“Malibu in Memoriam”
By: Gracee Arthur
Malibu is mourning the loss of two prominent residents; Grant Adamson, a descendent of Malibu’s founding family, and Michael Barsocchini, a renowned architect who has helped shape the face of Malibu. Both men were active in improving the landscape and development of Malibu as well as the life of Malibu residents.
Grant Adamson, a descendant of Malibu’s founding Rindge family, was killed early Tuesday morning August 6, when a hot air balloon carrying him and his family crashed near the western Swiss town of Montbovon. Grant Adamson was an owner of the Mariposa Land Company, which managed the family’s real estate holdings, and a founding member of Pepperdine University’s Crest Board, among other community involvements. He and his family resided in Serra Retreat.
Grant’s grandparents, Rhoda May and Merritt Adamson, constructed the famous Adamson House on 13 acres nestled between the Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon. The Adamsons and Rindges made many lasting contributions to Malibu. In 1968 Rhoda May Adamson donated 132 acres of the Adamson and Rindge family’s ranch land to Pepperdine University, where the school eventually opened its campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in 1972. Grant was known by all as a lovely human being and will be missed by the Malibu community
Adamson’s wife Terry and daughters and his daughter Megan and Lauren were seriously injured in the crash but are expected to make full recoveries from their injuries. The complete story on the families tragic accident may be accessed in in the August 8 edition.
Michael Barsocchini, a renowned architect, passed away on July 30, 2013 He resided in Malibu for more than five decades, and hoped to be remembered by his work and contributions to the community. Barsocchini’s projects included Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church, the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue and Zuma Plaza Malibu, in addition to restaurants, horse ranches, Montana cabins, shopping centers and office buildings.
In recent years, he concentrated on custom single-family residences in Southern California, many of them on the Malibu and Ventura coastline. After starting his own firm, Barsocchini prepared the urban design plan for El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park (Olivera Street), for which he received the state award of merit by the American Institute of Planners, Southern California and California Chapters in 1971.
Barsocchini is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara; son Tony, a Realtor, and son Nick, an Associate Architect continuing the practice of Barsocchini and Associates. He is also survived by his sister Mary and brother Patrick.
Mike was a terrific and talented man who will be missed by all.
My condolences go out to both families at this sad and challenging time in their lives. The are in the thoughts and hearts of the tight knit Malibu community.