Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - March 23, 2012

Deaths

Gordon Wilfred Newell

Gordon Wilfred Newell, a 50-year resident of Palo Alto, died in his home with family on March 14, 2012. He was 90 years old.

He was born and raised in Madison, Wis., where he received his entire academic education, capped by a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin. He was a Life Science researcher at Stanford Research Institute for more than 25 years, followed by a career at the National Academy of Science in Washington D.C. He continued his career as a toxicology consultant well into his 80s.

He was an avid fly fisherman and wine connoisseur who once picked grapes with famed winemaker Martin Rey. He loved music, including jazz and classical, and dancing and singing with the Forum Community Chorus. He was a Palo Alto community leader who helped to pass the local construction bond to create Gunn High School.

A world traveler both professionally and in leisure, he provided scientific professional services to countries in Africa, Europe and Asia.

He was married to Rosemary for 58 years before she preceded him in death in 2006. He is survived by his two sons and two daughters and their spouses, Bill Newell and Roberta Roth of Redwood City; Allan and Gayle Newell of Irvine; Nancy and Jeff Thompson of Granite Bay; and Betsy and Albert Cuisinot of Menlo Park; grandchildren, Chris, Katie, Danielle, Traci, Paul, David, Bennett, Jacque and Nicholas.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial mass Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church, 2250 Avy Ave., Menlo Park, followed by a remembrance memorial program and reception beginning at 2 p.m. at the Forum, 23500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino.

Richard Duquette Ringe

Portola Valley resident Richard Duquette Ringe died from pneumonia Feb. 22 after years of living with peripheral neuropathy. He was 88.

He was born April 22, 1923, in Portland, Ore., where he attended Grant High School. He attended Oregon State University and then served as a supply officer for the Navy in World War II.

After attaining his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1947, he earned his CPA while working with Arthur Andersen Accounting. His entire career dealt with accounting and finance in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. He was president of Trans Union Corp. in Chicago until retirement in 1985.

He served for many years as treasurer of his church, Valley Presbyterian. He also served in this capacity at his homeowners' association and other clubs to which he belonged, including various residents' committees at the Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley, where he lived for many years. He and his wife, Jean, traveled to many parts of the world and they loved opera, symphony, ballet and theater.

He is survived by Jean, his wife of 66 years; and his brother, G. Truxton Ringe of Lacey, Wash.

At his request, memorial services will be private. A celebration of his life is planned for a later date. Memorial donations may be made to The Tomorrow Fund at the Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028; or Living Waters for the World, through Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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