Obituaries - January/February 2001

Faculty and Staff

Robert Bruce Loper, of Seattle, July 7, at 75, of heart failure. An actor and director, he earned a PhD in Elizabethan literature as a Fulbright scholar at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He joined Stanford's faculty in 1953, headed the drama department from 1963 to 1968 and founded the Stanford Repertory Theatre. He was a faculty member at the U. of Washington School of Drama from 1968 until his retirement in 1990 and is credited with helping to make Seattle one of the top five "theater towns" in the United States during the '70s and '80s. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Shirley; two sons, Bill and Matthew; one grandchild; and his brother, William.

Clifford Ernest Schink, '26, MBA '28, of Palo Alto, August 9, at 97. He was the chief financial officer of California and Hawaiian Sugar Corp. for 35 years and served as a consulting professor at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. His wife of 69 years, Esther, and his son, Peter, '58, died in 1999. Survivors: his daughter, Mary; two sons, David, '59, and Christopher, '59; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Charles K. Clark, '28, Engr. '29, of Savannah, Ga., May 5. He was a retired research chemist.

Homer Theodore Craig Jr., '29, of Alameda, Calif., August 31, at 92. A member of Chi Psi and the soccer team, he majored in psychology. After graduating in 1931 from Harvard Business School, he served as business manager at Mills College in Oakland and then operated his own management consulting company for 40 years, retiring in 1979. His first wife, Nancy, predeceased him. Survivors: his wife, Shirley; two sons, Homer III and Rodney; his daughter, Julie Schadlich; two stepsons, Italo and Michael Calpestri; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Robert Sutton Sweeney, '29, of Pasadena, Calif., August 24, at 92. A member of the softball team and Phi Kappa Sigma, he majored in economics and became a certified public accountant. His brother, Stender, '22, predeceased him. Survivors: his wife of 61 years, Veronica; three daughters, Maureen Norgaard, '70, Kathleen Whiting and Sharon, MA '76; three sons, John, '68, JD '72, MBA '72, Robert Jr., '74, and Mark, '76; and four grandchildren.


J. Stanley Mullin, '30, of Los Angeles, July 24, at 93. He was an economics major and a member of Alpha Delta Tau. He competed in the 1932 Olympic equestrian trials and was a member of the organizing committee for the 1960 Winter Games. During World War II, he served as a Navy lieutenant. A founding partner of the law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, he served as president of the Chancery Club and trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Survivors: two daughters, Patricia Jakle, '69, and Caitlin; two sons, Michael and J. Stanley Jr.; and seven grandchildren.

Elizabeth Woodyatt Nichols, '30, of Palo Alto, August 11, at 92. She majored in English and taught at the Peninsula School from 1931 until her retirement in 1997. Her husband, Ford, '31, predeceased her. Survivors: her son, William, '56, MBA '58, and his wife, Rosemary, '51; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Max Grafner Kolliner, '31, of Los Angeles, June 27, at 89. A freshman at 16, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi. After graduating in economics, he served as a naval officer during World War II. He was a partner in the law firm of Nicholas, Kolliner and Van Tassel and, for 20 years, a recording volunteer for the Braille Institute. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Marjorie; his daughter, Nancy; his son, Peter; and two grandchildren.

Frederick C. Dockweiler, '32, of Los Angeles, August 1, at 91. After earning his degree in economics, he served in the Army during World War II and then joined his father's law firm. He continued practicing law until last year and was active in supporting Catholic charities and organizations throughout Southern California.

Jean Frances Carson Challman, '33, of Edina, Minn., August 14, at 88, of a stroke. She was a member of the softball team and Pi Beta Phi. After earning her bachelor's degree in psychology, she received her master's in social services from Ohio State U. At 50, she earned a second master's degree, in library science, from the U. of Minnesota. She then worked as a librarian until her retirement at 65. From 1998 until her death, she served as Stanford's correspondent for the Class of '33. Her husband, Robert, predeceased her. Survivors: her son, Jerry; her daughter, Martha Mayer; two granddaughters; four step-grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Richard I. Philippi, '34, of Downey, Calif., March 1, at 89. He majored in history and earned part of his tuition by painting signs and designing many of the mascot stickers placed around campus on football game days. He spent more than 40 years as an owner of Couch & Philippi Inc., a sign manufacturing business. His two brothers, Robert, '28, and Vincent, '32, predeceased him. Survivors: his son, Richard; his daughter, Sara Jane Bettge; and four grandchildren.

