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Jim L. Woodson
Feb. 22, 1939 - Jan. 3, 2015
Atherton, California

Tags: public service, business

Jim L. Woodson, 75, passed away peacefully in his home on January 3, 2015. Jim had resided on the Peninsula for over 45 years, the last 35 in Atherton. He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the son of Bernard and Edna Woodson, on February 22, 1939. An excellent student and outstanding athlete, he graduated as Valedictorian of his class at Panama High School and won a football scholarship to O...

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Susan Adams Lumm
March 26, 1943 - Jan. 2, 2015
San Luis Obispo, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Susan Adams Lumm, 71, of San Luis Obispo, passed away on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Sue was born in Racine, Wisconsin, and attended John Adams High School in South Bend, Indiana, where she met her beloved husband Steve, whom she married in 1966. They are the proud and loving parents of three children -- Jeff Lumm, Mindy Lumm and Amy (Dan) Baer -- and three grandchildren (Caelum, Terra and Theo Baer). ...

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Elsie Ruth Trojak
June 2, 1916 - Jan. 2, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran

Longtime St. Thomas Aquinas parishioner and beloved member of our Palo Alto community, Mrs. Elsie Ruth Trojak died peacefully in her home on Jan. 2, 2015. Elsie was 98 years old. Elsie was the wife of beloved Emil Trojak and mother of beloved MaryAnne Trojak (both deceased). Elsie remained a faithful member of the parish for over fifty years. Elsie is survived by four nephews and one niece, ...

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Alan Rodney Hopkinson
Jan. 29, 1942 - Jan. 1, 2015
Santa Barbara, California

Tags: business

Alan Rodney Hopkinson, 72, son of the late Merlin Hopkinson and the late Betty Bailey, died unexpectedly and in his sleep on Jan. 1, 2015, at home in Summerland, Santa Barbara. Born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, in 1942, Alan was one of three brothers. He was a brilliant boy, excelled scholastically and won a scholarship to Merton College, Oxford University, where he obtained a master of arts degree ...

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Mary Patricia Allen
Aug. 19, 1929 - Jan. 1, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Patricia Allen passed away peacefully on New Year's Day, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Peter W. Allen, and more recently by her sister, Dorothy Don Clarke, she is survived by her sister, Jean Daphne Peterson, and brother, Don Cleveland Williams; by her married children, Peter and Trish Allen, Linda and John Bader, and Steve and Patty Allen...

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Gloria R Brown
May 22, 1928 - Dec. 31, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

The close of 2014 was marked by the passing of longtime Palo Alto resident Gloria R. Brown. She dedicated many years of her life to a variety of civic endeavors including the Palo Alto Historical Association, heading the local Nicotine Anonymous group, introducing new citizens to the political process and working in or managing numerous local political campaigns. She loved the beauty of her garden...

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Jacquelin Mitchell
Dec. 31, 1931 - Dec. 29, 2014
Atherton, California

Tags: public service, teacher/educator

Jacquelin Baumgarten Mitchell of Atherton died on December 29, 2014, after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband, Lincoln A. Mitchell, daughter Rebekah Ann Mitchell of Kentfield, sister Rebekah Ann Bashford of Idyllwild, and nephew Morris D. Mitchell and niece Elizabeth D. Mitchell, both of Soquel. Jackie, then “Miss Baumgarten,” taught kindergarten at Hillview School and then Enc...

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Barbara Bateman
May 18, 1922 - Dec. 28, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Barbara Lucille Bateman, 92, of Palo Alto died Dec 28, 2014. She taught music and English in the Palo Alto Unified School district for 30 plus years and privately taught bassoon. Barbara is predeceased by her husband Guy Bateman. You are invited to read her history, share your memories, photos and condolences online at The Chapel of the Angels Guest Book: www.bergepappassmith.com/obituary/Barb...

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Ned Chapin
Aug. 8, 1927 - Dec. 27, 2014
Menlo Park, California

Tags: teacher/educator, veteran

Computer Science Pioneer Dr. Ned Chapin passed away on December 27, 2014. He was born on the Olympic Peninsula and grew up living in various locations in Washington, Oregon, and California. After graduating from Eureka Senior High School in 1945, he attended Stanford University where he played percussion in the Symphony Orchestra. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1949...

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Doris Lyons Hoover
Oct. 8, 1927 - Dec. 26, 2014
Palo Alto, CA, California

Tags: teacher/educator, arts/media

Doris Lyons Hoover was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, on Oct. 8, 1927, on her grandparents' farm. She was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and attended college at the University of Chattanooga, (now UTC) where she received honors in art and was elected homecoming queen and Miss U.C. At U.C. she met her husband Jack Hoover, and the couple moved to Palo Alto in 1954. Doris became a nationally kno...

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Anne Steinberg
1919 - Dec. 26, 2014
San Francisco, California
Anne Steinberg died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 26, 2014. A longtime resident of Palo Alto, Anne was committed to civic interests. For many years, she was a very active member of the League of Women Voters, becoming a member of the California State Board of that organization. On a more local level, she was the founder of the Rose Kleiner Frail Elderly day program and actively participated a...

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John Andrew Muldoon
March 30, 1956 - Dec. 25, 2014
Columbia, California
John Andrew Muldoon, formerly of Atherton and Woodside, California, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Christmas Day. John was born in San Francisco on March 30, 1956, to Paul and Kathleen Muldoon of Atherton. He attended The Woodside Priory School and graduated from Woodside High School. After the death of his parents, John moved to Columbia in 1993. He owned and operated Your Window ...

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James Brice McClenahan
Feb. 13, 1931 - Dec. 25, 2014
Jackson, California

Tags: public service, teacher/educator

James (Jim) McClenahan, age 83, passed away Christmas morning at his home in Jackson, California. He was a dear husband, father and grandfather of nine. Jim was born in Des Moines, Iowa, to the late Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Edgar Andrew McClenahan. Jim graduated from DePauw University (Phi Beta Kappa) in Indiana in 1953 and from Washington University Medical School (Alpha Omega Alpha) in St...

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Zita Kudlacik
Jan. 16, 1920 - Dec. 23, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Zita Kudlacik passed away on Dec. 23, 2014, in Palo Alto, California. She is survived by her three daughters, Zita Macy, Mary Putterman and Martha Kudlacik, and is predeceased by her husband, Adam, and sons, Andrew and John. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Kimberly Macy, John-Paul Macy and Jennifer Sumner, and five great-grandchildren. Zita was born in Blandburg, Pennsylvania, ...

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Esther Marie Pfeiffer
June 14, 1931 - Dec. 14, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Esther passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, in her home in Palo Alto. She was 83. Esther was one of two daughters of John and Clara Pfeiffer. Her sister, Helen, passed away in 1998. Her longtime companion, Denny Kelly, died earlier this year. Esther was lovingly cared for in her final days by nurses and caregivers from Vitas hospice, Mr. Kelly's two daughters, and some of her close frien...

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