Obituaries - May/June 1998

May/June 1998

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Obituaries - May/June 1998

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Evan Just, of Menlo Park, January 22, at 97, of congestive heart failure. A professor emeritus of applied earth sciences, he joined the Stanford faculty in 1959 and taught through the 1970s. Under his leadership, Stanford developed a curriculum in mineral economics that combined science, engineering, economics and political science. He was director of the strategic materials division for the post-World War II Marshall Plan and served as editor-in-chief of the Engineering and Mining Journal from 1942 to 1952. An influential figure in mining and petroleum engineering, he was actively interested in pollution problems and remained a consultant to industry after retirement. Survivors: his daughter, Karen Penhasi; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Robert L. Politzer, of Stanford, January 26, at 76, of cancer. A professor emeritus of education, he began his 22-year tenure at Stanford in 1963 and was adviser to more than 200 graduate students in applied linguistics and language education. Born in Austria, he emigrated to the United States in 1938 and served with U.S. Army military intelligence during World War II. Among his many published books are Foreign Language Learning and Teaching English as a Second Language. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Frieda; four sons, Stephan, David, '71, Theodore and Thomas; and three granddaughters.

Robert A. Walker, of Stanford, February 3, at 84, of a heart attack. A professor emeritus of political science, he joined the faculty in 1949 and retired in 1976. In 1958, he co-founded Stanford's overseas studies program and served as its director until 1973. He chaired the 1955-56 committee on undergraduate education, which developed general studies at Stanford and instituted extensive curricular reforms. His specialty was public administration and urban planning and, as a member of the University's committee on land and buildings from 1952 to 1969, he was instrumental in maintaining the traditional sloped red tile roofs when architects proposed less expensive flat ones. Survivors: his wife, Louise; three sons, Jerome, '65, PhD '72, Robert and Richard, '69; four grandchildren; and his brother, Tom.


Elsie Miller Merz, '20, of San Diego, October 24, at 99. After graduation, she worked as a registered nurse in San Francisco and, in 1924, moved to Jamul, Calif., where she worked as a volunteer nurse during the Depression. She also sold milk, cream, butter and eggs from the family farm. In 1950, after selling the farm, she and her husband moved to San Diego. She obtained her driver's license at 70 and drove until she was 85. She was a 77-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and also was active in the county farm bureau. Her husband, Louis, predeceased her in 1980. Survivors: her son, George; two granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

Carl Victor Smith, '21, JD '23, of Rossmoor, Calif., September 19, at 102. During World War I, he served as a medic in France. He practiced law from his Oakland office for 62 years, retiring in 1985. A watercolorist and active member of civic and professional organizations, he helped establish the Rossmoor Art Association. His wife of 60 years, Pauline, predeceased him in 1984. Survivors: three daughters, Anne Pendleton Smith, Virginia Davies Swigert and Alice Chinut Draa; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Margaret Polhamus Voss, '21, of Laguna Hills, Calif., in October, at 99.

Marion Dwight Hall, '22, MA '23, of San Francisco, January 30, at 96. While at Stanford, she was a member of Cap and Gown. She taught at Sequoia High School in Redwood City and later served as president of the Sequoia Parent-Teachers Association. A two-term president of the Palo Alto Garden Club, she received its life membership award in 1982. In 1977, she was recognized by the Girl's Club of the Mid-Peninsula for outstanding leadership and contributions to the community. A past board member of the Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, she also was active in the Stanford Historical Society, Delta Gamma Alumnae Association and the Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club. Her husband served as University registrar for 22 years, and her grandfather, John D. McGilvray, a stone contractor, helped to build Memorial Church, the outer quad and other buildings on campus. Survivors: her husband of 62 years, Harvey, Gr. '48; and three nephews.

