July 9, 1919 - June 18, 2017
Palo Alto, California
In loving memory, Sarah Wolfe July 9, 1919 – June 18, 2017 Sarah Wolfe died peacefully on Sunday, June 18, just a few weeks before her 98th birthday. Mrs. Wolfe was an active member of the Palo Alto community for 65 years, as a volunteer and an activist in the peace and civil rights movements. Born in New York City to Romanian Jewish immigrants Abraham and Bessie Moskowitz, Sarah was the fifth of six children. Her father sold general goods from his pushcart at the docks and later ran a general store. At the age of 22, Sarah and her best friend Genie took their bicycles on a train from New York City to California, cycling through national parks, cities and towns. Their bold adventure was documented in several newspapers and is featured on YouTube in Two Young Gals Explore America in 1941. Sarah served in the Navy WAVES in World War II as a practical nurse in the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Following the war, she worked as a medical assistant in New York City and later as an EKG technician at Palo Alto Medical Center. In 1949, she married Irwin Wolfe, an electronic engineer. They moved to South Palo Alto in 1951. They were active folk dancers, tennis players and hikers. They tr...
Charles Patrick Thacker
Feb. 26, 1943 - June 12, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Charles Patrick Thacker, a pioneer of the first personal computer, died at his Palo Alto home on Monday, June 12, according to the publication Communications of the ACM, a periodical for the computing and information technology fields. He was 74. He died of esophageal cancer, his daughter Christine Thacker told the Weekly. A resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, Thacker is credited with designing the first modern personal computer, the Xerox Alto, and was co-inventor of the Ethernet. He received many notable awards, including the National Academy of Engineering's Charles Stark Draper Prize in 2004; the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers John von Neumann Medal in 2007; and the ACM A.M. Turing Award in 2009. He was inducted as a Computer History Museum Fellow in 2007. Born in Pasadena, on Feb. 26, 1943, Thacker received a bachelor's degree, majoring in physics, from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967. He joined the university's "Project Genie" in 1968, which he and others later left to form the Berkeley Computer Corporation, according to his Computer History Museum biography. Thacker designed the processor and memory system for the corporati...
Wendi Hammond Haskell
Nov. 25, 1941 - June 10, 2017
Portola Valley, California
Wendi Hammond Haskell passed away quietly on June 10, 2017, at her home in Portola Valley surrounded by family members. Wendi had a compassionate, vibrant and eternally young soul and was quick to share a smile, a laugh, support and encouragement. She was one of pure generosity - never giving in order to get anything in return except the knowledge that she had helped others. As a devoted lover of the outdoors, Wendi was eager to protect not only nature but every being, whether human, animal or plant, that shared this earth with us. Wendi was at her happiest when skiing, hiking, playing tennis with her family and friends, traveling to remote locations with her husband Bill and spending time with her grandchildren. Wendi was born in Hollywood, California, on November 25, 1941 to Winnie and Alex Hammond, who were singers working in the movies. She had four brothers and is survived by a brother, Gary Hammond and wife Anne, who live in Bozeman, Montana. When she was age 3, Wendi’s family moved to Coachella Valley and then to Palm Springs. Wendi attended elementary and secondary school in Palm Springs and graduated from Palm Springs High School in 1959. She became ...
Margaret Valerie Eikenberry
Aug. 16, 1930 - May 6, 2017
Redwood City, California
Margaret “Miki” Eikenberry passed away peacefully at home in Redwood City, California, at the age of 86. Born in Monrovia, California and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Bay Area to continue her education, attending Stanford University, where she met her future husband, Donald Eikenberry. Miki and Donald were married in 1952, one day prior to her graduating from Stanford. She worked as a registered nurse at San Francisco County Hospital while Donald completed his education at Stanford University Medical School. After raising four children with her husband, Donald, she returned to nursing, working in the nursery and pediatric units at Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, and then at the Kaiser Allergy Clinic in Redwood City until she retired. Miki had many passions in life. She loved family, travel, music and the theater. Generous and loving, Miki developed many lasting friendships with people she met throughout her life and travels. She was an avid reader, loved writing poetry and playing cards. A great sports enthusiast, she loved "her" San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks, the SF 49ers and the Stanford Cardinals. Mik...
Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...
Marie Josée Mont-Reynaud
Oct. 1, 1985 - June 9, 2017 Oakland, California
Born in Palo Alto and a resident of Oakland, MJ Mont-Reynaud passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 9. She was 31. She was an exceptional photographer and Stanford graduate. She was a talented artist with great abilities to bring the best out from her models at every photo shoot. She is sur...
July 12, 1936 - June 8, 2017 Chicago, Illinois
Pat Briggs, who guided and coached generations of Palo Alto children onto the stage as director of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, died June 8 in her native Chicago after a period of failing health. Briggs served as head of the Children's Theatre starting in 1961 and was credited with building...
Oct. 1, 1921 - June 6, 2017 Palo Alto, California
Doris Richmond, the first African-American to work full-time for the Palo Alto Library and the oldest member of the historic University AME Zion Church, died June 6 at 95, following a period of declining health. Richmond, a slightly built woman known to friends and neighbors in the Ventura neighb...