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Community Pulse - March 7, 2014


Sally Cannon

Sally Borkin Cannon died March 4 at her home in Palo Alto.

She was born on June 27, 1930, to Max and Ida Borkin in Milwaukee, Wis. She earned her teaching degree at Milwaukee Teachers' College and her master's degree from San Francisco State University. She and her husband, Eph Cannon, were married June 17, 1951. They came to the Bay Area on their honeymoon and went on to live in Palo Alto for more than 58 years.

She taught hearing-impaired children in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Following her retirement, she and her husband operated Ladybug Messenger Service, a local service that delivered packages and documents. She was an active member of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, serving as president of the Sequoia chapter and as a regional vice president. She and her husband were charter members of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, where she taught religious school for many years, served on the board of directors and sang in the choir.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Eph, as well as three children: Debra Cannon of Seattle, Wash.; Amy (Wallace) Westfeldt of Boulder, Colo.; and Charley Cannon of Nannup, Western Australia; two grandchildren, Nathan Westfeldt of Denver, Colo.; and River Zayla of Nannup, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service, burial and reception were held Thursday, March 6. Donations can be sent to Rabbi Marder's Discretionary Fund, at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, or Sequoia Chapter of Hadassah, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Willard G. Wyman

Willard (Bill) Wyman, a resident of La Honda and a friend to many in the Stanford University and Palo Alto communities, died on Feb. 25 at Stanford Hospital as a result of lung cancer.

He was born on Nov. 13, 1930, in China. The son of a career officer in the United States Army, he grew up on a series of cavalry posts in Virginia, Kansas, Texas, Washington state and the nation's capital. He attended St. Paul's in Baltimore, Md., where he was an athlete and lacrosse player. At 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was appointed as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He completed one year there, playing football briefly for backfield coach Vince Lombardi. He later studied at Colby College, graduating in 1956.

After, he returned to the Peninsula in 1957 to begin a career as an educator on the Peninsula, teaching English and serving as head football and swimming coach at Menlo School. In 1962, he enrolled as a graduate student at Stanford, from where he received his doctoral degree in 1969. He also served as associate dean of students and later as special assistant to then President Richard W. Lyman for the academic year 1969-70.

From 1971 to 1975, he was dean of students and associate professor of English at his alma mater, Colby College in Maine. In 1976, he returned to California to become headmaster of The Thacher School in Ojai and served there until his retirement in 1992. Under his leadership, the school opened its doors to women and its precarious fiscal situation was reversed.

Immediately after, he moved to La Honda into a ranch house on Skyline Ridge. There, Bill started a new career as an author. He published two novels, "High Country" and "Blue Heaven," receiving Spur Awards for the first from the Western Writers of America.

He is survived by his son Willard G. Wyman III and wife Michelle and their three children (Caitlin, Casey and Molly) of Santa Barbara; his son Jedediah Fowler Wyman of Corvallis, Ore., and his mother Jane Fowler Wyman of Palo Alto; and by Barbara Saxon of La Honda and Wilmington, Del., his partner for eight years.

A memorial service will be held on March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Those wishing to attend should contact Gaye Torjusen (

Dorothy Marshall

Dorothy Marshall, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died on Feb. 23, in Los Altos. She was 97.

She was born on Aug. 8, 1916, in Great Falls, Mont. to Edith and Ralph Hardesty. She was the eldest of seven children (Jack, Gwen, Ada, Phyllis, Harvey and Gerald). She moved when she was 4 from the family's sheep ranch in Great Falls to Bozeman, Mont., and then later to Washington state. She married and raised her six children in Seattle, Wash., before moving to Palo Alto in the 1960s to be near some of her adult children.

She resided in Palo Alto for about 40 years. For decades she worked as a resident manager of a Palo Alto apartment complex. After retiring in her 80s, she and her partner of 25 years, Jim Gordon, moved to Foresthill, Calif., in the lower Sierras. After Gordon died in 2011, she returned to the Bay Area, moving to Los Altos. Her family said that she was still very active, going out for coffee and discussing ideas, up until her death.

She is survived by her sister Ada Wilson of Snohomish, Wash., and brother Harvey Hardesty of Arlington, Ore.; her daughters, Janice Kirkley of Palo Alto and Marjorie Iller of Saratoga, Calif.; her sons, John Michael Iller of Palo Alto, Dan Iller of Mountain View and Phillip Iller of San Jose. She is also survived by her six grandchildren: Tom Kirkley of San Jose, Sondra Glider of Palo Alto, Lynelle Daley of Chugiak, Alaska, Danniel Iller of San Jose, Christopher Iller of San Jose and Jon Iller of Mountain View; and her six great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her partner Jim Gordon and her daughter Kathleen Iller.

A memorial service is being planned, but the details have not been set as of yet. Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to Doctors without Borders or UNICEF.


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