Pooran C Barman
Nov. 14, 1940 - May 4, 2021
Menlo Park, California
On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Dr. Pooran Barman, loving husband, father of three, and grandfather of five passed away at age 80. Dr. Barman was born on November 14, 1940 in the village of Hathras, India to parents Gokul and Tara Barman. His father was the only doctor in their town and set an example of hard work and dedication that Pooran followed. As a child he overcame the accidental loss of sight in one of his eyes and being bitten by a rabid dog. He ended up skipping multiple grades to attend Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College (GSVM) in Kanpur, India at the young age of 18. There he obtained a medical degree and a lifelong distaste for kidney beans (“rajma”) due to a housemate who cooked nothing else. Eager for learning and new challenges, he moved to the USA in 1967. He arrived in Ohio with only $8 in his pocket and a medical degree. Always happy to forge a new path, before the field of interventional cardiology even existed, he traveled to courses in Switzerland to learn about angioplasty and cardiac interventions. With that training, he was able to come home to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, and over 30 years he helped countless people suff...
Arlen James Hagen
March 25, 1928 - May 2, 2021
Los Altos, California
Arlen James Hagen died May 2, 2021. He was born in Rockford, Ill., of Mata and Fred J. Hagen on March 25, 1928. Raised and educated in parochial schools of Rockford -- before serving with the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan -- he garnered his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Illinois. Post-graduate credits were earned at the University of Colorado, Boulder; the University of California, Berkeley; and San Jose State University. In 1957 he married Mary Lee Bradley of Oklahoma City, Okla., and taught secondary school physics, chemistry and mathematics for 33 years -- 27 of them in Palo Alto, Calif. -- at Palo Alto and H.M. Gunn high schools. Retiring in 1989, he worked for the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish in Palo Alto, earned a Master Gardener certificate from the University of California and founded a quarter-acre Pastoral Garden, which he continued to maintain until his death. He is preceded in death by his parents, his only sibling, brother Trenton Thomas (1935) and his wife of nearly 57 years (2015). Burial will be at the St. James Catholic Cemetery in Belvidere, Ill. A celebration of life memorial mass is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 22 at St. ...
Phillis Beattie Basile
Aug. 6, 1924 - April 28, 2021
Laguna Beach, California
Katherine Phillis Beattie Basile, a pioneering force in education and labor rights and an adoring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on April 28. Long time Laguna Beach resident, who also spent significant time over the last 30 years in Menlo Park and Portola Valley (Ladera) with her daughter’s family, she passed away with her son and daughter at her side. Phillis, as she was known, was 96 (97 by actuary tables as she liked to point out). Phillis was born August 6, 1924 to Katherine “Kay” Drusilla, a librarian, and George Taylor (Phillip) Beattie, a road engineer. She was born in Anaconda, Montana, a mountain-and-mining community near the Continental Divide, but raised largely in New Jersey. Life was not always easy, nor simple. At one point, she attended a country school with no plumbing. One year around Thanksgiving, she participated in a food drive for people in need – only to return home to find that one batch of the cans had been left on her own doorstep. And at 13, she lost her father to tuberculosis. Upon graduating from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, she was determined to attend college. She earned a scholarship to t...
Paul O. Reimer
July 15, 1927 - April 25, 2021
Portola Valley, CA
Paul O. Reimer, a native Californian, passed away peacefully at his home in Portola Valley on April 25th at the age of 93. Born the only child to Paul and Ruby Reimer, Paul Jr. was raised in Alturas, CA, and attended Modoc High School. Answering his great generation’s call to service, he enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 and was shipped off to Japan and Korea in 1945. Following his Army service in WWII, Paul worked for the US Forest Service fighting fires, then went on to pursue a civil engineering degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. There, he was Student Body President and met his beautiful future wife Kathryn Ann Brennan of Loomis, CA. Upon graduating with honors, he served during the Korean War as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Paul and Kay married in 1951, a marriage that bloomed for over 53 years till Kay’s passing. They built a wonderful life together full of family celebrations, travel, and special times with friends. They were blessed with three great children - son Mark, an OB/GYN Doctor residing near Fort Worth, TX; son Ted, a wine importer who passed away in 2018; and daughter Kristi...
