Gilbert L Draper
March 8, 1929 - March 12, 2019
It is with heavy hearts that the children of Gilbert L. Draper announce his passing on March 12, 2019, at the age of 90. Gil was a remarkable, self-made man, who came a long way from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, N.Y. Gil was born Gilbert Laurance Dropkin, the only son to Minna and Buff Dropkin. He lived with his parents through his college years. His favorite past time was playing his saxophone which he practiced in his parents apartment basement for hours at a time. He met and married Terry Rudolph in 1953 and had his first child the following year. Gil was offered a good job, working in his father-in-law's real estate business, but declined. Craving independence and adventure, Gil moved his new family to California where he took to the road as a traveling salesman. A passionate man, Gil enjoyed life's big and little pleasures. He played saxophone and clarinet with various bands, including a steady gig at the Lamp Light in Sunnyvale. Gil spent as much time as he could outdoors with his camera photographing the world around him. An artist in every sense, he fine tuned his skill by reading, studying and participating in workshops and local photography clubs, winning m...
Feb. 10, 1942 - March 2, 2019
Menlo Park, California
San Francisco Peninsula Insurance Executive, Business, Community Leader Mac MacCorkle MacCorkle, a man with a common touch, yet an uncommon generosity of spirit, died March 2 in Montecito Emmett Wallace “Mac” MacCorkle III, a respected businessman, insurance executive, Marine Corps veteran, and former president of the Bohemian Club, died March 2, 2019, in Montecito, Calif. He was 77. An insurance broker for 50 years, Mac was the founder of MacCorkle Insurance Services in Burlingame, Calif. He was a Chartered Life Underwriter, the profession's oldest standard of excellence for practitioners who provide clients with the security of life insurance and risk management. Mac was named “Man of Year, Peninsula Association Life Underwriters,” in San Mateo County in 1980. He sold the respected and popular insurance company that bears his name to his dedicated employees. He retired to Santa Barbara in June 2018. Mac was a larger-than-life figure, in spirit, personality, and physique. He bore a physical resemblance to Daddy Warbucks but possessed the warmth and charm of a spirited parish priest. He was a man with a common touch, yet an uncommon generosity of s...
April 20, 1936 - Feb. 27, 2019
Menlo Park, California
Whit Newton passed away at Stanford Hospital on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, surrounded by his large and loving family, who had watched him face his declining health with his trademark buoyancy and strength. He was and is incredibly loved by his wife, Marcia, his four children and their families including his nine grandchildren, and all the many other people (and animals) he nurtured and loved throughout his interesting and exuberant life. Whit was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School. He also lived in the Philippines, Guam and Hong Kong, moving to “the mainland” for college. He attended Oregon State and then University of California, Berkeley, where he met his wife Marcia. They lived in Hong Kong for 16 years, where Whit, his brother, John and his father, Robert founded the company American Marine, Ltd., which became best known for Grand Banks yachts. From 1975 on Whit and Marcia lived in Los Altos and Menlo Park. Whit ran several businesses including Newton Office Furniture, Data Storage and Silk Dynasty. Most recently, Whit continued his life-long passion for boating by brokering yachts under Richard Boland Yachts in Alameda. Whit’s prima...
July 22, 1926 - Feb. 26, 2019
Frederick Ford Herzer Jr. a long time resident of Atherton passed away peacefully at the age of 92. He was the son of Ann Nicholson Herzer and Frederick Ford Herzer Sr. Fred was born on Long Island, NY, but grew up in the Los Angeles area. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1948 with degrees in Economics and Business. Fred was the founder of Herzer Financial Services, Inc., a private real estate lending company. His son David now runs the business. Early in his childhood Fred was struck by a train that ran near his neighborhood, costing him his sight. He never let that interfere with a rich and fulfilling life. Each morning he walked to the Atherton train station and rode the train to the Menlo Park station, and walked to his nearby office. The conductors nicknamed him The Hopper. Fred loved to play bridge and became a Life Master. He and his wife Virginia traveled the world to exotic locations such as Kathmandu, Bangladesh and India. Fred was fluent in Spanish so they took many trips to a wide variety of Spanish speaking countries in Central and South America, as well as his beloved Spain. Those close to him remember his fantastic memor...
