Louis C. Webb, Jr.
Oct 11, 1953 – December 27, 2021
Louis grew up in Chicago, IL and graduated from Yale University in 1975 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Science. While at Yale, he was editor of the Yale Scientific. After graduation, Louis worked for a short while in engineering, but the financial industry captured his fancy. Louis obtained the very difficult to achieve certification as a financial analyst and specialized in providing health care industry information to institutional investors. In that capacity, his 24/7 hard work garnered many accolades, including recognition by the Milwaukee Journal and the Wall Street Journal.
On September 11, 2001, Louis witnessed the devastating attack on the World Trade Center from his proximate office. This experience would have a traumatic and lasting effect on his life. On September 25, 2004, the weekend bookended by two pharmaceutical conferences he had put together, Louis suffered a devastating and life-changing dual aneurysm, which cut short by at least 14 years what was already a remarkable career as a Certified Financial Analyst in New York. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the least likely to survive, he was rated a 5 upon arrival at the hospital.
Louis moved to San Diego in November, 2007 to be close to family, and that proved to be the right fit for him in a number of ways, even though it took his getting accustomed to the casualness of CA. First, the Community College Extension offers an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program at no charge. At that time, a comparable program in NYC was said to be about $30,000 annually, and he would have had to negotiate a 45-minute train ride and a system of buses and subways to attend. Louis had been an avid photographer since age 12, even developing his own film. One of the ABI campuses detected a talent in art, and Louis began developing his hand at water color painting. His work was submitted to juried art shows through the City of San Diego Senior program, without reference to his disability, and one of his pieces was awarded an “Honorable Mention.” Second, one of our spiritual centers happened to be the church home of one of his neurologists, who, we discovered at our first consultation, had graduated from Yale with Louis and served with him as a member of the Yale Scientific staff. Third, the weekly support group for people with brain injuries was led by someone who had followed Louis through Jonathan Edwards nine years later. Fourth, Louis loved sailing and had spent vacations sailing the waters off the coast of FL. Louis took many memorable sailings on the tall ship “California,” owned by the San Diego Maritime Museum, which also has among its holdings the tall ship “Surprise.” The “Surprise” had been renamed from “HMS Rose,” which Louis boarded in England in 1996 to spend a week hoisting sails and sleeping below deck in crew quarters with other sailing aficionados. Finally, small world that it is, the aunt of his sister’s former San Diego neighbor taught Louis in grammar school.
Louis was remarkable in his tenacity of purpose in the face of decline, which became more progressive in 2014. Seizures had ensued two years prior and additional head trauma sustained due to 3 seizure-related falls. Also, hydrocephalus set in, undetected for 6 months. Louis died December 27, 2021 in San Diego, CA. He bravely pushed the envelope and was on hospice almost 5 years, living to see his 68th birthday. Louis’s Yale experience was one of the highlights of his life, and he is buried at the Grove Street Cemetery
Louis is survived by his sister, Flores (Bruce) Bishop, niece, Zahra (Clinton) Kardos, grand-nieces Noura Al-Zanbai and Sarah Kardos, grand-nephew Tariq Al-Zanbai, as well as cousins.
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