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Community Pulse - March 11, 2011


Dennis Chipp

Dennis Browning Chipp, 65, a former resident of Palo Alto, died in Chiang-Mai, Thailand, Feb. 19, 2011. He suffered a fall, after a year of struggling with health problems. He will be cremated and his ashes scattered over Asian waters.

He was born Nov. 23, 1945, in San Diego to the late Dr. Herschel Chipp, a U.C. Berkeley professor of art history, and Virginia O'Hagan Herbert, a former teacher in the Sequoia Union High School District. His early childhood was spent in San Pablo Canyon. The family moved to Palo Alto, where he attended school and was chosen "most improved student" during his time at Garland Elementary School.

He received a bachelor's degree from U.C. Berkeley, then joined the Merchant Marine Academy, becoming an AB Seaman. He worked and enjoyed adventures on several ships under different flags. Once, after his ship endured a severe typhoon, a shipmate handed him a novel by Joseph Conrad. "Typhoon" was so terrifyingly real that he became an instant Conradian, his mother said.

Later when he was a graduate student at the National University of Singapore, the university paid his fare to the Third International Conference on Conrad in Lublin, Poland, to present his original research; he was then invited to continue his paper in Vancouver at the Fourth Conrad Conference but emergency surgery made that honor impossible, a great disappointment.

He had moved to Chiang-Mai to teach English at Chiang-Mai University.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his sister, Maureen O'Hagan Steed of Ukiah; his aunt, Anne Butler, of Menlo Park; and cousins Lynn Butler Chichi of San Juan Capistrano and Penn Butler of Atherton.

A memorial gathering will be held Tuesday, March 29, at First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto, at 12:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sierra Club, Loma Prieta branch at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Beatrice Kavinoky

Beatrice Kavinoky, 90, a resident of Palo Alto, died Feb. 17, 2011, at home with her family at her side.

Bee, as she was known to family and friends, was born in San Bernardino and grew up in Pasadena, Calif. She was a graduate of Whittier College and taught elementary school during WWII. She met her future husband, Bob Kavinoky, at a Halloween dance. They were married April 2, 1942. In September she celebrated her 90th birthday party with more than 100 people in attendance.

She lived in College Terrace in Palo Alto from 1950 onward. She was active with scouts, AAUW, Friendly Visiting and the Wesley Pantry. She led church camps and was a lay leader with the Methodist Church. She loved swimming, gardening, walking, and being with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Bob Kavinoky, and her three children and their spouses: Larry and Sue Kavinoky of Palo Alto, Rick and Sue Kavinoky of Santa Rosa, and Karen and Chris de Vos of Lake Tahoe. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 19, at Wesley Methodist Church, 470 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her memory to VITAS Hospice Organization.


Posted by Carol Seidel, a resident of Portola Valley
on Mar 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Fond memories of Bea's tireless work for the Wesley Methodist community.