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Community Pulse - October 14, 2011


Albert Hastorf III

Albert H. Hastorf III, 90, former Stanford University administrator and professor, died Sept. 26, 2011.

He was a professor emeritus of psychology and former head of the psychology department, and former dean and provost of the school of humanities and sciences.

Born in New York, N.Y., he joined Stanford's faculty in 1961 and retired in 1990.

In addition to his wife of 68 years, Barbara, he is survived by daughters Elizabeth Hastorf of Seattle, Wash.; Christine Hastorf of Berkeley; a sister; and one grandson. He was preceded in death by another grandson.

A memorial service will be held Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. at Stanford Memorial Church with a reception to follow at the Stanford Faculty Club.

Alan Sklar

Alan David Sklar, M.D., 73, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Oct. 8, 2011.

Hewas born May 1,1938. He was born in New York, the second son of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants.

After completing medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, he came to Palo Alto as a resident in psychiatry at the Stanford University Medical School. He remained a resident of Palo Alto except for three years of military service in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

He was a member of the Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, and taught at Stanford University as an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry.

He traveled, enjoyed festive holidays and had season tickets to many theatrical and musical productions. He enjoyed tennis, skiing, hiking and bicycling. Playing the violin was a life-long passion; he performed regularly in the Bay Area.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Alice Jane Sklar; daughters Jessica Nimoy of Agoura Hills, Calif., Emily Wexler of Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Naomi Albertson of Millbrae; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service and graveside funeral will be held at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto on Friday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Music @ Menlo ( or Laguardia School of Music (


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