Lasting Memories

Barbara Condon Sonsini
Nov. 7, 1939-Nov. 28, 2018
Woodside, CA

Barbara Condon Sonsini, the wife of Larry Sonsini, a Founder and Senior Partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, died on November 28, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was 79 years old. The cause of death is ovarian cancer, which was diagnosed in June of this past year.

Barbara was born in San Francisco on November 7, 1939 to Colonel John Condon and Betty Condon of San Mateo. Her grandfather, Charles G. Harvey, attended the U.S. States Military Academy at West Point at the same time as General Douglas MacArthur and served with him in the Philippines during World War II.

Barbara graduated from Pomona College and received a Masters of Education from Stanford University. She also studied in Geneva, Vienna, and Mexico. For many years, she taught German and French at Cupertino High School in California.

Barbara grew up an avid tennis player, competing in several junior tournaments in her youth. Later, she became a devoted and accomplished bridge player, accumulating over 7,500 masterpoints in a relatively short time, while playing in several regional and national tournaments, as well as the World Bridge Team Championships in Indonesia in 2013.

Barbara is survived by her husband Larry, daughter Alison, stepsons Matthew and Peter, and eight wonderful grandchildren. Her sister, Joan Condon Paul, passed away in 2016.

From Rob Meyer
Aug. 19, 2019

Barbara was my French teacher at Cupertino High School. She was a very outgoing person and enjoyable to have as a teacher. She wrote a very nice recommendation for me to attend the United States Naval Academy. Later I got reacquainted when she was doing professional modeling with my fiancé. She is one of the few teachers I remember from my high school days. I’m very sad to learn of her passing.

From Nancy Goebner
Dec. 4, 2018

Barbara and I were roommates one year during our teaching days. I will always remember as brilliant, witty, generous, and great fun. She will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to the family.