Glena Lois Ballentine
Oct. 26, 1925 - July 14, 2021
Glena Lois Bruce Ballentine, a longtime community volunteer and service provider who lived on the Peninsula for more than 60 years, died of natural causes July 14 in Albuquerque, N.M. She was 95, passing away 25 years to the day of her husband Fred's death. Mrs. Ballentine, a native of Paonia, Colo., moved in 1945 to Hollywood, worked at California Bank and did some fashion modeling in her early years. She once said she was one of few young women moving to Hollywood in the 1940s who did not want to become a movie actress. The Ballentines married in 1948 and moved to the Peninsula in 1953. Fred Ballentine became a star real estate salesman for the David Bohannon organization in San Mateo and later started his own firms on the Peninsula in the 1950s and '60s--Ballentine Associates and August Associates, which had offices in San Mateo, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Los Altos. Mrs. Ballentine had her own real estate sales license and assisted him in running the businesses. They were married for 48 years until Mr. Ballentine's death just short of his 76th birthday in 1996. The Ballentines lived in Woodside, Menlo Park, Redwood City, and San Mateo during their long tenure in the Ba...
Peter Paul Ciardella
April 20, 1934 - July 10, 2021
Mountain View, CA
Pete Ciardella, 87, died Saturday. An 87-year resident of Menlo Park and Mountain View, he owned Bay Area Trucking Services. He graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and served in the US Army. He was an active member in the Italian American Social Club of Menlo Park, the Palo Alto Elks Club, The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Mt. View chapter, and an avid golfer at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Joan, nephews Larry (Chris), Jim, Rick (Cynthia), David (Jamie), Chris (Debbie), Ron (Lisa), and Tony (Lisa), nieces Cathi (Kelly), and Michelle (Jimmy) and sister-in-laws Helen Ciardella, Sandy Dannemiller, and Millie Felber. A vigil will be held at Spangler Mortuary, 399 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos on Monday, July 19th at 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will take place at Saint Williams Catholic Church, 611 South El Monte Avenue, Los Altos on Tuesday, July 20th at 10:30 am, and a service will follow mass at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, at 12:00 pm....
Nov. 22, 1939 - July 4, 2021
Margaret Snyder Hinman “Peggy”, of Atherton, CA passed away peacefully on July 4, 2021 in the presence of her adoring husband of 59 years, Harvey D. Hinman. Peggy was 81 years old. She is survived by her brother, Robert Snyder; sister, Martha Talbot; and her three children, George, Sarah, and Margi and their spouses, Ann Hinman, John Whittle, and Lucas Heldfond. Peggy was blessed with nine grandchildren: Harvey, Will, Phebe, Alexandra, Henry, Margaret, Oliver, Natalie, and Adrienne. Peggy was born in Portland, Maine, on November 22, 1939 and grew up in Yarmouth, Maine, where she started her education in a one-room schoolhouse and then attended Waynflete School. She graduated high school from Northfield Mt. Hermon in 1958 as president of her class. She went on to attend Brown University where she met many lifelong friends and the love of her life, Harvey, whom she married the summer after she graduated in 1962. Harvey and Peggy’s journey began in Ithaca, NY, where she worked at New York Bell Telephone Company and Cornell University. When Harvey graduated from law school, they moved to Menlo Park, CA. Peggy launched into her new life on the West Coast where she...
James Morgan Upton
Nov. 11, 1933 - July 1, 2021
James(Jim) Upton, 87, a resident of Atherton, died July 1, 2021. He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Spokane, Wash. He graduated from Gonzaga University and went on to earn a Masters from Stanford University as well as a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He began teaching math at College of San Mateo and Canada College in the late 1960's and taught there for more than 40 years. He was an avid traveler and coin collector and in his spare time he enjoyed gardening. He is survived by his daughter, Heidi Sausedo; and two grandchildren....
