Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - October 22, 2010

Deaths

Leslie Hyman

Leslie Hyman, 58, a longtime Palo Alto community member, died of breast cancer Oct. 5.

She was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Rome, Italy. She attended Tufts University where she got a bachelor's degree in early-childhood education. She received her master's degree in education from Harvard University. She then went to the University of Southern California, where she got a Ph.D. in clinical psychology specializing in learning disabilities. She did her postdoctoral internship at Stanford's Children Health Council.

For the past 26 years she had a private practice in Palo Alto. Her focus was psychological evaluations and counseling for children and adults.

She was a resident of Half Moon Bay.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years Steven; sons David and Daniel; her mother, Dr. Selma Minet; and her three sisters, Alison Young, Pamela Lucid and Cindy Minet.

There will be a "celebration of her life" memorial Sat., Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. on the bluffs overlooking the ocean at the end of Redondo Beach Road in Half Moon Bay. Following the service will be a reception at 2120 Saint Andrews Road in Half Moon Bay.

Charles Mitchell

Charles Sidney Mitchell, 70, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died Oct. 4.

His grandfather was John Pearce Mitchell, for whom Mitchell Park is named.

A fifth-generation native Palo Alton, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1962.

He married Elizabeth Robinson Mitchell in 2001 and together they had three children Charles Sidney Mitchell II (6), Katherine Digges Mitchell (5) and William Christophe Mitchell (3).

He was a serious-minded engineer with a gentle, wry humor and insatiable curiosity, loved ones said.

He is also survived by two siblings, James E. Mitchell and Susan Miles.

A memorial service will be held at Stanford Memorial Church, with reception to follow at the Mitchell residence in Portola Valley, on a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Jean B. Mitchell Grandchildren's Trust, an educational fund to benefit the Mitchell children, in care of Atherton Lane Advisors.

George Renner

George Elton Renner, 95, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Sept. 29 in DeSoto, Texas.

He was born in Stockton. He was a longtime employee of Cap Concrete and retired in 1976. He was married to Gladyce Amelia Renner, retired employee for the Palo Alto High School, until her death in 1981. He was also a Teamster and a retired past president and lodge member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor # 66 in Redwood City. He was a longtime advocate, volunteer and donor to The Cleft Palate Foundation, through the Native Sons.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Patsy Gene Upper; daughter Evalyn L. Richie of Ore City, Texas; brother Geroge Renner of Sacramento; and many grand children and great grandchildren.

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