Loraine (Lori) Ann Dair was born on September 2, 1956 in San Pedro CA; she died June 25, 2022 in El Cerrito CA of ALS. Lori grew up in San Pedro, where her parents Frank and Ruth Dair raised 7 children, including David, Kathy, Lori, Steve, Linda, Bryan, and Kenny Dair. They spent much of their childhood on boats, and three generations of Dairs have dominated sailboat racing in Southern California.
Lori received her BA in English from Sonoma State University. In her early 20s, Lori had wanderlust, living in Santa Barbara, Sonoma County, Boston, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Topanga Canyon, holding a variety of jobs – operating a food truck, working for a traveling carnival, and running her own typing and editing business. In the mid-1980s, she was hired as a secretary at the RAND Corporation; she soon became a field researcher in their survey research unit, then a research administrator, and ended as executive assistant to Vice President Michael Rich. In 1994, Lori was hired as the executive assistant (and first employee) of the new non-profit Public Policy Institute of California.
At RAND, Lori met Rob MacCoun; they got married in Culver City, CA on January 31, 1992, the fifth anniversary of their first date. They moved to El Cerrito in 1993. In 1998 and 2002, Lori and Rob had the great joy of adopting their daughters Madeline and Audrey from China. She was active in their schools, clubs, and the Bay-area Chinese adoption community, and enthusiastically supported her daughters’ many activities, including soccer, piano, chorus, theater, and debate.
Lori was passionate about community organizing in the East Bay. She was chair of the group Sustainable El Cerrito, was instrumental in the effort to restore and reopen the Cerrito Theater (an abandoned Art Deco movie house) and served on the campaigns of several area politicians. In 2019 she was active in the East Bay branch of Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.
Lori was an avid collector of anything – books, recipes, artwork, photos – involving beans, and the family home was known to friends and relatives as “The Bean Inn,” a home she filled with creativity and laughter and love.