Walter Herman Levison, '24, of Belvedere, Calif., September 17, at 93. A third-generation San Francisco jeweler, he was an avid deep-sea fisherman and the oldest member of the San Francisco Yacht Club, which he joined in 1920. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Enid; three sons, Walter, '57, Thomas and Donald, '68; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Wallace D. Cathcart, '27, JD '30, of Palo Alto, December 12, at 90. He was an accountant with Price-Waterhouse in San Francisco and later had a private practice in Palo Alto. He taught family finance at Mills College. In the 1950s, he helped establish Stanford Sierra Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake. He was a member of the Palo Alto Camera Club and, for 76 years, of the First Congregational Church in Palo Alto, where he sang in the choir. Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Eleanor, MA '29; two daughters, Margaret Cathcart Fuller, '56, and Dorothy Cathcart Seagle, MA '64; his son, Thomas, Gr. '68; his brother, Robert, '30, JD '34; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Francis N. Marshall, '28, JD '31, of San Francisco, October 30, at 90, after a long illness. He joined the San Francisco law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro as a summer clerk in 1930, was named partner in 1948 and remained with the firm until his retirement. An expert in appellate litigation, he won four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court‹including two defending Standard Oil Co. of California. He was twice chairman of the California State Bar committee of examiners and was appointed three times to the U.S. Judicial Council's committee on rules of practice and procedures of the federal courts. As an adjunct professor of law, he taught courses on appellate practice at Stanford. He was active in community affairs in Palo Alto and was a member of the Bohemian Club. Survivors: his wife, Jean; two daughters, Nancy Donahoe, '64, and Marilyn Morain; stepchildren Edward and Richard Armstrong and Ginger Duzet; and six grandchildren.

Kenneth Ansel Brown, '29, of San Francisco, December 18, at 90. While at Stanford, he was a member of Kappa Alpha. He worked as an insurance investigator in the 1930s and served in the Army during World War II. He retired in 1969 as deputy commissioner of the California department of real estate and went into the land development business. He was active in many civic organizations. His wife, Margaret Zumwalt, '30, predeceased him. Survivors include his companion, Florence Rubottom.

Jane Plumb Hermann, '29, of Balboa, Calif., August 20, at 89. While at Stanford, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She married Graeme Doane, '28, in 1930; her second husband was Charles Hermann, whom she married in 1945. Survivors: her son, Phillip Doane; and six grandchildren.

Winifred "Winnie" McClatchie Thomas, '29, MA '30, PhD '31, of Santa Rosa, Calif., November 28, at 89. She was assistant professor of chemistry at College of the Pacific from 1931 to 1934. In 1944, she earned the first master's degree in social work awarded by UC-Berkeley. During her 30-year career as a clinical social worker in California, she worked for Oakland's Children's Agency, Highland Hospital in Berkeley and Oakland's War on Poverty. After retiring in 1973, she served as a consultant to East Bay nursing homes. An avid backpacker, she co-authored Food for Knapsackers and Other Trail Travelers in 1964 for the Sierra Club. A political activist during the McCarthy era and the civil rights movement, she was a member of the Sonoma County Gray Panthers and served on the board and as convener of the Berkeley Gray Panthers. Survivors: her son, Bill; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Edwin G. Robinson, '30, of West Linn, Ore., September 30, at 88, of cancer. He served as a commander in the Navy during World War II. An orthopedic surgeon in Portland, he was past president of Good Samaritan Hospital and head of the medical division of the Multnomah County Disaster Committee for several years. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Gladys; his son, Edwin Jr.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Catherine West Writer, '30, of Denver, November 10, at 90. She was a member of Chi Omega at Stanford. She married Herbert Writer in 1938. Survivors: her daughter, Dana; and eight grandchildren.

Roswell C. "Bev" Beverstock, '31, of Cupertino, Calif., December 31, at 88. He entered the Foreign Service in 1936 as an economics officer and served in Mexico, Northern Ireland, Venezuela, Honduras, New Zealand and Taiwan. He had a lifelong interest in woodworking, was a member of the building committee at the Palo Alto Unitarian Church and contributed his skills to such Mid-Peninsula organizations as Theatreworks, Hidden Villa and the Community School of Music and Arts. Survivors: his wife, Marie Famulener; his daughter, Caroline Beverstock; two stepdaughters, Jane Famulener Darby and Martha Famulener Rosenthal; a stepson, Robert Famulener; and six step-grandchildren.

August George Boeger Jr., '31, of Gridley, Calif., December 23, at 89. While at Stanford, he was a member of Sigma Chi and the track and field team. He farmed prunes, walnuts, rice and other crops in Northern California. Active in the community, he served on the school board and on food cooperatives. Survivors: his wife, Frieda; three sons; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mark T. Cox III, '32, of Cheyenne, Wyo., November 24, at 87. At Stanford, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi and captain of the gymnastics team. In 1933, he began breeding, training and racing thoroughbred horses and became the youngest licensed owner and trainer at the Santa Anita track. He also bred registered Black Angus cattle. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth; three sons, Mark, William and Thomas; and his daughter, Beverly Black.

