Obituaries - November/December 2000

November/December 2000

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Obituaries - November/December 2000

Faculty and Staff

Robbie Case, of Toronto, Ontario, May 19, at 55. He joined the School of Education faculty in 1988, retiring as professor emeritus of child and adolescent development in 1999. Author of The Mind's Staircase: Exploring the Conceptual Underpinnings of Children's Thought and Knowledge, he was director of the U. of Toronto's Institute of Child Study at the time of his death. Survivors: his wife, Nancy Link; his son, Jonathan; and two daughters, Rebecca and Sarah.

Alexander Dallin, of Stanford, July 22, at 76, of a stroke. He was the Spruance Professor Emeritus of International History and past director of Stanford's Center for Russian and East European Studies. His family fled Nazi Germany, and he began his career after World War II working on the Harvard Interview Project, which used refugee testimony to study the Soviet social system. He taught at Harvard, Columbia and UC-Berkeley before joining Stanford's faculty in 1971. Survivors: his wife, Gail Lapidus; his son, Andrew, '82; his daughters, Linda and Natasha; and four grandchildren.

Alphonse Juilland, of Portola Valley, June 30, at 77, of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was the Bonsall Professor Emeritus of French, former chair of the French and Italian departments, founding editor of the Stanford French Review, Stanford Italian Review and Stanford Literature Review, and founder of the Stanford Conservative Forum. He earned his doctorate in linguistics at the Sorbonne in Paris and began teaching at Stanford in 1963. He took up track later in life and became one of the world's fastest senior sprinters, setting three world records for men over 50. Survivors: his daughter, Marie-Jeanne Juilland-Johnson, '83; and two brothers, Jean and Paul.

Maurice E. Krahl, of Tucson, Ariz., June 16, at 81. A researcher who earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins U., he taught pharmacology, biochemistry and physiology at a number of universities and wrote The Action of Insulin on Cells. He joined the Medical School faculty in 1972 and retired as chair of physiology in 1977. Survivors include his wife, Ardis.


Walter J. Nelson, '26, of Santa Monica, Calif., May 31, at 98. He was a member of El Capitan. After receiving his undergraduate law degree, he studied at Azusa Bible College. He was a controller for Douglas Aircraft during World War II and later founded RadioVision Corp., working in film production. He was predeceased by his first wife, Carlena, and his second wife, Ruth. Survivors include his stepchildren and two brothers.

John P. Gifford, '28, MA '34, of Oakland, June 15, at 93. He majored in biological sciences and played on the football team. He served in World War II as a Navy lieutenant commander and afterward became the Western regional director of government surplus property, retiring in 1968. He helped fund overpopulation research at several universities, including Stanford; the John P. Gifford Center for the Study of Human Population Control at UC-Davis was named in his honor. His first wife, Hilda, died in 1987. Survivors: his wife, Mary Louise; his stepdaughter, Shirley Ramos; his stepson, Frederick Steffan; three grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Carl Robert Koch, '28, Engr. '29, of Walnut Creek, Calif., June 29, at 92. He worked for Westinghouse during World War II and later founded the engineering firm Koch, Chun, Knobloch and Associates. Survivors: his wife of 10 years, Phyllis McCallum Koch, '35; two sons, Curtis and Christopher; three daughters, Celia Longworth, Cynthia Cargile and Constance Boggess; and nine grandchildren.

David Tolerton, '28, of Mill Valley, Calif., June 20, at 93. He studied philosophy for two years, then attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he later taught. His works include the bronze fountains at the Crown-Zellerbach building in San Francisco and at the IBM Technical Center in San Jose. His sculpture is on display in the Smithsonian Institution, the Denver Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum. Survivors: his wife of 35 years, Sally Parks; and his brother, Burt.

Thomas I. Lindsay, '29, of Saratoga, Calif., February 10. He majored in economics and was a member of the track and field team.


