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Alexander W. Greenwood
March 18, 1938 - Jan. 6, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Alexander W. Greenwood, 79, passed away Jan. 6, in Palo Alto, California, surrounded by his loving family: wife Barbara, son Alex and daughters Rebecca, Susannah and Brette. Alex, a native Houstonian, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Greenwood, Jr., graduated from St. John’s School in 1956, Rice University in 1961, served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy and worked at First City National Bank in Houston. In 1973, he relocated to Palo Alto, and for the next 44 years he worked in Silicon Valley, holding a series of finance and management positions for high technology firms, most recently with Adobe Systems in San Jose. During this time he was also able to combine his three biggest passions: photography, world travel and time with his wife, which resulted in several award-winning photos from his trips to Africa, China, Europe and countless West Coast rodeos. He had just retired in September 2017, and in December contracted an extremely rare and aggressive form of leukemia. Until his last breath, Alex lived his life with honor, integrity,and courage. He is also survived by four grandchildren and his siblings living in Texas: Jim, Mary Grace, Harris, Nancy Riddle and Andy....

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Kathryn Elizabeth Martin
Feb. 22, 1917 - Jan. 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Kathryn Elizabeth (Springs) Martin passed away on Wednesday evening, January 3rd, 2018 in her home of 71 years in Menlo Park. She was surrounded by family and friends. “Miss Kitty” was born February 22, 1917 in Savannah, Missouri. She was the tenth child of 13, born to Lydia Ann (Fields) Springs and James Monroe Springs. As a young woman, she cherished her education and had a particular fondness for American History. Growing up during The Great Depression Kathryn knew her family could not afford to send her to high school, so under her mother’s direction, she turned to God. At the eleventh hour, the family’s landlords, Albert and Mary Weigant, showed up at her front porch to invite her to live with them in Wathena, Kansas, a move that would allow her to attend school—the answer to her prayer. From that day forward, she would never again question her faith. During her first year of high school (1934) she attended a dance at “The Big Apple”, where she met a dapper dancer, Dorwin Edward Martin. In no time, Miss Springs’ heart had sprung. After courting for two years they eloped on April 25, 1936 and began a marriage and love affair that would span 75 ...

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Susan Agatha (Nerney) Schumann
Dec. 25, 1936 - Jan. 1, 2018
Mountain View, California

Susan Agatha (Nerney) Schumann was born in San Francisco on Christmas Day, 1936, to Jack and Jelsy Nerney. She moved to Menlo Park at age 9 and resided there first with her parents and sister and then remained to raise her own family in the same house. She moved to Mountain View in 1996 and has been a resident there ever since. She passed away on New Year’s Day, 2018. Susan was well known and loved by family and friends for her energetic demeanor, her smile and her "no nonsense" approach to life. She was an avid gardener and a devotee of nature and travel. In her spare time she nurtured an extensive rose garden and has traveled the globe. Susan was a proud graduate of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton. She went on to be a co-founder of the Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Alumni Association and had been active in that Association for over 50 years. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame DeNamur in Belmont. Family was very important to Susan. She is survived by five loving children from her previous marriage to the late Lloyd Rogers: Paul Rogers of Napa, Marc Rogers of Los Altos, Lori Amato of Watsonville, Andrew Rogers of Portland, Oregon, an...

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Kathryn Eluned Williams
Feb. 25, 1913 - Jan. 1, 2018
Menlo Park, California

Kathryn Eluned Williams passed away surrounded by the love of her family on January 1, 2018 at the age of 104. She was active and interested in the lives and activities of her family and many friends until her passing. Kathryn was born in Oak Hill, Ohio, the first daughter of Welsh immigrants, Reverend Robert Owen Williams and Kathryn Ellen Williams. She was the second of five children. Her family moved from Ohio to Washington where her father became Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla. Her family later moved to Oakland, California so that she could attend UC Berkeley where she earned her BA in Fine Art. Kathryn married a fellow Welshman, CPA Ben Williams in 1934. She became a mother to John Byron in 1938 and Roberta Jean in 1942. Ben’s work with the Department of Defense took their family to live in London, England, for two years and later to Hayama, Japan, where Kathryn pursued her interests in painting, Ikebana and antiquing. Kathryn was an elementary school teacher for 23 years, last teaching at Las Lomitas school in Atherton, CA. Kathryn loved people. She was a devout Christian, shining her light and giving her love and support to all she met. For m...

