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William Donald Hightower
March 7, 1928 - Feb. 22, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator

William Hightower, age 87, passed peacefully at home on Feb. 22 after most of his family visited with him one last time. He appreciated the many caregivers who cared for him in his home over the last two years as well as the additional hospice team during the last six months of his life. He was born in Missouri and moved to California with his family during the Dust Bowl era. He moved with his...

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Beatrice Sheffield Groner
July 29, 1917 - Feb. 22, 2016
Menlo Park, California

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

Beatrice McCargar Sheffield Groner 2/22/2016 in San Mateo, CA, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. An active volunteer: during college years at Oakland Children's Hospital; a Red Cross Nurses Aide during WWII in civilian and military hospitals; for Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford for 17 years cuddling babies in the NICU. In 1970 she earned an MA in Special Education from...

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Kent Christopher Diamond
Feb. 13, 1962 - Feb. 19, 2016
Redmond, Washington
Kent Christopher Diamond, 54, a former Microsoft manager, died suddenly from heart failure Feb. 19 on a vacation in Hawaii. He lived with his family in Redmond, Washington. Diamond was born in Mountain View and graduated from Gunn High School. He went to the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with a double major in economics and computer science. He later earned a law degree from...

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Robert Sanfred Swenson, M.D.
April 19, 1933 - Feb. 12, 2016
Stanford, California

Tags: teacher/educator, veteran

Robert Sanfred Swenson, M.D., passed away on Feb. 12, 2016, at the age of 82. The cause of death was complications of Parkinson's disease. The son of Silas and Amy Swenson, Bob was born on April 19, 1933, in Brooten, Minnesota. Bob's grandmother, descended from 19th-century Scandinavian frontier immigrants, was born in a covered wagon; his great-grandfather was scalped in an Indian uprising; and h...

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Beryl Self
May 8, 1933 - Feb. 12, 2016
Menlo Park, California

Tags: arts/media

Beryl Self, 82, a longtime Menlo Park resident, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 12, 2016, in Palo Alto, California. Beryl was a woman of many talents in the sciences, education and the arts. Her energy, enthusiasm and initiative were appreciated by her many friends and colleagues. Beryl was born in Hitchin, England. Following grammar school she worked at a British government research laborator...

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Pamela Tate
Jan. 30, 1942 - Feb. 12, 2016
Santa Rosa, California

Tags: public service, business

Pamela Dodd Tate was born and raised in Colon, Panama. She had an English father and an American mother, which made her three nationalities: English, naturalized American and Panamanian by birth. She moved to Palo Alto, California, with her parents, later graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in behavioral science. She married Darrel Tate and had two children, Angelie "Angie"...

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Irene Mock Wong
June 9, 1925 - Feb. 10, 2016
Atherton, California
Irene Mock Wong of Atherton, California, on June 9, 1925, was born on the corner of Homer and Ramona in Palo Alto by Dr. Edith Johnson, first female pediatrician of Palo Alto. Dr. Johnson home delivered and named all the seven Mock kids, James, Mary, Charles, Frank, Joseph, Irene and Ruth who already passed. They were born to Sam Ying Mock and Fong Shee Yee who made their home in Palo Alto in the ...

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Dr. Harry A. Oberhelman Jr.
Nov. 15, 1923 - Feb. 10, 2016
Stanford, California

Tags: veteran

Harry Oberhelman Jr., MD, professor emeritus of surgery and three-time chief of general surgery and gastrointestinal surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 10, 2016. He was 92. For more than 50 years, Oberhelman, known to many as Dr. O, was untiringly committed to his Stanford patients. He was also devoted to teaching young surgeons. He train...

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Rudiger "Rudi" Meijer
Oct. 12, 1931 - Feb. 9, 2016
Rocklin, California
Rudiger C. Meijer, "Rudi", 84, died on Feb. 9, 2016. He was born on Oct. 12, 1931, in Djakarta, Indonesia. After WWII, he moved with his mother and siblings to Enschede, Holland, which he called his hometown. In 1959, he immigrated to the USA. He worked for 20 years as an auto mechanic and then changed careers to become a travel agent. He worked at Gus Mozart Volkswagen and then Carl R. Carlsen...

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Christine Roma Griner
March 5, 1927 - Feb. 7, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Christine Griner, 88, died on Feb. 7, 2016. She was born in Los Angeles in 1927 and spent her early years in the Altadena foothills. She graduated from Stanford in 1948 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in sociology from Radcliffe in 1961. She left her nascent teaching career to dedicate herself to raising her two sons, returning to Palo Alto in 1979. She was a member of the Bahá'í community, voluntee...

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William Francis Poulson
June 17, 1931 - Feb. 5, 2016
Redwood City, California

Tags: public service, teacher/educator, veteran

William Poulson died on Friday, February 5, at Brittania House in Redwood City from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by Ann, his loving wife of 62 years, his daughter Elizabeth, and two grandchildren, Maya and Luca, as well as his sister, Yvonne Schuster of Santa Rosa, and sister-in-law Mary Patzer of Chantilly, VA. His son, William Sidney, predeceased him in 1998. Bill wa...

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Betty Jane Bolter
Dec. 14, 1922 - Feb. 4, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Born in Hanford, California to Maroa Elma and James Delmer Binkerd, Betty grew up in the Central Valley; her childhood claim to fame was having read every book in the Hanford library. After graduating from Woodbury College in Los Angeles she rejoined her parents in their new San Francisco Twin Peaks home on Caselli Avenue. During World War II, Betty worked as a shipping administrator and was qu...

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Samuel Rangel
Oct. 30, 1938 - Feb. 3, 2016
Mountain View, California

Tags: veteran

Samuel Cortez Rangel, Resident of Mtn. View, Born October 30, 1938 in Morgan Hill, California passed away on February 3, 2016. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Priscilla, his children Daniel, David(Yolanda), Lianna, Tina, Louis, Anthony(Misty), Christopher, Angela, 18 grandchildren, and 9 great gr...

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