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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Deaths Deaths (February 23, 2005)

Rose Druker

Rose Druker, 94, a 13-year resident of Palo Alto, died Jan. 26.

She was born May 17, 1910, in Poland. She and her parents emigrated first to New York City and then to Iowa City, Iowa, where they were joined by her three brothers in 1921. She graduated from the University of Iowa, where she met her husband, Harry Druker, who was then a law student. They were married in 1933 and moved to Marshalltown, Iowa, where her husband began his practice of law.

She was keenly interested in education and served as a member of the Marshalltown School Board for 12 years in the 1960s and '70s. In addition, she served on the Iowa State Board of Education for four years.

She was active in numerous organizations including the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, Hadassah, the Sisterhood of the Sons of Israel Synagogue, the Human Rights Commission of Marshalltown, and numerous Parent Teacher Associations in the Marshalltown schools. She held leadership positions in several of these organizations.

She and her husband believed in helping the underprivileged and were generous supporters of many philanthropic causes. They established a Marshalltown Community College scholarship and were also generous donors to the Marshalltown Public Library. She will be remembered for her love of people, her warmth, her kindness, and her wisdom. Her genuine interest in people drew others to her. A loving wife and mother, she loved to cook and entertain.

She is survived by a son, David Druker of Los Altos Hills; two daughters, Hannah Heyle of New York City and Leah Reider of Palo Alto; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial college scholarship fund has been established for students at Marshalltown High School. Contributions may be sent to the Marshalltown Community School District Foundation, 317 Columbus Drive, Marshalltown, IA 50158.

Peg Gunn

Peg Lawrence Gunn, 87, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and the city's first female mayor, died Feb. 13.

Born Sept. 21, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she attended Notre Dame Academy, a private girls school, and Notre Dame College for Women in Staten Island, N.Y., where she earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1938.

She married Jack Gunn in 1942, and together they raised three children: Richard, Moira and Margaret. After moving to Menlo Park in 1959, they became active in the Church of the Nativity where she served as president of the Nativity Women's Club, among other community endeavors. One example of her efforts was the founding of CPJW, a coalition of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish women who together purchased a home in East Palo Alto to create a full-time daycare and job-training center for underprivileged women returning to the workforce.

As her children matured, she began a career at SRI International in purchasing. Then she added a new love: politics. She ran five campaigns and never lost an election. She served on the Menlo Park City Council from 1980 through 1988. She served two terms as mayor of Menlo Park, in 1981-1982 and 1983-1984. One of her proudest achievements was the development of the transportation center at the Menlo Park train station and the installation of its landmark clock tower.

She went on to be elected repeatedly to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board, her tenure marked by a $6.8 million upgrade to its seven stations, substantial improvements in paramedic services and a notable affirmative action program. She also served on the San Mateo County Transportation Advisory Board.

She is survived by her three children, Richard Gunn of Kentfield, Calif., Moira Gunn, and Margaret Gunn of San Francisco; six grandsons; a daughter-in-law, Kim O'Hare of Kentfield; and a son-in-law, Stuart Lerner of San Francisco.

Clara McFarland

Clara Minadale McFarland, 90, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died Feb. 11.

Born and reared in Annapolis, Md., she was one of 14 children. Her mother was a housewife and father a police boat captain and waterman.

When she was 11 her mother died, and she went to live with her older sister and brother-in-law in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she learned to surf and dance the hula. She also learned classical piano there.

Her adventures in Hawaii included taking photos as Mt. Kiluaea erupted, forcing the guards to pull her off, and running up to President Roosevelt's car while he was visiting the island.

After graduating from secretarial school she went to work at the Pentagon. She moved to Menlo Park in 1947 and met and married Robert E. McFarland in 1948. They were married for 56 years. She and her husband reared four children: Marilyn, Nancy, Kenneth and Robert, Jr.

She was known for her sense of humor and hospitality. Family members recall that she pulled out all the stops for holidays and special occasions. She enjoyed playing the piano and was a wonderful cook, introducing seafood recipes from her native Chesapeake Bay.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth McFarland of Liberty Lake, Wash.; daughter, Marilyn McFarland of Menlo Park; daughter, Nancy Mouser of Menlo Park; one grandson and one great-grandson.

Private services were held. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society.

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