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Henry Earle Riggs
Feb. 25, 1935 - June 10, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Henry E. ("Hank") Riggs, past president of Harvey Mudd College, former vice president for development at Stanford University, and founder and first president of Keck Graduate Institute, died at his home in Palo Alto on June 10, after a brief illness. His wife and children were at his side. Hank had a remarkable career as entrepreneur, professor, writer and leader in higher education. He continu...

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Aldo Vieira da Rosa
Nov. 15, 1917 - June 8, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Aldo Vieira da Rosa, former Stanford professor, Brazilian Air Force General, author, patent holder and world-renowned masters swimmer, has died at the age of 97. Da Rosa was born in Florianópolis, Brazil, on Nov. 15, 1917, son of Julia Weber, a German national and José Vieira da Rosa, a Brazilian army general. A scientist and researcher from a young age, da Rosa nurtured his sharp mind and i...

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Elliott E Wong
Sept. 20, 1965 - June 6, 2015
Davis, California
Dr. Elliott Wong, 49, unexpectedly passed away in Davis, California. Dr. Wong grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from Palo Alto High School and U.C. Davis Medical School. He was the son of Frances Wong and the late Edward Wong of Palo Alto. Dr. Wong was a partner at Rocky Mountain Primary Care in Denver, Colorado, and in 2001, moved his family to Davis, California, to join Sutter Medical Foundatio...

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Helen Elizabeth Reist
Oct. 3, 1930 - June 5, 2015
Menlo Park, California

Tags: public service, arts/media

Passed away at home, the result of a stroke, with her family by her side. Helen was born in Fort Bragg, California to Fred and Ruth Nelson. As a young girl, Helen camped in remote redwood groves with her grandmother (Dommy). This fostered a lifelong passion for nature and environmental causes. She began recycling bottles and cans long before it was popular or easy and installed seat belts in ...

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Javier Diaz Mendez
June 24, 1937 - June 3, 2015
Redwood City, California
Loving husband and father, Javier Diaz Méndez returned home to our heavenly Father on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. He was surrounded by his caring wife of 53 years, Guadalupe Lopez Mendez, his children, Martha, Teresita, Linda, Margarita, Javier Jr. and Gabriel. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of grandchildren, Christian, Andrew, Joseph, Julian, Julianna, Santiago, Marisa and Mario. He was pre...

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Richard S. F, Lehrberg
July 30, 1947 - May 31, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: business, arts/media

Dick passed away surrounded by family on Sunday morning, May 31, 2015. He leaves behind Cathie, his beloved wife of 43 years; his cherished children, Elisabeth "Lee" Lehrberg and David Lehrberg; and his grandson, Drake. He was born Richard Stephen Feldman on July 30, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Irene Schultz Feldman and Irving Feldman. He was later adopted, along with his brother, Roger,...

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James E. Jervis
Jan. 17, 1936 - May 31, 2015
Atherton, California

Tags: business

James E. Jervis, 79, lost his two-year battle with melanoma on Sunday, May 31, 2015, passing peacefully at home with his wife and children at his side. Jim was born in San Francisco, but grew up in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. He was a Phi Beta Kappa BSME and MBA graduate of Stanford, and an early employee of Raychem, where he held various positions over 38 years, earning numerous significant pat...

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Mary Murphy
Sept. 20, 1917 - May 28, 2015
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Mary Murphy, 97, a resident of Palo Alto for more than 50 years, passed away on May 28, 2015, in Saratoga, California, after a brief illness. Mary was born on Sept. 20, 1917, in Detroit, Michigan, to Charles (Wasyl) Ropicki and Mary Szweda, both of whom came to the United States early in the 20th century from the Galicia region of what was then Austria, now Poland. Mary grew up on her pare...

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Belma Irene Dodge
Dec. 15, 1933 - May 27, 2015
Mountain View, California
BELMA IRENE DODGE (82), of Mountain View, California, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2015 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Santa Clara. She was preceded in death a few years ago by her ex-husband, Navy Veteran Richard A. Dodge (80), and only a few weeks before by her youngest son, Shawn Christopher Dodge (49) who passed on the 12th of May, 2015. She is survived by her sons Richard A. Dodge, St...

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John Patrick Kelly
Oct. 20, 1933 - May 26, 2015
Palo Alto, California
John Patrick "Jack" Kelly Sr., resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully at Channing House in Palo Alto on May 26, 2015, with his loving wife and sons by his side. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons, John Patrick Jr. and Charles Quigley; daughters-in-law, Katherine Davis and Kathryn Weisbrod; and four grandchildren, Katie, Jennifer, Jacqueline and Gracey, to whom he is lovingly known a...

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Mary Jean Hammers
Dec. 26, 1924 - May 26, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Mary Jean Hammers died peacefully in Palo Alto after a long battle with Parkinson’'s disease. She was 90 years old. She was born Mary Jean Fields in Tipton, Iowa, in 1924. She was one of nine children -- the oldest daughter, but the smallest one in her large family. At her peak, Mary Jean stood only 5 feet tall, but her life was proof that small can be mighty. She left Tipton in 1943, at age 18...

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Jean Yves Fichou
June 17, 1954 - May 22, 2015
Summerfield, North Carolina

Tags: public service, veteran

Jean-Yves Fichou, 60, resident of Summerfield, North Carolina, died May 22, 2015. He was born in 1954, in Palo Alto, California. In 1973, he served in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne, as a combat medic and was honorably discharged three years later. He returned to the Bay Area and graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He joined the former U.S. Immigrat...

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Nancy Graff
Aug. 8, 1922 - May 20, 2015
Menlo Park, California
Nancy Graff, 92, a 45 year resident of Menlo Park, died May 20, 2015. She was born in San Francisco. After retiring from her tax preparation business, she traveled the world and was an avid card game player and reader. She is undoubtedly watching Jeopardy tonight as she did every night-religiously. She is survived by her children, granddaughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren, also by her...

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John B Jessup
March 19, 1922 - May 20, 2015
Atherton, California

Tags: business, veteran

Born in Roslyn, New York, son of Everett and Helen Jessup, he attended St. Paul’s school, New Hampshire, and Princeton University. John died peacefully at home with his family in Atherton, California. John was married to Elizabeth (Lee) Anderson of Princeton, New Jersey and is survived by their three children, Deborah, John (Toby) and David. The couple moved to California in 1948 where they liv...

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Sita de Leeuw
Dec. 12, 1928 - May 18, 2015
Stanford, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Educator, devoted mother, friend and Holocaust survivor, Sita de Leeuw passed away peacefully in Palo Alto on May 18, 2015, at the age of 86. Sita had been under the care of hospice, as well as several close family members and friends, for acute myeloid leukemia. Born Margaret Ingeburg Schwarz on Dec, 12, 1928, at Nuremberg, Germany, Sita and her family began their long escape from Nazi Germany...

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Gordon Alex Moore
March 22, 1927 - May 18, 2015
Woodside, CA, California

Tags: business

Gordon Alex Moore of Woodside, CA passed away on May 18, 2015 after a long illness. Gordon was the long-time owner of Talbot’s Toyland in downtown San Mateo, well-known for his dedication to the store and community involvement. Talbot’s Toyland is known and loved throughout the Peninsula by generations of families. Gordon was born in Chico, CA on March 22, 1927 to Gail and Imogene Moore. H...

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