Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - December 24, 2010

Deaths

Philip Kuekes

Philip Kuekes, 63, a resident of Menlo Park, died of glioblastoma Nov. 29.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Fairfield, Conn. He graduated from Yale University in 1969 with a degree in physics.

He moved to the Bay Area in 1969, owned his own computer consulting business and worked for TRW in Mountain View. He later worked for Hewlett Packard, specializing in nanotechnology. He received many awards for his work and authored more than 70 patents.

He enjoyed hiking and traveling the world, and was a devoted family man, loved ones said.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Kuekes, and his daughter, Ofelie Kuekes, both of Menlo Park.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Irene Sampson

Irene L. Sampson, 83, a resident of Palo Alto, died of a brain tumor Nov. 13.

She was born in Walla Walla, Wash. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington State University, she was active in the League of Women Voters, including service as President of the Palo Alto League and on the Bay Area League Board. She was also devoted to St. Andrew's Methodist Church, where she and her husband John were charter members. Another of her passions was the Urban Ministry Food Closet.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years John Sampson; her brother Art; three children and their spouses Hal (Angie), Paul (Lee) and Cheryl (Paul); six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations in her memory may be made to the South Palo Alto Food Closet, 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto or Palo Alto League of Women Voters.

A "celebration of life memorial" will be held Friday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew's Methodist Church, 4111 Alma St., Palo Alto.

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