Deaths
Publication Date: Wednesday Oct 30, 1996

Deaths

R. Eleanor Buenafe

R. Eleanor Buenafe, 96, a 39-year resident of Palo Alto, died Oct. 18. A native of Springfield, Ill., she worked as a milliner in New York and a PBX operator in Florida in the 1920s and 1930s. She studied science and math for a year at the University of Denver. She was a care-giver to several families throughout her life. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto since 1963 and volunteered visiting shut-ins. She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Walters from Rough and Ready. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.

Ernest "Ernie" Goldstein

Ernest "Ernie" Goldstein, 86, a resident of Palo Alto for six years, died Oct. 22 after a long illness. A native of New York City, he acted with the Harlem Suitcase Theater. He was a salesman for many years before working for the Internal Revenue Service. He enjoyed walking, reading and doing crossword puzzles. He is survived by his wife, Sara Goldstein of Palo Alto; two sons, Paul Goldstein of Palo Alto and Karl Goldstein of Berkeley; and two grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

Maurice Grossman

Maurice Grossman, M.D., 88, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and longtime Palo Alto psychiatrist in private practice, died Oct. 19 at Stanford University Hospital. A native of Philadelphia and a son of Jewish immigrant parents from Russia and Poland, he entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at age 16. He enrolled in the Jefferson Medical School three years later. He began his general practice during the Depression and moved to Palo Alto in 1939. He created the Occupational Therapy Department at the Menlo Park-Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital before leaving to serve in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II, during which time he trained in psychiatry. In 1952, he opened a private practice in psychiatry in Palo Alto. For many years, he was an outspoken advocate of doctor-patient confidentiality, testifying before several congressional hearings. He was a president of the Northern California Psychiatric Association and received the association's lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award in 1983. He is survived by three sons, Paul Grossman of Pasadena, Carl Grossman of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Roy Grossman, M.D., of Ecully, France; a daughter, Kaye Shackford of Incline Village, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Joanna Mackay Gurney

Joanna Mackay Gurney, 72, a 29-year Palo Alto resident, died Oct. 18 in her home after a long illness. A native of Warren, Penn., she studied at Oberlin College and the University of Rochester, earning a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in physiology. She served as a biochemist for the city of Jamestown, N.Y., and later became a licensed marriage and family counselor. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Bob Gurney of Palo Alto; three sons, Daniel Gurney of Sebastopol, David Gurney of Elk and James Gurney of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; two daughters, Martha Wood of Palo Alto and Ruth Gurney of Menlo Park; and six grandchildren. Services will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church at 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to a charity of choice.

Richard A. Litfin

Richard A. Litfin, 78, a Menlo Park resident, died Oct. 25. A native of The Dalles, Ore., he graduated from the University of Missouri in 1940 with a journalism degree. During World War II, he was a Navy Hellcat fighter pilot attached to the carrier Saratoga in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism under enemy fire. He worked as the Pacific Division manager for United Press International from 1956 to 1977 and later as the first senior vice president. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed the outdoors and played the piano. He is survived by two sons, Thomas R. Litfon of Berryville, Va., and Anthony P. Litfin of Englewood, Colo.; four daughters, Maria Eschen of Boise, Idaho, Mercedes Zingmark of Missoula, Mont., Regina Dibble of Woodacre and Angela Provenale of Fremont; and five grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Lucille Packard Children's Hospital or St. Denis Church Fund.

Barney Hepburn McClure

Barney Hepburn McClure, 76, a 24-year resident of Atherton and partner of a San Francisco advertising firm, died Oct. 22 at Stanford Hospital after a short illness. Born in Atlanta, he moved to the Bay Area at six weeks old. He graduated from Stanford University in 1942. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II and spent a year as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III in Germany. He spent 50 years in the advertising and produce marketing field, opening Evans and McClure in the 1980s. Through his company, he handled clients in five continents and 12 states, established the first promotion of Chilean and New Zealand produce and developed the first trade program for both the New Zealand and California kiwi fruit industries. He served as director of the Produce Marketing Association from 1977 to 1980 and received the Produce Marketer For All Seasons award from The Packer in 1994. He semiretired recently from his company, now named McClure and Tjerandsen of San Francisco. He is survived by his wife, Kacy McClure of Atherton; four daughters, Mary Anne Cunningham of Altadena, Peggy McClure of Portland, Ore., Beth Michaelson of San Rafeal and Kristi McClure of San Diego; two sons, Bill McClure of Menlo Park and Alex McClure of San Francisco; a sister, Marylou McClure Taylor of Menlo Park; and 11 grandchildren. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood, Save the Children Fund or St. Anthony's Dining Room.

John H. Nerney

John H. Nerney, 86, a former resident of Menlo Park and a singer with the West Bay Opera Company of Palo Alto, died Oct. 26 in Mountain View. A native of New York City, he sang with the West Bay Opera Company for 20 years and was a member of the Music Guild at Stanford University. He is survived by two daughters, Susan Schumann of Menlo Park and Jane Bottorf of Santa Rosa; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the family home. Contributions may be made to the John H. Nerney Music Scholarship at Stanford University, c/o Stanford Music Dept., Stanford, CA 94305.

Howard Miller Zeidler

Howard Miller Zeidler, 76, a former Palo Alto resident, died Oct. 20 in Kailua, Hawaii. A native of Eudora, Kan., he received a master's of science degree from Kansas State University and a master's degree from MIT. He worked for Harvard Radio Research Lab for several years before coming to Palo Alto in the 1946. He earned an electrical engineering degree from Stanford University and later worked on microwave instrument design at Hewlett Packard for five years. He worked as a computer circuit design and data security researcher at SRI International for 30 years. He moved to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, in 1990. He enjoyed aviation, wine making, amateur radio, sports, music and singing. He was a member of the Oahu Choral Society and the Rotary Club and was a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is survived by a niece and a nephew. Services have been held. Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation at 203 Willow St., Suite 201, San Francisco, CA 94109. 

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