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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Deaths Deaths (August 25, 2004)

Jacobo Bulaevsky

Jacobo S. Bulaevsky, 48, a 25-year resident of Palo Alto, died Aug. 13.

Born Dec. 28, 1955, in Mexico City, he graduated with a master's degree in engineering from Stanford University.

He worked at Teradyne Corporation for more than 20 years. He volunteered for the Palo Alto Unified School District for many years, working for the Homework Hotline, which is a program that allows teachers to post homework on the Internet. It was implemented by the middle schools and used by more than 100 teachers, 1,500 students and parents.

He also helped develop the eNews lists so that parents at all 17 schools could receive weekly e-mails updating them about school and community events. He received the Honorary Service Award from the Palo Alto Council of PTAs in 2003. The award was given to him because of his contribution to the whole school community in the area of technology.

His passion in life was education. He strongly believed in access for everyone without economic remuneration. He created a free educational Web site with numerous lessons in math and science ( The Web site became very successful and received prizes from the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics, the Math forum, the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, Learning in Motion, ENC Digital Dozen and Science U.

The Web site is accessed by thousands of people from all over the world on a regular basis and is used as an educational tool in many classrooms.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Emi; two sons, Alejandro and Daniel; his parents and three sisters. Services have been held.

Richard Cabrera

Richard Manuel Cabrera, 37, a Palo Alto native, died Aug. 10. The cause of death is still unknown.

He was a Palo Alto and San Jose resident. He loved music and animals.

He is survived by his father, Richard M. Cabrera; brother, John E. Cabrera; two aunts, an uncle and a great-uncle.

A memorial service was held Aug. 17 at the Oak Hill Funeral Home's Chapel of Roses, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose. The family requests donations be made to Community Solutions, P.O. Box 546, Morgan Hill, CA 95038-0546.

Joel Henry Ferziger

Joel Henry Ferziger, 67, a longtime Palo Alto resident and professor at Stanford University, died Aug. 16 from pancreatic cancer.

Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1937, he had a strong interest in the sciences, especially chemistry. He began college at the age of 16 at the Cooper Union, receiving his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1957. He then studied nuclear engineering at the University of Michigan as a National Science Foundation Fellow, and there he received his master's degree in 1959 and his PhD in 1962.

He became a member of the Stanford University faculty in 1961 at the age of 24. He described his career at Stanford as his "dream job" and one in which he could "make a nice salary for having a good time and doing work of one's own choosing."

At Stanford, he was known for his pioneering work in developing computer simulations to model complex turbulent flows. This work contributed greatly to the engineering community's ability to design more efficient, quieter and environmentally benign gas turbine engines for aircraft. He also developed complex models for large-scale geophysical and environmental flows, which provide the ability to predict the transport of important elements within oceans and estuaries.

He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career. He was a Fulbright Fellow in the Netherlands, a visiting professor at Queen Mary College in London and a recipient of both the Alexander von Humboldt Award and a Max Planck Research Prize. He was a regular speaker at engineering conferences throughout the world.

He was also known for his passions for gourmet cooking and wine; he put both of these interests to use in hosting frequent gatherings for his students, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Eva; his children Ruth Ferziger of San Jose, Shoshanah and Collin Cohen of Menlo Park, and Susan and Tom Kramer of San Francisco; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his honor be made to any one of the following organizations: The American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross and the Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto.

Berniece V. Hunter

Berniece V. Hunter, 83, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Aug. 17 at Stanford Hospital.

She was born in Potter, Neb. She helped husband Raymond Hunter run the S.O.S Market and Ray's Red & White. She was a member of Eastern Star and active with Cub Scout Pack #48. She worked for the local school district at both Jordan middle school and Cubberley elementary school.

She is survived by her two sons, Jan Hunter and Randy Hunter, both of Palo Alto; and two grandchildren.

Private services were held with burial back in her hometown at Potter Cemetery in Nebraska. Arrangements under the direction of Roller Hapgood & Tinney, Palo Alto.

Katsuko Ichiki

Katsuko Ichiki, a 30-year secretary with the Palo Alto Unified School District, died Aug. 12.

She was active in ballroom dancing and was an active grandmother. She had been residing in Fresno at the time of her death.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen Ichiki; daughters, Joani Ichiki and Carol Mori; sons, Irwin Ichiki and David Ichiki; three grandchildren and two sisters.

Private services have been held.

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