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Arthur Fong

Arthur Fong, whose work in engineering helped grow a fledgling Hewlett-Packard Company into the world's largest technology company, died May 17 in Palo Alto. He was 92.

His engineering achievements include collaboration on the development of RADAR in the MIT Radiation Laboratory, impedance-measuring instruments, a line of signal generators and the first calibrated microwave spectrum analyzer.

He was born a grocer's son in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 11, 1920, but he decided to forego running the family business and instead went to school at UCLA and then Berkeley, where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1943. That same year, he married Mary, who was to be his wife for 69 years and with whom he had four children.

In 1946, he was recruited by William Hewlett to join Hewlett-Packard, which was then a company of only about 100 people. In the 1960s, his designs accounted for 27 percent, roughly $55 million, of HP's revenue. During his time working at the company he also earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1968 and awards and recognitions from HP, the Cal Engineering Alumni Society and the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He fully retired from the company in 1995.

He and Mary started the Fong Family Scholarships for Cal engineering students and have donated to Stanford and to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Sheryl Wong (Bob), Wendy Fong (Dave Arruda), Kevin (Michele) and Darice Koo (Paul); five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers, Ben and Tommy; and sister, Helen. He is predeceased by his brothers, Sam and James.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to UC Regents, Fong Family Award. Send to University Relations, 2080 Addison St. #4200, Berkeley, CA 94720-4200. Donations may also be made to the Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Midpeninsula in honor of Art Fong at 4000 Middlefield Road, Suite G-8, Palo Alto, CA 94303; Stanford Hospital in honor of Art Fong at 330 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94303-1203; Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Philanthropy at 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Philip Coleman Pendleton

Philip Coleman ("Red") Pendleton, died June 5 in Portola Valley, Calif., surrounded by his family. He was 90.

He was raised mostly in Bryn Athyn, Pa.; son of Alan and Marion Pendleton. He was husband to Christine Heilman, who predeceased him in 2000, after 50 years of marriage. As a teen during the Great Depression, he "rode the rails" on trains with the transient hobos of that era, from Pennsylvania to Wyoming and again to Las Vegas, Nev.

As a tanker in World War II, he reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant and served as company commander of D Company, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division. He was awarded the Silver Star during the Battle of the Bulge and the Purple Heart.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania he moved to the Bay Area and, in 1960, with no prior experience or advice, started and built a successful sales agency business in the building materials industry that still operates today. He relaxed in retirement by playing the occasional nine holes, reading and volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his children, Mike Pendleton (Lynn Horigan) of Hawaii, Janet Campbell (Bob Campbell) of Oklahoma, Barbara Horigan (Lee Horigan) of Canada and Stuart Pendleton (Stacy Genzlinger) of California; 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and his sister, Anne Kunkle of Washington. At his request, donations can be made in memory of him to the Pacific Skyline Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1150 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404.

The funeral service for Charles Lee will be held Tuesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. at Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. The former oil-company executive, trustee emeritus and president's ambassador of U.S.F. died June 9.


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