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Publication Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Deaths Deaths (May 18, 2005)

Ellen Allen

Ellen Hoss Allen, 87, a longtime former resident of Menlo Park, died March 17 in Corvallis, Ore.

She was born Oct. 31, 1917, in San Francisco. She graduated from Sequoia Union High School in 1935. Her family moved to Menlo Park in 1922 and opened the Dutch Oven Bakery, which closed in the early 1930s. She later operated a restaurant for many years.

In 1935 her mother became an agent for Pacific Greyhound lines. Ellen christened one of the first air-conditioned buses the "City of Menlo Park." She enjoyed working in the tea room at the Allied Arts Guild for many years. She also worked for Greyhound in Redwood City for nine years. She met her future husband there in 1942. They were married in 1943 and later moved to Medford, Ore.

She is survived by three daughters, Sandra Allen of Corvallis, Ore., Sherrie Allen of Medford, Ore., and Janet Hacker of Jefferson, Ore.; a sister, Clara Campbell of Palo Alto; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Allen, her grandson, Jay Thomas Canning, and her brothers, Harold Hoss and Melvin Hoss.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454. Services were held April 9 in Medford, Ore.

Burt Avery

Burt Lewis Avery, 82, a longtime member of the Stanford community, died May 3.

The son of Harold and Elizabeth Avery, he was raised in Oakland with his sister, Betty Avery Snowden, and brother, Robert Avery. After University High, he entered Stanford's class of 1945, transferring to Cal's Navy V-12 program as a junior. He lettered in football, rugby and crew at Stanford, and in football and rugby at Cal. He was proud of his Block S and Big C cards side-by-side in his wallet.

As a deep-sea-diving officer in Okinawa his job was to clear Naha Harbor of sunken ships. He dove every day for two months carrying dynamite down to 40 feet in a diving suit weighing 200 pounds. The dynamite could only be placed by feel, as the water was dark and full of mud.

He attended Stanford Business School. In 1948 he built adobe homes in Tucson's Catalina Foothills. He married Marion Peterson in 1949. They returned to the Bay Area in 1950 where he worked as a sales engineer.

In 1960 he formed Avery Construction Company, building garden apartments in Santa Clara Valley. The company grew to 140 employees -- many who have worked loyally for decades operating the projects he retained, along with additional commercial real estate acquired.

He was a founder of the Housing Industry Foundation, which renovates shelters and supplies emergency grants to families whose housing is threatened by an unexpected medical or financial disaster. He was also a founder of the California Housing Council and Mountain View Council.

He was a member of Menlo Country Club, Bohemian Club, Palo Alto Club and Hal's Domino Club in Glenbrook, Nev. Fly-fishing on the Babine River in B.C. was a passion for 30 years.

In addition to his beloved wife "Pete," he is survived by his brother, Robert Avery of Walnut Creek; sons, Chris, Bruce, Brian, Matthew and Regan; daughters-in-law, Laurene, Tracey, Brenda and Kathy; and nine grandchildren.

Donations in his memory may be sent to Housing Industry Foundation Emergency Fund, 1845 S. Bascom Ave., The Annex, Campbell, CA 95008; or to a favorite charity.

Barbara B. Britton

Barbara B. Britton, 68, a 30-year employee of Stanford University, died May 6. Her husband and family were by her side.

She was born Sept. 27, 1936, in San Jose, Calif. She graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, class of 1954. She worked at Stanford University for 30 years and volunteered extensively in her community.

She helped many people with her years of blood donations. She touched the lives of many people with her positive spirit and unconditional love, and her message to the world was: "Don't let the turkeys get you down."

She is survived by her husband, Edgar; sister, Linda, and son, Steven; sister, Elizabeth, and husband, Michael; daughter, Cynthia, and husband, Michael; daughter, Christina, and husband, Patrick; former son-in-law, Donald Knotts Jr.; three grandchildren and two cats.

A private memorial gathering for close friends and family was held May 14. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marchetta "Kitty" Petty

Marchetta "Kitty" Petty, 79, a resident of Palo Alto and founder of the ADD/LD Institute, died May 7.

Born Sept. 29, 1926, in Tulsa, Okla., she obtained a bachelor's degree in secondary education from USC and attended Lincoln University Law School. She received a paralegal certificate in 1983.

