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Community Pulse - July 27, 2012


David Albert Negrin

David Negrin died July 21 at the Palo Alto VA Hospice Center, surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 87.

He was born and raised in New York City, N.Y., and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he was involved in the invasion of Normandy. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from NYU.

He held managerial positions in several companies, the longest being IBM, where he worked for 24 years. He loved giving back to his community and was an active member in the Palo Alto Rotary, Palo Alto Arts Commission, Leadership Palo Alto, SCORE, The Experience Corps, Literacy Program for Immigrants and the ACLU, where he served on the board. He enjoyed working in the darkroom, playing tennis and bridge, and traveling with his wife to exotic places ranging from Antarctica to Bhutan.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Negrin; children, Lenore Arnberg, Alison Negrin and Robert Negrin; sons-in-law, Thomas Prytz and Kevin Barnett; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Goodman; brother, Norman Negrin; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. In lieu of flowers he has requested that donations be made to Congregation Beth Am ( or The Palo Alto Rotary (

Elaine Windrich

Political scientist and scholar Elaine Windrich died in Redwood City, Calif., on July 18 from complications of emphysema. She was 90.

She was born Elaine Windreich in San Francisco on Nov. 29, 1921, the daughter of Sam and Ruth (Miller) Windreich. Her father, who worked as a salesman, was a native of Austria; her mother was from California. She earned three degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, culminating with a Ph.D. in 1947. Her dissertation topic was British foreign policy during the Spanish Civil War.

She was an assistant professor of political science at Stanford from 1948 to 1953. She moved to London to be a lecturer at the University of London and served as a research officer for the Parliamentary Labour Party from 1959 to 1964.

She returned to Stanford as a visiting scholar from 1973 to 1980 and lived in Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1984, serving as a consultant to Zimbabwe Mass Media Trust and the Ministry of Information. She was also a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, for several years before retiring at Stanford.

She authored "The British Labour Party's Foreign Policy" (Stanford University Press, 1953), "The Rhodesian Problem: A Documentary Record" (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975), "Britain and the Politics of Rhodesian Independence" (Holmes & Meier, 1978), "The Mass Media and the Struggle for Zimbabwe" (Mambo Press, 1981) and "The Cold War Guerrilla: Jona Savimbi, the U.S. Media, and the Angolan War" (Greenwood Press, 1992).

She is survived by her brother, Leland Windreich of Vancouver, Canada; and many friends and colleagues.

Memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund, Stanford University Libraries; the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University; or Amnesty International, USA.


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