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Peter Louis Pavlina
Oct. 17, 1925 - Aug. 22, 2014
Los Altos Hills, California
Community leader Peter Louis Pavlina passed away Aug. 22 at his home after a short illness. He was born Oct. 17, 1925 in Mountain View, California. His father Luka immigrated in 1913, and his mother Kate Grcich in 1920. Both entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. They met in Mountain View and married in 1921. They were orchardists raising apricots, cherries and prunes in the Santa Clara Valley...

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Janet Walter Pringle
Aug. 17, 1917 - Aug. 9, 2014
Portola Valley, California
Janet Walter Pringle passed away at 97 at the Sequoias in Portola Valley on August 9. Janet grew up in Sacramento and later attended UC Berkeley, where she met many lifelong friends. She married E. Covington Pringle (Covie) in 1949 and they spent the early part of their marriage in Red Bluff and San Anselmo. They settled in Woodland in 1952, shortly after their son Bob was born. Janet...

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Murle Ranney Rack
Feb. 26, 1918 - Aug. 16, 2014
La Jolla, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Murle Ranney Rack wife, mother of four and retired teacher and musician, passed away in La Jolla, California, surrounded by her loving family on Aug. 16, 2014 at the age of 96. Murle was born in Dodge, North Dakota, on Feb. 26, 1918. She was the first of four daughters born to Cecil and Ruth Ranney. A graduate of Minot Teachers College, she had a fulfilling career as a English, math and band te...

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Bernard Roth
Jan. 21, 1923 - Aug. 23, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran

Bernie Roth was born to Kalman and Miriam Roth in Brooklyn, New York. Bernie was 91 years old. He married his high school sweetheart, Toby Gartman, and they had a wonderful life together for 70 years. She preceded him in death two years ago. Bernie served in WWII in the Army/Air Force, with the 447 squadron in a B-17 as a bombardier, and flew 80 missions. Upon his return from the war, he manage...

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Robert T. Schimke
Oct. 25, 1932 - Sept. 6, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service, teacher/educator, arts/media, veteran

Robert Tod Schimke, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Stanford University, died on Sept. 6, 2014, at age 81, following several months of declining health. Born in Spokane, Washington, he received A.B. and M.D. degrees from Stanford University, followed by residency training for two years at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He served in the Public Health Service at the National Institutes of He...

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Ruth Budlong Sothern
March 5, 1918 - Aug. 6, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Ruth Budlong Sothern passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2014, at the age of 96 in Palo Alto. Ruth was born March 5, 1918, to Wanton Sweet Budlong and Elka Garling Budlong in the Town of Colonie, New York. She graduated from Nott Terrace High School, June 23, 1936. After one year at Russell Sage College from 1936 to 37, she was forced to leave due to the death of her mother. She graduated from...

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Alfred Hemingway Truesdell
Sept. 10, 1033 - Aug. 23, 2014
Menlo Park, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Alfred Hemingway Truesdell, one of the pioneers in the application of geochemistry to exploration and development of geothermal systems, passed away peacefully after a long illness, in his Menlo Park home on Aug. 23, 2014. Alfred was born in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 10, 1933. As a youngster, he became interested in geology and natural phenomena, which led to a B.A. in geology and chemistry f...

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Cortlandt Van Rensselaer
Jan. 13, 1924 - Aug. 22, 2014
Portola Valley, California
Cort Van Rensselaer, 90, passed away peacefully on August 22 after battling prostate cancer for many years. He was our beloved father and grandfather and spent his last few weeks surrounded by family and close friends. Cort is survived by his children Steve Van Rensselaer (Judy), Amy Scrivner (Dan) and Rick Van Rensselaer (Missi), and his grandchildren, Eric and Matthew Van Rensselaer, Karen an...

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James Charles Vaughan
March 30, 1935 - Aug. 14, 2014
Santa Rosa, California

Tags: public service

James Charles Vaughan, 79, died unexpectedly but peacefully during his sleep Aug. 14, 2014 in Santa Rosa, California, after many years coping with multiple sclerosis and confined to an electric wheelchair. Jim Vaughan was born March 30, 1935, in Utica, New York to James Baker Vaughan and Marianna Le Richeux and received his engineering degree from Cornell University in 1959. Jim lived with h...

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Fernando Giuseppe Vescia
Nov. 1, 1926 - Sept. 2, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service, teacher/educator

Dr. Fernando Vescia, dear husband, father, grandfather and treasured friend, passed away at his Palo Alto home on Sept. 2, 2014, at the age of 87. Fernando was deeply loved by his family, who were with him when he died. During his long life, Fernando was always fascinated by history and had a prodigious memory for dates and details; he loved the written word, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the fragran...

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