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Cover Story - May 18, 2012

Living history

At 105, George Knoles demonstrates an enduring intellectual curiosity

by Rebecca Wallace / photos Veronica Weber

At the time of the 2010 census, Palo Alto had 17 residents who were at least 100 years old.

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Posted by Al Kirkland
a resident of another community
on May 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

I remember Professor Knoles very well- one of a group of outstanding professors, firmly entrenched at History Corner- Knoles, Snyder (Rix was also Director of Admissions at the same time- I think that he and Helen Kmetovic, Pete's wife, were the Admissions office), Vucinich, Buss, Bailey et al. What a collection of wonderful, inspiring teachers! All led by President J. Wallace Sterling. We older, Stanford codgers were so fortunate.


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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on May 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thanks so much for this wonderful article. I love reading about interesting people who've lived long lives.

Many years ago I was involved with Friendly Visiting, a volunteer program to spend time with older adults. My guy was a man born in London who saw Queen Victoria ride by in a carriage. He emigrated to Canada for some years and ended up moving to the US and building a house on Cowper Street in Palo Alto. He told me that where my house was situated used to be fields of tomatoes!


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Posted by Jackie
a resident of Downtown North
on May 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

What a heart warming story.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Midtown
on May 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

We are very fortunate to have a citizen like George Knoles who at 105
is still teaching and still learning. I can only say that this man has
not lived long enough and the use of his mind should be appreciated by
all of us seniors. People such as Professor Knoles are what makes Palo
Alto so special, Thank you, Sir, for positively affecting the lives of so many.


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Posted by James
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm

This guy is just a legend! Superb article.


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Posted by Sheila
a resident of College Terrace
on May 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

What a wonderful story of such an amazing man. Professor Knoles continues to be an inspiration to many. I should add he also has a lovely family who love him dearly.


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