Martha Smith Mosher
July 4, 1930 - Feb. 25, 2019
Portola Valley, CA
Martha Smith "Dee Dee" Mosher passed away surrounded by her family in Palo Alto, California. Born on the 4th of July in Chicago to Martha Pray and Stuart Brainard Smith she thought that the fireworks were all for her. She grew up in Hinsdale and was one of two students admitted to Stanford University from Illinois. She graduated as a speech and drama major in 1952 and settled in Portola Valley where she raised her three children. Martha was an active volunteer in the PTA, 4-H, Little League, and many other organizations. In 1977, she was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Reagan. She moved to Carmel in 1985. While there she was awarded for her leadership by the Carmel Public Library and the Monterey History & Art Association. In 1994 she was recognized by the United States Congress for “outstanding contributions” to the preservation of Monterey’s 19th century adobes. Although Martha was a recognized volunteer and leader in her community, she will be remembered by her friends and family as a gracious, loving and enthusiastic host. She knew how to bring people together and make everyone feel welcome and valued. Her 4th of July parties were legendary, ...
April 5, 1934 - Feb. 16, 2019
Menlo Park, Ca
Margot Hopp Driscoll was a vivacious ballet dancer in her youth, an animal lover, a patron of the arts and a philanthropist. She loved to travel with her many longtime friends and made new friends along the way. She was an avid reader and sports fan -- with a special affinity for the San Francisco Giants. After a full life, she passed away Feb. 16 in her townhouse “in the trees” in Menlo Park’s Sharon Heights, where she had lived for many years. Margot, the daughter of Corinne and Harold Hopp, was born April 5, 1934, in Indianapolis, Ind., but “only stayed a couple of days and went right to Chicago.” She grew up in St. Paul, Minn., where she attended the Summit School and became friends with Rudolph Weyerhaeuser Driscoll, who was attending St. Paul Academy. Margot attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. She and Rudy reconnected and were married April 17, 1965, in Santa Fe, NM. The Driscolls, through their foundation, have given immeasurably to the community. “Tradition, family values and social responsibility are very important to our family,” their son, the late Rudy W. Driscoll Jr., was quoted as saying. Margot, herself, was a member of the board of truste...
James Bryant Wright
Sept. 1, 1923 - Feb. 16, 2019
Rev. J. Bryant Wright passed away peacefully in his sleep, in the presence of his children, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at his residence in Davis, California. He was 95 years old. Born on Sept. 1st, 1923, in Presque Isle, Maine, Bryant received acclaim at both school and church as a boy soprano. He found solace at church and loved the outdoors. He learned to skate at 3, and spent winters sledding with his dog, Wolf. Bryant also kept busy with Boy Scouts, a paper route and school. In church, each Sunday, he sang tenor with a quartet and served as youth leader. Graduating from Presque Isle High School in 1942, he became the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college. He received his Bachelor of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania in 1949 and his Master’s from Temple University in Philadelphia in the following years. There, while working as a young minister at the Oxford Circle Baptist Church, he met and eventually married Jane Audrey Perkins of Philadelphia. The two were married for 58 years until Jane’s passing in 2014. Following their wedding in 1955, the couple honeymooned across the country and s...
Minnette (Hochfeld) Hamerslag
Jan. 4, 1925 - Feb. 15, 2019
San Mateo, California
Minnette Hochfeld Hamerslag was born in Portland, Oregon, on Jan. 4, 1925, to Sam and Bessie Hochfeld. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriolgy from the University of Washington. She moved to San Francisco a year after her graduation and met Jay Platt Hamerslag, Jr. soon after her arrival. They were married July 11, 1948, eventually moving to Menlo Park. She and Jay had 3 children, Nancy (Parker), Beth (Weiss) and Steven Hamerslag. She was very active in her community, being involved with PTA, San Francisco Symphony League, Jewish Community Federation, Temple Beth Am in Los Altos, to name a few. Jay and Minnette retired to Rancho Mirage, in 1989. She remained living there for 10 years after the passing of Jay in 2003. Moving back to San Mateo in 2013, she lived at the Peninsula Regent, established new friends, reconnected with old ones and loved being close to her family again in the Bay Area. She loved playing bridge, golf and tennis. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a gracious hostess and a fabulous cook. Preceding in her passing are her beloved husband, Jay; and two sisters, Charolotte Rosenthal and Ruth Weinstein. ...