Mary Lou Carlsen
Aug. 15, 1922 - April 23, 2021
Portola Valley, CA
Mary Lou Carlsen passed away peacefully on April 23, 2021 at the Vi seniors facility in Palo Alto, where she resided for 15 years. She was 98 years old. Born Mary Louise Martin in Hanford, California on August 15, 1922. Her Central Valley roots ran deep and were a source of considerable pride. Following his service in the Civil War her beloved great grandfather, Claude Giddings, settled in Visalia where he would become a founding member of the emerging local business community. In 1891, Mary Lou’s grandmother Blanche “Mimi” Giddings married James Hickman. They moved to Hanford where James became a fixture in the local banking industry. In 1892, Mimi and James gave birth to Mary Lou’s mother, Nadine. Mary Lou’s father, Robert Martin, hailed from the mountains of rural Kentucky, which was also a source of pride. It bears mention that like grandmother Mimi and mother Nadine, Mary Lou was an only child and a strong female. Mary Lou attended UC Berkeley where she was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority. It was at Berkeley that she met her future husband, Carl Carlsen. The couple was married in 1946 and made their home in Pacific Grove, Marin County, and later in W...
Barbara Jean Wong
Jan. 2, 1936 - April 23, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Forever in our hearts... Barbara Jean Wong, wife, mother, grandmother, and long-time resident of Palo Alto, CA, passed away peacefully at the age 85, surrounded by her husband and two sons on April 23rd, 2021. While the sudden onset of an aggressive case of lymphoma complicated by disseminated intravascular coagulation proved a challenging fight, Barbara maintained her jovial sense of humor, grace, and elegance until her last moments. Barbara was born in Suisun Valley, California, on January 2nd, 1936. She was the youngest of five children, two brothers and three sisters, to parents Jim and Ivy Fong. Growing up, Barbara was imbued with a creative and outgoing spirit, as well as a deep love for nature from spending time on the family's fruit farms as a child. She graduated from Armijo High School, and then attended City College of San Francisco before completing her bachelor’s degree in education at San Jose State University. Upon graduation, she worked in Fairfield and the Santa Clara County School districts as an elementary school teacher. Later she took up an assignment teaching US military personnel children at a US base in Japan. While in Asia, she connected with di...
Bill Hoff Busse
Dec. 15, 1927 - April 19, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Retired architect Bill Hoff Busse, known just as much for designing significant buildings at Stanford University as for lending his skills to volunteer projects throughout Palo Alto, died of natural causes at his Palo Alto home on April 19. He was 93. Busse's name is attributed to numerous noted buildings in the area, including the downtown Palo Alto City Library, the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center and Stanford University's Tresidder Memorial Union. Busse, pronounced "BUS-ee", joined Spencer Associates Architecture firm in Palo Alto after graduating from Stanford with a master's degree in architecture in 1953 and briefly working at the university's planning department. Through Spencer Associates, which was responsible for designing and renovating several million square feet of the university's campus, Busse oversaw numerous campus building projects, including the earth sciences building, solar observatory and other science buildings. His favorite project, he told the Palo Alto Weekly during a 2016 interview, was as lead designer of the Tresidder Memorial Union building, which for decades has served as a main campus hub for students. Jeanette Smith-Laws, ...