Edward "Ned" Easton, '31, of Cambria, Calif., in May. He was a member of Alpha Delta Tau and the tennis team. After graduating with a degree in economics, he worked as an oilman in Bakersfield for many years.

Richard L. Criley, '34, of Carmel, Calif., June 18, at 88. He attended Stanford for two years before transferring to UC-Berkeley, where he became known as a free-speech advocate. He launched a lifetime career in political activism during the 1934 San Francisco waterfront strike. During World War II, he served as a captain in the Army. In 1960, he co-founded the National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee. He served for many years as a top officer of the American Civil Liberties Union and received its Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award in 1985. His second wife, Jan Cords Criley, died in 1988. Survivors: his wife, Jan Penney Criley; his stepson, John Penney; three stepdaughters, Ann Edgerton, Jeanne Mileti and Beth Penney; and his sister, Cynthia Williams.

Clarence (Robert) Sims deVeuve, '36, of San Diego, June 1, at 85. A member of Phi Kappa Psi and captain of the boxing team, he majored in social science and social thought. He served as a captain in the Army during World War II and as a major in the reserves afterward. Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Jamie Thompson and Suzanne Kelley; his son, Richard; seven grandchildren; his brother, James; and his sister, Dorothy Oswald.

Jack King Horton, '36, of Los Angeles, June 3, at 84. He was an economics major and a member of El Cuadro. After retiring as chairman and CEO of the Southern California Edison Co., he served on the Stanford Board of Trustees and the Hoover Institution Board of Overseers. His wife of nearly 63 years, Betty, predeceased him by five days. Survivors: two daughters, Sally Meersman, '70, and Judy, '66; his son, Harold, '73; five grandchildren; and his brother, Eugene.

George Douglas Crabb, '37, of Carmel Valley, Calif., in June, at 84. A history major, he was a member of Alpha Delta Tau and the water polo team. He worked for Dole Pineapple in Hawaii and California for 35 years. Survivors: his wife, Betty Jane Hart Crabb, '40; two children, Catherine and Douglas; and two grandchildren.

Roy M. Bell, '39, MBA '41, of Sacramento, July 9, at 83, of cancer. His undergraduate major was history. During World War II, he worked for Lockheed Aircraft, and in 1946, he became an auditor for the California Department of Finance. Named director of the department under Gov. Jerry Brown in 1974, he remained in public service until his retirement in 1980. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Nadine; his son, John; his daughter, Christine Silfast; and four grandchildren.


Virginia Adelaide Kerr Gray, '41, of Houston, Texas, December 11, 1999, at 80. An education major, she was president and owner of Aquarian Age Bookshelf. Survivors include her son, William, PhD '79.

Charles S. Herbert Jr., '41, of Palo Alto, in October 1999, at 81. He majored in political science and was a member of Delta Chi. During World War II, he served in the Air Force and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the reserves. He worked as an administrative officer for the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park and Washington, D.C. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Ruth, '41; two sons, Charles III and David; two daughters, Randi Robinson and Elizabeth; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Richard Worcester Robertson, '41, JD '48, of Carpinteria, Calif., June 8, at 82. He majored in economics and was a member of Kappa Alpha, the track team and the softball team. He worked for the IRS "Fraud Squad" in Los Angeles until 1950, when he moved to Santa Barbara to join his father's law firm. He later began his own practice and was active in many civic organizations. Survivors: two daughters, Linda Jordan and Lauren Wells; and his former wife, Betty Hills Robertson, '41.

Eleanor Louise "Marky" Marquand Schissler, '41, of Long Beach, Calif., July 11, of injuries sustained in a car accident. She majored in biological sciences and was a member of the Daily staff. Survivors include her daughter, Eleanor Navarra.

Fred M. Taylor, '41, MD '44, of Sugar Land, Texas, December 29, 1999. A member of El Toro, he majored in biological sciences. He retired as professor emeritus from Baylor College of Medicine.

Arthur Charles Bullen Jr., '42, of San Anselmo, Calif., May 5, at 81. An engineering major, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. Survivors include his wife.

