Claire Mix (1961-2013)

Claire Mix peacefully transitioned from life on Wednesday evening, June 12, 2013. She was surrounded by members of the Claire Care team, a group of close friends who joined together to provide around-the-clock support for Claire after she was diagnosed with end stage colon cancer in March.

Claire was a musician, a composer, an author, a screenwriter, a director, a producer of film and music, an emmy-nominated director, a teacher, a park ranger, an artist, a daughter and a friend and companion to us all.

Claire Mix suffered from Parkinson’s disease for the last years of her life, but was taken from us by a cancer that appeared in her colon. Donations may be made to the Claire Care fundraiser or in her honor to the American Cancer Society or to the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Joseph Sims: Fall 2011 First Class!

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Mixer Sims Fall 2011 First Class

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Discover Nikkei Interview with Claire Mix published


Claire Mix was recently interviewed by Edward Yoshida for an article on the Discover Nikkei website. The article was published today and can be read for free online at

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