Leland Francis Johnson, '32, of Los Angeles, at 86, of heart failure. While at Stanford, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He spent his entire career with the Pennzoil Co. of California, serving as president from 1954 until his retirement in 1976. A philanthropist who donated to educational and children's institutions, he served on the Junior Achievement board for more than 10 years. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, and his son, Donn, '59.

Marion Terwilliger Webster, '32, MD '37, of Carmel Valley, Calif., November 7. Survivors: her husband, George, '31, MD '37; and her daughter, Judith Webster Davis, '63, MA '64.

Harry Lewis "Bud" Haehl, '33, JD '36, of Cupertino, Calif., January 16, at 85. He was a member of Delta Upsilon while at Stanford. During World War II, he served as an admiralty officer in San Francisco, in the office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington, on the staff of Adm. Chester Nimitz and on the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. During service in Japan, he was instrumental in the revival of the Japanese merchant marine. Retiring from the Navy with the rank of commander, he became a partner with the San Francisco firm of Lillick & Charles, where he remained of counsel until 1985. He chaired the board of Lucile Salter Children's Hospital at Stanford and served on the boards of the World Affairs Council for Northern California and the Hiller Engineering Corp. Beginning in 1960, he was honorary consul general of Malaysia for California and remained in the diplomatic corps until 1985. Survivors: his son, John, Gr. '66; two daughters, Betty Kriewall and Susan Marshall, '65; his twin sister, Veva Jane Steckel, '33, Gr. '49; and four grandchildren.

Marion Hewlett Pike, '33, of Los Angeles, February 4, at 84. While at Stanford, she was a member of Cap and Gown and the golf team. A portrait artist whose subjects included Ronald Reagan, Coco Chanel and Pope John Paul II, she exhibited in private galleries and public museums throughout Europe. In 1955, she had her first one-woman show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and was named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. Survivors: her son, John; her daughter, Jeffie Pike Durham; her sister, Jane Hewlett Gillespie, '34; and two grandchildren.

Margaret Lindsay Turner, '34, MA '35, of Palo Alto, December 8, at 83. An instructor at Stanford in the 1940s, she was active in the Trampornas Weaving Guild and the Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church. Survivors: her daughter, Ann, '74; her son, Charles; and four grandchildren.

Eleanor Harris Howard, '35, of New York, October 29, at 84, of Parkinson's disease. She authored two books and two screenplays and wrote more than 100 celebrity profiles for magazines. She was the co-author of Mating Dance, a comedy that opened on Broadway in 1965, and wrote other plays staged by small theater companies. Survivors: her husband of 33 years, Jack; her sister, Jean Bankier; two brothers, Walton, '35, and Whitley Harris; two stepchildren, Michael and Pamela Howard; and seven step-grandchildren.

James G. Trompas, '35, of San Diego, December 13, at 84, of a stroke. While at Stanford, he was a member of Delta Chi. He worked for Convair/General Dynamics as a chemist until his retirement in 1975. He volunteered at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and the Meals on Wheels program. A member of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, he sang in its choir for 40 years, served on the parish council, volunteered in the church library and helped with the church's annual Greek festival. Survivors: his wife of 40 years, Ann; two daughters, Maria Stokes and Christine; two sisters, Elizabeth Post, '39, and Helen Dickey; and two grandchildren.

Eliot Jones Jr., '36, of Grass Valley, Calif., October 1, at 82, of cancer. A certified public accountant, he began his career at Price-Waterhouse. After serving as assistant controller of Rheem Manufacturing Co. and managing his own CPA practice in Carmel, he founded American Recreation Centers, the largest publicly owned U.S. bowling company. Survivors: his wife, Karleen; his daughter, Jennifer; and three grandchildren.

John Duncan Russell, '36, of Malibu, Calif., February 4, 1996, at 82. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the LSJUMB. At Douglas Aircraft during World War II and later with his company Micro-Test Inc., he was a pioneer in measuring stress in materials and structures. The most notable of the dozen U.S. patents he held were for the weldable strain gauge, which can sustain high-temperature environments, and the electrolytic lathe, which reduces the diameter of wire to less than .01 inch. Survivors include his son, John, and two grandchildren.

Shelford Sackett Wyatt, '36, of Woodland, Calif., February 7, 1997, at 82. After working in San Francisco as an accountant for two years, he returned home to Esparto, Calif., to work with his father and eventually manage the Wyatt general store, which remained in the family for more than 60 years. During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the USS Bronstein in the Atlantic. He served in the Navy Reserve for 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant commander. A member of numerous business and civic organizations, he was president of the Yolo County Chamber of Commerce. He sang in community choirs throughout his life, including the Esparto Community Church choir. Survivors: three daughters, Joanne Fletter, Paula Kernodle and Stephanie Reitter; his son, Keith Vanderpool; his brother, Jack, '34, Engr. '35; six grandchildren; and his great-grandson.