Russell Ivan Haag, '42, of Palo Alto, June 19, at 82. He served 22 years in the Navy after graduating with a pre-business bachelor's degree. He was past director of the Palo Alto Board of Realtors and a member of its professional standards hearing board. He was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters. Survivors: his wife, Lorraine; three daughters, Carrol Jeanne Reid, Sharon and Lesley; his son, John; and seven grandchildren.

Harry William Reichling, '44, of Placentia, Calif., May 31, at 78, of cancer. He interrupted his Stanford career to serve in the Navy during World War II, returning to graduate in humanities with the Class of 1948. He pursued careers as a rancher, stockbroker and financial consultant, and he and his wife were active in community service. Survivors: his wife, Mary Ann; his sister, Mitzi Reichling Anderson, '51; four daughters, Tracy O'Reilly, Myrene McFee, Tracy Ann Ferraro and Ann; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Robert E. Sears, '45, of Los Angeles, in April. He studied mechanical engineering and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Welch Sears, '46.

Lillian Moore Dillman Amark, '46, of San Francisco, June 13, at 75. An active member of civic groups, avid tennis player and supporter of the arts, she was known for her humorous poems marking special events. Her husband, Edwin Amark, predeceased her. Survivors: two brothers, Dean Jr. and Bradford Dillman; and her sister, Corinne Lansill.

June Fisher Sweetnam, '47, of Glendale, Calif., June 12, at 74. She majored in history. Her involvement in civic groups included terms as president of the Glendale Board of Education and of the Glendale and the Los Angeles County League of Women Voters. She was predeceased by her husband, Garth, in 1974. Survivors: three sons, Glen, Keith and Donald; two daughters, Carol Boles and Diane Sox; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.


William Kenneth Beer, '50, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 9, at 71, of heart failure while flying his light plane. He was a member of Chi Psi and majored in political science. After serving as an Army officer, he pursued diverse occupations in television, communication, real estate and boating. Survivors: his wife, Sue; his daughter, Barrie; his son, Ben; his father, Kenneth, '26; two sisters; and his brother.

Charles Langdon Hicks, '50, of Lakeway, Texas, June 10, at 77. He earned his bachelor's degree in geology. Survivors include his wife.

Jane Bradley Troxell McComber, '51, of Orinda, Calif., August 1, at 71. A Romanic languages major, she was a member of Cap and Gown. Survivors: two daughters, Dana Flynn, '76, and Deborah Bye; and her former husband, Donald, '51.

Vernon Russell Anderson, '53, MBA '57, of Los Altos Hills, July 22, at 69, of cancer. He was a mechanical engineering major and a member of Alpha Delta Tau. A Silicon Valley pioneer, he founded Vidar Corp. and was the first president of Silicon Graphics Inc. He served on the Stanford Board of Trustees and numerous University advisory boards. Active fund-raising volunteers since 1964, he and his wife established the Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Deanship of the School of Humanities and Sciences in 1997 to provide discretionary funds for the dean of the University's largest school. Survivors: his wife of 46 years, Lysbeth, '54; two sons, Brenton and Dane; his daughter, Lysanna; and his grandchildren.

Joseph Poole Van Den Berg, '53, LLB '58, of Sacramento, July 5, at 68. A member of Phi Kappa Psi, he graduated with a degree in social science and social thought. He served in the Army during the Korean War and then practiced law in Sacramento for 40 years. Survivors: two daughters, Susan Ballesteros and Ruth; two granddaughters; his sister, Carol Bredthauer; and his former wife, Sandra Simpson.

C. Leon Perry, '55, of La Mirada, Calif., April 16, of cancer. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

James Henry Cooper, '58, of Vallejo, Calif., May 30, at 68. He majored in economics and was a member of the swim team. The owner and operator of Cooper's Hardware until 1977, he also taught for 10 years at Solano Community College. Survivors: his wife, Valerie; two daughters, Susan Tobia and Mary Harkin; and his sister, Elizabeth Storkovich.

