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Community Pulse - May 18, 2012

Deaths & Births

Mary East Eberle

Mary East Eberle, a 47-year resident of Palo Alto, died May 7 in Wilsonville, Ore. She was 85.

She was born July 1, 1926, in Chicago, Ill., and moved to the Bay Area with her family in 1947. She and her husband, Buck, moved to Palo Alto in 1954 and raised their three children there.

She was an avid football fan and enjoyed traveling, cooking and crossword puzzles. She is survived by her daughters, Dale Muegenburg of Ventura, Calif., Jeanne Aufmuth of Palo Alto, Calif.; and five granddaughters. Donations should be made to the American Lung Association.

Wayne Trewhitt III

Wayne D. Trewhitt III died May 5 at his home in Woodside, Calif. He was 76.

He was born June 5, 1935, in San Francisco and was raised in Berkeley, where he attended high school and competed on the swim team. After graduating from Berkeley High School he went on to earn a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was also a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

On Nov. 17, 1963, he married Joan Sterling. He and Joan were rarely apart in the 50 years they were together.

He began his career working for his father Wayne Douglas Trewhitt II and the family's Easley & Brassy Corporation as vice president (1963-1978) then as president (1978-1986). Early in his career, as general manager of Solid Waste Engineering and Transfer Systems, the company that owned and operated the San Francisco transfer station, he was responsible for the design of the entire San Francisco-Mountain View transfer system, which introduced the "tipper" unloading system and aluminum transfer trailers to the waste industry in the 1970s. He was inducted to the Environmental Industry Associations Hall of Fame in 1994.

As president and CEO of Nortech Waste, he designed, constructed and operated a 2,200-ton-per-day Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Roseville, Calif. Recently he had been a guest lecturer on several occasions for the University of Nevada, Reno, College of Engineering.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Trewhitt; his two daughters, Stacy Conner and Stephanie Trewhitt; his two grandsons, Ryan and Blake Conner; his sister, Janet Trewhitt; and his sister-in-law, Audrey Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made payable to UNR Foundation, Wayne D. Trewhitt Scholarship. College of Engineering and sent to Melanie Perish, Mail Stop 162, Reno, NV 89557.


Maksim Kamenetsky and Patricia Sitnitsky of Palo Alto, a son, May 4.

Francesco and Jennifer Fagnini of Menlo Park, twins (a son and a daughter), May 5.