Don Ettlinger, '35, of Pomona, N.Y., August 7, at 82. He was a writer for radio, film, television and theater. During World War II, he served in the Army, where he made training films. Survivors include his wife.

John E. Cahill Sr., '36, of San Rafael, Calif., September 23, at 85, of Parkinson's disease. A member of Phi Psi, he majored in engineering. He served with the Navy Seabees during World War II and later became president of the family-owned firm Cahill Construction, which built a number of San Francisco landmarks, including St. Mary's Cathedral. He is credited with the first ascent of one of the Sierra Nevada Minaret peaks. Survivors: his wife, Helen; three sons, John Jr., '65, Gerald, '66, MBA '68, and Edward, '74, MS '75; his daughter, Ann Fidanque, '71, and her husband, David, '71; 12 grandchildren, including John, '97, Brandon, '02, and Kimberly, '03; and two brothers, Richard, '42, and J. Peter, '46.

Samuel Doughty "Tony" Cockins, '36, of Cambria, Calif., August 17, at 85. A member of Phi Kappa Psi and the gymnastics team, he majored in psychology. During World War II, he served as a captain in the Army. He worked as a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles city school district for 26 years and helped plan the first Special Olympics. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Ruth; three children; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

John Branner Fowler, '36, of Santa Monica, Calif., July 20, at 88, of atherosclerosis. Grandson of Stanford's second president, John C. Branner, he was a member of Delta Upsilon and majored in engineering. He served with the Navy Seabees during World War II and retired to Santa Monica after a lifelong career as a drilling contractor in the oil fields of California, Libya, Iran and Indonesia. His wife, Mary Elizabeth, '37, predeceased him. Survivors: his daughter, Susan; his son, William; and five grandchildren.

Mary Blanchard Edwards Thorne-Thomsen, '36, of Santa Barbara, Calif., September 1, at 88. She majored in English and taught for 10 years in Lake Forest, Ill., then moved to Juneau, Alaska, where she taught in the state prison, earning an Honorary Inmate award. In recent years, she volunteered as a fifth- and sixth-grade reading and writing assistant in Santa Barbara. Her husband, Leif, and her son, Carl, predeceased her. Survivors: three sons, Leif, John and Roger; her daughter, Ruth Metzker; nine grandchildren; and her brother, John.

Louis Bryce Boyer, '37, MD '42, of Walnut Creek, Calif., August 9, at 84. A psychoanalyst, he was known for advancing the concept of countertransference, the idea that analysts may experience reactions to their patients that reflect their own emotions. He lectured throughout South America and Europe and founded a residential psychoanalytic treatment center in San Rafael, Calif. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, '40.

George Marshall Dill Jr., '37, MA '40, of San Francisco, September 5, at 84, of complications from a stroke. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa in economics and receiving his master's in history, he served in the Navy during World War II. He completed his Harvard PhD in 1949, taught at a number of universities, including Stanford, and authored several historical texts. His wife, Pamela Frankau, and his son, Anthony, predeceased him.

Alec MacKenzie, '37, MD '42, of Menlo Park, August 7, at 73, of cancer. He was a member of Alpha Delta Tau and the soccer team and served in the Navy Medical Corps during World War II. He began working at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in 1950. Survivors: his wife, Miriam, '38; his daughter, Alexandra Standing, '68; five sons, David, James, William, Duncan and Donald; eight grandchildren; and his brother, David, '40.

Richard H. Riddell, '38, of Seattle, May 29, at 83. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in economics, he earned a law degree from Harvard. He served in the Air Force for four years during World War II, attaining the rank of major. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association. Survivors: his wife, Dolores; four daughters, Dorothea Alleyne, Katie Reeves, Caren Gloyd and Wendy; five sons, Bill Gloyd, Steve Gloyd, Robert Gloyd, Tom Gloyd and Mark; and 13 grandchildren.

Patricia Oliver Fay Woods, '38, of San Francisco, September 6, at 84, after a short illness. She started a nursery school in San Diego County during World War II and moved to San Francisco in the '60s, opening an antique shop and

earning her real estate license. Her second husband, Gordon Guiberson, predeceased her. Survivors: three daughters, Wendy Luers, '61, Cynthia and Susan; her son, Ward Jr., '64; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her brother, Paul, '41; and her sister, Nancy Barry.

