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Publication Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Deaths Deaths (December 22, 2004)

Mary A. Aghabalian

Mary Aghabalian, a 51-year resident of Menlo Park, died Dec. 14 at Stanford Hospital. She was 85.

Born Jan. 4, 1919, in Long Beach, Calif., she attended the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She taught for nine years at the North Dakota and New Mexico schools for the deaf. She also worked as an assembly welder at Varian Inc. in Palo Alto for many years.

She was involved in the California Association of the Deaf, the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf and Deaf Senior Citizens. She enjoyed reading books, crocheting and bird watching while sitting on her porch in the sunshine.

She is survived by her son, Gary Aghabalian of Menlo Park; daughter, Karen Shumate; son-in-law, Kenny Shumate; and granddaughter, Megan Dula, all of North Wilkesboro, N.C.; and brother, Frank Sladek of Tucson, Ariz.

At her request, private services were held. Memorial donations can be made to the Deaf Senior Housing Project, P.O. Box 1923, Fremont, CA 94538.

Timothy Enos

Timothy Enos, professional actor, jazz singer, bassist, proofreader and 27-year resident of Palo Alto, died Oct. 21 of cancer. He was 63.

Born Feb. 8, 1941, in Plymouth, Ind., he grew up in nearby Mishawaka, and attended public schools there and in South Bend. He continued his education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago Downtown Center, and eventually Foothill College, where he studied music.

He made a radical career change in 1980, moving from rule-bound work as a proofreader at Stanford University Press to the ad-hoc life of a professional actor, jazz singer and bassist. He continued in his new career for 24 years, pleasing Peninsula audiences with his rich baritone voice and engaging presence. He also taught music, and his warmth and skill as a teacher are honored at the AHA! Center in Palo Alto, where the Timothy Enos Music Room is dedicated to him.

He began his career in proofreading in 1960 at the University of Chicago Press, leaving to move to Northern California in 1968, soon after his marriage to Erika Starczak of Chicago. The marriage ended in divorce 20 years later.

In 1970 he moved to Palo Alto and resumed academic proofreading at Stanford University Press. While still working there, he took part in early TheatreWorks productions, concentrating on Shakespearean roles including Prospero in "The Tempest" and on musical roles including the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz."

After he left the press, he continued musical stage work in the 1984-1987 satirical series "Palo Alto? That's a Laugh!" He provided the narration for orchestral performances of "Peter and the Wolf" in 1984 and 1988 and for the film thriller "Clownhouse," and his voice accompanied many Bay Area radio and television commercials as well as instructional shows, CDs and tapes.

In jazz, he sang and played electric or acoustic bass with local groups, including his duo with Palo Alto pianist Norm Copperman, and he taught voice and musicality as well as jazz improvisation.

He is survived by his daughter, Krista, of Moss Beach, Calif.; his son, Theo, of Palo Alto; his brother, Matthew, of Evanston, Ill.; his sister, Catherine Mandt, of Madison, Wis.; and his mother, Edith Boys Enos, of Plymouth, Ind.

Services have been held. The family suggests contributions in his name to KCSM public radio, KQED public radio, Peninsula Open Space Preserve, or the AHA! Center for Youth in the Arts in Palo Alto. Contributors may also contact Krista Enos ( to make a donation towards a memorial bench in his honor on San Mateo County Park land.

Phillip G. Scowcroft

Phillip G. Scowcroft, 79, a 37-year resident of Palo Alto, died Dec. 7.

He was born in Bloomfield, N.J. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked for 19 years as a design draftsman for Ampex, prior to retiring.

During his retirement, he continued to use his design skills for enjoyment as well as for public service. He dedicated his time to woodworking, crafting small trains and other toys with beautiful wood. He also worked to help protect local wildlife, along with his wife, through their long-time involvement with Wildlife Rescue. He was responsible for designing and building many of the cages at their facility on Middlefield Road.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marilyn Scowcroft of Palo Alto; and his two children, Claire Simony and Phillip Scowcroft, Jr. Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1150 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128.

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