Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - February 5, 2010

Deaths

Mary Jo Campbell

Mary Jo Campbell, 71, a former resident of Palo Alto, died in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 6 with her daughter, Page Campbell, by her side.

She was born in Virginia and grew up mostly in Orlando. She spent many years dividing her time between Palo Alto and Orlando.

She worked for John Robert Powers in San Jose and in Palo Alto, and spent 25 years working for SLAC, now known as SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.

She is survived by good friends, Diedre Webb of San Jose and Laureen Diephof of Marina.

Jack Euphrat

Jack Sterling Euphrat, 87, a resident of Atherton, died Jan. 14.

He was born and raised in San Francisco. He attended Galileo High School and graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in engineering from Stanford University in 1943.

During WWII, he served as a lieutenant on the minesweeper U.S.S. Speed.

In 1946 he married Marion Green. He began his business career as an executive for the San Francisco-based Pacific Can Company, a tin-can manufacturer started by his father. He subsequently obtained a Realtor's license and specialized in commercial real estate. In 1968 he entered the securities business.

A loyal 49er's fan and a seasoned world traveler, he was an avid golfer until well into his 80s. He was a loyal supporter of the San Francisco Symphony, the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Zoo, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

A loving husband and father, Jack is survived by his wife Marion Euphrat of Atheron; children, Judy Castaillac of Atherton, Janice Hepper of Woodside, and William Euphrat of San Francisco; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Donations may be made to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

Robert Jenkins

Robert P. Jenkins, 84, a longtime resident of the Palo Alto area, died at the Sequoias in Portola Valley Dec. 16.

He was born to a U.S. Navy family, so his early years were spent in a number of different places in the country. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology and then attended Stanford Business School where received an master's degree. Carrying on a family tradition he entered the U.S. Naval Reserve and participated in the Bikini A-bomb tests.

When Lockhheed opened its research laboratory in Palo Alto he was among the early employees.

He was known to all his friends as a gentleman and the one who would take on the whatever jobs needing doing. He was an enthusiastic and accomplished golfer, skier, and bridge player. He was active as a vestryman at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. In Sons in Retirement (SIR) he served capably in so many capacities that he was selected by Branch 51 as an honorary life member.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, a resident of the Sequoias; and his daughters, Sally Jenkins and her partner, Dan Sterkin, and Sue McVicker and her partner, Bob McVicker.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

Donations may be made to St. Mark's Outreach Fund or to Pathways Hospice, 585 North Mary Ave., Sunnyvale CA 94085.

Warren DeLano

Warren DeLano, 37, a resident of Palo Alto, died at home Nov. 3.

He is best known for his computer program PyMOL, an open-source program used to visualize molecules.

He grew up in Palo Alto. He learned to program computers while attending Palo Verde Elementary School. During his senior year at Gunn High School, he managed all stage productions and played in a band. After Gunn, he attended Yale University. He completed his degree in molecular biophysics, biochemistry and computer science.

He returned to California to enroll in the biophysics Program at UCSF. He collaborated with Jim Wells and a few years later he was awarded the Annual Julius Krevans Award for the best PhD Thesis at UCSF.

He worked for Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, then founded DeLano Scientific in downtown Palo Alto. In his spare time he kept up with his music and obtained a pilot's license.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Pehrson of Palo Alto; mother, Margaret DeLano of Loma Mar, Calif.; father, James DeLano, Jr. of Sausalito, Calif.; sister, Jennifer DeLano of Oakley, Calif.; and brother Brendan DeLano of Greenbrae, Calif.; as well as three aunts and eight cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Donations may be made to the Warren L. DeLano Memorial Fund to fund a prize for work in computer science: www.wldmemorialfund.org.

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