William S. Anderson
March 29, 1919 - June 29, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
William S. Anderson was born in Hankow, China (now Wuhan) on March 29, 1919. His father was a Scottish engineer who built the first modern ice works in central China. His mother was half Chinese and half Russian. After primary school in Hankow, he went to Shanghai for high school. Just before his matriculation in 1937, Japan declared war on China, invaded Shanghai, then Nanjing and was at the gates of Hankow when all international residents were told to evacuate. He and his mother went to Hong Kong, where he started working as an internal auditor for the Peninsula Hotel. He continued his education, which was cut short by the Japanese invasion, by studying accountancy in the evenings, and after receiving his certification, joined a leading Chartered Accountancy in 1940. War broke out between Britain and Japan on December 8, 1941, and Anderson fought with the British defence forces until the colony surrendered on Christmas Day, 1941. After two years in a POW camp in Hong Kong, he and other English prisoners were shipped to POW camps in Nagoya and Toyama, Japan, where he worked as a slave laborer in a locomotive manufacturing company. When the Japanese surrendered to All...
Jan. 21, 1938 - June 28, 2021
Redwood City, California
Dr. John Bordy died June 28, 2021. He was born in Marosvásárhely, which is also known by its Romanian name, Târgu Mures. Dr. Bordy was a true Szekely and identified deeply with his Hungarian roots, but he embodied the American dream. He wanted to be a doctor before the age of ten and knew his chances of achieving that dream were slim as an ethnic Hungarian living in Romania. Dr. Bordy left home at the age of 18 to play on the Romanian national water polo team in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Although he didn’t win the gold, he did win an opportunity to defect with other Hungarian athletes. They toured the United States on a trip called the Freedom Fighters’ Tour, which was sponsored by Sport’s Illustrated. He enrolled at UC Berkeley, barely speaking English, where he played water polo all four years and was known as “short, broad-shouldered Bordy.” During that time, he was also a member of the San Francisco Olympic Club and won the American National Championships in ’57 and ’59. In 2010, he was inducted into the Olympic Club Hall of Fame. He graduated Stanford medical school with highest honors. After his internship, he enlisted in the Navy and spent t...
Anne Marie Kirkbride
June 17, 1930 - June 27, 2021
Menlo Park, California
Anne Marie Quinn Kirkbride died peacefully in Santa Barbara, CA. Anne’s great sense of humor, warmth, even-temperament, loving kindness and optimistic view of life were inspiring and admired by all. She was so proud to be both Irish and Roman Catholic. She lived her faith and values daily and was devoted to helping others in her own community and beyond. She loved being a native San Franciscan, growing up in the fog of the Richmond District, attending Star of the Sea High School (1947) and San Francisco College for Women (Lone Mountain-1952). She then moved to sunny Greenbrae and even sunnier Menlo Park, CA for 50 years. She was a substitute teacher for the Menlo Park School District, and later a Kindergarten teacher at St. Raymond School where she was beloved by both students and parents alike. She enjoyed playing tennis, reading great books with her St. Raymond’s Women’s Book Club, in which she participated with dear friends for over 30 years. Anne was a Lector and volunteer at St. Raymond and Saint Denis Churches, as well as a tireless volunteer at her children’s schools and St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room where she served food to those in need. Anne also relished her ...
Mary Elizabeth Skougaard
Dec. 14, 1928 - June 27, 2021
Los Altos, California
Mary Elizabeth Hill Skougaard passed away June 27, 2021 at the age of 92. Mary was an incredibly gifted writer and intelligent woman born long before her time. Mary was born December 14, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA, the only child of Helen Yoder Thompson Hill and George Amos Hill. She spent the first few years of her amazing life in La Canada, California until the Depression hit and they moved to the Midwest to live with extended family while her father looked for work. They eventually moved to Prescott, Arizona where Mary spent the remainder of her childhood years and graduated from Prescott High School. As part of the first post WWII class at Stanford University, Mary majored in Communications. While at Stanford, Mary joined The Stanford Daily as a reporter and feature editor, and later became the first woman Station Manager for KZSU( 90.1), Stanford’s radio station. She “wowed” Stanfordites as KZSU’s infamous on-air personality, “Stanford Sadie,” before graduating in 1950. Mary began her career at KNBC Radio in San Francisco. She later moved to New York City to work for Free & Peters as a sales assistant, promoting to TV Sales Coordinator for all offices a...
