Born Claude Rawles Stout in Rockport, Calif., he took the name of his stepfather, Butler Brinegar, in 1951.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Japan and Korea in 1945-47. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with three degrees from Stanford University, a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's in statistics and a doctorate in applied economics from Stanford's Food Research Institute. After retiring in 1992, he return to the institute to serve as a visiting scholar for four years.
He served as secretary of transportation in Richard Nixon's cabinet in 1973-75.
He stayed on for six months after Nixon's resignation. Although he admired Gerald Ford, he did not want to be part of an election campaign, family members said.
He spent nearly 40 years in the oil industry, joining Union Oil Co. of California in 1953 and rising to executive vice president and chief financial officer of the renamed Unocal Corp. by the time he retired. He returned to Union Oil in 1975 and in 1980-81, headed Ronald Reagan's transportation transition team. He returned to the Democratic Party in the 1990s.
An avid collector of Mark Twain first editions and related memorabilia, he proved by statistical tests that Twain was not the author of a collection of letters attributed to him. Elmira College awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1997 for his public service and Twain-related work.
His marriage to the former Elva Jackson in 1950 ended in divorce. In 1983 he married Mary Katharine Porter, who died in 1993.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Bartholomew, whom he married in 1995; his children, Claudia Berglund of Huntington Beach, Meredith Cross of Washington, D.C., and Thomas Brinegar of Cody, Wyoming; and four grandchildren.
At his request there will be no services. The family prefers contributions to the Mark Twain Studies Center, Elmira College, Elmira, NY 14901; or the Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.
Barbara Joan Cuban
Barbara Joan Cuban, 71, a resident of Palo Alto, died March 8 of cancer.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she earned a master's degree and became a clinical social worker while raising her two daughters.
She had a thriving private practice in Palo Alto for more than 20 years and met with clients up until two weeks before her death. She was extremely committed and passionate about her work and never planned to retire, loved ones said.
She is remembered as a devoted, supportive, loving and caring wife and mother. She is survived by her husband Larry of Palo Alto; daughter Sondra Cuban (and husband Ozias Goodwin) of Lancaster, England; daughter Janice Cuban of Sunnyvale; and sister Shirley Cheyfitz of Cleveland, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Association are preferred.
Lorenz Eitner, 89, former chairman of the Stanford University Art Department and director of the university's museum, died at his home March 11 of a heart attack.
He joined the Stanford faculty in 1963 and retired in 1989.
"He was one of the pillars on which Stanford built its national and worldwide standing as a university," Fred Hargadon, Stanford's director of admissions from 1969 to 1984, said. "Lorenz was a giant — in his field, as a professor, and as a human being."
He was an expert in 18th- and 19th-century European art.
He was born in 1919, in Brno, Czechoslovakia, of Austrian parents. He was first educated in Frankfurt and Berlin. The family emigrated to South Carolina in 1935 and he received a bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1940.
He served as an intelligence officer with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and headed the research section for the prosecution for the Nuremberg trials of top Nazi officials after the war.
He received master's and doctorate degrees in art from Princeton University and then taught at the University of Minnesota for 14 years before coming to Stanford.
He was a Fulbright Fellow (1952-53) and a Guggenheim Fellow (1956-57) and won numerous awards during his career.
In addition to his wife, Trudi, he is survived by his daughters Christy Neidig, Kathy Kirby and Claudia Eitner, and granddaughter Stephanie Neidig.
Memorial services are pending.
Janette Mary Hybl
Janette Mary Hybl, 52, a former resident of Menlo Park, died Feb. 25.
She grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. She enjoyed interior decorating and scuba diving, and was active in her religion.
She is survived by her parents, Jack and Beverly Jean Hybl of Menlo Park; fiance, Paul Labadie of San Francisco; brothers, Scott Hybl of Portland, Ore., Joe Hybl of San Francisco, and Jeff Hybl of Redwood City; and several nieces and nephews.
A "celebration of life" memorial will be held March 21 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1100 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Menlo Park, the First Baptist Church of San Carlos or to the Battered Women Support Group at www.snbw.org.
Kosuke Ishii, 51, a Stanford University professor of mechanical engineering, died March 2 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos.
His death was the result of internal hemorrhaging from burst blood vessels in his esophagus.
He was the director of the Manufacturing Modeling Laboratory (MML) and was interested in improving the design and manufacturability of products ranging from airplanes to water pumps.
"Kos made strong connections with all the people who worked with him and learned from him," MML lab member and doctoral student Whitfield Fowler said. "Personally, Kos helped to shape the opportunities that I will have for the rest of my life."
