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Sybil Rodman
Sept. 25, 1928 - Dec. 2, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Sybil Rodman, a long-time resident of Palo Alto, died on Dec. 2, in McMinnville, Oregon, where she had been living for more than a decade. She spent her final days surrounded by family. She was 88. She was born on Sept. 25, 1928, in Seattle, Washington, to parents Chris and Pearl Skullerud. Her father was an auto mechanic who owned a repair shop, and her mother was a teacher. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle at the age of 16 and went on to major in Latin American Studies at the University of Washington, graduating in 1949. She met Robert Rodman, also of Seattle, at a social gathering sponsored by a church group on the UW campus; it was love at first sight. Robert proposed on their first date, and they were married in March 1949. After a year in Pasadena, where Robert got a master’s degree at the California Institute of Technology, and a brief stint in the California oil fields near Bakersfield, the couple moved to the Bay Area in 1953 and bought an Eichler home in south Palo Alto in 1955. They lived in that house for nearly 50 years, raising two children, Blake, born in 1953, and Gail, born in 1955. An engaged and active stay-at-home parent, she volunteered ...

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Jack Paul Edelstein
Feb. 12, 1931 - Nov. 25, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Dr. Jack Paul Edelstein, age 85, died on Nov. 25 in Palo Alto. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, sons Mark, Scott and Peter, sister Vivian Nelson and six grandchildren. Jack was born to Irving and Hannah Edelstein on Feb. 12, 1931, in Bayonne, NJ, where he and his younger sister, Vivian, grew up. As a boy, he loved the fact that his birthday, which he shared with Lincoln, was always a school holiday. Jack was a drummer in high school, graduated from Syracuse University and earned his MD at the University of Chicago. In 1955, Jack married Marcia Cecile Swiren, a graduate of the University of Chicago and daughter of Max and Reba Swiren. Over the next 10 years, during which his three sons were born, the family moved around the country as Jack completed his internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, pediatric residency at the Mayo Clinic, a stint as a Captain in the Army and his general psychiatric, child and adolescent psychiatric and psychoanalytic training at The Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. In 1965, the family moved to Palo Alto where Jack established one of the first child psychiatry practices on the Peninsula. Jack was beloved for his gentleness, kindn...

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Davis Walsh Baldwin
July 10, 1927 - Nov. 22, 2016
San Francisco, California

Davis Walsh Baldwin was born in Winnetka, Illinois, on July 10, 1927, to Margaret “Sis” Couffer Baldwin and John Richard Walsh Baldwin. Davis gently passed away with family by his side on November 22, 2016, while gathered for one of his favorite family traditions; celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in Lake Tahoe. Davis spent a happy childhood participating in sports and school activities, delivering Saturday Evening Posts, performing as a choirboy at Christ Church, working as a camp counselor on the Great Lakes, visiting his Great Aunt Ama’s home in Bennington, Vermont, and fully enjoying life with his loving and characterful parents and younger brother Peter. He graduated from New Trier High School in 1945. Later that Fall in Chicago’s Union Station, he boarded a train to Stanford University where he pledged Phi Delta Theta, earned spending money creatively dressing store-front windows along University Avenue and studied to be accepted into medical school. Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1949, he earned a seat at Northwestern University’s Medical School where he graduated in 1953. His internship followed at Passavant Memorial Hospital in Chicago w...

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Edwin (Ed) Brent Jones
Jan. 9, 1958 - Nov. 20, 2016
Palo Alto, California

After an incredibly brave seven-year battle with colorectal cancer, Edwin (Ed) Brent Jones peacefully succumbed Nov. 20, at the too-young age of 58, holding the hand of his loving husband, Eddie. Throughout the long struggle, Ed continued to live every day to the fullest. Before his Stage 4 diagnosis in 2014 but after his initial six-months of surgeries in 2009, he hiked two-plus weeks in Scotland and in Canada, spending a month in each country as well as a month in Scandinavia. He biked in Provence; explored its every historic town inch-by-inch; and walked almost every street (it seemed) in Paris. Since the devastating Stage 4 movement of the cancer to his lungs and three years of almost continuous chemo, he toured all throughout the Mediterranean; walked every part of Rome; visited Cuba on the first LGBT cruise ever to go there; and, most recently this August, saw 34 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before visiting Prague, Vienna and Budapest as well as many towns in between. Since his November 2009 initial operation, he has attended over 925 live theater and opera productions (not including many full seasons of ballet), including a whopping 195 in 2016 – including 24...

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Ernest (Ernie) Nathaniel Wormley, Jr.
June 22, 1954 - Nov. 18, 2016
Redwood City, California

Ernest (Ernie) Nathaniel Wormley, Jr., 62, passed away Friday, Nov. 18 in Redwood City. Ernie was born June 22, 1954 to Ernest and Grace Wormley at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. After graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1973, Ernie enlisted into the U. S. Army.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. at Crippen and Flynn Woodside Chapel, 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061.  Internment will be at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, Santa Nella, California 95322...

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Harry W. Day
April 23, 1919 - Nov. 18, 2016 Fremont, CA

Harry Walter Day, 97, was a resident of Palo Alto from 1960 to 1973 and a resident in the Bay Area for the rest of his long life. He was born in the small hamlet of Logan, West Virginia, and early showed an exceptional aptitude for mechanical and electrical design. As a young man, he put this talent...

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Beverly A. Beer
May 31, 1936 - Nov. 17, 2016 Menlo Park, California

Menlo Park – Beverly Ann Beer, 80, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at her home. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jim Beer; their children, John Beer and Rebecca Clay; their grandchildren, Megan Beer and Jesse Clay; their great-grandchildren, Althea and Maize Halverson; and her broth...

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Brian D. Gallagher
Feb. 11, 1954 - Nov. 14, 2016 San Diego, California

Brian David Gallagher of San Diego died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 14. Brian was born on February 11, 1954, in Virginia Beach, Virginia to Frank Edward “Ned” Gallagher Jr., Col. USMC, and Mary Agnes “Tay” Gallagher. Brian was preceded in death by his father and younger brother, Kevin. Fami...

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John R. Livingston
Jan. 14, 1959 - Nov. 12, 2016 Los Altos, California

John Roulston Livingston, 57, born on Jan. 14, 1959, reposed with our Lord on November 12 at 1:19 pm after a long and arduous struggle with cancer. The Funeral service will take place at Noon on Friday, Nov. 18 at Christ Church, Portola Valley, immediately followed by the Burial service with Militar...

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