Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - February 12, 2010

Deaths

Harry Lewenstein

Harry Lewenstein, 83, a retired electronics industry marketing executive, died Feb. 3 of complications from treatment for a bone marrow cancer.

A memorial gathering was held last week at the Hyatt Classic Residences in Palo Alto, where he and his wife of 54 years, Marion, have lived since 2005. Lewenstein had moved to Palo Alto in 1964.

Born in Grand Rapids, Minn., Lewenstein grew up in the small town of Marble on Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range, where his father was a storekeeper. Lewenstein served as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, before graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BSEE in 1949.

In 1951, he began work for Lenkurt Electric (later part of General Telephone and Electronics) in San Carlos as a technical editor. From 1960 to 1967, he worked as advertising manager at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto. In 1967, he joined Farinon Electric, a microwave-manufacturing company (later purchased by Harris Corporation). He served as vice-president of marketing and corporate secretary for Farinon before "retiring" in 1978.

He spent six months as a house-husband at a time when that term was hardly known, before returning to work after finding that "there were no 51-year-old playmates (that his wife approved of) out there," he later wrote. For the next 15 years, he worked as a marketing consultant, mostly for the American Electronics Association where he developed a method for establishing the size of the American electronics industry, according to his family.

He was one of the original shareholders in the Palo Alto Weekly's parent company, Embarcadero Media, and served on the company's board of directors for many years.

In 1997, during a post-second-retirement bicycle tour in Portugal, he fell and broke his neck. He was a quadriplegic for the rest of his life. He published the story of his life as a disabled person online and in the Palo Alto Weekly. He had, he said, the ability to be content with whatever life had provided him, and so accepted his disability with no bitterness. His family says that many people considered him an inspiration.

He is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter, Bailey Merman; son, Bruce; and three grandchildren. The family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America's Bay Area & Western Chapter, 3801 Miranda Ave., MC 816, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Anita Ventura Mozley

Anita Ventura Mozley, 81, founding curator of photography at the Stanford University Museum of Art and a resident of Menlo Park, died Jan. 23.

She was born in Washington, D.C., to Mario and Juanita Ventura, and grew up in Rochester, NY.

In 1950, she earned a degree in art with honors, from Northwestern University; she also was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1950–52, she studied with Morris Kantor at the Art Students League in New York City.

She served as managing editor and West Coast correspondent for Arts Magazine from 1955 to 1964. With sculptor Sidney Geist, she produced an alternative arts newsletter, Scrap, from 1960 to 1962.

Moving to San Francisco in 1962, she worked at the Maritime Museum and married physicist Robert Mozley before joining the Stanford Museum in 1970.

Soon after joining the museum as registrar, she recognized the significance of its comprehensive collection of Eadweard Muybridge's stop-motion photographs of the horse in motion, commissioned a century earlier by Governor Leland Stanford. She was named curator of photography in 1971, and the following year organized her most significant exhibition, "Eadweard Muybridge: The Stanford Years, 1872–1882." It traveled nationally and internationally.

Jed Pearl, art critic of The New Republic, said she would be remembered for her "pioneering scholarly work" on Muybridge, which "like all of Anita's undertakings, were fueled by an artist's sensibility."

After her retirement in 1986, she again took up drawing and painting, and exhibited in California and at shows near her summer home at Southport, Maine.

Her husband of 32 years, a physicist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, died in 1999. She is survived by her stepson, Peter Mozley of Soccoro, N.M.; and three nieces.

The family prefers contributions to the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), 222 High St., Palo Alto, CA 94301, or The Smile Train, 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor, New York, NY 10010.

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