Marion Isabelle Gerrard Ross, '39, of Evanston, Ill., April 15, at 82, of respiratory complications. She devoted most of her life to the development of her family's steel strapping and packaging business. She was predeceased by her brother, John, '37. Survivors: her daughter, Susan; and her sister, Elizabeth Blackwelder, '39.

Robert S. Stevens, '39, LLB '42, of Los Angeles, September 9, at 84, after a brief illness. He transferred to Stanford from the U. of Utah and majored in history. He practiced law in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, spent 16 years in the state legislature and served for eight years as a superior court judge. For many years, he was president of the Mormon Choir of Southern California. Survivors: his wife, Marjorie; two sons, Thomas and Gary; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Betty Jean "BeeJay" Montgomery Bennett, '41, of San Marino, Calif., August 17, at 82. She majored in education and was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Survivors: her husband of 59 years, Walter, '40; two sons, Harold and Craig; her daughter, Laurie Ellestad; and 10 grandchildren.

Janice Himmelwright Henderson, '41, of Portland, Ore., July 20, at 80, of lung cancer. She was a Spanish major and a member of Delta Gamma. During World War II, she did clerical work for the Navy. When her five children were grown, she pursued a career in freelance writing. She was active in volunteer work until shortly before her death. Survivors: her husband of 47 years, George; four daughters, Donna, Bonnie, Heather and Darcy; her son, Randall; three grandchildren; and her brother, Jack.

Paul Henry Mussen, '42, MA '43, of Berkeley, July 7, at 78, of prostate cancer. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. After earning a PhD in psychology at Yale, he taught at UC-Berkeley from 1956 to 1986. A widely published writer, he was the principal author of Child Development and Personality, which became the standard in child psychology for 30 years. He was one of the first Americans to teach in China after the Cultural Revolution. Survivors: his wife of 46 years, Ethel; his daughter, Michele; his son, Jim; one grandson; and his brother, Irwin.

John David Paul La Plante, '44, MS '47, PhD '65, of Palo Alto, August 12, at 78, of cancer. During World War II, he served in the Army as a Chinese translator. He was appointed curator of Asian art at the Stanford Museum in 1949 and was a founding member of the Committee for Art at Stanford. He received Stanford's first PhD in Oriental art history and taught in the art department for 40 years until his 1993 retirement. Survivors include his sister, Ramona.

Willard Rothermel Bell, '45, of Pasadena, Calif., July 1, at 77, of complications following thoracic surgery. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics after serving in the Navy during World War II. He remained involved with Stanford throughout his career in engineering and electronics; in 1987, he endowed the engineering professorship first held by President John Hennessy. Survivors: his wife of 55 years, Inez, '46; three sons, Charles, Sam and Willard III; two daughters, Nancy Rosalie and Teresa Payton, '72; and 12 grandchildren.

Douglas Edgar Dearden, '45, of Pasadena, Calif., August 9, at 78. He spent all 50 years of his working career at Dearden's, the retail business founded by his father, eventually becoming CEO. He was active in several charitable organizations, including the Dearden college scholarship program for Spanish-speaking students. Survivors: three daughters, Christine Miller, Kathleen Nielsen and Gail Ann; four grandchildren; and his companion, Mary Ann Darby.

Walter Carl Brune Jr., '46, MBA '49, of Menlo Park, August 6, at 76. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and majored in economics. After serving as a Marine Corps officer during World War II, he spent 30 years as an executive with Pacific Gas & Electric. He remained active in University life, serving as co-chair of the Class of '46 for 50 years and corresponding secretary of the MBA Class of '49 for more than 25 years. His wife of 43 years, Mary Lou, predeceased him. Survivors: three sons, Peter, Philip and Michael; and three grandchildren.

Bruce Eugene Haight, '46, MBA '51, of Vista, Calif. He majored in chemistry and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. Survivors include his daughter, Nancy, and two sons.

Carl Bruce Mason, '47, MD '53, of Palo Alto, September 21, at 76. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and the soccer team. A general and thoracic surgeon, he helped perform Hawaii's first open-heart surgery and served as chief surgeon at the Queen's Medical Center. He also taught at the U. of Hawaii Medical School and was a founding member of the American Trauma Society. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Jean, '48; his son, Michael; two daughters, Jeanne Chasey and Lynn Haia; and six grandchildren.

