Tall Tree Award winner William Alhouse dies


William Alhouse, a longtime Palo Alto resident, real-estate agent and community volunteer, died Thursday (Feb. 24).

Alhouse, along with his daughter Jane Alhouse Gee, was recently named a 2011 Tall Tree Award winner in the category of Citizen Volunteer, in honor of his years of volunteer work as a youth baseball coach (at Menlo School, Stanford University, Gunn High School and with local Babe Ruth and Little League teams), as well as his involvement with such organizations as the Rotary Club of Palo Alto, the Elks Club and others. He was to receive the award March 31.

The proprietor of Alhouse Realty Inc. for many years, he was also a former president of the Palo Alto Board of Realtors and was named Realtor of the Year in 1963. Alhouse was a Lifetimes of Achievement honoree in 2001.

"He has been a mentor and role model for integrity and fair-dealing in business and in giving back to the community," Realtor John King wrote of Alhouse in his Tall Tree Award nomination letter.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

Karla Kane

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Posted by Ronna
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

This is such a loss for the community. Bill was consistently a gentleman, and a joy to be around. He'd perk up a room, be it with his laugh, his humor, his ever-present concern for others, and on occasion, a serenade of his musical talents. Our loss is Heaven's gain. God rest his sweet soul.

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Posted by Craig Laughton
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Bill Alhouse was a true community guy, anda real charmer. He was one of the original founders of Palo Alto Little League. He helped to introduce baseball in Holland (yes, Holland!...along with the 7th inning stretch song, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"). He liked to play his clarinet...not so well, actually, but he enjoyed it! He was always welcomed to Little League Opening Day ceremonies.

Bill will be missed by many in our community.

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Posted by Perry A. Irvine
a resident of Professorville
on Feb 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

I rented an office suite from Bill Alhouse back in the 70s. There was never a landlord that treated his tenants better than Bill. He treated you like gold and was scrupulously fair at all times. The world of business needs people like him.

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Posted by Rich M.
a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Coach Alhouse. Sometimes people come into your life, and only after some time has passed do you realize what a treasure they were to spend some time with. Gunn High baseball, in the early 70's, was blessed to have him when we did. Go get 'em Tiger!

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Posted by Jeremy Horowitz
a resident of Atherton
on Mar 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Coach Alhouse will always hold a special place in my heart. He was a coach. He was a leader. He was a friend. He was an inspiration. I was lucky to have been able to have him in my life. I will miss him.

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Posted by Bruce
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Hello All,

Many thanks for your kind messages about Billy. You can also leave your memories here:

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Posted by Mike Vickers
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

Coach Alhouse lit the fire of coaching in me -- always encouraging, always positive. He was a key to our success as S.P.A.L. Champions in 1976 – Gunn’s final season in that league. I think about him often as I teach and coach in and around Pleasanton.

Rest in peace, Coach, you’ve earned it through your selfless giving.

Mike Vickers
Henry M. Gunn Senior High School
Class of 1977

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Posted by Ernestine Faxon
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Bill takes the honors of being the best host. He made the Christmas parties so special. No one can ever top the wonderful person he is.

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Posted by Dwight Harbaugh
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Bill was the coach of the Babe Ruth league baseball team I played on for three years in the early 1970's. He was always upbeat and positive. What I remember more than anything else about Bill was his fairness to all of the players, regardless of their playing ability, and his willingness and success in coaxing the best out out of each one of us.

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