Carl, returned to the village where she had previously served in the Philippines. The day after their arrival, they were startled to arise in the early morning and find there was a line of people stretching for more than a block to greet her, her family said.
With the Sierra Club, Spring served for more than 20 years on the management committee of the Airport Marina Group, servicing Sierra Club members in the Westchester, Marina del Rey, Venice and Mar Vista communities.
She also served as a hike leader for the Sierra Club’s Santa Monica Mountains Task Force and the Inner City Outings Committee, a group that organizes and promotes hikes for elementary school children attending inner-city schools.
In addition, Spring was an avid world traveler. During the past 15 years, she traveled to other continents, including Antarctica and Africa.
Spring is survived by her husband, Carl, and their godson, Alan Kuczynski, for whom the Springs became legal guardians when he was 13 years old.
A memorial service for Spring is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 19th, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sierra Club Foundation; the Westside Food Bank, 1710 22nd St., Santa Monica 90404; the City of Hope; or the charity fund of Los Angeles International Lions Club.
Donations for the Lions charity fund can be mailed to club treasurer Peter Rowland, 4451 Rockland Place #1, La Ca“ada 91001.