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Mary Jane McCune
Oct. 22, 1915 - Dec. 30, 2017
Portola Valley, CA

Mary Jane McCune, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, died peacefully in Portola Valley on December 30, 2017. She was born in Bladensburg, Maryland, just across the Anacostia River from our nation's capitol,on October 22, 1915 to James and Ruby Chowning. He worked for the US State Department and she was a homemaker. Two years later, she was blessed with twin sisters, Catherine and Caroline. Caroline died in the diphtheria epidemic of 1920, but Catherine survived to age 96. Both sisters lived together, or in proximity, their whole lives, binding their two families into one. These bonds have made the many cousins into brothers and sisters today and for all time. The Chowning family left for a warmer, drier climate in 1921, settling first in Pomona, California and three years later in San Pedro, where James worked at the US Customs office. Mary graduated from San Pedro High School in 1933. Her good grades earned her a scholarship to Whittier College, but her heart was set on a singing career. James and Ruby were reluctant to let their 18-year-old daughter live on her own, but finally they acceded to her desire. In Washington, D. C., and later in...

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Jeanne Claire Shutes, Ph.D.
Oct. 3, 1924 - Dec. 29, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Jeanne was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1924. Her father, Walter A. Maurer, an immigrant from the Ukraine in the early 20th century, died suddenly when she was four. Her mother, Maude Bennett, from a farm in Michigan, studied at the Kellogg Institute and became one of the first registered nurses in America. Her older brother, Walter Maurer, predeceased Jeanne. She grew up during the Depression and earned money parking cars on her front lawn for attendees at Yale football games. From the age of 8, she was fascinated by photography and photographed schoolmates and pets with a celluloid camera. She went on to own many cameras and more than 90 of her photographs appear in The Worlds of P’otsunu (UNM Press,1996), the biography of a Native American woman artist she would later co-author with Jill Mellick. Dr. Shutes attended Northfield Seminary and Wellesley College, majoring in English and minoring in Greek. During the three-month wartime closure of Wellesley in winter, 1942, Jeanne, who had spent her first semester skipping classes and reading fiction in the library, needed credits so she persuaded Yale to let her take a course -- thus becoming the first woman undergra...

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John Harry Jenks
July 20, 1924 - Dec. 28, 2017
Atherton, CA, California

John spent his early childhood in Iowa and North Carolina and at the age of 13 his family relocated to Palo Alto where he remained until moving to Atherton in 1963. He graduated from Stanford with a BA and two masters degrees in Civil Engineering (1948) and played the violin in the Stanford Symphony. In WWII, he served as a Navy Lieutenant in the Philippines. He was an avid athlete who enjoyed skiing, tennis, and basketball. He built numerous small sail boats and sailed competitively, ranking in the top ten nationally for a decade, and three years as the Pacific Coast Champion. He received his pilot’s license in 1949 and owned numerous airplanes, which he mostly flew for business. During his 60-year consulting career in engineering, his firm was involved in the design of 150 wastewater and reclamation projects, 11 of which were recipients of Engineering Excellence Awards, and three judged to be the best environmental engineering project nationally for that year. Merging in 1979, the company is currently known as Kennedy/Jenks Consultants. He’s survived by his wife Laurie (married in 1952), children (Sharon, Linda, David, Nancy), grandchildren (Andrew, Emily, Kelly, Pe...

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Harold Hohbach
Dec. 3, 1921 - Dec. 28, 2017
Atherton, California

Harold Hohbach, a patent attorney and developer whose mixed-use projects and whimsical art helped transform the area around California Avenue, died on Dec. 28 at his home in Atherton, according to various sources. He was 96. Known for his dogged persistence, his irascible nature, his uncompromising style and his deep appreciation for Silicon Valley's legacy of innovation, Hohbach spent more than 50 years working as a developer, focusing on the California Avenue Business District. His recent projects include 195 Page Mill Road, which includes 82 apartments and research-and-development space, and the Birch Plaza project at 305 Grant Ave., which includes eight apartments and office space. Other prominent Hohbach projects include Sheridan Apartments, which he constructed in the mid-1990s and which is perhaps best known for its public art: a fountain sculpture that graces the courtyard of Caffé Riace and features a classical nude lifting a washing machine over her head. Born on a farm in South Dakota, Hohbach was educated in a one-room schoolhouse and rode a horse-and-buggy to school, according to the family's obituary. He then enrolled in South Dakota State University, where ...

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Lee Clements
Feb. 8, 1938 - Dec. 28, 2017
San Jose, California

Lee Clements, most recently of San Jose, CA, died of complications due to a long-time heart condition, exacerbated by a recent bout of pneumonia, the evening of December 28, 2017, en route to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospital from his loving home of the past several years, the Empress Care Center, San Jose. He was 79 years old. Born Buddy Lee Clements in Texarkana, Arkansas, the son of the late Jesse Lee Clements and the late Melva Anderson Clements Gray, Lee lived in Texarkana, Texas, until the age of eight, when he and his mother moved to Seminole, Oklahoma, with his mother’s second husband and Lee’s stepfather. Lee attended a nearby country school and later graduated from Strother High School, before attending the University of Oklahoma where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Theatre, paying for that education himself with part-time jobs, including one at a local bank. Leaving Oklahoma in the early 1960s, Lee came first to San Luis Obispo, California, and soon thereafter to San Jose, California, where he began his teaching career at Del Mar High School. In 1964, he came to Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California, where he ...

