Deaths

Publication Date: Wednesday Sep 1, 1999

Deaths

James Holland Dewson

James Holland Dewson, 65, a Stanford professor for 25 years, died August 6 of cancer. A native of New York City, he became a captain in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1955, and married Sue Robinson in Las Vegas a year later. He earned a doctorate in neurosciences from Stanford in 1961, and returned to Stanford as a professor and researcher after a three-year stint lecturing at Oxford University. His interests included fly fishing, photography, crossword puzzles and growing bonsai plants. He particularly enjoyed reading and the McKenzie River in Oregon, where he spent the last few years of his life. He was an elected member of the Acoustical Society and was an associate member and former secretary and treasurer of the McKenzie River Guides. Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Demong of Denver, Colo., Elizabeth Iskra of Junction City, Colo. and Leslie Levish of Lakewood, Colo.; a son, James Dewson IV of Portland, Ore.; and seven grandchildren. Services have been held. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of McKenzie-Willamette Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

Johannes Dianovich Claerbout

Johannes Dianovich Claerbout, 25, a lifelong resident of Stanford, died of a massive heart attack at his job in Mountain View August 20. The youngest of three boys, "Jos" was born in Mountain View and attended Nixon Elementary School, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Gunn High School and Pomona College. After graduating from Pomona with degrees in economics and religion, he became an engineer at WebTV in Mountain View. He taught himself Web design and computer engineering, and in his spare time, he loved to knit his trademark "toessel" hats, which he displayed on his Web site, www.toessel.com. He wrote screenplays and short stories and taught himself massage; he spoke Spanish, and had just started learning German when he died. He was also an amateur filmmaker, and recently filmed a Silicon Valley version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," set in office cubicles. He was a volunteer bike mechanic, worked with Habitat for Humanity, taught English in Ecuador, and traveled to Alaska twice to study Japanese and work on a fishing boat. "He fit into 25 years what most people don't do in several lifetimes," said Caryn Hubberman, a friend of the Claerbouts. Claerbout loved a good bargain; he often shopped at Ragtime, a local thrift store, and his older brother Andrew recalled that Jos often came home thrilled with his latest 29-cent shirt. Family members say Jos will be remembered for his enthusiasm and extraordinary good humor. "He had no inhibitions about living life as fully as he could, and he loved everyone he came in contact with," said his brother Andrew. "He knew all the cafeteria workers (at Pomona College) by their first names, and he probably knew what their grandmothers were like, too. Everything to him was amazing; everything in his life was superlative, and he wanted everyone else to experience life in that way." His father is a professor of geophysics at Stanford University. He is survived by his parents, Jon and Diane Claerbout of Stanford; and two brothers, Andrew Claerbout of Burlington, Vt. and Martin Claerbout of Maui, Hawaii. Services have been held. Donations may be sent to the American Heart Association or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Hazel Dutro

Hazel Dutro, 96, a 57-year resident of Palo Alto, died August 9 at her nursing home in Medford, Ore. Born in Oakland, she married in 1925 and owned a Santa Clara pharmacy for 15 years. In Palo Alto, she worked at Stanford University in student accounts for many years. She enjoyed gardening, painting, her Byron Street home and spending time with children. "Her biggest thing in life was that she didn't want to bother people," said her grandson Bill Easton, of Eagle Point, Ore. She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Santos of Florence, Ore.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Services have been held.

Lloyd H. Moore

Lloyd H. Moore, 80, a Menlo Park resident for 29 years, died August 25. He was born in East Liverpool, Ohio and worked as a sales manager for Spreckel Sugar Co. until his retirement in 1986. Family and friends remember him as a happy, energetic and perennially helpful man. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice Moore of Menlo Park. Services have been held.

Epigencia Orlino Oboza

Epigencia Orlino Oboza, 86, a resident of Palo Alto for 30 years, died August 24 in Los Altos. A native of the Philippine Islands, she was a homemaker and a member of the Bani California Association. She is survived by a daughter, Angeles Artates of Palo Alto; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services have been held.

Merry Free Osborn

Merry Free Osborn, 62, a Palo Alto resident for 40 years, died at her home August 18 after a brief illness. Born in Everett, Wash., she grew up in Redwood City and attended San Jose State University. In the mid-1960s she began her career in advertising, and went on to own and operate Osborn & Associates, an advertising and print production agency, before she moved into the field of college textbook publishing. Colleagues say they will remember her for her wit, her professionalism, her expertise and her distinctive voice. She is survived by her stepfather, William Au. Services have been held. Before her death, she asked that family and friends remember her through acts of kindness to each other rather through monetary donations.

Gail Wells Petty

Gail Wells Petty, 76, a Palo Alto resident for 53 years, died Aug. 17 after a brief illness. Born in Pocatello, Idaho, she and her husband Keith moved to Palo Alto in 1946. Petty was an active member and an organist in the Palo Alto First Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Keith Petty of Palo Alto; a sister, Anne Wells of Boise, Idaho; two daughters, Kaye Paugh of Palo Alto and Jane Taylor of Los Altos; two sons, Richard Petty of Hayward and Scott Petty of Salt Lake City; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations will support a scholarship fund to benefit the Palo Alto High School Choir. Contributions may be sent to the fund, c/o William F. Taylor, CPA, 724 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, Calif. 94025.

Jayne Stearns Rogerson

Jayne Stearns Rogerson, 89, a resident of Palo Alto for 47 years, died Aug. 19. Born in Jamestown, N.Y., she graduated in 1932 as a registered nurse from the W.C.A. Hospital in Jamestown. A year later she married. She combined a career as a nurse with continuous active participation in such organizations as the Ecumenical Hunger Project, Friends Outside, Santa Clara County Jail Chaplaincy, Urban Ministry and Migrant Ministry. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. She is survived by a sister, Charlotte Irvine, of Palo Alto; two daughters, Carolyn Culbreth, of Palmetto, Fla., and Phyllis Susan Bartlett of Los Altos; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations may be made to the Outreach Board of the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, Urban Ministry of Palo Alto, Ecumenical Hunger Project of East Palo Alto, or the charity of the donor's choice.

John Thomas Warner, Sr.

John Thomas Warner, 78, a resident of Menlo Park for 35 years, died at home August 24. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he served in the U.S. Army as an official World War II photographer. While stationed in Japan, he met Simone Gallois, the daughter of a French diplomat, and married her in Japan in the midst of World War II. When the war ended, the couple moved to New Jersey and later to California, where they lived in Glendale and Los Altos before settling in Menlo Park. Warner worked with the engineering departments of Lockheed and the Bechtel Corporation until he retired in 1982. He was a director of the Optical Society of Northern California and a member of the Palo Alto Elks Lodge for 18 years. For 43 years, he worshipped at St. Raymond's Church, and was also active in Sons in Retirement. He loved playing golf, traveling and volunteering at the Filoli Estate. Friends and family say they will remember his "bright blue eyes, mischievous smile and quick wit." He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Simone Warner of Menlo Park; three sons, John Warner, Jr. of Menlo Park, Edward Warner of Menlo Park, James Warner of Daly City and Thomas Warner of Menlo Park; one daughter, Mary-Rose Trujillo of Menlo Park; and four grandchildren. Services have been held. Contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.



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