A memorial service will be held Sunday (Aug. 1) for Daniel Schreiber, 24, a former Palo Alto resident who died Monday night in Champaign, Ill., where he had started a chocolate-making business and studied computer science at the University of Illinois.
The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. at Greenmeadow Park, 303 Parkside Drive, Palo Alto.
Schreiber, a 2004 graduate of Gunn High School, had been enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Illinois, but recently was concentrating on his chocolate company, Flatlander Chocolate.
Schreiber was described by a member of the computer science department as "universally loved around Champaign."
Friends said he had dropped out of a Ph.D. program to devote his energies to his chocolate start-up. He had rented a commercial kitchen, had a booth at the Urbana farmers' market and was starting to sell his chocolate bars in local cafes.
"He was very dedicated ... to bringing the community closer together through food and particularly through his chocolate," Lisa Bralts, director of Urbana's Market on the Square, was quoted as saying.
His space at the market will be left empty through the season and market organizers are encouraging customers to leave remembrances there.
Schreiber's blog, "artisanal thinking," is full of his writings on chocolate, touching on philosophy, business, and the art and science of chocolate-making.
Schreiber is survived by his parents, Rob and Karen Schreiber of Palo Alto; brother Jon and sister-in-law Stacey McLean of the East Bay; sister Julia and brother-in-law Eli Sarnat of Happy Camp, Calif., near the Oregon Border; and sister Jessica of Seattle.