Mignon Scherer of Point Loma passed on March 25th earlier this year at the age of 92.
She and her family had lived in their residence near the high school for 50 years. Born Mignon Harwith on June 27, 1924, in Detroit, MI, she was the youngest of three girls.
During World War II, Mignon was a “Rosie the Riveter” and worked on B-29 “Superfortress” Bombers at the Chrysler Plant in Detroit.
Mignon was best known locally as one of the main organizers in the effort to place the thirty-foot limit on coastal construction in San Diego. Back in the early 1970s she helped lead the campaign to get it on conservative San Diego’s ballot – no slight feat. The initiative did pass in 1972 and is still on the books today. In fact, at a 40th anniversary celebration of the height limit was put together by the OB Historical Society held in 2012 and Mignon was to be the main speaker – but had to cancel due to illness.
Some of her latest activism was her involvement in the Ocean Beach Grassroots Organization (OBGO) and the citizens’ effort for public financing of campaigns.
Here’s more about Mignon that we learned from the U-T obituary:
She was a fashion model briefly in her late teens.
Mignon got her teaching degree and taught grade school in Detroit.
She met her late husband Robert “Bob” Scherer and they were married in 1947.
Mignon and Bob moved to San Francisco in 1952 where she had her first child, Marta, and in 1954 moved to San Diego where they had a second daughter, Lee Ann, in 1956 and in 1958 their last child, John, was born.
She went on to manage mayoral candidate Virginia Taylor in 1972
She also fought for environmental causes.
At the age of 58 she obtained a Master’s in Psychology degree and practiced from her home until retiring in 1999.