Elizabeth "Betsey" Wallick Danon
Aug. 26, 1929 - April 17, 2021
Elizabeth Anne “Betsey” Wallick was born August 26, 1929 to Guy Philip Wallick and his wife, Florence Kenneth “Keysie” Keys, in Palo Alto, California and was the youngest of three children. Her sister, Alice Jean Wallick and brother, Philip Wallick predeceased her. As a young child, she remembered rationing during WWII, therefore she was a recycler for the rest of her life. She graduated Palo Alto High School Class of 1947. She graduated from the Mills College in Oakland in 1951 with a degree in occupational therapy - the first woman with a college degree in our family. After college, she traveled to Europe on a steamer, seeing the aftermath of WWII. Upon her return, she worked as an occupational therapist at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She traveled again in 1956, this time to Italy and then on to Istanbul, meeting her handsome husband, Renato Giuseppe Danon, shipboard. Renato spoke six languages and then learned English only for her. They had three children, Giuliana Maria Danon, Guido Renato Danon, and Felicia Grazia Danon before returning to the USA in 1961. Two years later the family moved to Rome, Italy for a year and then returned ...
Elizabeth Ann Knab
Oct. 15, 1932 - April 16, 2021
Mountain View, California
Elizabeth (Libby) Ann Taylor Knab passed away peacefully on April 16, 2021 in Mountain View, CA. Elizabeth was born on October 15, 1932 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Roy Lee Taylor and Marjorie May Hunt. In 1934 the family relocated to Webb City, Missouri. In 1947, at age 14, she moved with her family to Mountain View, California. She attended Mountain View High School and graduated in 1950. After high school she attended and graduated from Dental Nurses Training School in San Francisco. Elizabeth married her high school sweetheart, Homer L Knab, on May 15, 1955. She was preceded in death by her mother - Marjorie Taylor, father- Roy Taylor and sister- Nancy Seegmiller. She is survived by her husband, Homer Knab of 65 years, daughters Paula Miller (Michael), Cynthia Neabeack (Cary) and sons Kenneth Knab (Therese), Steven Knab and eleven grandchildren....
Philip Martin Humphreys
Nov. 24, 1942 - April 14, 2021
Portola Valley, CA
Phil Humphreys passed peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with heart disease. Phil was born in Oregon, and upon graduating from Medford High, was recruited by all the west coast schools as well as some in the mid west, to play football. He was an incredible player, and was one of the fastest graduates in 1960. Luckily for his wife Sharon, he chose Stanford. They met and married in 1964, just after Sharon graduated from Woodside High. Phil had a wonderful career in the computer field, working at many companies in the bay area. They settled in Portola Valley in 1973, raising 2 wonderful daughters. Phil was very active in the community, serving on several committees. He retired in 2012 and he and Sharon traveled extensively. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon, daughters Robyn and husband Dan, Lisa and husband Steve, and 4 grandchildren, Phil, Alex, Stephanie and Grant....
Shirley Ann Cahn
Jan. 23, 1937 - April 14, 2021
Shirley Ann Cahn was born January 23, 1937 in Albany, California, the daughter of Roland and Miriam Masters. Shirley attended Berkeley High School and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1959 with a BA in Decorative Arts. Following graduation from Cal, she worked for the Emporium Capwell Company in San Francisco, managing the Decorating Studio. There she met Ralph Cahn, whom she married in 1961. They raised two daughters in Palo Alto until their divorce in 1996. Shirley was a loving mother, wonderful artist, staunch supporter of KQED, and cheerful soul who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Cahn (David Fisher) and Julia Elman (Ian), and four grandchildren Natalie and Elena Fisher and Olivia and Anna Elman, her sister, Joan Brinton (Bob), and nieces Mary Beth Santos (Craig) and Anne Ashton (Don). Shirley died of complications from pneumonia and heart failure after many happy years living at Maple House II in Santa Cruz. A private service for the family will be held at Lake Tahoe this summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202, www.heifer.org....