Roy W. McLain, '58, of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., January 19, at 72, of a sudden illness. He graduated with a degree in economics and spent his life in military service, retiring in 1975 as a highly decorated captain in the Navy. Survivors: his wife of 48 years, June; two sons, Bill and Bob; his daughter, Susan; two grandchildren; and his brother, Paul.

Judith Ann Manning Grayson, '59, MA '60, of Los Angeles, May 31, at 62, in an accident. She majored in psychology and earned her master's degree in education. At the time of her death, she was director of teacher education at USC. Her husband, Kenneth, died in 1969. Survivors: her parents, Hamor and Eleanor Manning; her sister, Linda Cowman; and a niece and nephew.

Joel H. Newkirk, '59, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., July 20, at 63. An economics major, he was a member of Sigma Chi and the baseball team. He worked in banking for 24 years and, after retirement, operated a house-remodeling business. Survivors: his wife, Gabriella; his son, Jonathan; his daughter, Diana; his stepson, Michael; his stepdaughter, Caroline Avery, '84; and his former wife, Judy Avery, '59.


LeRoy Ashton Weller Jr., MBA '48, of Santa Barbara, April 11, at 79. During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marine. He was senior vice president of Hillside Associates Inc. when he retired. He was active in civic organizations, collected stamps and enjoyed world travel. Survivors: his wife, Sylvia; his children, Constance O'Connor, Barbara Beasley, '79, and Thomas; two stepchildren, Mark Brickley and Elizabeth Adams; two grandchildren; and two step-granchildren.

Earth Sciences

Philip France McKinlay, MS '49, of Houston, April 21, at 82, of a heart attack. He served in the Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. He worked as a geologist for Texaco Oil for 30 years. Survivors: his wife, Doris; his son, Elbert; his daughter, Mary Lou Gregory; and five grandchildren.


James Russell A. Morris, MA '41, EdD '47, of Modesto, Calif., June 6, at 91.

H. Lawson Smith, MA '49, EdD '53, of Chico, Calif., in January, at 82.

Stanley Wilson Spees, MA '69, of Canton, Ohio, June 14, at 62. A lifelong educator, he coached high school sports and taught both high school and college mathematics, retiring in 1990. He was a choir member of The Savior United Methodist Church and led 24 mission trips. Survivors: his wife of 40 years, Joanne; his daughter, Katherine Weigand; two sons, Scott and Russell; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Jane VanVactor and Debra French; and his brother, Steven Jr.


Elwin W. Seeley, MS '53, of San Diego, January 19, at 74. He was an electrical engineer.

Humanities and Sciences

Robert Roswell Gates, MS '49, Gr. '50 (chemistry), of Fullerton, Calif., at 80.

Wardell Winslow, Gr. '52 (political science), of Palo Alto, July 7, at 73, of a heart attack. He served as a Naval officer during the Korean War. He began his newspaper career in 1948 at the Palo Alto Times, retiring as managing editor in 1984 to launch a writing service. He wrote Palo Alto: A Centennial History for the Palo Alto Historical Association and The Making of Silicon Valley for the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association. Survivors: his wife, Holly, '50; three daughters, Mary Hanson, Parmita Pushman and Lynne; his son, Edward; three stepdaughters, Teresa Bunnage, Carol Thuman and Holly Thuman; three grandchildren; and his sister, Robin Smith.


Thomas Nelson Elmendorf, MD '45, of Davis, Calif., June 30, at 80. He served in the Navy and the Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of commander. A dedicated physician, he maintained a general practice for 24 years and was still employed full time in the emergency room at Mercy San Juan Hospital until shortly before his death. In 1998, he received Stanford's J.E. Wallace Sterling Lifetime Achievement Award. Survivors: his wife of 28 years, Barbara; two daughters, Meredith Trew and Christine Arbogast; two sons, Thomas and James; 12 grandchildren; five stepchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and his former wife, Virginia.

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