March 3, 1935 - June 17, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Alvin Platt of Palo Alto, California, passed away peacefully at home, with loved ones at his side on the 17th of June, 2021. In recent years, though affected by Parkinson’s Disease he found joy in life and in caring for all of us. Al was born March 3, 1935 in Chicago to Nettie & Raymond Platt (both from Ukraine). He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Barbara (Schiller). Alvin will also be missed by five children and other relatives located throughout the US. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1960. Al’s entire work life was devoted to community service. He was a dedicated educator and strategist for many community based agencies and institutions among them the Chicago Public School System; North Shore Congregation Israel, Glencoe, IL; Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, CA; Jewish Community Federation, South Peninsula Region, Palo Alto, CA; Mid-Peninsula Jewish Community Day School (Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School), Palo Alto, CA; Centre for Living with Dying (Bill Wilson Center), Santa Clara, CA and the Palo Alto Humane Society. Al loved to sing, compose romantic sonnets, and write stories an...
March 21, 1931 - June 16, 2021
Isobel Jean Smith was born March 21, 1931 in Oxnard, California. Her parents, Jean (Lawrie) Smith and William Smith had emigrated from Scotland and her Scottish roots were celebrated throughout her life. Isobel had the good fortune to grow up on the Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula. Her early years were spent playing in the fields, riding horses through the trees and enjoying rural life. After graduation from Santa Paula High School, she traveled north to attend UC Berkeley as a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, thus starting a love of all things “Cal”, and the colors blue and gold. After college she lived in San Francisco, and became a member of The Spinsters. Luckily, she was invited to play tennis with a Bachelor, Herman Christensen, Jr, and love was found on the tennis court. They married in 1960 and quickly built an amazing house in the hills of San Carlos. Their four children arrived and they soon needed more space so they built their family home in Atherton. Isobel and Herman joined the Circus Club in the early ‘60s and continued to play tennis, help out at swim meets and watch horse events. Isobel volunteered with Peninsula Volunteers and in the local schools. Lat...
Aug. 12, 1930 - June 15, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Jean Martin Goity died peacefully in Palo Alto on June 15 at the age of 90. Jean is survived by his sons Roland and Larry (Trish), his daughter Carol Olson (Steve), and four grandchildren: Sam, Rose, Chad, and Mira. He was preceded in death by Emery, known as “Mimi,” his beloved wife of nearly 56 years. A 42-year resident of Woodside who moved to the Bay Area in 1960, Jean lived in Palo Alto for the past eight years. He grew up in La Puente, CA, the son of Basque immigrants Jean and Veronique. He graduated from Whittier High School, where he was the student body president, before working on his family’s avocado ranch for six years. He then served in the US Army for two years before attending and graduating from Claremont Men’s College, where he was class president. Jean spent his professional career in investor relations, including the last 20 years at Utah International/BHP. He developed many lifelong friendships and was renowned for his story telling. Baseball was one of Jean’s greatest passions. He played second base for his college team, and played in Palo Alto recreational leagues upon moving north after graduation. Jean became a staunch supporter of the ...
Nancy Jane Ramos
Feb. 7, 1921 - June 15, 2021
Nancy P. Ramos, age 100, died on June 15th at The Health Center at The Forum, in Cupertino, CA of natural causes. Born to Dr. Ralph H. Peairs & Mrs. Myra Sinclair Peairs in Normal, Illinois on February 7, 1921. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 67 years, Louis E. Ramos, and siblings Dr. Richard Peairs and Mrs. Myra P. Long. After graduating from high school in Normal, Illinois, she enrolled in Illinois Wesleyan University, Normal Illinois, graduating in 1942. Upon graduation she got accepted to graduate school at the University of Southern California, and enrolled in the fall of 1942. In 1943 most of her graduate advisors were drafted for the war effort, and her classes were cancelled. She stayed in Southern California, and went to work in reservations with American Airlines. She also worked in Washington DC for American Airlines. During the war she met Lt. Louis Ramos in Southern California at a USO party, and they corresponded during Louis's military service in the US Navy throughout the Pacific theater. In 1949 they were married on May 7th, in Normal, Illinois. Moving to New Orleans to live between 1949 and 1952. They moved to Norfolk, VA in 1952 when Lou...
