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Community Pulse - March 21, 2014


Susan Cox

Susan Simpson Cox, who grew up and lived in Palo Alto for many years, died on Feb. 19. She was 72.

She was born on March 22, 1941, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Jay Harrison and James Simpson. She was raised by her grandparents, Jerry and Odessa Harrison, in Palo Alto and graduated from Palo Alto Senior High School in 1959. In 1976, she received a bachelor's of science degree in economics/business administration from the then College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif.

In 1960, she married Walter James Cox, and they lived together in Pasadena, Calif. The couple relocated to Los Gatos in 1966, but they soon divorced. She moved back to Palo Alto in 1970.

She worked as a systems analyst for companies such as Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale and Crown- Zellerbach, a paper company in San Francisco. She moved to San Francisco in 2000 and retired two years later.

She enjoyed being active — playing tennis, running and riding a bicycle. Later in life, she tried out the sport of golf. She also explored the United States and particularly lingered in Hawaii and New York. Most recently she took a trip to New Orleans.

She is survived by her daughter Lezlee, son-in-law Julian and two grandchildren, Justin and Jaiden Ware — all of San Francisco.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her name to the Lions Club International Foundation — Sight Program. (

Paul Lucas

Paul Steven Lucas, who grew up in Palo Alto, died on March 6. He was 60.

He was born in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 1953. His father Leroy Lucas moved the family from Mississippi to Palo Alto. He graduated with honors from Gunn High School in 1971. He later graduated from University of California, Berkeley, in 1975 with honors, majoring in political Science and economics.

He worked in commodities from 1976 through 1994 and worked for various banks and on the floor at the Pacific Stock Exchange. He was a successful investment advisor at Merrill Lynch for more than a decade and held many titles in business and computer technology. He ended his career in the late '90s in order to travel and spend more time with his family.

He lived in both San Francisco and Oakland, frequently attending the Church of Christ in San Francisco. He loved reading and the outdoors.

He is survived by his mother Vera Smith Lucas; brothers Julian and Jeffrey Lucas; and sister Roi Diane Lucas Hall — who all reside in Oakland. He is also survived by three nephews, one niece, two great-nieces, one great-nephew and three great-great nephews, as well as by an aunt and many cousins.

A memorial service will be held on March 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the 13th Avenue Church, 1300 E. 24th St., in Oakland. Donations may be sent to the Epilepsy Foundation.

Peter Lucy

Peter Lucy, a psychiatrist and third-generation Palo Altan, died on March 13 in Mountain View after a two-year battle with colon cancer. He was 64.

He was born on March 11, 1950, and was raised in a house built in 1910 by his great-uncle on Homer Avenue in Palo Alto. Late in life, he intended to turn the home into the office of the Linda Haskell House, named for his late wife, which was to provide low-cost psychiatric care and help for battered women.

A graduate of Palo Alto High School (class of '68) and Stanford University, he went on to study at the New York University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1978. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Stanford in 1982, and later received a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Most recently, he resided in Los Altos for at least 20 years.

In 1992, his wife Linda Haskell was killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver; he was also critically injured. He later lectured before Mothers Against Drunk Driving and often spoke out against drunk driving.

He is survived by his partner Stacey Wolfe Adleson of Redwood City and friend Allen Podell of Palo Alto, who were by his side at his death. He is also survived by his goddaughters Phoenix Podell of Mountain View and Shani Podell of Menlo Park.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at the Circle of Oaks, Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Visitors are welcome from 1 to 3 p.m. at a private residence; email for information. Memorial donations can be made to Linda Haskell House, P.O. Box 1017, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Mae Washington

Mae Bell Washington, a longtime community member of East Palo Alto, died on March 3 at Stanford Hospital in Stanford, Calif. She was 85.

She was born on April 21, 1928, in Galveston, Texas. She lived in Texas before settling in East Palo Alto in 1968. Though she moved with her family to Mountain View in the late 1970s, she returned to live in East Palo Alto in the early 2000s. She worked at the Ravenswood City School District as a public elementary school teacher for 37 years, retiring at age 77.

She attended the Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Christ, regularly supporting the church's work beginning in the mid-1980s. She was a member of the California Teachers Association and recently joined the National Council of Negro Women. She also frequently attended events and visited with friends at the East Palo Alto Senior Center.

She is survived by her daughter Alice Josephine Washington of Sacramento, Calif.; her sister Ora Lee Carter of Texas City, Texas; niece Nicole D., also of Texas City; nephew Otto Carter, Jr., of Dickinson, Texas; and longtime friends Rosemary Steele of East Palo Alto and Dr. Charlie Knight.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 29, at 1 p.m. at the Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Christ, 835 Runnymede St., in East Palo Alto. The family requests flowers be sent to the church one day before the service. Memorial donations can be made to Alice J. Washington or the National Council of Negro Women Inc., 1625 O St., Apt. 106, Sacramento, CA 95814.


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