Kathleen "Kay" Cottrell Haluk, '37, of Portola Valley, Calif., December 17, at 81, of cancer. While at Stanford, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was a longtime volunteer at the Stanford I-Center and a member of the Committee for Art on campus. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter, '35, in 1995. Survivors: four daughters, Jean Cross, Judy Crofut, Karen Buxton and Susan Wolcher, '72; two sons-in-law, Thomas Crofut, '67, and Louis Wolcher, '69; eight grandchildren, including Sarah Wolcher, '97; and five great-grandchildren.

Franklin J. Taylor, '37, MBA '39, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., December 19, at 83. While at Stanford, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was president of Tectron Inc. for 25 years. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Mary; three sons, Robert, John and Franklin; and seven grandchildren.

Robert Riese Zeimer, '37, of San Mateo, December 18, at 83, after a long illness. He was a member of the Breakers Eating Club while at Stanford and a World War II veteran. An attendee at 70 consecutive Big Games, he served as area chairman of the Buck Club. He founded two annual athletic awards at Stanford, one for most valuable football player and the second for most inspirational track competitor, in memory of his father Irving S. Zeimer, '02. He was a founding member of Peninsula Temple Sholom of Burlingame. Survivors: his wife of 54 years, Janet, '38; two daughters, JoAnne Lawson and Sally Zeimer Cohen, '70; his son, Robert Jr.; his sister, Janet, and her husband, Burton Goldstein, '35, JD '38; and four grandsons.

Robert Warren Hain, '38, of Tres Pinos, Calif., August 26, at 81. He was a member of Kappa Alpha while at Stanford. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a bomber pilot, flying 50 missions over Europe and 11 in the Pacific theater. He became a judge of the Tres Pinos Justice Court in 1946 and retained the post until the court was consolidated in 1976. He was a member of the Benito County Saddle Horse Association and served as its president from 1974 to 1984. He was on the board of Mid-State Mutual Insurance Co. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Helen; three sons, Timothy, Peter and Paul; and two grandchildren.


Robert Hargis Fuller, '40, of Cupertino, Calif., September 26, at 77. While at Stanford, he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He served in the Air Force as a bomber pilot in the Pacific theater during World War II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and many oak leaf clusters and unit citations for his service. After the war, he operated a ranch in the Sacramento Valley and later moved his family to Hawaii, where he was senior vice president of First Hawaiian Bank. He retired to Menlo Park. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Peggy, '42; six children, Lynn, '63, Robert, '64, Ward, Hoyt, Sigrid and Oralani; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Marion Russell Muther, '40, of Rocklin, Calif., July 12, at 79, of heart failure. She taught piano and accordion in her home. During the 1970s and early 1980s, she and her husband traveled with a trailer home around the United States and Mexico. She was predeceased by her husband, William, in 1989. Survivors: three sons, Stanley, '64, Kenneth and James; her brother, John; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Clement George Richardson, '40, of Salinas, Calif., at 80, of cancer. While at Stanford, he was a member of Delta Chi and the golf team. He was an Army Air Corps pilot during World War II, commanding a squadron that dropped paratroopers on Normandy Beach on D-Day. He began his career in farming and sales with K.R. Nutting Co., worked for Mutual Vegetable Sales and retired as a 25-year sales representative for Sturdy Oil Co. in 1995. He was a member of Corral de Tierra Country Club. His wife of 50 years, Georgia, predeceased him in 1992. Survivors: his son, Clement, '71; four daughters, Alice Wilson, Ruth Wilson, Sheila Bengtson and Jeannie; and 12 grandchildren.

James F. Lincoln, '41, of Oxnard, Calif., January 4, at 78. At Stanford, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and the track and field team. He served in the Army Air Corps for two years, leaving with the rank of captain. He was Oxnard's first general surgeon when he began his practice in 1955, and served as chief of surgery at St. John's Hospital and president of the Ventura County Medical Society. After retiring in 1989, he pursued his lifelong passion of fly-fishing and became a member of the Sespe fly fishers organization. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty, and his second wife, Barbara. Survivors: his son, Steven; two grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Melvin A. Horton, '42, MA '42, of Pasadena, Calif., May 12, at 80. During World War II, he served in Navy communications as a lieutenant. A world traveler, he lived in Paris for two years while studying at the Sorbonne and camped for six months in Botswana. From 1979 to 1997, he served on the board of directors at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and for several years was board president. Survivors: his wife, Barbara, '39; his daughter, Alison; and his son, Curtis, '83.