He was born in Japan and attended high school in Sydney, Australia, where his father was employed. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Sophia University in Tokyo in 1980 and earned a master's degree two years later at Stanford. He also earned a master's degree in engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
He worked as a control and systems design engineer at Toshiba in Tokyo before returning to Stanford to complete a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1987. He then taught at Ohio State University from 1988 to 1994 before joining the Stanford faculty.
He was best known at Stanford for a course he taught for 15 years where graduate students work directly with industry partners to take on a real-world design problem.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi, of Los Altos; sister, Akemi Iida, father, Tsuneharu, and mother, Masue, all of whom live in Japan.
The family requests that donations be made to the Asian Liver Center at Stanford or the Stanford Liver Cancer Center.
Yael Kaniel, 31, a neonatolgist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, died March 3 of breast cancer.
She worked in the special-care nursery at Packard Hospital and was a clinical instructor in neonatal and developmental medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
She arrived at Packard Hospital in 2007 after completing her pediatric training at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. She was a graduate of the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel and earned an undergraduate degree in molecular, cell and developmental biology at UCLA. She lived in San Francisco.
"She had the perfect personality for a pediatrician," Dr. William Benitz, chief of neonatology at Packard Hospital, said. "She's really inspired a sense of confidence and comfort with families that their babies were in good hands."
A significant part of her job was in resuscitating newborn babies who were struggling to breathe in the delivery room. "It's pretty panic-inducing for parents, but after just a few minutes, there's a happy, pink baby in mom's arms," Dr. Robert Cohen, director of Packard Hospital's intermediate care nursery, said.
"She loved to cheer babies into this strange world they found themselves in," Aki Kaniel, her father, said. He remembered his daughter as a warm, engaging person who always had a book in her hands and a close-knit group of friends nearby.
She enjoyed traveling to Turkey, Switzerland, Belize and Paris. She and her husband became engaged at the Eiffel Tower.
She is survived by her husband, Josh Zaretsky; parents, Batya and Aki Kaniel; sister, Natalie Kaniel; stepmother, Sharon Safdie; and stepsister and stepbrother Laura and Daniel Safdie.
Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Dr. Yael Kaniel-Zaretsky Memorial Fund at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, c/o Haya Barzilay, 1554 Arbor St., Los Gatos, CA 94024.
Clark W. Reynolds
Clark Reynolds, 74, a Stanford University economics professor, died March 9 from pulmonary fibrosis.
He become a Stanford faculty member in 1967 after teaching for six years at Occidental College and at Yale.
He met with Latin American leaders in 1969 about social and economic development policies as part of a panel created by then-President President Richard Nixon. The panel concluded that the United States should ease trade restrictions with Latin American countries.
"That was a very exciting time for my dad," Rebecca Hemphill, one of his daughters, said. "He was very interested in equalization in terms of trade and alleviating poverty."
He was born in 1934 in Chicago and moved with parents to San Diego when he was a teenager. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1956, was a graduate fellow in economics at MIT, spent a year at Harvard Divinity School and then earned a doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
He became a professor emeritus in 1996 and taught in China between 2001 and 2003.
In addition to Hemphill, who lives in Albuquerque, N.M., he is survived by his wife, Nydia Reynolds of Stanford; sister, Lynnette Eldridge of Milton, Fla.; sons C. Winton Reynolds III of Austin, Texas, and Matthew L. Reynolds of Santa Rosa; daughter Camila Reynolds of Los Angeles; four grandsons; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Barbara Hopkins Sibley
Barbara Hopkins Sibley, 91, a resident of Los Altos, died .March 12.
A native of Denver, Colo., she came to California with her husband Charles in 1955. She and Charles were married for 62 years. The couple were world travelers, and avid theater-goers.
A 1939 graduate of the University of Denver and a member the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, she also attended the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University working for an advanced degree in home economics and dietetics. She taught Chemistry and home economics in Cheyenne Wells, Colo.
In addition to being a wonderful cook and seamstress, she contributed to the community through many local organizations including the Palo Alto Auxiliary to Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Neighbors Abroad, and the Palo Alto & Los Altos Branches of AAUW.
After moving to Pilgrim Haven Retirement Living of Los Altos in 1995, she assisted in planning resident outings. She will be missed greatly by friends and family.
She is survived by her son Glen Sibley of Denver; her daughter Elaine Levenson of Los Altos; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at Los Altos Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos, CA 94024 on Thursday, April 23 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests a contribution to Lucille Packard Children's Hospital or a charity of choice.
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