Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - September 16, 2011

Deaths

Alonzo Winn

Alonzo Judson Pursley Winn, 94, a resident of Palo Alto, died Sept. 6.

He was born July 15, 1917, in Guyton, Georgia. He attended the Riverside Military Academy and Georgia Tech, and later received a degree in civil engineering from Heald Engineering College in San Francisco. He moved to California to teach at the Palo Alto Military Academy in 1939 and was a resident of Palo Alto for nearly 70 years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a flight instructor and bomber pilot, flying 51 missions in Europe and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. He later served as a Major in the reserves. After a career with several large engineering firms, which included overseas assignments, he retired from Fluor in 1982.

He was an avid tennis player throughout his life and competed in USTA tournaments nationally until the age of 90, holding both national and world rankings. He was President of the Palo Alto Tennis Club in the 1950s. He also traveled the world extensively with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Gladys Liddicoat Winn of Palo Alto; his daughters Katherine Winn Rider and Arlene Leslie Winn; son-in-law Gregory Rider; sister Lucy Winn Williams; and one grandchild.

A private memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VA Hospice Care Center, 3801 Miranda Ave., 100 4A, Palo Alto, CA 94304 or the Lymphoma Research Foundation, 115 Broadway, Suite 1301, NY, NY, 10006.

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