June 8, 1929 - Feb. 15, 2019
Carol Scarioni passed peacefully from a full life as a wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and loyal friend. Most recently she lived in Atherton, but had called the Peninsula home for her entire life. Carol is survived by her three sons - Joe Bullock, George Bullock, and Russell Scarioni. She was grandma to her grandchildren, Shannon Bullock, Denny Bullock, Tony Bullock, Suchandra Bullock, Tara Scarioni, Marc Scarioni, Christopher McKeron, and Faith Scarioni. She was also blessed with numerous great grandchildren. Born at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, Carol and her two sisters Dharma Winder and Shirley Brown were raised in Redwood City. Carol was the daughter of George Faulstich, and Altha Faulstich. Her father was the founder of Black Mountain Spring Water Company and Cap Snap Seal Company. She graduated from Sequoia High School in 1947. Carol was divorced and lived most of her life single. She traveled widely and especially enjoyed refurbishing and flipping houses throughout the peninsula area, Palm Springs, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Whether doing garden-work, renovations, traveling, or spending time with her family, Carol’s life exuded ...
July 15, 1947 - Feb. 14, 2019
No matter how daunting a task, Joseph Kott believed that Palo Alto and the greater Silicon Valley region could become a national model for how to cope with a deluge of motor vehicles. The Palo Alto chief transportation official from 1998 to 2005 dedicated most of his life to pursuing ways to get drivers out of their cars, becoming a prominent thought-leader in the push to create a regional transportation system aimed at reducing traffic congestion. He co-founded Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities to advance alternative transportation systems in cities nationwide; served as a private consultant at local, regional and state levels; taught sustainable urban and regional transportation planning at various universities, including Stanford and San Jose State; and mentored emerging planners for more than three decades. On Feb. 14, Kott died of heart failure while at his Oakland home with his wife, Katherine. He was 71. "Joe was a true pleasure to work with. He always had a smile on his face and was ready to talk to any resident who wanted to talk, ask questions or give opinions," former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto said Tuesday. "He was passionate about ...
April 7, 1916 - Feb. 13, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Erika Nord Richards never seemed to age. She died Feb. 13, 2019, just two months shy of her 103rd birthday, after living a remarkable life that was not just good, but great. The most frequent word her family and friends used to describe her is “amazing.” Erika’s strength, spunk and positive character kept her “amazingly” active. Until two months ago, she took twice-daily walks, swam on Sundays, played bridge five times a week, and enjoyed many social and cultural events. Whenever someone suggested a new activity, her answer consistently was, “Yes, why not?” She was a model of how to live – with zest, optimism, integrity, and a kind heart – and her enthusiasm was infectious. People often asked for Erika’s secrets to a long life. Her secret #1 was probably her upbeat nature and optimism: She was comfortable in her own beautiful skin; she had an accepting, open, generous spirit and somehow always knew that everything would work out – and it did. Also likely contributing to her long life were three daily habits – dark chocolate, morning coffee, and exercise. In later years, bridge helped keep her mind sharp. And her many friendships were ke...
Patricia Ann Batchelder
March 9, 1954 - Feb. 9, 2019
Patricia Ann (Patsy) Batchelder of Old Snowmass, Colorado, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2019 after a 2 year bout with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) courageously making the best of every day. Patsy was born to William Batchelder and Jeanette Curry Batchelder on March 9, 1954 in San Francisco (Pacifica), California. In 1959, the family moved from Pacifica to Woodside where she competed in swimming and gymnastics, and graduated from Woodside High School in 1972. Thereafter, she attended UC Santa Barbara and graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1976 with a degree in psychology. Summers were spent in Yosemite Valley hiking, climbing and working. Upon graduation from college, Patsy spent 7 months traveling in Europe and Israel before moving to Ketchum, Idaho in 1977. In Ketchum, she worked for Sun Valley Magazine and Names & Numbers phone directory. She was also a very active volunteer in numerous conservation and environmental causes, including the Snake River Alliance and Idaho Conservation League. In 1993, she met her husband, Andy Wiessner, and moved to Denver, and then Vail and Snowmass, Colorado, where she worked in advertising sales and for the non-profit Sopri...
James Weeks Lyons
June 6, 1932 - Feb. 9, 2019
Palo Alto, California
James Weeks Lyons, a Palo Alto resident, died on Feb. 9. He was 86. He grew up in Jamestown, New York. After high school, he attended Allegheny College where he received his baccalaureate degree. He pursued his graduate studies at Indiana University, where he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in the School of Education. While there, he served as assistant director of the Indiana Memorial Union. In 1962, at the age of 30, he was appointed Dean of Students at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and served in that post for 10 years. In 1972, he was appointed University Dean of Student Affairs at Stanford University and served in that position for 18 years, the longest to serve in that position to date. Halfway through his tenure as Dean he was appointed Lecturer in Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. He continued his research, writing, and teaching for seven years after becoming Dean Emeritus in 1990. Lyons and his wife, Martha, regularly opened their home to students and faculty for weekly dinners and events to celebrate students’ service and achievement. In 1981 Lyons established the Deans Award for Service to recognize students who ser...
