Santa Barbara resident Susan Trescher left over $1 million to the Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County upon her death last year. Her donation is the largest in the organization’s 37-year history.
Trescher’s gift will go into the Domestic Violence Solutions endowment fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, said foundation spokesperson Jessica Tade. This permanent fund gives the organization yearly income while being professionally managed by the foundation to ensure the fund remains strong over time. With the new gift, the fund will continue to grow, providing essential stability and ensuring Domestic Violence Solutions’ ability to deliver core services even in challenging economic times, Tade went on.
Trescher graduated from Harvard Law School as a member of the third graduating class that included women. After working in the field of copyright law for Columbia Pictures, Trescher continued her law career as a legal consultant, research attorney, and private attorney in Los Angeles and Berkeley, said Tade.
Trescher worked as an attorney with Santa Barbara County Counsel upon her arrival here in 1964. She also helped craft some of Santa Barbara’s development policies and regulations. In 1998, Trescher was honored with the Attorney of the Year from the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers group.