Aug. 20, 1954 - April 11, 2021
Mountain View, California
Jonathan Pharazyn passed away unexpectedly after a tragic accident while riding his bicycle, April 11, 2021. Born in San Francisco, Jonathan was the only child of Lucille and Philip Pharazyn. His early years were spent in the San Carlos hills and Honolulu. He was an avid surfer, loving the spirituality and physicality of ocean waves. His family returned to the Bay Area, where he a graduated from Pittsburg High. He attended college at Reed College in Portland Oregon, UC Berkeley, and finished a BA in History and Spanish at the University of Illinois. It was in his high school years and college, when he developed a love of music, especially jazz and reggae. During the 1970’s, Jonathan was very active in politics and social justice movements addressing racism and poverty in the Chicago area. In the 1980’s Jonathan returned to the Bay Area, raised 2 children, settling in Redwood City and then in Mountain View. Jonathan received Masters’ degrees in School Administration and Teaching Education, with emphasis on bilingual education. He spent the next 35 years as an Educator, School Administrator, and served as president of district teachers’ union. His bilingual skills a...
Feb. 11, 1922 - April 9, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Setsuo Dairiki died on April 9, 2021 at Channing House after living in Palo Alto for 61 years. He enjoyed his last 17 years in Channing House with his wife Norma Masako who predeceased him in 2019. Setsuo Dairiki was born in Penryn California to Hau and Fusakichi Dairiki on February 11, 1922. He grew up at their Dairiki Store (a small general store) in Penryn, and attended Sacramento City College at 14. When he was 16 years old and able to leave home, he attended Stanford University where he was a member of the Japanese Student Association and lived in its designated housing until Executive Order 9066 (Davis and Nilan: The Stanford Album: A Photographic History 1985-1945, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1989, p. 276 photo with President Wilbur). As a citizen of Japanese ancestry, he was evacuated to Tule Lake Relocation Camp in April 1942 joining his parents and siblings. Although he lost credit for the last quarter, because he attended summer school, he was mailed his Stanford diploma at Tule Lake Relocation Camp in 1942. When the camp officials realized he received his BA from the School of Engineering at Stanford, he was deployed to Lincoln, Nebraska to teach mi...
Antonio Javier Espinosa
Feb. 20, 1961 - April 8, 2021
Menlo Park, California
Antonio Javier Espinosa passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2021 in Spokane, Washington surrounded by his loving wife, Petrice, and children. Tony was born to Jorge Espinosa and Mary Esther Espinosa in Los Angeles, California on February 20, 1961. His siblings, Monica, Marina and Alejandro, quickly followed. After a short time living in Ensenada, Mexico, Mary and her children settled in the California Central Valley and eventually San Jose. As a student/athlete at the University of California-Davis, Tony graduated with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA degree. Later, he attended the Stanford Executive Program (SEP) at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Tony was a serial entrepreneur who held senior executive positions at several technology companies during his career. Most recently, he was the CEO & Founder of Corlina, Inc. Undoubtedly, Tony greatest success and pride was his family. Tony and Petrice met in 1992 in San Francisco and married in 1994 in Carmel, California. Their 3-week adventure honeymoon in New Zealand, where they hiked the Milford Track, was the launch of a 26-year marriage bu...
June 18, 1925 - April 8, 2021
Portola Valley, California
Marjorie Sutherland Hausmann died peacefully on April 8, 2021 surrounded by her family. Marge was born on June 18, 1925 in Portland, OR to William and Helen Sutherland. She and her 2 siblings spent most of their childhood in Portland. She graduated from Grant High School and Oregon State University where she was a Home Economics major. At OSU, she was proud to be a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the Mortar Board Honor Society which provided her with life-long friendships. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she worked for Shell Oil Company and where she met her husband, Robert (Bob) Hausmann. They were married in Palo Alto in 1953 and moved to Los Altos to start their family. In 1962 they moved to Portola Valley where they raised their 4 children. In 2005, after selling the family home, she moved to the Vi at Palo Alto. Marge was known to all for her generous and positive spirit, always putting others first and her warm welcoming smile. She was a devoted and loving mom. Whether coaching a sports team, teaching cooking in 4H, helping in the classroom or driving on countless field trips, she was always involved. She was also a wonderful Nani to ...