Susan Lambert Mein
Aug. 17, 1942 - June 15, 2021
Menlo Park, CA
Susan Morey Lambert Mein was born to Jack and Edna Morey on August 17th, 1942 in Atherton. She grew up in the large Morey family and spent much of her time with her numerous cousins. Like many of the Moreys, she attended St. Joseph’s, graduating in 1956, and then went on to graduate from Notre Dame in Belmont in 1960. From there, she met her husband Michael Lambert of Honolulu when they were introduced by friends. They were married at Nativity Church in 1963 with a reception in her parents’ Menlo Park home. They welcomed Micaela into the world and then Jeffrey to follow 3 ½ years later. While raising her kids, Sue was active in Peninsula Volunteers as well as volunteering at St. Joseph’s school. Mike and Sue enjoyed going back to Hawaii frequently and enjoyed traveling on cruises with the Morey cousins. After a long battle with cancer, Mike passed away in 1999. After a period of time, Sue married William Wallace Mein III, of Woodside and Corona Del Mar. The pair welcomed a blended family, combining the Morey-Lamberts and the Mein families. Sue and Bill loved to travel, with an especially memorable trip to the Great Wall of China. The couple spent much of their marri...
April 10, 1956 - June 13, 2021
Longtime Stanford resident Ranna Kitanidis has passed away at the age of 65. Born on April 10, 1956 in Athens, Greece, Ranna married Peter and moved with him to the United States in 1976. They raised three children, lived in four states, and travelled the world. Ranna held a law degree from the University of Athens and an MBA from the University of Iowa, and worked as a programmer at Hewlett Packard. As a local educator and tutor, she inspired her students to excel in algebra, geometry, Latin, and classical literature. A talented cook, Ranna loved to invent gluten-free Greek recipes. She enjoyed writing, and self-published her first novel under a pen name in 2019. Her many other creative talents included dancing, jewelry making, and gardening. Known for her warmth and kindness, Ranna made friends wherever she went. Her memory will be cherished by the many people whose lives she touched. Ranna is survived by her husband Peter; her three children, Phoebe, Dean, and Ellie; her brother Christos; and her granddaughter Daisy....
Kaleen E. Abel
Oct. 26, 1917 - June 12, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Kaleen Esther Abel, 103, of Palo Alto, passed away on June 12, 2021, succumbing to cancer. Kaleen was born on October 26,1917 to John and Frances Kocikowski in Michigan City, Indiana. After graduating from Michigan City High School in 1936, she went on to study Art and German at Western College for Women, achieving her A.B. in 1940. After graduation, she worked during WWII in Washington DC for the War Effort in illustration of war information materials. This led to a similar position after the war with the Civil Aeronautics Administration as a technical and cartographic illustrator in Indianapolis Indiana. This type of technical illustration practically applied her artistic skills even as she maintained a lifelong vocation and avocation in all forms of artistic endeavor, especially oil painting and forms of Chinese and Japanese brush painting. She met Frank Abel, and they wed in 1953, going on to have four children, Jeffrey, Jae, Jerold and Franceen. They relocated to Palo Alto in 1959 where she and her husband made a loving and supportive home for their entire family for so many years. She wore many hats across the years of her life: daughter, sister, devoted spouse, mom...
Feb. 14, 1928 - June 12, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Linda Mankin passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 12. She was born in 1928 in Yonkers, NY to Russian immigrants. She spoke only Yiddish at home until she entered public school. She played piano from an early age, encouraged by her father, Ephraim Rosenthal, who was a musician and artist. She received her BA in music education from NYU in 1949, and was named “Outstanding Woman Graduate” from the education department that year. At NYU she met Herbert Mankin, who was studying dentistry there. They married in late 1949. Their first child, Lisa, was born in 1952 in Charleston, SC. When Herb finished a stint in the army, they moved to the west coast, settling in Palo Alto, CA. They were among the founding families of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. They had 2 boys, Gary (1954) and Kenneth (1959). Thereafter, Linda returned to school at Stanford University, earning her MA in music composition. She directed the Palo Alto Chamber Singers, a madrigal choir, continuing that role into the late 60’s. She taught music at Foothill College for 25 years, also directing the Foothill Madrigal Choir. She lectured and wrote articles on music, focusing particularly...