Barbara Jeanne Taggart Winner, '47, MA '50, of Boulder Creek, Calif., August 1, after a long illness. She earned her bachelor's degree in graphic arts and her master's in art. Survivors include her husband, William.

Cathryn Ann "Katy" Owen Geissert, '48, of Torrance, Calif., July 21, at 73, of lung cancer. A communication major, she was a member of the softball team and Cap and Gown. She was a community activist who served on the Torrance City Council for 12 years and then became Torrance's first female mayor. Known as "Mother Mayor," she twice ran unopposed and served from 1986 to 1994. Survivors: her husband, Bill, '48; three sons, William Jr., Jack and Douglas; two daughters, Holly Bradley and Ann Cyran; and 10 grandchildren.

Jane Keith Putnam Hood, '49, of Redding, Calif., March 6, at 72, of lung cancer. An education major, she worked as an elementary school teacher in San Francisco and later as a flight attendant for Pan Am. Survivors: her husband, Robert, MBA '48; her son, Bristow; two daughters, Cameron McCandless and Claudia Briden Berker; four grandchildren; her brother, Scott; and her sister, Marta Willis.

Byron Stevens "Steve" Phillips, '49, of Temple City, Calif., June 5, at 75, of a heart attack. A communication major, he served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II. Survivors: his wife, Nell, '49; his son, Scott; two daughters, Robin McCarthy and Tracey; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his sister, Arden Schmidt.

Ross G. Redeker, '49, of Cupertino. He was an electrical engineering major and a member of the Stanford Band. Survivors include his wife, Nina, and four daughters.


Richard William Abbe, '50, of Santa Barbara, Calif., September 4, at 74, of an aneurysm. During World War II, he served as a tail gunner in the Navy and then earned his Stanford political science degree. He was an elected district attorney and, later, a judge, retiring after eight years on the California Court of Appeal. Survivors: his wife of 47 years, Pauline; four daughters, Sally Osborn, Martha Salzman, Jenny and Jessica; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Patience, Linda and Tilly; and his brother, John.

Dan Lee Dennis, '50, of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., July 28, at 77. An electrical engineering major, he worked in the electronics division of Northrop Corp. for 35 years. Survivors: his wife, Lorraine; his daughter, Kathleen Sullivan; two sons, Steven and David; two grandchildren; and his sister, Nancy Durham.

Clayton R. Janssen, '50, JD '51, of Eureka, Calif., July 22, at 74. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and the softball team. He was a partner in the law firm Janssen, Malloy, Needham, Morrison & Reinholtsen. Survivors include his wife, Ardene, '53.

Robert Kreutzmann, '50, of Palo Alto, August 15, at 74, of Alzheimer's disease. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II before earning his degree in communication. He owned a Palo Alto stationery store with his brother, Bill, and later sold insurance until retiring in 1989. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Joan; two daughters, Carole Main and Gail Winter; four grandchildren; and his brother, Henry.

Mary Elizabeth Kraft Leydecker, '50, of San Rafael, Calif., September 6, at 71, of cancer. She wrote for the Daily and was a member of Cap and Gown. While at Stanford, she joined the Marine Corps Reserves and earned the rank of second lieutenant. She worked for 24 years as an award-winning reporter for the Independent Journal in Marin Cunty and owned an antique shop in San Anselmo. Survivors: her daughter, Caroline Alioto; her son, John; three grandchildren; and her former husband, Byron, '50.

Norman Albert Miller, '50, of Tuxedo Park, N.J., at 73. He majored in history and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He earned an MBA from NYU and spent most of his career working for the Grumman Corp. Survivors include his wife, Adelaide, '50.

Jack Ryersen, '50, LLB '50, of Santa Rosa, Calif., August 20, at 75. He served as an ensign in the Navy during World War II and afterward used the GI Bill to study at UC-Berkeley and Stanford, where he played on the softball team. He was elected mayor of Santa Rosa in 1958 and served three terms. A supporter of many civic organizations, he was a founder of Sonoma County's Legal Aid program. Survivors: his wife, Margaret; two daughters, Linda Adams and Barbara, '81; his son, John; and three grandchildren.

