She fled Amsterdam as the Nazis invaded, followed a fellow Jewish refugee to his idyllic coastal ranch and went on to shape West Marin’s agricultural landscape by co-founding the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Ellen Straus, who died in 2002, had a life as idiosyncratic and influential as she was gregarious and goofy. 

This fall, Ellen’s daughter Vivien . . .

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