July 10, 1930 - June 9, 2021
Peter Quarré passed away on June 9th after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Our Dad was a friendly, happy, fun-loving guy. We miss him tremendously. Pete was born in San Francisco, CA to Oz and Catherine Quarré and was the fourth of five children. He was reared in San Francisco and went to Catholic school until just before high school when his family moved to Paicines, CA. The Quarré ranch grew walnut trees and raised livestock. Pete enlisted in the US Air Force in 1949. He was a staff sergeant and worked as an aircraft mechanic and flight mechanic on the C-54 aircraft. Shortly after Pete completed his Air Force commitment, his cousin arranged a date for him with her beautiful fellow grade school teacher, Rita Bettini. The attraction was instant. Pete and Rita were married in 1955 at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park, CA and soon had three sons, Richard, Bill, and Steve. They raised their children in Menlo Park with extended family nearby. The Quarré home was always celebrating something and filled with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbors. Pete was happily involved with the boys, helping coach Little League baseball, fishing an...
Eugene Joseph Segre
Sept. 12, 1932 - June 5, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Eugene J. Segre’s long and rich life came to an end on the afternoon of Saturday, June 5th, 2021, when he passed away peacefully in his 89th year with his wife of 15 years, Patricia Bashaw, holding his hand. He is survived by his three children from his first marriage of over 40 years to Zina C. Segre, who predeceased him in 1997, 9 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, and his brother Gino. Eugenio (as he was then called) was born on September 12, 1932 in Torino, Italy within a small but vibrant Sephardic Jewish community to Anna Jona Segre and Ernesto Segre. In 1940, following Mussolini’s rise and Fascist Italy’s promulgation of racial laws that severely restricted the lives of Italian Jews, the Segre and Jona families decided they had to find a way to emigrate. Through persistence and creativity, they managed to get visas to the United States. However, Gene’s sister, Laura, born with developmental disabilities, was not allowed into the US; she remained behind with family friends who cared for her until her death years later. The family booked passage on an American ship (the U.S. had not yet entered the war) and made it safely to America. The family settled in Quee...
Aug. 5, 1937 - June 4, 2021
Meno Park, California
Edwin Rupert Dodd, known to all as Tom Dodd, 83, passed away on Friday June 4th, 2021. Tom was born on August 5th, 1937 in Cootamundra, N.S.W., Australia to Rupert and Edith Dodd. He attended Sydney University graduating in 1959 with a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in 1965. In 1976, he received a MA, from Union College, Schenectady, NY. While attending Sydney University, he met and fell in love with Barbara Page. They were married June 2, 1961, and were happily married for 60 years. Tom is survived by his wife Barbara; Children, Cathy Hynson (Ken Hynson) and Chris Dodd (Wanda Webb); Grandchildren, Zerbie Hynson and Willow Dodd; Brother, Peter Dodd and many close friends and family members. Tom was an Engineer who traveled the world. First to Montreal Canada in 1968, with his wife and young family. Then, in 1969, to Nova Scotia and Schenectady N.Y., building gas turbine engines, for General Electric. While working for GE he traveled to Nigeria and then Norway, where he moved with his family in 1978. Tom returned to Cincinnati to take a job with General Tool, where he worked until retiring. Tom enjoyed all sports, He played Cricket at the University of ...
April 6, 1944 - May 22, 2021
Palo Alto, California
James “Jim” Soland passed away May 22, 2021 at the age of 77, after a long battle with kidney disease. He was being cared for by his daughter Bree and Bev Benson, his partner for more than 30 years. Jim was born April 6, 1944 to the late Herbert and Irene Soland in Twin Falls, Idaho. Jim was the oldest of three boys; his brothers were Bruce and Barry. He was preceded in death by Bruce. Jim was married and divorced to Jeanie McKinney. Bree was their only daughter. Since 1990, Jim resided with his partner Bev Benson in Palo Alto. Jim graduated from Arroyo High School in in 1962 and attended the University of Oregon as a mathematics major. In college, Jim followed his ancestral roots to Sweden, where he spent a year abroad. Back in the Bay Area, Jim worked as an engineer, developing, among other things, intersection traffic systems. He also worked at Applied BioSystems for several decades. Jim enjoyed art, dancing, and the outdoors, and throughout his life, he read and wrote poetry. After an early retirement, he and Bev enjoyed traveling abroad to countries such as Japan, France, and Turkey. Jim will best be remembered for his tremendous warmth and kindness. He was a ver...