Lewis Palmer Lane II, '51, MS '56, of Tucson, Ariz., August 17, at 71, of cancer. He majored in civil engineering and played on the varsity soccer team. From 1952 to 1955, he served as a lieutenant in the Navy. He worked on campus for most of his career, retiring in 1997 as a construction project manager. Survivors: two daughters, Susan and Laura; his son, Lewis III; his stepson, David Simpson; four grandchildren; his sister, June Phelps; and his former wife, Marilyn.

Patricia Friend Balestra Skees, '51, of Atherton, August 24. She majored in speech and drama and worked as an interior designer. Survivors: her husband, Walter; two daughters, Sherry and Katie; her son, Mark; and six grandchildren.

Anne Elizabeth Fratessa Scoville, '53, of Pebble Beach, Calif., August 31. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in education. Survivors: two daughters, Michelle Burke and Suzanne; her son, Thomas; three grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn Brennan, '57, and Jeanne Crow, '59; and her brother, Paul.

Peter Charles Barney, '54, of Palo Alto, June 19, at 67. A social science and social thought major, he taught public school and retired after 22 years as a staff member at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He was a founding board member of the Urban Ministry of Palo Alto and was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto. Survivors: his wife of 33 years, Julie; his brother, Frank; two nieces; and three nephews.

Robert Cyril Weeks, '54, MBA '58, of Palo Alto, September 1. He was a member of El Toro and majored in political science. Survivors: his wife, Nancy, '54, MA '55; two sons, Matthew and Mark; and his daughter, Carol.

Margaret Ann Ingalls Crist, '55, of Palo Alto, September 18, at 66. She was a longtime volunteer with the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary for Packard Children's Hospital. Survivors: two sons, Scott and Jamie; three daughters, Michelle Ehlers, Kate and Annie; and eight grandchildren.

Gordon Charles Best, '57, of Saratoga, Calif., August 31, at 66. A civil engineering major, he was a member of Theta Xi, the Stanford Band and the crew and water polo teams. He was an executive recruiter and served as a trustee of the Los Altos United Methodist Church. Survivors: his wife of 42 years, Charlotte; two daughters, Laurie Short and Lisa; and two grandchildren.

Louis "Duke" Lombardi Jr., '58, of Kent, Wash., March 21, at 63. He majored in economics and, after a brief stint as a stockbroker, became a pilot for United Airlines in Seattle. In 1990, SEAFO named him Pilot of the Year. He retired in 1995 as a DC-10 captain. Survivors: his wife of 40 years, Sheila, '59; two daughters, Alicia Davenport and Cynthia Rutzick; his son, William; six grandchildren; and three sisters, Marta Brown, Nalda Staff and Adria Griswold.


Alexandra "Sandy" Schulte, '63, of Storrs, Conn., July 31, at 58. She earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology. In 1969, she became an administrator at the U. of Connecticut. A founding member of the U. of Connecticut Professional Employees Association, she served as its president for four years. At the time of her death, she was assistant vice provost for research administration at the university's graduate school. Survivors: her husband, Norman Klein; her daughter, Carin Van Gelder; her son, Dirk Van Gelder; her brother, John Schulte; and her sister, Alison Schulte.

Raymond Paul Hermann, '69, of San Francisco, August 10, at 53, of AIDS. A member of Kappa Sigma, he majored in physics and became an attorney, practicing with a large firm in Los Angeles. He moved back to his native San Francisco in 1980. Survivors: his partner, Mark BeCraft; his brother, Ken; three nieces; and his nephew.

Susan Kathleen McMahon, '69, of La Cañada, Calif. She majored in mathematics and worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for 30 years. Survivors include her sister, Linda Steensrud.


Elizabeth Good Wigton Brewer, '70, of W. Lafayette, Ind., at 51, of cancer. She majored in political science and was a member of the swim team. After earning a master's degree in counseling at Cal State-Northridge, she worked as a counselor in group and private practice. She gave lectures and workshops across the country and helped develop a spousal relocation assistance program at Purdue U. Survivors: her husband, Stephen; her son, Benjamin; her daughter, Cecily; and her mother, Dixie Wigton, '45.