Dale Aubrey Snyder, '42, of Palm Desert, Calif., December 16, at 77. While at Stanford, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi and lettered in baseball. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps and was discharged at the rank of major. He worked in sales for National Cash Register and as a self-employed plant broker. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Gayle; two daughters, Debbi Cook and Martha Gray; his son, Lee; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

William Emerson Ayer, '43, Engr. '48, PhD '51, of Palo Alto, February 10, at 76, of cancer. He served in the Navy during World War II. From 1951 to 1957, he worked as an engineer and section head at Stanford's Applied Electronics Lab. In 1959, after two years as vice president of Granger Associates, he founded Applied Technology Inc. of Palo Alto, where he served as president until 1969. He was a member of Stanford Associates and a former University trustee. He also served on more than two dozen boards of directors, including Stanford Hospital, Spectra Physics Inc. and TCI international. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth; three sons, Richard, '67, Donald, '71, and William, '76; his sister, Mary Frances Heiser; his brother, Robert, '31, Engr. '34; and three grandchildren.

Carl Philip "Phil" Wolf, '46, of Menlo Park, December 15, at 77. While at Stanford, he was a pitcher for the baseball team and a member of Delta Chi. He flew 24 missions as a bombardier in the South Pacific during World War II. After graduation, he became a master real estate appraiser and practiced in Palo Alto for 40 years. Survivors: his daughter, Karen Rohrwild; his brother, Larry, '47; a granddaughter; and three great-granddaughters.

Melva Ruth Trevor Wolf, '43, of Pasadena, Calif., November 5, at 86. While at Stanford, she was a member of Alpha Omicrom Pi. She graduated from the Art Center College of Design and held teaching credentials in elementary and early childhood education. She and her husband, Paul, owned La Spa, a swimming facility in Pasadena. He predeceased her. Survivors: her son, Dan; and her brother, James, '48.

William "Bill" F. Snow, '45, MA '46, of Chico, Calif., April 7, at 73, of cancer. He served in the Army as an infantryman from 1949 to 1951. After working as a sales engineer for Byron Jackson Co., he started his own company, which pioneered using almonds for cattle feed. He remained self-employed until his retirement in 1989. A member of the Rotary Club, he received its Paul Harris Fellow Award. He was a board member of the California Grain and Feed Association, past president of Chico State Asso-ciates and a member of Chico State Foundation's governing board. Survivors: his wife of 48 years, Patricia; two sons, Robert and Thomas; his daughter, Karen Ruiz; his sister, Phyllis Bartram, Gr. '46; and three grandchildren.

Leroy W. "Lee" Gunn, '48, of Palo Alto, November 25, at 86. He was an executive with Pacific Telephone. Survivors: his wife, Julie; his son, John; and two grandchildren.

Robert MacPherson Mills, '48, Gr. '62, of Burlingame, November 28, at 71. While at Stanford, he was a member of Theta Xi. After graduation, he did research at UCSF's Hooper Foundation, on the problem of paralytic shellfish poisoning in California. He taught chemistry and physics at San Mateo High School for 40 years, and was head of the science department for 38 years. He was also the school's varsity football coach for several years. He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Loraine, '48, in 1986. Survivors: his wife of 10 years, Barbara; his son, Bradford; two daughters, Meredith Bluett-Mills and Lorna Miller, '80; and three grandchildren.

John J. Mojonnier, '48, of River Forest, Ill., December 22, 1996, at 72. While at Stanford, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was president of Process Planning Inc. Survivors include his wife, Nancy.

George E. Nelson, '48, of North Bend, Wash., July 28. He worked as an engineer at the Bemis Bag and Boeing companies. Survivors include his wife, Anne, MA '49.

Terence "Terry" Green, '49, of Long Beach, Calif., December 14, at 76, of cancer. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific. He began his career in journalism as a foreign editor of the Los Angeles Examiner and was editor of the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nev., from 1954 to 1956. In 1961, he started work for the Los Angeles Times as a copy editor, and he wrote for the weekly real estate section from the early 1970s until his retirement in 1985. Survivors: his wife, Marilyn, '49, LLB '51; his son, Bruce; his daughter, Martha Green Ponce; and three grandchildren.


