He was born in San Francisco and graduated from Palo Alto High School, where he served as student-body president, in 1951.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and went on to Yale Medical School. He later joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, in the department of head and neck surgery. He also worked in the department of oncology and specialized in research on respiratory papillomatosis.
He married his wife, Joyce, in 1961. The couple enjoyed entertaining, playing card games and tennis, and world travel.
He is survived by his wife Joyce; children Lisa Poling, Mark Kashima and Mathew Kashima; and seven grandchildren.
Phillip Kuekes, 53, a resident of Menlo Park, died of glioblastoma Nov. 29.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Fairfield, Conn. He graduated from Yale University in 1969 with a degree in physics.
He moved to the Bay Area in 1969, owned his own computer consulting business and worked for TRW in Mountain View. He later worked for Hewlett Packard, specializing in nanotechnology. He received many awards for his work and authored more than 70 patents.
He enjoyed hiking and traveling the world, and was a devoted family man, loved ones said.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Kuekes, and his daughter, Ofelie Kuekes, both of Menlo Park.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
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