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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Deaths Deaths (June 23, 2004)

Constance I. Poerio

Constance I. Poerio, 64, a longtime resident of Los Altos, died May 20.

A native of Oakland, she grew up in Pleasant Hill. In 1959 she married Joseph J. Poerio of Palo Alto, whom she met while babysitting at his father's bowling alley. The couple moved to Los Altos in 1960.

She worked as an office manager at Creative Publications in Palo Alto. She read extensively and also enjoyed knitting baby blankets for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Poerio of Los Altos; daughter, Regina Poerio of Los Altos; son, Richard Poerio of Gold River, Calif.; brothers, Larry Rossi of Martinez and Richard Rossi of Pleasant Hill; sister, Patricia Rossi of Pacheco; and two grandchildren.

Services were held. Donations in her memory may be made to the Silicon Valley branch of the American Cancer Society.
William E. Spicer

Dr. William E. Spicer, 74, of Stanford University, died June 6 in London.

Born in Baton Rouge, La., he attended the College of William & Mary. He graduated at age 19 with a bachelor's degree in physics and the honor of Phi Beta Kappa. He received an degree from MIT in 1951 and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1955. He received an honorary degree from Linkoping University in Sweden in 1975.

A professor of electricaleEngineering at Stanford University, his work brought many awards. The American Physical Society Buckley Award in 1980, R&D Magazine's Scientist of the Year in 1981 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Lifetime Mentor Award in 2000 are just a few of his achievements.

Between 1982 and 1997 he was recognized as one of the 50 most cited authors. There was a lot to choose from -- he has more than 700 publications to his credit.

In his spare time, he loved playing tennis and developing his expertise on postal and military history. His thousands of books reflect these, as well as his many other interests.

He will be remembered not only as an educator, but also as a father.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Spicer of Stanford; daughters, Sally Spicer of Mountain View and Jakki Spicer of Minneapolis, Minn.; and two grandchildren. Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William E. Spicer Endowment, University of Missouri-Columbia, 109 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211.
Sheila M. Tyson

Sheila M. Tyson, 93, a 51-year resident of Palo Alto, died June 3 after a lengthy illness.

Born in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, she moved to Winnepeg, Manitoba, at the age of 2. She married Leslie M. Tyson and the couple lived in British Columbia before moving to Palo Alto in 1953.

She worked as an office manager for two Palo Alto oral surgeons before retiring in 1971.

She and her husband loved traveling throughout North America and, especially after retiring, around the world. She was known for her exceptional memory and ability to share the family history. She also enjoyed bingo, knitting for her family, supporting various charities and doing crossword puzzles (in ink only).

She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and a loyal friend.

She is survived by a daughter, Bette-Jane Ferandin and son-in-law, John Ferandin, of Palo Alto; daughter, Barbara Knowles of Hollister; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services were held. Remembrances in her name may be made to a hospice or charity of the donor's choice.

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