He was born, raised and schooled in Canada, the son of Russian immigrants. He attended college and medical school at Queen's University and completed an internal-medicine residency at Hamilton General Hospital. As a captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during WWII, he conducted pioneering studies of the effects of stress in the development of psychosomatic disorders. He was subsequently the first Canadian to complete internal-medicine fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He and his wife Barbara lived in Iowa City from 1950 to 1956, where he became a tenured professor of medicine at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. In 1956 the family moved to Palo Alto, where he became a charter member of the metabolic section of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, as well as a member of the clinical faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine of Stanford University. He was an active clinical practitioner as well as the principle investigator of research studies in atherosclerosis and the prevention of cardiovascular disease at the Palo Alto Medical Research Foundation. He published more than 70 articles and book chapters. He retired from the practice of medicine in 1986.
He was widowed after 37 years of marriage but starting in 1986 enjoyed 25 years of happy marriage with his second wife, Marina.
He is survived by his wife Marina Lewis of Palo Alto; sons Douglas and Richard Lewis and their wives; two grandsons; and numerous nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the PAMF Research Institute for Cardiovascular Disease (795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301) or for a tree that will be planted in his honor at the Stanford Golf Course (make checks payable to Stanford Men's Golf Club, Lewis Memorial Fund) 91 Links Road, Stanford, CA 94305.
Harriet Zelencik, 75, a longtime resident of Woodside, died of cancer Feb. 14, 2011.
She was born in October, 1935, in East Chicago, Ind., to Jacob and Mary Sarnecki. She met her husband Stephen Zelencik while she was working as an accountant at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. They were married in 1958.
In 1964 they moved to Granada Hills, Calif., where she and her daughter Mary developed a love of horses and riding that continued after their move to Woodside. Their daughter, a real estate agent, died unexpectedly in 1994.
In Woodside she joined what is now named the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary as well as the Woodside Hills Garden Club. The guild provides support for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital through the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. She successfully chaired the guild's principal fundraising event, Tally Ho, several times.
In 1993 the Zelenciks developed a special fundraising initiative designed to increase support of the hospital from local companies.
"Harriet's love, devotion to and support of the children and families we care for at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital has been critical for our being able to offer the best care today, and to ensure even better children's health in the future," said Dr. Harvey Cohen, the hospital's former chief of staff.
She loved dogs, especially big ones such as the Pyrenees mountain dogs Spook and Sparky who graced her yard over the years, her husband recalled.
She is survived by her husband, Stephen Zelencik of Woodside; her brothers, Walter and Louis Sarnecki of northern Indiana; her mother-in-law Catherine Zelencik and sister-in-law Mary Schmidt, both of Santa Barbara; and multiple nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Gifts in her memory can be made to the Harriet and Mary Zelencik Fund for Pediatric Research at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and sent to Tara Quinn, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, 400 Hamilton Ave., Ste 340, Palo Alto, CA 94301 or online at LPFCH.org.
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