William Foresman Shafer, '76, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., September 9, at 46, of skin cancer. A member of Alpha Delta Tau, he majored in architecture. Professionally, he specialized in construction management and helped design and construct buildings for Johns Hopkins U. and the U. of Maryland Medical Center. Survivors: his wife of 18 years, Susan; two daughters, Whitney and Lucy; his parents, Elizabeth Wells and John; two brothers, Donald and Bradford; and his sister, Elizabeth Cafaro.

Elizabeth Foster Sofio Bautista, '79, of Seattle, Wash., September 27, at 43, of bone-marrow cancer. She was a member of the Stanford Band. After receiving her bachelor's degree in human biology, she earned a law degree at Rutgers and worked in corporate and business law. Survivors: two sons, Evan and Aaron; her parents, Constance and Gilbert Sofio; her sister, Ellen, '78; two brothers, Robert and David; and her grandmother, Alma Sofio.


Teresa Rodriguez Gleeson, '84, of Palo Alto, August 18, at 38, of a brain tumor. A native of Mexico, she moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was 4. She majored in Spanish and was hired by the YWCA to conduct workshops on child assault prevention. She was promoted to director of the YWCA Rape Crisis Center, where she ran several multicultural programs. She volunteered for many charitable organizations and was president of the Palo Alto Mothers Club. Survivors: her husband, Barry; her son, Daniel; her daughter, Elizabeth; her mother, Juana Rodriguez Ojaz; her sister, Rosa Rodriguez; and her brother, Serafin Rodriguez.

Pamela Renee Watkins-Sparks, '86, of Missouri City, Texas, March 14, at 35, during a trip to Nigeria. She earned degrees in psychology and history. Active in the homeschooling community, she founded a home-based educational program for primary education and enrichment and contributed to the publication Freedom Challenge: African-American Homeschoolers. Survivors: her husband, Keith, '84; two daughters, Whitney and Haley; two sons, Brandon and Kyle; her mother, Saundra; her brother, Steve; and her grandmother, Lillian Hopkins.


Robert Kevin Packard, MBA '89, of Hillsborough, Calif., August 22, at 42, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). A technology investor and financier, he earned his bachelor's degree and law degree at Harvard. He was a managing director at BT Alex Brown before serving as a principal of Texas Pacific Group. Upon being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he formed the Robert Packard Foundation for ALS Research and created the first center for ALS research at Johns Hopkins University. Survivors: his wife, Bobbie; two daughters, Lauren and Cassie; his son, Sam; his parents, John, '55, MBA '61, and Barbara, '54, MS '55, MS '77; and three sisters, Leslie Martin, Becky and Dana, '79, MBA '92.

Earth Sciences

Leonard Volk Lombardi, MS '49, PhD '53, of Greenwood Village, Colo., June 4, at 76, of cancer. After serving as a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps during World War II, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale and earned his advanced degrees in geology and geophysics at Stanford. He taught at the Stanford Research Institute before taking a job with Gulf Oil, from which he retired as a senior vice president. His wife, Margaret, predeceased him. Survivors: his daughter, Lucy Evans; two sons, David and Kimball; and five grandchildren.


Joseph A. Reginato, MA '43, of Mountain View, September 20, at 83. A member of Delta Upsilon, he spent his life as a Marine Corps officer, fighting in the Solomon Islands during World War II and working at Moffett Field after the war. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Marion; his daughter, Janet Holmes; his son, James; his grandchildren; and his brother, John.

Gaylord W. Coleman, MA '49, of Palo Alto, August 19, at 76, of heart failure. He served in the Navy during World War II and graduated from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College before attending Stanford. He taught in Bay Area high schools and then became a guidance counselor at Cañada College in 1969, retiring in 1984. Survivors: his wife, B.J.; three sons, Randy, Greg and Brent; his daughter, Annette; three sisters, Alvera, Dorothy and Dolores; and his brother, Ronald.

Donna Mary Johnson, MA '68, PhD '80, of Tucson, Ariz., October 2, 1999, at 54, of cancer. She taught in the U. of Arizona's English language/linguistics program and authored the textbook Approaches to Research in Second Language Learning. Survivors: her husband, David Steenburgen; her twin brother, Dan; her sisters, Barbara and Judy; and her parents, Helen and Morgan.


