Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - May 14, 2010

Deaths

Nancy Aderhold

Nancy Freeda Paul Aderhold, 76, died April 25 at home in Palo Alto, Calif., after a long struggle with cancer.

She was born May 2, 1933, in Memphis, Tenn., to Erman and Edna Paul. She developed an appreciation for Southern culture while in Memphis and was the youngest of the Pauls' four daughters.

The Paul family moved from Memphis to El Paso, Texas, in 1944, and then to Las Cruces, N.M., in 1948, where she met her future husband, Jon Aderhold, while they were sophomores in high school. He became captain of the football team and she was a cheerleader. They were engaged in 1951, the summer after high school graduation, and were married April 2, 1953.

She became the bookkeeper at New Mexico State University, where Jon was an engineering student. Their son, William Randolph Aderhold, was born in Las Cruces on Nov. 27, 1954. They lived in married-student housing until Jon graduated in 1956. When Jon was commissioned an Army Second Lieutenant and sent to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for training, their daughter, Brenda Lee Aderhold, was born on July 30, 1957, at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Army hospital.

The family moved to San Diego, Calif., where she began her own college and university education. Over the years, she studied at San Diego State University, UC Riverside, Foothill College, San Jose State University (earning a bachelor's degree in Social Science) and UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree of master's degree in Social Welfare in 1977. She became a geriatric social worker, then Director of Social Welfare at Lytton Gardens continuum-of-care senior residence in Palo Alto.

She loved travel and adventure. Over the years, with Jon and alone, she visited Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Greece, the former Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia, Kenya, India, Australia, China, Japan, Puerto Rico and nearly all 50 United States.

She loved people and conversation. She had a strong faith in God and a lively curiosity. She enjoyed music, films, fine food, good wine and gourmet cooking. She played piano for friends and family and for her own amusement.

Sylvia Bancroft

Sylvia Bancroft, 93, a resident of Menlo Park, died May 8.

She was director of the Humane Education Network in Menlo Park and a longtime advocate for the humane treatment of animals.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie Bancroft. A memorial service will be held by friends and colleagues at a later date.

Leo Holub

Leo Holub, 93, founder of Stanford's photography program, died April 27.

He was born on a bee farm in Decatur, Ark., and lived in Stillwell, Okla., and Oakland, Calif., before attending the Art Institute of Chicago and California School of Fine Arts.

He was a ship's rigger for the Navy during World War II. After the war, he worked as a book designer and illustrator, press foreman and architectural designer.

His first teaching job was as a part-time art instructor at California School of Fine Arts in 1956, but it was not until 1969 that he taught his first class at Stanford University. He founded the university's photography program the same year, after his exhibit of photographs of Stanford students — clicked in his spare time while he worked in the university planning office — caught the eyes of students and administrators.

A popular teacher, he retired in 1980. Stanford established a photography award in his name in 1994 and published two books of his work.

In retirement he spent 10 years traveling across the country to photograph more than 100 artists in their studios. The Smithsonian Archives of American Art began collecting his prints in 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Florence of San Francisco; two sons, Jan of Grass Valley and Eric of San Francisco; and a brother, Richard of Grass Valley. A memorial service will be held later this year.

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