She raised a son, Clint, and daughter, Lynette, as a single parent and became a professional volunteer after 55 years in management, with 25 years in Silicon Valley electronics. She traveled throughout the 13 western states for an international management education research and consulting corporation. She retired after 20 years in the legal profession, specializing in personal injury and civil litigation.

After her grandson, Nasim, was diagnosed with ADHD and learning differences, she studied these neurobiological syndromes and founded CHADD of Mid Peninsula (now Silicon Valley CHADD) from her home in Palo Alto in March 1992. Within two years she opened an office in Mountain View for what had become the largest CHADD chapter in the nation (out of 650 chapters) and the only one maintaining an office outside the home.

In 1995 she founded Kitty Petty ADD/LD Institute (KPI), a public nonprofit corporation, to provide additional services and programs to those dealing with ADD/LD. KPI was awarded a research grant of $150,000 form El Camino Hospital to administer an ADD diagnostic study.

A tireless worker, she regularly volunteered more than 80 hours a week since 1992 to publishing a quarterly newsletter, maintaining a fast-growing database of over 9,000 families for whom she provided services, and presenting an annual topical symposium, as well as a monthly adult discussion/sharing and speaking meetings and maintaining an ADD/LD lending library.

Having regularly appeared on TV and radio to increase public awareness of ADD and LD, she was contracted by Japan's Nippon TV Production Company to be their consultant in locating a suitable filming site for a documentary to reflect the positive side of ADHD among school children.

She is survived by her son, Clint, of Mountain View; and one grandson.

Services were held.

Jane Carle Strubbe

Jane Carle Strubbe, 80, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died April 29 after a long illness.

Born in the small town of Geneva, Ohio, she attended Graham Eckes Boarding School in Florida, where her parents wintered.

She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at Northwestern University, then married Jack Strubbe from Chicago. They moved to Palo Alto in 1953.

While raising five children, she returned to school and completed her master's degree in communications from San Francisco State in 1970.

Known for her curious, inquisitive nature, she traveled widely to Paris, Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, India, England, Israel and Spain.

She was active in the Stanford Committee for the arts and enjoyed volunteering, copyediting, reading, swimming and sleuthing for Ohlone Indian artifacts, and dining out.

She is survived by her son, Richard Strubbe and daughter-in-law, Susan Swain Strubbe, of Aptos; daughter, Janice Wittenberg and son-in law, John Wittenberg, of Aptos; son, John Strubbe and daughter-in-law, Cristen Carr Strubbe, of Simi Valley; daughter, Anne of Douglas City; son, Bill Strubbe of Oakland; and five grandchildren.

Services have been held. Donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal, c/o Outreach Fund, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Tom Sutherland

Tom Sutherland, 70, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died May 1 due to complications from Leukemia.

He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Penn., the son of Anne and Tom Sutherland. He attended Mt. Vernon Academy for high school, then Columbia Union College in Washington DC, where he received his undergraduate degree.

He served in the Army as a medic in Korea during the U.S. occupation. After college and military service, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a medical social worker at White Memorial Hospital.

He then moved to San Francisco where he worked for United Airlines and attended Hastings Law School. It was during this time that he met his wife, Carol, and began his teaching career. He taught grades third through eighth over a period of 29 years in the San Bruno Park School District, where he influenced and touched the lives of many young people.

He was always dedicated to improving the quality of public education and, to that end, received his master's degree in education from San Francisco Sate. He was a devoted family man and loved being involved in his children's activities, from coaching AYSO soccer to being involved in Little League and Babe Ruth baseball.

He had a tremendous sense of humor and everyone who knew him would attest to his subtle, dry and offbeat wit. His favorite and varied sources of inspiration included Monty Python, Calvin & Hobbs, Molly Ivins, New Yorker cartoons and The Simpsons.

He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and combined this with his love of photography, always creating dramatic slide shows of their adventures for family and friends. He also had a passion for music of all kinds, especially classical and jazz. His friends and family will always remember his love of reading and some probably still have one of the countless articles he would clip for them.

He enjoyed playing golf in retirement and took a number of trips with his golf class from Foothill College.

After his diagnosis of Leukemia, he received his treatment at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital. Always wanting to help further medical research, he participated in a clinical trial, during which time he was able to continue to enjoy life and much was learned about the experimental treatment.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carol; his son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Lynne; his daughter, Selene; five grandchildren and two cousins. A celebration of his life will be held Friday, May 20, at 5 p.m. at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital Chapel, Building 101. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for further research into secondary AML.

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