Jack Samuel Remington
Jan. 19, 1931 - April 8, 2021
Menlo Park, California
Internationally Acclaimed Infectious Disease Physician-Scientist Jack S. Remington, M.D., described as the “Pope of Toxoplasmosis” and a legendary leader in the field of infectious diseases, has passed away at the age of 90. In 1962, Dr. Remington founded the Toxoplasmosis Serology Laboratory (TSL) at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), an internationally recognized laboratory that sets the gold standard for the study and diagnosis of toxoplasmosis—a parasitic disease particularly dangerous for pregnant women, their offsprings and patients with weak immune systems. The TSL was rededicated as the Dr. Jack S. Remington Laboratory for Specialty Diagnostics in November, 2019, to honor his 40 year career at PAMF. It serves as the reference laboratory for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Remington was head of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases while also working as a professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Stanford University and served as PAMF’s Marcus A. Krupp, M.D. Research Chair since 1986. “Dr. Remington was a clinician extraordi...
Alan Sydney Baer
April 14, 1953 - April 8, 2021
Menlo Park, California
Alan Sydney Baer passed away suddenly on April 8th at the age of 67. Born in San Francisco, raised in Piedmont as a child and Menlo Park as a teen, Alan graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, class of ’71. He recently moved to Folsom to be with family. Alan was known for his good nature, kind heart and his love for his animals. Alan was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Louise Baer, grandparents Isabel and Sydney Silverstein, uncle Alfred and aunt Jeanne Baer, and uncle Philip Newman. He is survived by his brothers Michael and Bruce, sister-in-law Heidi, sister-in-law Michelle, nieces Ashley (Michael) and Amy (Chris), great niece Ella Rose, aunt Martha and many other family members and friends whom he loved. A service will be held at the Home of Peace in Colma on Sunday, May 23rd at noon. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Animal Outreach of The Mother Lode, Diamond Springs, CA - an animal shelter where Alan got the cats he so loved....
Gary O Maffia
Aug. 9, 1952 - April 6, 2021
Gary Oliver Maffia, age 68, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 6, 2021 while surrounded by family in Redding, California. Those who knew Gary will remember him for his larger than life personality, sense of humor and delicious food. Growing up in Redwood City, Gary loved playing baseball and was an outstanding young athlete. After graduating from Sequoia High School, Gary discovered a passion in the culinary arts and pursued an education in European Cuisine. At the young age of 21, he opened Barbarossa European Restaurant in Atherton, CA as the chef and co-owner. For 25 years, local patrons celebrated Barbarossa as a regional favorite offering a fine dining experience. As the chef and owner, Gary received several prestigious awards including Mobile Four Stars and Chefs of America recognition in 1988. Although extremely busy, Gary always found time to coach his sons' baseball teams for many years. He took coaching to the next level by organizing weekend campouts, whiffle ball tournaments, and frequent backyard BBQs. Later in his career, Gary opened a Olivio’s European Bistro in Belmont, CA where he served continental cuisine in a more casual atmosphere. Oftentimes,...
Margaret Ishiyama Raffin
Dec. 26, 1946 - April 3, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Elegant, kind, and generous, Margaret Ishiyama Raffin wrapped her arms around a universe of family, friends, and colleagues, enveloping all with love and support. She drew countless people into her sphere, where many regarded her as a confidante and kindred spirit. Her exceptional grace was inherited from her mother, Setsuko, and her clear-eyed approach to problem-solving came from her father, George. She was petite in stature but commanded an outsized influence: a keen and perceptive observer of human nature, she identified where there was need and set about filling it. She died at home, unexpectedly but peacefully, in her sleep. Margaret, like her parents, was born in Southern California. George and Setsuko—who were incarcerated with other loyal Japanese Americans during World War II—modeled a philosophy of responding to adversity with dignity and perseverance, looking ahead and resolutely doing what was required. Their emphasis on education and civic responsibility provided guiding principles for Margaret’s life. When she was five, Margaret moved to Palo Alto with her family. She graduated from Palo Alto High School and attended Scripps College in Claremont, Californ...
