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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Deaths Deaths (March 03, 2004)

Kathryn Ives Hammond

Kathryn Ives Hammond, 76, a Los Altos Hills resident, died Feb. 15 after a fight with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Born Feb. 11, 1928 in Springfield, Mo., her family moved to Pittsburg, Kan., in 1930, where she grew up with three brothers and a sister. She graduated from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., with a bachelor's degree in education. She later received a master's degree in education from New Mexico State University.

After a year teaching elementary school in Kremling, Colo., she married her college sweetheart, Richard Ives, who had just returned from service as an Air Force pilot in World War II.

She continued to teach in Fort Collins, Colo., before the couple moved to Chicago. There she worked in client relations for AT&T. When her husband was hired as the head of research and development at Midland Crystal Company in Kansas City, she returned to the classroom. Eventually they moved to Farmington, N.M., where she taught sixth grade for more than 20 years.

In 1998 she married Donald Hammond, a colleague and partner of her late husband. She moved to Los Alto Hills and joined the Wesley Methodist Church in Palo Alto.

She will be remembered as a woman who loved to sing and play the piano. She also loved nature and was an enthusiastic skier and mountain climber. She will also be remembered as a woman of great patience who guided young people in her life with understanding, encouragement and friendship.

She is survived by her husband, Don Hammond; her brother, Richard Slinkman, and sister-in-law, Jean Slinkman, of Bemidji, Minn.; sister, Francis Slinkman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son, Jonathan Ives, and wife, Vicki Ives, of Farmington, N.M.; daughter, Kristine Ives of Seattle; stepchildren, Debora Hammond, Kathryn Bers, Carol Thompson, Nancy Anderson and Paul Hammond; 10 nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, please forward donations to the Youth Room of Wesley or the ALS Association, Bay Area Chapter, 140 Geary St., 4th Floor, San Francisco, Calif., 94108.
Beatrice Johnson

Beatrice (Bea) Rashleigh Johnson, 95, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Feb. 13.

She was born in 1908 in Calumet, Mich. Her father emigrated from Cornwall, England, to work in the mines of northern Michigan.

She was an avid student and received a bachelor's degree in education from Northern State College. She went on to teach at the high school in Ironwood, Mich. There she met her husband-to-be, Reynold B. Johnson, who was teaching science at the same school. Reynold invented a "test scoring machine" which used the conductivity of pencil lead to record and score students' answers to test questions.

It was her article in the local paper about this invention that was picked up by a traveling IBM salesman and was brought ultimately to the attention of Tom Watson, the founder of IBM. On the strength of this invention, IBM hired Reynold, and the couple moved to Binghamton, N.Y. During this period, she pursued and received a master's degree from Cornell University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

In 1952, she and Rey moved to Palo Alto where Reynold opened the first IBM research laboratory on the West Coast in San Jose. She raised the family in Palo Alto and traveled extensively with Reynold. They were active supporters of the First Congregational Church in Palo Alto.

She and Ryenold remained active and independent throughout their lives. She was an avid golfer. The couple were members of the Sharon Heights Country Club and, earlier, the Los Altos Country Club.

After Reynold passed away in 1998, she remained in her home in Palo Alto until she suffered a stroke in late 2002. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Sharon Heights Rehabilitation Hospital in Menlo Park. She will be interred with her husband in Alta Mesa Memorial Park.

She is survived by a sister, Eleanor; two sons, David and Philip, both of Washington, DC; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband and a daughter, Karen, preceded her in death.

A memorial service has been held. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Peninsula Stroke Association, 3801 Miranda Ave., Building 6, Room A-162, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Helen LaPiere

Helen Halderman LaPiere, 92, a longtime resident of Stanford, died Feb. 9.

Originally from San Francisco, she received a bachelor's degree with distinction in psychology from Stanford University in 1931.

After her marriage in 1934 to the late Richard LaPiere, professor of sociology at Stanford, she worked closely with her husband helping to edit his books and traveling with him to the Stanford overseas campuses in England, Germany and Florence. They traveled widely in Europe and Asia, and at their campus home hosted scholars they met during their travels.

She volunteered first with the American Red Cross as a "Grey Lady," then for many years as a senior auxiliary for the Children's Hospital at Stanford in the organization's fundraising activities. She will be missed by her many friends.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Children's Hospital at Stanford.
John Nichols

John Nichols, 89, a 50-year resident of Palo Alto, died Feb. 5.

He was born and raised in Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Boston University. He was a lieutenant in World War II. He saw duty on a ship in the battle of Iwo Gima and the Pacific. His hobbies included sports and genealogy.

He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Nichols of Palo Alto. His wife, Muriel Grace Lurvey Nichols, preceded him in death in 2002.

A private memorial service was held in his honor. Donations in his memory may be made to Pathways Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 94040. Burial was held at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. Arrangements made by Roller, Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home in Palo Alto.

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