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Community Pulse - August 26, 2011


Benjamin Andrews II

Benjamin Van Cleve Andrews II, 79, a resident of Menlo Park, died Aug. 14 of pneumonia-related complications.

He was born Aug. 26, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a proud descendent of the Wright Brothers.

He attended Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Ind., and obtained a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan in 1953, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1954 to 1957. After attending Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., he was commissioned an Ensign and was honorably discharged a Lieutenant. Upon moving to California after the war, he received his MBA from U.C. Berkeley in 1963.

His professional career began at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, and continued at Todd Shipyard, SRI (1962-1969), eventually becoming an independent consultant on port projects worldwide. He was a member of SNAME (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers) for nearly 60 years, receiving the Golden Award after 50 years of membership.

He met his wife of 48 years, Eleanor, while skiing at Alpine Meadows. They were married in 1962 and had one son.

He had a lifelong love of sailing. He also loved skiing, mainly at Lake Tahoe, California, where the family owned a second home for many years.

He is survived by his wife Eleanor Stitt Andrews; son Benjamin (Jamie) Van Cleve Andrews III; and sisters Elaine Smith and Carol Crowe. Services will be held Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma. A "celebration of life" memorial for family and friends will be held Aug. 27. Donations in his memory may be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

David MacKenzie

Local publisher (and early Weekly investor) David MacKenzie, 93, a resident of Los Altos Hills, died July 31 after years of declining health, according to his former paper, the Los Altos Town Crier.

He was born April 29, 1918 in Yokohama, Japan, where his father was in the import-export business. The family moved back home to Scotland after an earthquake in 1923, and then settled in Palo Alto in 1927. He graduated from Palo Alto High School and from Stanford University in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Having moved to Los Altos, MacKenzie founded the Los Altos Town Crier in 1947 with partner Warren Goodrich, and he later established local papers in Sunnyvale and Cupertino as well.

He was known for his humorous observations on local life in his "Under The Oak" column. "He was one of the wittiest persons I ever met," longtime friend and fellow publisher Mort Levine told the Town Crier.

He sold his newspapers in 1972, though he continued work on other publications and on humorous inventions. He moved to Los Altos Hills in 1989.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking and bird watching, and spent a great deal of time at his cabin in the Sierra.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Miriam R. MacKenzie, of Menlo Park; seven nephews; three nieces; and many other relatives.

At his request, no services are being held. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Hidden Villa Trust, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022, or the Nature Conservancy.


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