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Community Pulse - July 15, 2011


Halcott Moreno

Halcott Moreno, 92, a Menlo Park resident, died July 7, 2011, at the Stanford University Medical Center following a brief illness.

He was born in Palo Alto on Jan. 28, 1919.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Palo Alto Host Lions Club (where he served as president), the Palo Alto Elks Lodge (where he was the organist for 30 years), and Sons In Retirement (SIRS) (where he held the office of Big SIR in 1999). He also served as the current SIRS historian and conducted new member orientations.

He is survived by his second wife, Marion Moreno; his elder brother Albert Moreno, his daughter Susan Hassitt; and daughter-in-law Susan Moreno. He is also survived by his stepchildren David Farrell, Nancy Freitas and Tom Farrell; and numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made to the Palo Alto Host Lions Club, or P.O. Box 976, Palo Alto, CA 94302-0976.

George Oliver

George Oliver, 91, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died at his home June 25, 2011.

He was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Marshall, Texas. He was the first in his family to venture out to California, where he remained until his death. He was a Merchant Seaman, construction worker, plumber, handyman and entrepreneur. He had a passion for fishing, hunting and gardening. He loved teaching his children important life skills and enjoyed sharing childhood stories while fishing or spending time at home with his grandsons, family and friends, loved ones recalled.

He is survived by his 10 children; three sisters; two sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bruce Tune

Bruce Tune, 71, a longtime local physician and professor, died June 25, 2011, of complications from Parkinson's Disease, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital announced in a press release.

He spent most of his career at Stanford University School of Medicine, founding the Division of Pediatric Nephrology and holding various leadership roles at the School of Medicine.

Hewas born Aug. 26, 1939, in New York City and moved to Palo Alto to attend Stanford School of Medicine, graduating in 1965. After a series of moves to complete his residency and internship, including a two-year stint conducting research at the National Institute of Health, he married Nancy Doolittle and returned to Stanford to become the chief resident in pediatrics in 1969.

At Stanford, he founded the Division of Pediatric Nephrology and taught at the School of Medicine. He was a passionate doctor and teacher who took great care and interest in his patients and students, colleagues recalled in the statement from Stanford.

Apart from his work, he enjoyed spending time with his son Steve and daughter Sara, participating in his son's Cub Scouts meetings and attending his daughter's softball games. He was also passionate about photography and music, owning a large collection of eclectic music.

He is survived by his wife, two children; one grandchild; and his mother, Sylvia Newman Tune. Donations in his memory can be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association.

Details of the memorial service, to be held by the Department of Pediatrics, are still being arranged.