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Community Pulse - August 5, 2011


Don DeJongh,

Don C. DeJongh, 74, a 27-year resident of Palo Alto, died suddenly July 23, 2011. He was born in Burnips, Mich. Survivors include Miriam DeJongh, his wife of 51 years; their children, Fritz, Matt, Katie and their spouses; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will take place at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, Monday, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Peninsula Open Space Trust or the American Red Cross disaster services, Silicon Valley chapter.

John Moll

John Lewis Moll, 89, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died July 19, 2011, at home at the Palo Alto Commons assisted living facility.

He was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Wauseon, Ohio. He grew up on his parents' farm, the son of Mennonites. He received a bachelor's degree in physics in 1943 from Ohio State University. He went on to become a staff member at the RCA Labs, Lancaster, Penn., from 1944 to 1945. At RCA he met Isabel Sieber, who was also on the technical staff, and they were married in 1944. They returned to Ohio State, where he obtained a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1952. He was a member of the technical staff at the Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1952 to 1958. He assembled a group that did research aimed at development of semiconductor devices.

From 1958 to 1970 he was a professor, of electrical engineering at Stanford University. He also did consulting work for HP Associates, Fairchild Camera and Hewlett Packard. From 1974 until his retirement in 1996 he worked for Hewlett Packard, where he led work on development and device modeling of bipolar and MOS silicon devices, high-emperature superconductor materials and integrated circuit design. During his career he wrote many scientific papers and several books and received numerous awards for his work.

He was also an avid gardener and poker player and enjoyed a variety of games and activities with friends and children.

He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Nick Moll and his wife Barbara Bekins of La Honda, Benjamin Moll and his wife Jill Deikman of Davis, and Diana Moll of Santa Cruz; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at the Stanford Memorial Church Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. For further information contact Diana Moll at or go to


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