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Community Pulse - October 12, 2012


Miriam Roth MacKenzie

Miriam Roth MacKenzie died Oct. 3 at her home in Menlo Park, where she had lived for 62 years.

She was born in San Francisco on Jan. 8, 1917, and lived most of her life on the Peninsula. She was the daughter of Almon E. Roth and Mildred Hayes Roth and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Hayes of Edenvale, San Jose. She grew up living on the Stanford campus, where her father served as comptroller of the university for 18 years.

She attended Castilleja School in Palo Alto and graduated from Stanford in 1938. There she was president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, graduated with great distinction and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa National Scholastic Honor Society.

In 1941, she married Alexander Scott Gray MacKenzie, who was then in Stanford Medical School. He served for three-and-a-half years in the Navy Medical Corps during World War II, after which he returned to Stanford Hospital for his surgical residency. In 1950, he joined the Palo Alto Clinic and the family established a home in Menlo Park.

She lived a busy life occupied with the raising of her six children and participation in their activities. She also provided a home for two grandparents for 23 years and nine foreign students who came and went. She served as president of the Stanford Mother's Club (now Parent's Club) and volunteered for auxiliaries to Stanford Children's Hospital (now Lucile Packard Children's Hospital).

When her children were grown, she transferred her energies to creating and maintaining her garden. The family's love of the High Sierra resulted in many wonderful summer experiences in the High Country.

Dr. MacKenzie died in 2000. His wife is survived by her daughter, Alexandra Standing (Douglas) of Sunnyvale; her five sons, David (Helen) of Palo Alto, James (Janet) of Atherton, William of Menlo Park, Duncan (Phyllis) of College Station, Texas, and Donald (Janice) of Newark; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Private services will be held. The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Peninsula Open Space Trust, 222 High St., Palo Alto, CA 94301; or the Roth Auxiliary at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Charles (Bud) Alfred Eldon

Charles (Bud) Alfred Eldon died Sept. 28 in Corvallis, Ore. The longtime Hewlett-Packard employee and Stanford volunteer was 86.

Born in 1926 in Tacoma, Wash., he moved to Hawaii in 1927 with his parents, when they returned to the place they had met. He grew up on Kaua'i, near McBride Sugar Plantation, where his father was chief engineer, and went to Eleele Elementary School, where his mother Dorothy taught.

The family moved to Honolulu in 1939 and was there to experience the Pearl Harbor bombing on Dec. 7, 1941. He attended Iolani Episcopal School (for boys) and Punahou High School. But he left Punahou a year early in 1944, before formally graduating, upon advice that he could complete a full year of college at Stanford University before being eligible for the draft.

He was drafted into the Navy shortly after his 18th birthday and spent nearly two years being trained as electronics technician, then was sent back to Hawaii to be put in service at Pearl Harbor. He returned to Stanford in the fall of 1946 and completed a bachelor's degree in physics in 1948, followed by a master's degree in 1950.

In March 1950 he married an undergraduate classmate, Betty Kahn, a sister of one of his fraternity brothers. In January 1951 he was hired by Hewlett-Packard, which at the time was a small company. He worked there as an engineer and as a manager and executive at various operating divisions and at corporate headquarters until he retired in March 1990.

During his working years he did volunteer work for Stanford, where he was elected chairman of the Graduate School of Business Fund and earned the highest recognitions and awards of the university for his leadership.

Separately, at the direction of Mr. Hewlett, he joined what became IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Elected to a series of leadership positions at local and national levels, he ultimately was elected international president of IEEE in 1985, and to the fellow grade of membership, the latter for his technical contributions "to manufacture high-quality electronic components and systems." IEEE is the world's largest professional society, which has grown to more than 400,000 members in more than 130 countries.

In retirement he became active in the Fort Huachuca Section in S.E. Arizona. He and Betty traveled extensively, first on business trips and later with Elderhostel groups. During those retirement years they lived happily in Sierra Vista, Ariz., where he soon became a volunteer at Ramsey Canyon Preserve and the Nature Conservancy.

In philanthropic matters, he supported teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in the Sierra Vista schools, with both time and financial contributions. In March of this year they moved to Corvallis.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; and four children, Tony (wife Anita and their children Charlene and Evan), Kay, Doug (wife Dorry and their children Eric, Jon and Annie) and Jim (wife Julie and their children, Miles and Ella). His younger brother, Scott, died last January; their parents died many years ago.

There will be no memorial services. His ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii.

Elizabeth Theresa Hiegel

Elizabeth Theresa Hiegel, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Sept. 4 after a short bout with cancer. She was 83.

She was born in Davenport, Iowa, on Nov. 7, 1929, to John and Marcella Martin, their sixth of seven children. After graduating from Immaculate Conception Academy and after a brief time in Nursing School and working for the phone company, she married the love of her life, Bill Hiegel, also of Davenport, Iowa, on Sept. 3, 1949. The two had four boys: Bill Jr., Tony, Steve and Terry (deceased), and six grandchildren.

In 1960, with a work opportunity, the family moved to Palo Alto, Calif. There she lived with her husband until his passing in 2007. A year later she moved to Claremont, Calif., and enjoyed her life with her beloved dog, Flirti, and close neighbor, Laura Mc Dermott.

She is survived by her sisters, Virginia Barnard and Jeanne Fuller; and her brother, Bob Martin. She was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Docery, and brothers, Fr. John Martin and Don Martin.

Mary Nell (Applegate) Rogers

Mary Nell Rogers of Los Altos died Sept. 1 after a long illness.

Born Jan. 26, 1934, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, She studied electrical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduating, she worked for General Electric (GE) in New York and in 1955 married Robert Rogers, a fellow engineer from GE. Three years later she "retired" to raise a family and in 1961 the family moved west, settling in Los Altos.

In 1976 she returned to work as an engineer, joining Lockheed Missiles & Space. She also volunteered for the Girl Scouts and was an active member of the Society of Women Engineers, eventually holding high offices for both organizations and gaining national recognition as an advocate for women in science.

In 1981 she received her master's degree from Santa Clara University. Upon her second retirement, in 1998, she spent much of her time gardening; she also enjoyed puzzles and needlepoint. She is survived by her children, Bob Jr., Beverly, Beth and Molly; and four grandchildren.


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