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Community Pulse - January 2, 2008

Sally Kiester, Stanford scholar and community leader, dies at 70

Sally Valente Kiester, 70, a writer, educator and leader of nonprofit organizations, died Dec. 19 of complications from leukemia.

She was born at a New Year's Eve party in Cebu City, the Philippines.

She was a graduate of the University of the Philippines and received her doctorate from the Stanford University School of Education.

She served on the Stanford University faculty and as marketing director for the International Program in Engineering Studies. She was a founding member of the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education and served on the California Commission for Curriculum Standards in Foreign Language Instruction.

She continued her Stanford affiliation as a visiting scholar at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

She served as president of the United Nations Association in Palo Alto and received the UNA's highest distinction. She also served as president of the Sister Cities International Palo Alto branch. She co-founded the International Visitors Committee of Palo Alto, which gave weekly welcoming parties to international visitors. In 1994, she chaired the opening evening of Palo Alto's centennial celebration. She also served on the advisory board of the Community Media Center.

In 2003 she moved from California to Pittsburgh, Penn., to be nearer to family members.

She and her husband coauthored 18 books, including the "Better Homes and Gardens New Baby Book."

Loved ones recall her as a noted party giver, gracious hostess and activist for the down trodden.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Edwin Kiester Jr. of Penn.; their son, William Kiester of Beverly, Mass.; three sons by a previous marriage, Michael, Robert and Richard Kennewick of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren; and a sister, Thelma Rapatan of Washington, D.C.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. For inquiries please call William Kiester at 718-219-0859.

Donations may be made to the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (


Posted by Debbie Ford-Scriba, a resident of another community
on Jan 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I am saddened to read of Sally Kiester's passing. She was a tireless advocate, with keen sensitivities and a wry sense of humor that enabled her to accomplish much good in the community. She has left her mark on Palo Alto, and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Imelda Valente Rubi, a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm

At present I´m residing in Skarpnäcks Alle 32 3rd Floor, 128 33 Skarpnäck, SWEDEN. I just learned that Sally died when I went for a vacation in Cebu, Philippines. I´m so sorry for your loss and mine too. I am the daughter of Calixto Valente (deceased) and Sally knew me. I am very pleased if any of her members in the family can contact me. My telephone nos. +4686057107 or +46735672804. I do really hope if ever you got this message you will get in touch with me.

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