Grace Lee Whitney died May 1, 2015 at the age of 85. She was born April 1, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, where she was adopted by Givah and Gordon Whitney.
Mrs. Whitney is best known for her Star Trek character Yeoman Janice Rand of the U.S.S. Enterprise. At the age of 50, after many years of singing, dancing, and acting, she embarked on her 35-year mission to help herself and others find daily sobriety, and a higher power out of addiction through the 12-step program.
In 1993, she relocated to Coarsegold to live near family. Up into her 80s, she made appearances at Star Trek conventions here and around the world, and wrote a book, “The Longest Trek,” describing her life.
Mrs. Whitney was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sons, Jonathan Dweck and wife Shelley of Coarsegold, and Scott Dweck and wife Lisa of Santa Barbara; ex-husband, Stevan Dweck of Orange County; and grandchildren Danyele and Zev Dweck.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at the Yosemite Lakes Community Church in YLP.