Mary Louise Hodgkinson
July 21, 1930 - Feb. 5, 2019
Mary Louise Hodgkinson, 88, passed away peacefully February 5, 2019 in Oro Valley, Arizona. She had been living at Catalina Springs Memory Care for almost two years. Mary was born July 21, 1930 and grew up in Long Beach with her parents Robin and Mary Hadley and her sister Pat. She attended USC and was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She married Ross Hodgkinson, her college sweetheart, in April 1952 and they had three children, a daughter Christine, and two sons, Rob and Scott. They moved to Woodside and built a new home, which Mary loved for 53 years until Dementia forced her out. Mary enjoyed riding horses with her husband Ross, skiing with her family, tending to her rose garden and enjoying her children. The family took many summer vacations to various national parks in the western United States. Through the years, Mary had many dogs she loved, as well as one Siamese cat. She could be seen frequently walking the trails in Woodside with her Great Pyrenees. Mary also enjoyed watching and cheering for her grandchildren at soccer and baseball games. Ross passed away in 1994. Mary is survived by her three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. As w...
Thomas Eldon Kotoske
Aug. 11, 1938 - Feb. 5, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Thomas Eldon Kotoske was born on August 11, 1938 in South Bend, Indiana. He died at his Palo Alto home surrounded by family February 5, 2019. His death was the result of complications of stroke. Kotoske graduated from St. Joseph High School in South Bend. He later served in the United States Marine Corp, earning an honorable discharge in 1961. Kotoske attended Purdue University where he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and in 1963 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. He graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Law in 1966. Kotoske was named by United States Attorney General Robert Kennedy to be an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles, where he served from 1969-1974. In 1974 he became Attorney-in-Charge of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Office in San Francisco. In these positions he prosecuted many cases involving many well-known organized crime figures. In 1979 he opened a private law practice in Palo Alto, California, specializing in civil rights and environmental damage lawsuits. Besides his professional career, Kotoske was co-founder with his wife, Karen, of Amistad Internati...
Helen Eileen Alburger
Dec. 26, 1924 - Jan. 4, 2019
Redwood City, CA
Helen Eileen Alburger passed away peacefully in her home on January 4, 2019 at the grand age of 94. Born Dec. 26, 1924 in Casper, Wyoming. Helen was the youngest of four daughters of Guy and Dale Gay. Her early years were spent in Wyoming and Denver,Colorado before the family settled in Seattle,Washington. It was here that Helen met and Married John Thomas (Tom) Alburger,who was serving in the Coast Guard on Lake Washington. Upon Tom's decommission from the Coast Guard,the couple moved to Indianapolis and began their family-beginning with son, Douglas and daughter Gay. In 1952, the family returned West , first to Menlo Park, and eventually becoming early residents in the newly built community of Ladera. Helen and Tom were blessed with the addition of two more daughters, Terry and Jody. While Tom built his insurance business,Helen was very active in the community and schools,as well as the Children's Health Council,Peninsula volunteers and Little House. She even found time to serve as a Girl Scout leader. Later, Helen worked for years as office manager for Merrill Properties real estate in Menlo Park. In her spare time( Ha Ha ), Helen developed a passion and skill for golf...
June 9, 1925 - March 12, 2019 Palo Alto, California
Bruno Weiser was known by family and friends as a hard worker, and a kind and optimistic man who always had an interesting story to tell, a song to play on the harmonica, or a beer to share. He loved to be surrounded by friends and family. Bruno Weiser, long-time resident of Palo Alto, passed away o...
Dec. 2, 1941 - March 9, 2019 Grand Forks, North Dakota
Donald Albert Purpur, 77 of Grand Forks, North Dakota passed away on Saturday March 9, 2019, following a period of declining health. He died peacefully at Altru’s Transitional Care. Don was born on December 2, 1941 at 3:20 A.M. at Deaconess Hospital in Grand Forks, son of Albert and Viola (Pomp...
Nancy R. Teater
1945 - March 7, 2019 Palo Alto, California
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Nancy Rae Teater, 73, a 42 year resident of Palo Alto, who died at home on Thursday, March 7. Nancy was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to Ray and Mabel Teater and spent her early years in Wheeling, West Virginia. She moved with her family to Salt...
Jan. 8, 1929 - March 1, 2019 Los Altos Hills, California
John Savides passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 1, 2019 in Palo Alto at the age of 90. His spirit held strong until his final breath. John was born in New York City on January 8, 1929. His parents Michael and Susanna Savides immigrated to the U.S. from Greece for a better life. John li...