Evelyn Harper Giudici, '51, of San Rafael, Calif., December 1. She worked as a nurse at San Rafael General Hospital and in doctors' offices and was a part-time nursing supervisor at Nazareth Convales-cent Home in San Rafael. Survivors: her husband, Charles; three sons, Mark, Bruce and Craig; and two sisters, Marion Harper Beard, '33, and Vivian.

John Grahame Motheral Jr., '51, MA '52, of Alexandria, Va., November 19, at 68, of a heart attack. While at Stanford, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and editor of the Chaparral. He served in the Army as an intelligence analyst during the Korean War, retiring with the rank of technical sergeant. He worked from 1957 to 1968 for the Department of the Navy, including service as director of the management policy and organization division and as assistant for planning in the fleet maintenance and logistics support directorate of the Naval Ship Systems Command. From 1968 to 1973, he worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce, serving ultimately as deputy director of the office of administration and program analysis. He joined the Smithsonian Institution in 1973 and held several jobs there over the next 20 years, including director of the management analysis office, and manager of the leased space program. Survivors: his son, David; his stepson, Christopher Vass; his mother, Martha Motheral, '27; his sister, Martha Martin; and two former wives, Cornelia Little Motheral Strawser, '53, and Kaywin Vass Motheral.

Eileen Caffrey Schouweiler, '53, of Newport Coast, Calif., November 5, at 65. Survivors: her husband, Robert; two sons, including John, '78; and three grandchildren.

William "Bill" Wood, '53, MA '57, of Honolulu, October 22, at 66. While at Stanford, he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He served in Germany as an Army officer. In the late 1950s, he worked in the San Francisco bureau of the Wall Street Journal. In 1972, he moved to Hawaii and worked briefly for Economic Salon. He then joined Hawaii Business magazine as an associate editor and became editor in 1973. He left in 1981 to start his own publication, the Hawaii Real Estate Investor, a monthly tabloid for out-of-state readers. He sold the paper in 1984 but continued to work for the Honolulu Publishing Co. until 1992. Survivors: two sons, Brian, '79, Gr. '83, and Chris; two daughters, Hillary Wood-Chan and Alexandra Holgersen; two grandchildren; and his former wife, Carol, '53.

Charles Roland Marchand, '55, MA '61, PhD '64, of Davis, Calif., November 14, at 64, of pulmonary fibrosis. He served in the Navy for three years as an officer on the USS Small in the Pacific, retiring with the rank of lieutenant. He was professor and former chair of the UC-Davis history department. An American social and cultural historian, he specialized in popular culture, advertising and radio. In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals, he wrote two books, The American Peace Movement and Social Reform 1898-1918 in 1972, and Advertising the American Dream in 1985. A third book, Creating the Corporate Soul, will be published this summer. He was co-director of the Area 3 History and Cultures Project, a collaboration of social sciences faculty and K-12 teachers. He was a fellow at Harvard's Warren Center, the Smithsonian Institution and the UC-Irvine Humanities Research Institute. Survivors: his wife of 38 years, Betsy; two daughters, Sue and Jeannie; and a grandson.

F. Raymond Silliman, '56, of San Diego, December 19, at 63, of cancer. While at Stanford, he was a member of Zeta Psi and the varsity golf team. After serving in the Army, he moved to San Diego in 1959. He joined Security First National Bank, which later merged with Bank of America, and became the regional vice president in the San Diego division in 1982. In 1984, he joined Great American Bank and became senior executive vice president before his retirement in 1991. A member of the American Rose Society, he tended more than 50 varieties at his Point Loma residence. He was a member of the San Diego Country Club and was active in community activities. Survivors: his wife of 39 years, Ann, '58; three daughters, Lynn Reed, '81, Lauri Lewis and Terri, '89; his sister, Patricia Martinelli, '53; five grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Shirley Semon Malouf, '57, of Pasadena, Calif., at 62, of respiratory failure caused by emphysema. She worked many years for Hallmark Marketing as an account coordinator. She was a life master in the American Contract Bridge League and an active member of Pasadena Heritage. Survivors: her husband, Bob, '56; her daughter, Laura Malouf-Coronado, '80; her son, Robert; and three grandchildren.