1952 - March 26, 2021
Kirk Broomhead, 68, passed away in March 2021, a few weeks after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Kirk was born in New York, NY to Jack and Jean Broomhead. He grew up in Atherton, CA and Greenwich, CT. Kirk was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Tufts University and the training program in technical writing at Fitchburg (MA) State College. After college, he worked as a firefighter for CAL FIRE in the Salinas Valley. He worked as a technical writer for Digital Equiment Corporation in Nashua, NH, VMware in Palo Alto and Datrium in Sunnyvale. Kirk had a natural aptitude for technology combined with a great ability to communicate. He prided himself in taking difficult technical concepts and making them clear and understandable for others. Music was very important and significant to Kirk throughout his life, and he played piano and guitar for his own enjoyment. Kirk also had a passion for architecture. He designed his own post-and-beam house on a wooded property in Brookline, NH and oversaw all the details of construction himself. It was designed for music with soaring 28 foot ceilings that allowed the piano or guitar music to fill the entire house. His many o...
Joseph Fowler Pickering
July 27, 1927 - March 26, 2021
Joseph Fowler Pickering, 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on March 26 in Ojai, CA, where he had moved last year to be closer to family after residing in Palo Alto for 76 years. Joe successfully ran insurance businesses for 65 years and was a leader and participant in many community organizing activities in the Santa Clara Valley. He was an above average water skier and still playing tennis in his 90s. He was a world traveler who especially loved to scuba dive in tropical oceans and explore all their living creatures. Joe loved a good meal (any meal really), a glass of red wine, and conversation with friends. He was an immensely loving and supportive husband, a wonderful (and understanding) father, a welcoming father-in-law, and an always attentive grandfather. He was fun and funny, well read and smart, charming, courageous, loyal, exceedingly kind, and friend of countless individuals from different walks of life and spanning many generations. He led a long and good life, and will be greatly missed by many. In a memoir he wrote for family he described his experience: “My first view of Stanford was a dramatic one driving down Palm Drive on the day I en...
Dexter Bailey Dawes
July 10, 1936 - March 21, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Dexter Dawes, a respected leader to local community institutions, successful investment and finance professional, and above all else, a man dedicated to his family, died peacefully on March 21 at age 84 from esophageal cancer in his Palo Alto home. A traditional and deeply ethical man, Dexter lived with authenticity, integrity and kindness. He was affable, unsentimental, inquisitive, a risk taker, an optimist, and a skeptic. He was equally self-confident and self-effacing, and combined a sharp analytical mind with artistic creativity. A strong believer in self reliance and responsibility, entrepreneurship came naturally to Dexter, leading to a successful career in finance. He pioneered the implementation of Employee Stock Ownership Plans in the early ‘70’s with the firm Bangert and Company, and became intent on providing employees “a piece of the action.” As a founding member of a small investment banking firm, Bangert, Dawes, Reade, Davis, and Thom, Dexter grew a successful business. Later, he headed an equity fund, John Hancock Capital Growth Management, from which he retired in 1996. His experiences with a wide range of businesses across the country gave Dexter a...
June 2, 1943 - Feb. 11, 2021
Palo Alto, California
James Lewark, a resident of Palo Alto, died February 11, 2021. He was born in Vandalia, Illinois on June 2, 1943. HIs parents were James, a geologist, and Louise Lewark. He lived in Menlo Park in the Allied Arts neighborhood from 1989 - 2016. Jim attended Duke University, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the University of New Orleans. Jim was a strong advocate for civil rights and was active in Durham, N.C., Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, La. In 1962 he was jailed and held in solitary confinement for two weeks in Baton Rouge for refusing to move from the side of a courtroom reserved for black spectators. Jim met his lifetime partner, Kathryn Warren, in 1971 in New Orleans at an anti-war protest. They married in 1972 and moved to New York City where they devoted themselves to left-wing, working-class politics for over fifteen years. Social justice remained a passion for Jim until his death. The couple moved to San Francisco in 1985, eventually settling in Menlo Park, 25 miles south of the city. It was there that Jim began to cultivate and hybridize fuchsias. Over the ensuing years, Jim became a highly regarded fuchsia grower, hybridist, and lecturer in the B...
