Palo Alto resident Cheryl A. Davis, a writer and an activist, died July 18 at home. She was 60.
Born in Boston, she attended the Industrial School and graduated from Boston University in 1966 with majors in philosophy and Eastern religions.
Disabled from birth, she overcame barriers and stereotypes to become a specialist in housing design and access for the persons with disabilities at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Community Development; a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's School of Design; and a leader in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Project on Science, Technology and Disability.
After driving her van solo across the country to California and settling in Palo Alto in 1981, she attended the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley and interned at the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. There, among other contributions, she wrote the much-quoted piece, "Day on Wheels," which appeared in The Progressive and has been widely anthologized.
She continued her involvement with disability issues as a key investigator in a multi-city project on homelessness and the disabled, and as architectural photographer in documenting Stanford University's accessibility interventions project, which was led by Dr. Nicholas Zirpolo, her longtime colleague and friend.
As her heath limited some of her options, including the use of her van, she switched to public transportation. By bus and train, she continued to explore her environment and pursue her interests, which included the visual arts and theater.
Besides issues related to disability, she was a self-described autodidact. An avid reader, her interests and research included the environment, animal intelligence, and several areas in philosophy. A contributor to letters in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, the Atlantic Monthly, as well as the "Two Cents" blog of the Chronicle, her knowledge and perspective on an array of topics was broad and deep.
For the past five years, she had been working on her memoir, which her family hopes to publish.
She is survived by her sister, Karen Davis, and brother-in-law, Mark Orton, of Cambridge, Mass.; her niece, Andrea London, and her husband, John Gilstrap of New York City; her nephew, Jonathan London, and his wife, Nan Choi, of Singapore; and a grandniece and a grandnephew; and dear friends Nicholas and Sue Zirpolo of Palo Alto.
Marie S. Landini
Marie S. Landini, a Menlo Park resident, died Aug. 12 at her granddaughter's home in Turlock after a short illness. She was 87.
She was born in San Francisco and moved to Palo Alto in 1937 after marrying the late Anthony Landini. In 1972, she moved to Menlo Park.
She was a Past Grand President of the Native Daughters of the Golden West (NDGW), a California organization founded on the principles of "Love of Home, Devotion to the Flag, Veneration of the Pioneers, and Faith in the Existence of God," according to its mission statement. She was a member of San Jose Parlor 81 of the NDGW and a member of the Past Presidents Association.
She was also a former juror at Freedom's Foundation in Valley Forge, Penn., and later started the Freedom's Foundation Scholarship Fund. In 1973, she reactivated the NDGW newspaper -- previously called the California Herald -- which was then renamed the California Star in her honor.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia LeMetre of Menlo Park and Shirley Svindal of Santa Clara; her brother, William R. Cinquini Sr. of San Carlos; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was conducted by the Past Grand Presidents of NDGW August 16. A funeral mass was held on August 17 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Native Daughters Home at 555 Baker Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117.
Dr. Milton Lozoff
Dr. Milton Lozoff died at home in Palo Alto on July 31, surrounded by family and friends. He was 91.
Born in 1914, Milton Lozoff grew up in Milwaukee, where he developed a love of music, playing the violin in high school. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he met his wife, Marjorie.
He was a resident in psychiatry at the Menninger Foundation, to which he returned as a staff member after serving as a U.S. Navy officer in World War II. In 1952 he moved with his family to San Mateo, where he practiced psychiatry and psychoanalysis for over 40 years.
Loved ones recall him as devoted to his family and his profession. He encouraged his wife and three daughters to pursue professional careers at a time when few women did so. He actively participated in professional societies and organizations, teaching residents at Stanford and Chope Hospital, and programs of the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Association and Society. He was also a continuous and avid reader of a wide range of professional journals and books.
He engaged in eclectic interests, enjoying history, current events, music, travel, theater, art, tennis, golf, walking, varied cuisines, exchanging stories, humorous quips and puns. Throughout his life, he had an ability to relate to a wide variety of people with his enduring steady strength, gentleness, respect and encouragement, loved ones said. He passed on his love of life, learning and society to his children, their children and friends.
He is survived by three daughters, Judy Engleman of Atherton, Barbara Brody of La Jolla, and Betsy Lozoff of Ann Arbor, Mich.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
At his request there was no funeral. Memorial donations may be made to the Milton Lozoff, MD, Memorial Lecture Fund at the San Francisco Foundation for Psychoanalysis of the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and Society, 2420 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.