April 7, 1970 - May 22, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Bree Soland passed away May 22, 2021 at the age of 51. She was born April 7, 1970 to the late James Soland and Jeanie McKinney in Berkeley, California. In 1991 Bree went to New York to study the arts, where she met Slava Yasnopolsky, whom she married later the same year. They were married for 11 years and divorced in 2003, though they remained close friends. For the last several years, Bree helped care for her father in Palo Alto, who suffered from kidney disease. Bree graduated from high school in 1988. When she was younger, she enjoyed tap dancing and horseback riding, winning several ribbons while showing her horse. Bree had a wonderful sense of humor, a contagious laugh, and a beautiful smile. She was curious about any subject and could talk for hours about politics, art or history. Bree had the biggest heart. She adored her mother and father dearly. She loved animals and would care for any distressed creature that she found. Bree was preceded in death by her grandparents Herbert and Irene Soland, parents James "Jim" Soland and Jeanne McKinney, and uncle Bruce Soland. She is survived by: Barry Soland, Uncle; Brian Soland, cousin; Melonie Soland Johnson, cousin; Teresa S...
Lawrence "Larry" Moser Breed
July 17, 1940 - May 16, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Larry passed away peacefully May 16 at the age of 80 after a profound battle with Lewy-body dementia. His brilliant mind, boundless curiosity, zest for life, unerring moral compass, and generous spirit made him a beacon of light to all who knew him. His legacy includes both professional and artistic contributions for which he was renowned, and a beloved, unique place in the hearts of so many colleagues, friends, and family members. In high school, Larry’s 3rd place win in Mathematics at the National Science Fair won him a four-year scholarship to Stanford, where he created the first computer animation language and system to coordinate card stunts for Stanford’s football games in 1961 while an undergraduate. In 1965, having moved into the nascent field of computer science, he completed his M.S., a member of the first class in that new endeavor at Stanford. Larry’s work on APL (A Programming Language) and its implementation was a thread for many years, including his first of two stints with IBM. In 1969, he was co-founder of Scientific Time-Sharing Corporation, and in 1972 he co-wrote one of the first worldwide email systems, “Mailbox.” For his work implementing...
S. Robert Freedman
Sept. 18, 1944 - May 12, 2021
Palo Alto, California
S. Robert “Bob” Freedman, an eminent and internationally known pathologist, died at his home in Palo Alto on May 12 after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 76. Dr. Freedman spent most of his medical career in pathology and nuclear medicine at Regional Medical Center (San Jose) and Los Gatos Community Hospital where he directed the laboratory for many years. Generations of the doctors he supervised over the decades, notably including many physicians surmounting barriers of race and gender, warmly describe his mentorship with terms like “singular influence,” “unlimited generosity” and “one in a million.” He served on the Governing Boards of Los Gatos Community Hospital and the Santa Clara County Red Cross, lectured in the joint UCSF-UC Berkeley medical program and at San Jose State, and served as President of the California Society of Pathologists. Nationally, he was on the Board of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and is credited with influencing his colleagues to adopt Bob’s signature bow tie. He served on over 20 CAP committees, chaired CAP’s California Delegation, and led and participated in over 90 laboratory inspections for the...