Nov. 22, 1930 - Feb. 4, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Thomas Miller, loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 4th, 2021 in Palo Alto, California at the age of 90. Tom grew up in Barstow, California. After high school, he joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego. An excellent student, he attended Stanford University where he studied Physics. At Stanford, Tom met the love of his life, Kay Hamilton, on a blind date. After Kay’s graduation, they married and moved to Seattle where Tom received his master’s degree in Physics at the University of Washington. He then became an officer in the Navy and was stationed on Whidbey Island, serving as a radar engineer. Tom was athletic and loved nature. He and Kay climbed numerous mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Eventually, Tom and Kay moved to Palo Alto where Tom worked as a Nuclear Physicist at Lockheed for 32 years. There, they raised their two children. Tom was a highly intelligent, kind and loving man who had a memorable smile and a playful twinkle in his eye. An avid reader, he was a curious, life-long learner who shared his love of physics, astronomy, music and literature with his children and grandchildren. He also shared h...
Stephen Norman Hynding
Sept. 14, 1940 - Jan. 31, 2021
Stephen Norman Hynding died on January 31, 2021 at his home in Woodside after a short battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Steve was born in Mills hospital in San Mateo. He grew up in South San Francisco with his parents Norman C. Hynding, his mother Dorothy May Hynding, his older brother the late Dr. Alan A. Hynding and his younger brother Norman C. Hynding, Jr. As kids the boys would climb the hill behind their house and slide down historic Sign Hill: “South SanFrancisco-The Industrial City”. Steve always excelled at sports, football at Lick Wilmerding High School and then at College of San Mateo. At Cal, Berkeley, he threw the discus and shot put. After college it was rugby. He had a rugby game the day before his wedding and showed up with a faint shiner! He graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Engineering. Then it was off to Lubbock, Texas to complete his Air Force Reserve commitment. Returning to Berkeley to “find a wife” he met Gail Wilson from Palo Alto while playing bridge. They were married in 1967. They played bridge with friends for the next 54 years. Steve was very comfortable around tools. He could fix anything. When his...
Virginia L. Fitton
April 6, 1926 - April 11, 2021 Palo Alto, CA
Virginia Lucile Fitton died peacefully on April 11, 2021, surrounded by her family. She had recently celebrated her 95th Birthday at a small, joyful event with family and friends. Her life was dedicated to learning how to love in every situation and unending gratitude for her meaningful journey. ...
Sept. 3, 1942 - April 3, 2021 Mountain View, California
Laura J. Barton, age 78, of Mountain View, California, left us on April 3rd. Laura was born in Detroit, MI, on September 3rd, 1942. She graduated from Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon, class of '60, then later continued her education receiving a BS in Business Management from the Universit...
John C. Martin
May 7, 1951 - March 30, 2021 Palo Alto, California
John C. Martin, former CEO of Gilead Sciences who helped develop the first once-a-day pill to treat HIV while at the helm of the company, died unexpectedly on March 30 after suffering head injuries from a fall the previous day. He was 69. Martin is believed to have fallen while walking near Coler...
Cathy F. Latterell
June 30, 1926 - March 28, 2021 Palo Alto, California
Cathy Frances Latterell, a Palo Alto, CA resident of 51 years, passed away at the age of 94 at her home from a lengthy illness on March 28, 2021. Cathy was born on June 30, 1926 at Mary's Help Hospital in San Francisco to Clark Matthew and Frances Ann Franklin. Cathy and her older brother, Dave...