Landell "Lan" Harris Merrill, '58, of Fiddletown, Calif., October 21, at 61. While at Stanford, he was a member of Chi Psi. He served in the Air Force as a supply sergeant in Amarillo, Texas, and then as a captain in the "Voodoo" 15th fighter-interceptor squadron in Tucson, Ariz. He joined Allstate Insurance in 1961, holding positions in California, Oregon and Washington until 1981, when he left to work as an industry consultant. In 1991, he moved to Fiddletown and started Merrill Motor Company II-Oldsmobile Obsolete, pursuing his lifelong dream of restoring classic automobiles. Survivors: his wife of six years, Linda; two sons, Landell Jr., and Robert; and two grandsons.


Peter Beyler Gibson, '67, of Davis, Calif., September 5, at 51, of pancreatic cancer. While at Stanford, he was a member of the water polo and gymnastics teams. He was the UC-Davis women's gymnastics coach for 10 years. During that time, the team placed in the top three in every state conference championship and won the 1981 AIAW Division III Nationals. The team also earned honors in the NCAA Division II Western Regionals, taking second in 1982 and 1985. He was twice honored nationally for his coaching, in 1981 and 1985. For the past nine years, he worked as a licensed general contractor. Survivors: his wife of 16 years, Keitha Hunter; his daughter, Kayla; his mother, Ruth; two brothers, Robert and Vaughn; and two sisters, Pamela Gibson Francisco and Deirdre Gibson Cheap.


John Dodge Wickett, '71, of Los Altos Hills, December 21, at 48, of cancer. He was president of Winston Marketing and Communications of San Jose and a board member of Kara, a Palo Alto nonprofit counseling organization. Survivors: his wife, Patricia; two stepsons, Philip and John Capin; two brothers, James Wickett and Charles Dole; a sister, Elizabeth Hughes; his mother, Jean Wilbur, '39; and his father, John S. Wickett, '38.

Thomas Tyne Earthman, '75, of Nashville, Tenn., November 5, at 44. At Stanford, he was a member of Delta Upsilon and captain of the lacrosse team. He was an executive at Designers Marketplace. Survivors: his mother, Alice Warfield Tyne; his father and stepmother, William and Dorothy Earthman; two brothers, William and John; and two sisters, Elizabeth Earthman Cooney and Catherine.

John Bradley Dillon, '77, of Palo Alto, January 7, at 42, of melanoma. While at Stanford, he was a member of Kappa Sigma. He worked for Rambus Inc., a high-tech start-up, where he hired and managed a group of engineers. He worked previously for Digital Equipment Corp. and Xerox. Survivors: his wife of nine years, Nancy; his mother, Florence; two sisters, Ruth Long and Julie; and his brother, Doug.


Anne Rutledge Riley, '85, of Little Rock, Ark., February 14, at 34. She received a law degree from Vanderbilt Law School in 1989 and moved to San Francisco to work for a corporate law firm. In 1994, she moved to Alexandria, Va., and worked for U.S. Sen. David Pryor on the Committee on Aging. In 1996, she moved to Little Rock and clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard S. Arnold. Survivors: her husband of four years, Tod Cochran; her daughter, Caroline; parents, Pat and Martha Riley; two sisters, Janna Riley Knight and Katherine Riley Shoulders; and her brother, Pat.

Beverlee L. Waller Romanewicz, '85, November 29, of Coventry, Conn., at 34, of cancer. She joined Travelers Companies as a head underwriter in the international department and was promoted to an officer in the commercial lines product management division, before becoming a project leader for major commercial lines systems development. She had previously been employed at CIGNA in Houston and Philadelphia as an underwriter in the national accounts department. Survivors: her husband, Kevin; and her parents, Marie E. Willis and Calvin Pittman.

Marshall Jonah Schiff, '89, of Santa Monica, Calif., September 11, at 30. He was a resident in orthopedic surgery at USC-Los Angeles County Medical Center. Survivors: his wife of two years, Ronit; his parents, Laura and Michael; his brother, Stephen; his sister, Naomi; and his grandmother, Florence Matten.

Keir Smith-Grant, '92, of Marietta, Ga., October 6, at 27, of suicide. She was working toward a master's degree in public health at Emory U. A fitness trainer, she owned and operated Total Package Fitness with her husband in Marietta. Survivors: her husband, Alan, '90; her mother, Peggy Smith; her father and stepmother, Lester and Pauline Smith; her sister, Jennifer; and her brother, Eric.


Jack R. Minkoff, MBA '52, of Palo Alto, January 26, at 75, of lymphoma. During World War II, he served in the Army. He was the founder of the American Audio Visual Center in Palo Alto and served as its president until his retirement in 1990. Survivors: his wife, Tola; three sons, Kevin, Brad and Rob; a daughter, Stacey Vogtman; two sisters, Joyce Wertman, '50, Gr. '51, and Robin Smith; and his brother, Loren, '55.