Dec. 27, 1931 - May 11, 2021
Daisy Yee Pang, former longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2021, and was reunited in Heaven with her husband of 65 years, Louis Pang (d. October 23, 2020). Born in Shanghai, China, Daisy immigrated to Honolulu, Hawaii, when she was 13. She mastered English well enough to graduate at the top of her class at Maryknoll High School and St. Francis School of Nursing, both in Honolulu. Daisy married her high school sweetheart, Louis Pang in 1956 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Daisy spent her life caring for others as a registered nurse, church/community volunteer, and a loving mother/grandmother. While raising their family, Daisy and Louis shared a love of travel, music, ballroom dancing, skiing and attending Stanford football games. They retired to the Kahala Nui Senior Living Community in Honolulu, where Daisy made many new friends and took advantage of every craft, music and dance class offered. She was loved by many for her kindness, commitment to serve others, and sweet spirit. An incredibly talented artist, Daisy will be remembered for her creative and musical talents, her grace on the dance floor and her steadfast love for her family. In addition to...
Mary Emily Wurtz
May 1, 1937 - April 20, 2021
Palo Alto, California
Mary Emily Wurtz passed away on April 20, two weeks before her 84th birthday. Mary cared deeply about making the world a better place and helping others. She loved spending time with her family, exploring nature, and enjoying and promoting the arts. Mary is survived by Don, her husband of 64 years; her children Brad and Katie; and her four grandsons Zachary, Henry, Leo, and Aidan. Her gift of curiosity and interest in others allowed her to make new friends wherever she went. Mary was born in Seattle, moved to Palo Alto at age three, started school at Miss Harker’s School (later, Harker Academy), and continued on to Jordan Jr. High and Palo Alto High School. Mary attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied Education and met Don. They were married on Sept 15, 1956. After graduation, Mary and Don moved back to Palo Alto, where Mary taught 2nd and 3rd grades at Hillview Elementary School in Menlo Park before leaving to start a family. Mary was always active in social and political issues and worked as an avid volunteer while raising her children. In the mid-70’s Mary devoted her time to Project Survival, and also devoted more than twenty years to foundin...
David C. Fork
1929 - Dec. 13, 2020
David “Dave” C. Fork, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend, passed away at his home in Woodside at the age of 91. Born in Michigan in 1929, David moved with his parents, Charles and Emma, and sister, Kathrine, to California in the mid-1930s where they settled in Brentwood, a suburb of Los Angeles. During the summers, Dave and Kathy enjoyed the annual road trips to Ohio where they visited relatives on the family farm and went for rides in their cousins’ airplanes. When Dave was a teenager, the family moved to San Diego, where he developed an interest in natural history and biology. He spent his days volunteering at the San Diego Natural History Museum where he met E. Yale Dawson, a prominent botanist and phycologist, who became his mentor and helped him chart a course for a career in science. Dave attended various expeditions organized by Dawson, collecting plant specimens in the jungles in Mexico, in the Mojave Desert, and from tidepools along the California coast. On one of these trips, he made the discovery of a new alga, which was later named after him (Binghamia forkii). Dave graduated from San Diego High School in 1947 and then enrolled at...
Van A. Harvey
April 23, 1926 - July 11, 2021 Palo Alto, California
Van Austin Harvey passed away at home on July 11, 2021, at the age of 95. He is survived by his wife Margaret and his two sons Jonathan and Christopher. The third of four brothers, Van was born to missionary parents in Hankou, China, on April 23rd 1926. His family returned to the United States in...
Steven P. Moulds
Dec. 13, 1944 - June 8, 2021 Napa, CA
Steve Moulds, a true Renaissance man, was a successful entrepreneur, intrepid adventurer, stellar citizen of the world, beloved mentor and devoted family man. As an entrepreneur he took great satisfaction in structuring deals where everyone came out winners. An early member at Cornish & Carey C...
Dec. 31, 1934 - June 4, 2021 Sunnyvale, California
Sigrid Strothmann Taylor passed away peacefully on June 4, 2021. After her parents immigrated from Germany in 1931, Sigrid and her twin sister Hildegard were born at Stanford Hospital in 1934. She grew up in Palo Alto and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford with a major in Math. Sigrid...
Sept. 10, 1951 - June 3, 2021 Modesto, California
Dee Kent, the cherished and beloved daughter of Rosemary B. Kent and Robert B. Kent died at 69. She lived in Modesto, CA at the time of her death. Born into a military family in Pensacola, Florida, she lived subsequently in Chicago IL, Alameda, Sunnyvale, Carmel, Arlington VA, Honolulu HI, Coronad...