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David Osborn

Memorial services for David Sayles Osborn of Nevada City will be conducted at a later date. Burial was private.

Mr. Osborn died Sunday, Feb. 10. He was 70.



He was born Jan. 24, 1932, in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated with honors in art history from Stanford University and received his master’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He had lived in Nevada City since 1957.




He and fellow designer Charles Woods launched the design team of Osborn/Woods and founded the American Victorian Museum, the Teddy Bear Castle Museum and the International Teddy Bear Convention. They co-founded KVMR-FM radio.

Mr. Osborn and Woods also restored historic buildings throughout California, including Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City. They ran the American Victorian Museum in Miners Foundry from 1972 to 1988 as a community center. They were instrumental in formulating Nevada City’s historic district ordinance and the Western Gateway Park Pavilion.

They were co-recipients of the Elza Kilroy Award for Nevada City’s citizens of the year.


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