Earth Sciences

Elmer William Ellsworth, PhD '33, of San Francisco, September 22, at 90. He entered the oil business in the early 1930s and worked for the W.C. McBride Oil Co. in Tulsa, Okla. From 1946 to 1972, he was employed as a business and convention manager by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He served as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa until his retirement to San Francisco in 1972. Survivors: his wife, Helen; two sons, Scott and William, '70, MS '71; his daughter, Constance Ryder; and four grandchildren.


Sylvia Jane Claggett Forbes, MA '48, of Beaverton, Ore., October 30, at 77. An elementary school teacher specializing in art, she retired from teaching in 1960. She owned and operated Apple Tree Hollow Folk Art Store. She was active in the Beaverton Arts Commission, the Land Acquisition Committee of Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, the English Speaking Union and the Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton. Survivors: her husband, Dean, PhD '66; her sister, Usona Baker; and her brother, Boyd Claggett.

Vivian Roof Dunn, MA '52, of Shelton, Wash., September 26, at 90. She taught school in Jamestown, N.D., until 1949, when she moved to California. She taught at Cherry Hill and Bret Harte schools in Hayward, Calif., retiring in 1971. Her husband of 42 years, Victor, predeceased her. Survivors: her niece, Margaret E. Brown; and her nephew, Robert V. Roof.


Andrew VanVleet Harris, MS '50, of Bellevue, Wash., January 3, at 69. He worked for 42 years at the Boeing Co. Survivors: his wife, Kathleen; two sons, Andrew Jr. and Thomas; his sister, Mary Harris Franks; and two grandchildren.

David Van Driest Heebink, PhD '60, of Los Altos, January 10, at 69, after a long illness. He was a faculty member and associate dean in the school of engineering at Stanford from 1960 to 1967. He then served on the staff of the National Science Foundation. Beginning in 1969, he was an assistant to the president of the U. of Michigan, where he was in charge of liaison with the federal government on research matters. In 1986, he and his wife returned to California, where he continued to work for the U. of Michigan in semiretirement. Involved in education and community causes, he was a member of the Los Altos Community Foundation. Survivors: his wife of 42 years, Harriet; his daughter, Jennifer; and two sons, John and Chris.

Humanities and Sciences

John S. Hensill, PhD '49 (biological sciences), of Redwood City, February 13, at 89, after a brief illness. He joined the biology faculty of San Francisco State U. in 1947. He later chaired the department and, from 1969 until his retirement in 1975, served as dean of the school of natural sciences. He also was a member of the board of trustees of the California Academy of Sciences. Survivors: his wife, Betty; two sons from a previous marriage, E. Ward and John; his brother, George; and a grandson.

John Francis Adams, MA '52 (architecture), of Tucson, Ariz., November 29, at 70. In 1944, he joined the Army and was stationed in the Aleutians. From 1952 to 1980, he practiced architecture in Pasadena, Calif., where he also served five years on the city planning commission, was elected to the city council and served as vice mayor. He subsequently worked for Kaiser Medical Foundation as a hospital construction administrator until his retirement in 1993. Survivors: his third wife, Sheila; his son, Walter; his daughter, Carolyn Adams Cole; and one grandchild.

Richard Martin Elman, MA '57 (English), of Stony Brook, N.Y., December 31, at 63, of lung cancer. A novelist, author and critic, he published more than 20 books and contributed articles, essays and book reviews to many publications. Some of his writing, including novels and poems, appeared under pseudonyms. Namedropping, his latest book of reflections on his life and work, is scheduled for spring publication by New York State University Press. He taught creative writing at Bennington College, Columbia U., Sarah Lawrence College,the U. of Pennsylvania, the U. of Michigan andNotre Dame. Survivors: his wife of 20 years, Alice; two daughters, Margaret and Lila; and his brother, Leonard.

Ronald M. Barnes, MA '61 (music), of San Francisco, November 3, at 70, of leukemia. After 12 years as university carillonneur at the U. of Kansas and 12 years as cathedral carillonneur at the National Cathedral in Washington, he became UC-Berkeley's carillonneur in 1982. He was aperformer, teacher, composer and carillon scholar for 50 years. A member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America since 1948, he served over the years as guild archivist, vice president and president, as well as editor of the guild's publication, the Bulletin.

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