Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - May 23, 2014

Obituaries

Harold Bendigkeit

Harold Edward Bendigkeit, a longtime resident of Palo Alto and professor at De Anza College, died on April 26. He was 85.

He was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, on March 24, 1929. He received a degree in biology from Elmhurst College. Then at the same time he worked as a full-time researcher at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago and earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

After receiving a National Institutes of Health grant, he pursued post-doctoral research at Stanford University from 1967 to 1969. In 1969, he began work as a professor of biology at De Anza College, where he remained until his retirement in 1994. He moved to Palo Alto in 1967 and lived there the rest of his life.

In his later years, he employed his scientific background in exploring an interest in the history and archaeology of Native American cultures in the Southwest. For about 15 years he learned from and helped the team at Crow Canyon Archaeology Center in Cortez, Colorado. Throughout his life, he took enjoyment from jazz, theater, backpacking and reading mystery novels.

He was predeceased by his elder son, Todd. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Bendigkeit of Palo Alto; his son David Bendigkeit; and his brother Rex Bendigkeit of Chicago.

Memorial donations may be made to Crow Canyon Archaeology Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, Colorado 81321.

Andrew Quintero

Andrew Harrison Quintero, who grew up in Palo Alto, died on May 4 in Waikiki, Hawaii.

He was born in 1963 in Mountain View, the son of Roland and Elisabeth Quintero. He graduated from Palo Alto High School and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and later received a master's degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University.

Early in his career, he worked for Hughes Space and Communications and supported anomaly and failure investigations. He had a patent for an intelligent search engine program, and also served as the lead architect of a space systems engineering database.

He is survived by his wife Cristine Wolf of Redondo Beach, California; his father Roland Quintero of Palo Alto; his three older brothers, Roland William Quintero III (Lisa) of Fairfield, California, Robert Anton Quintero of San Jose, and Richard Walter Quintero of Lake Worth, Florida; and other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Palo Alto.

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