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Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - January 28, 2011

Deaths

Alan Bayley

Alan J. Bayley, 77, a former resident of Los Altos, died Sept. 10.

He was raised in Nebraska and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of New York. He and his family moved to the Peninsula in the late 1950s. In the late 1960s he formed General Recorded Tape (GRT Corp) in Sunnyvale, a tape-duplicating company that later engaged a successful public offering.

He was a longtime member of the Los Altos Country Club and later retired in Sun Lakes, Arizona.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Bayley; four children; and two grandchildren.

Molly Love

Molly Love, 86, longtime resident of Menlo Park and Palo Alto, died Jan. 15 in Reno, Nev., after a short illness.

Born September 18, 1924 in Granite City, Ill., to John Robert Sweet Jr. and Sylva Sweet, she spent her early years between Granite City and Wilmette, Ill.

In 1946 she moved to California, where she met the love of her life, Bob Love. They were married in 1947 and moved to Menlo Park where they lived for 55 years, until Bob's death in 2003.

From 1946 until 1990, she was the secretary for Edwin H. Smith, the city engineer for Menlo Park and Colma. After she retired, she worked with her husband in his golf sales endeavors.

She is survived by her son Rob Love of Sparks, Nev., sisters Judy Costa (husband Milt) of Sparks and Joan Sweet of Reno, Nev.; brother Stephen Sweet (wife Carol Masterson) of Burlingame; cousin Patricia McAdam of Burlingame; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Young Life, West County, P.O. Box 20822 El Sobrante, CA 94820.

Mary Ann Shallenberger

Mary Ann Shallenberger, 95, a Palo Alto resident for many years, died Jan. 15.

She was born in Spokane, Wash., and first came to Palo Alto to attend Stanford in 1932. Graduating in 1936 with a degree in speech and drama, she met her husband Frank Shallenberger and moved to the Boston area.

After birthing three sons in Worcester, Mass., she returned with her family and had a forth son in Palo Alto.

A world traveler in her earlier years, she and her husband took their four sons out of school to travel around the world for a year in 1956. In 1964, she and her husband moved with their youngest son to Lima, Peru, where her husband was part of the founding faculty of a Stanford-initiated business school.

She was an officer in several Bay Area companies, including Shalco, Dynaship, and Materials Analysis. She also owned and operated Menlo Park store Abacus, where she sold Asian art and antiques.

She held leadership positions in several community organizations. A longtime leader in the Family Service Mid-Peninsula and the Bay Window, a restaurant supporting the work of the Family Service, she received acknowledgement as an "Everlasting Guardian Angel" of the Bay Window.

She was preceded in death by husband Frank Shallenberg, who died in 1991. Husband Philip Sherman, whom she married in 1992, died in 2010.

She is survived by sons Edward, of Omak, Wash., Frank of Cupertino, Robert of Kamuela, Hawaii, and David of Dummerston, Vermont; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Stephen E. Stuntz

Stephen E. Stuntz, 97, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and Palo Alto and a retired SRI researcher, died Jan. 15 at Stanford University Hospital.

He was born in St. Louis, Mo., May 8, 1913. The eldest of three children, he was raised in Findlay, Ohio.

After graduating from Findlay High School in 1931, he attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for two years. While in San Francisco in 1935, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Because of his experience with amateur radio, he was assigned to duty as a signalman and posted to the Philippines.

After his army service, he reenrolled in Miami University and completed his. degree in speech in 1941. He earned a master's degree in psychology from New York University in 1947.

In 1942, he married Elizabeth Madsen in Kalamazoo, Mich. During World War II, he was a research associate for the Psychological Corporation, developing criteria for the selection and training of radiotelegraph operators for the U.S. Army Signal Corps and the U.S. Navy, and visiting military installations to perform psychological testing.

The family moved in 1949 to the vicinity of New London, Conn., where Steve was a research psychologist for the Navy Medical Research Laboratory and the Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory. They later lived in Sudbury, Mass., where he was an employee of the U.S. Air Force Decision Sciences Laboratory.

In 1964, he and his wife moved to California, where he joined the Sensory Sciences Research Institute at Stanford Research Institute. They moved two years later to their long-time home in the Menalto area of Menlo Park. He retired from SRI in 1978.

His secondary interests included live theater and ballet. He was a devoted ham radio operator and was honored with a life membership in the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association (PAARA). He also had a life-long interest in photography.

After retirement, the couple toured the west and southwest in their camper van, visiting friends and relations.

After his wife's death in August 2007, he moved to the Palo Alto Commons retirement facility.

He is survived by daughter Kay Stuntz and son-in-law Larry Carr of Highland, N.Y., and his brother David Stuntz of Brunswick, Maine.

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