It was a little past midnight on Oct. 20, 2011 when the Gunn High athletic community lost one of its most beloved members as Rich Scherer passed away. He was 73.
Scherer, who had two daughters who were Gunn grads, was an active member of the Gunn community for more than 25 years. For years he worked at the school in a variety of roles, including being the assistant to the athletic director.
"He was one of the first people I met when I came to Gunn," said Gunn Assistant Principal Tom Jacoubowsky. "When I started as athletic director, he was a huge help in educating me about Gunn High School."
Scherer was fondly thought of by many former student athletes and especially was loved by the football players as he was famous for his incredible cakes and his ever-present golf cart.
"He really supported us," said Gunn teacher and former football player Brian Tuomy.(Class of 1998) "After any game he would always have a cake waiting for us, whether we won or lost and he always made our efforts feel appreciated."
Former Gunn quarterback Matt Marinaro (Class of 2001) , remembers Scherer being there with his golf cart.
"Whenever I was injured, Mr. Scherer was always willing to go out of his way to pick me up on the golf cart and give me a ride to the trainer," said Marinaro. "He would always bring ice packs right out to the field so I could ice my shins and my shoulder."
Scherer officially retired from Gunn six years ago, but was still seen often on campus at football games and also as a volunteer on campus. His biggest role the past few years was helping his wife Joan in coordinating the SAT and ACT tests that are held throughout the school year.
"Joan (longtime secretary at JLS Middle School) and Rich have played a huge role in the lives of thousands of students in Palo Alto," said Jacoubowsky. "Our thoughts and hearts go out to Joan and her family during this difficult time."
Scherer is survived by his wife Joan and his two daughters, Jodi and Heidi.
Funeral services will be this Thursday at 4 p.m. at the All Saints Church in Palo Alto, at the corner of Hamilton and Waverly.