Samuel J. Goldstein Jr., MS '54, PhD '58, of Charlottesville, Va., June 13. He received his degrees in electrical engineering. The author of many astronomical articles, he taught at the U. of Virginia from 1965 until his retirement as associate professor emeritus in 1994. Survivors: his wife, Carol, '54; and four daughters.

Howard Sklar, MS '58, of San Francisco, September 21, at 66, after a brief illness. He earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell U. and worked as an engineer for the Stanford Research Institute, the California Energy Commission and the Solar Energy Research Institute. His wife of 34 years, Elissa, predeceased him. Survivors: two sons, Michael, MS '84, and Peter; and five grandchildren.

Paul Elliott Drapkin, MS '60, of Palo Alto, September 20, at 67. He served in the Air Force before earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at MIT. He started a consulting business in electronic engineering in 1979. Survivors: his wife of 34 years, Nancy; two sons, Michael and Stephen; his daughter, Anne; three grandchildren; and his brother, Melvin.

Charles E. Gerber, PhD '68, of Ballwin, Mo., April 26. He taught applied mechanics at Washington U. and St. Louis U. In addition, from 1971 until his retirement in 1995, he worked for the McDonnell Douglas Automation Co. and McDonnell Douglas Astronautics and Aircraft. Survivors: his wife, Susanne; two daughters, Lisa Hipwell and Gabrielle Miller; two sons, Geoffrey and Clayton; five grandchildren; his sister, Charlotte Krejci; and his brother, Louis.

Rosamond Elizabeth "Betsy" Swann Crowder, MS '72, of Portola Valley, September 29, at 74, in a road accident. A graduate of Radcliffe College, she was an award-winning environmental activist who chaired the Portola Valley Conservation Committee, served on the Portola Valley Planning Commission and was board president of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Her husband, Dwight, died in 1970 in an accident along the same stretch of road on which she was killed. Survivors: two daughters, Wendy and Anne; two grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Anderson, Barbara Mouffe and Ellen Leupold.

Anitta L. Bliss, MS '87, of San Jose, January 18, at 40, of chronic fatigue immune syndrome. She earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. After receiving her master's from Stanford, she worked in Apple Computer's portables division until 1995, when illness forced her to leave. Survivors include her fiancé, Justin Milliun.

Humanities and Sciences

Ross Coleman Bean, MS '48 (chemistry), of Santa Ana, Calif., July 1, at 76. He worked as Ford Aerospace & Communications' principal research scientist for 37 years. He was active in sports throughout his life, qualifying for the Olympic swim team in 1944 and serving as sound manager for the 1984 and 1988 Games. He taught at UC-Riverside and UC-Berkeley for 11 years. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Dawn; three daughters, Kevis Brownson, Avilee Goodwin, and Leadel; and two grandchildren.

Roger Lee Harm, MA '73, PhD '75 (English), of Palo Alto, July 17, at 57, of esophageal cancer. He began his teaching career with four years in the Peace Corps in Tanzania. After returning to the United States and earning his advanced degrees from Stanford, he taught English at the University of Illinois-Chicago Circle. In 1980, he turned to biology, earning a master's degree from San Francisco State and receiving tenure at Foothill College in 1995. Survivors: his brother, Frederick; his niece, Pamela Pride; and his nephew, Michael.


Rector Kerr "Kerry" Fox III, JD '64, of Fullerton, Calif., August 4, at 65, of cancer. He earned his bachelor's degree at Harvard and served as a Navy pilot from 1956 to 1959, remaining in the reserve with the Judge Advocate General Corps until 1976. He served as a deputy city attorney in San Diego, then as a corporate counsel. In 1974, he was admitted to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as attorney and counselor-at-law. He retired as Fullerton's city attorney in 1994. Survivors: his wife of 37 years, Hermine; his daughter, Jennifer Graham; his son, John; and seven grandchildren.


Arthur Wesley Martin Jr., PhD '36, of Seattle, July 25, at 89. Born and raised in China, he returned to the United States with his parents in 1925. He taught briefly in Stanford's department of physiology. In 1937, he began his long career at the U. of Washington's zoology and physiology department, authoring more than 150 papers and retiring as professor emeritus. His son, Arthur III, MS '59, PhD '62 (physics), predeceased him. Survivors: his wife, Effie; two stepchildren; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Janet Baird Nelson, MA '59, of Mesa, Ariz. She earned her degree in physical therapy.