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Adelaide Veronica Iverson
Aug. 17, 1912 - Dec. 20, 2017
Menlo Park, California

Adelaide Iverson passed away at her Menlo Park home on December 20, 2017. She was 105 years old. Adelaide was born on August 17th, 1912 in Oketo, Kansas, the daughter of Paul and Veronica Schmitt. Her parents were educators and every week her father brought home a book for each of his four daughters, fueling a life-long passion for learning that all four sisters shared. Adelaide graduated from Central State Teachers College, now Central Michigan University, in 1933 and received a master’s degree in history from the University of Michigan. She began her teaching career in Grosse Point, Michigan where she met the love of her life, fellow teacher Bill Iverson. Adelaide and Bill married in September of 1942 while Bill was in the army, and though they remained separated for much of World War II, they sustained their relationship through daily correspondence. In one of his letters, Bill wrote, “Sometimes I think that out of trying times may come a timeless purity which we will always hold in our hearts.” In 1946, Bill began graduate work at Stanford University and during those early campus years, the Iverson’s forged lifelong friendships with several Stanford families i...

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Michael James Moon
Feb. 10, 1974 - Dec. 9, 2017
Mountain View, CA

“I distill organization’s strategies, technologies, and services into solid gold nuggets your grandmother can understand. Then I make them real.” -- Michael Moon. Creative director, consultant, educator, and writer Michael James Moon passed away on Dec. 9, 2017, surrounded by family. Michael was born on Feb. 10, 1974, in San Jose, California and grew up in San Jose and Portland, Oregon. He attended Jesuit High School in Portland and Cornell University, where he received a BA in English and BS degrees in economics and political science. While at Cornell, Michael participated in a range of cultural and creative activities, including legendary local band Pope Icky. Michael worked for Ziba Design in Portland, Tajima Creative in Menlo Park, and Duarte Design before launching his own firm, The Moon Agency, in 2010. In his independent work, Michael scripted and produced short documentaries for the International Peace Initiative for the Jakarta International Defense Dialogue and the Vienna Bicentenary Conference. He taught design thinking for more than 40 students at the Woxen School of Business in Hyderabad, India. He also served as faculty to the TED fellows program at TED...

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Mary Alexander Coleman
Aug. 5, 1922 - Sept. 22, 2017
Menlo Park, California

Mary A.W. "Alex" Coleman, resident of Menlo Park, California, departed her earthly life on Sept. 22 at 1:40 p.m. She passed away peacefully at home with her son, Winstead, and, daughter, Mary, at her bedside. She was 95. Alex, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, was also a loving wife to John C. Coleman from 1950 until John's death in 1990. She is survived by four children, Karen Newsom of Portland Oregon, John Coleman of Napa, California, Winstead Coleman of Aptos California, and Mary Way of Paradise Valley Arizona; and by five grandchildren and seven of her eight great grandchildren. Alex Coleman entered this world in Wilson, North Carolina, as Mary Alexander Wells on Aug. 5, 1922. She was the first-born child of John David Wells and Mary Shields Alexander Wells. Alex's parents were both from old American lines. Her parents' forbearers were among the earliest settlers in the British colonies of North Carolina and Virginia. Alex spent her childhood in Wilson, North Carolina, where she attended and graduated from Charles L. Coon High School. After high school, Alex enrolled at St. Mary's Episcopal Jr. College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Alex's m...

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Shellie P. Duggan
July 19, 1951 - Dec. 28, 2017 Grass Valley, California

Long-time Woodside resident, Shellie Duggan, passed away on December 28, 2017 at her ranch in Grass Valley after a battle against cancer. She was surrounded with the love of her family, friends and beloved animals. Born on July 19, 1951 to Janet Anne and Lowell Harmon Duggan in Alameda, California...

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Marvin L. Herrington
June 27, 1936 - Dec. 27, 2017 Stanford, California

Marvin L. Herrington passed away at home on Dec. 27, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. After a 40-year career in law enforcement, Marvin retired from the Stanford University Department of Public Safety in 2001 where he served as chief for 30 years. Marvin is survived by his wife of 59 yea...

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Sharon Mullen
March 17, 1943 - Dec. 25, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Sharon Ann Case Mullen joined her husband and parents in heaven on Dec. 25, 2017, Christmas morning, with her loving children by her side. Sharon was born March 17,1943, in Palo Alto to Elsie and Elton Case. She went through grade school at Mayfield, then attending Wilbur Jr. High and graduated f...

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McClain Johnston
Nov. 20, 1921 - Dec. 23, 2017 Palo Alto, California

McClain Johnston, MD, born Nov. 20, 1921, in Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away Dec. 23, 2017,in Palo Alto, California. From 1954 to 1964, he was a partner in the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, and from 1964 to 2008 in private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Menlo Park. He was a life member o...

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