Obituaries - November/December 2012

November/December 2012

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Obituaries - November/December 2012

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Ronald Frederick Dorfman, of Palo Alto, June 15, at 89, after a brief illness. Born in South Africa, he served in World War II before completing his residency and fellowship in surgical pathology. He immigrated to the United States in 1963 to join the faculty at Washington U., then left in 1968 to establish and co-direct the surgical pathology service in the department of pathology at the School of Medicine. He retired at the age of 70 and became an emeritus professor of pathology, and he was honored with an endowed chair in his name. An active member of the Channing House community, he served as chair of the entertainment committee. He enjoyed golfing, Stanford cultural and sporting events, reading, photography and travel. Survivors: his wife, Zelma; his children, Erica, Annie Nieves and Carol; two grandchildren; and a brother.


Samuel Lee, ’35 (general engineering), of Portland, Ore., April 9, at 97. He was on the tennis team and was a member of the Stanford Hall of Fame. He served as a U.S. Signal Corps officer in World War II and then worked for Greybar Electric and Portland Iron Works and Power Transmission Products. Later he was president of Schmitt Forge for 20 years. He was chair of the Portland Tennis Center Association and played a key role in starting the first indoor tennis facility on the West Coast. He also enjoyed playing handball, softball, squash and badminton. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, June Mersereau, ’48; his children, Elizabeth, Jane and Hal; and four grandchildren.

Ralph Whelan Mitchell Keating, ’37 (biological sciences), of Hillsborough, Calif., June 11, at 100. He was a member of LSJUMB and composed “Redskin,” which was used for many years as the University fight song. He joined the Army during World War II and served until his retirement in the late 1970s. An avid outdoorsman, he had lifetime memberships in the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club and the California Academy of Sciences. He was devoted to Stanford athletics, enjoyed the opera, played chess, composed songs and wrote poetry. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Anne; his children, John and Susan; and two grandsons.

Isabel Goldthwaite Dockendorff, ’38 (economics), of Concord, Mass., and Delray Beach, Fla., July 6, at 95. She was a member of Cap & Gown. She worked for the OPA in Washington, D.C., during World War II. In 1950 she moved to New Canaan, Conn., where she raised her family and was an active volunteer. Later she was a realtor with Brotherhood & Higley. She was a member of the Chilton Club in Boston and the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach, Fla. Survivors: her children, Janet D. Ballou and John; and two grandchildren.

Maribelle “Scotty” Levengood Vibert, ’38 (social science/social thought), of Palo Alto, March 14, at 94, of cancer. She was a member of Delta Gamma. She was a Southern California native and spent most of her life there, living in Santa Monica and Bel Air before moving to Laguna Beach to raise her family. An accomplished watercolor artist, she was a signature member of Watercolor West and exhibited her work twice at Stanford. She was known for her great sense of style, wit and fun. She was predeceased by her husband, John, ’39, MBA ’42. Survivors: her children, Laurie Vibert Schofield, ’76, and Jeanne Vibert Sloan; and two grandsons. 

Barbara Goodrich Deering Boege, ’39 (English), of Comfort, Texas, February 1, 2011, at 93. She was a member of Cap & Gown. She had a varied career that included working as an office manager at a furniture store in San Mateo. She was active in her church, and she enjoyed playing bridge and traveling. She was predeceased by her first husband, Richard Deering, MBA ’39, and her second husband, John Boege. Survivors: her children, Patricia Cox and Margaret Murphy; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Margaret King Lyons, ’39 (social science/social thought), of Charlotte, Vt., June 13, at 96, from a spontaneous tear of the aorta. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She earned her elementary teaching credential and taught kindergarten at the Peninsula School in Menlo Park. Later she became a reading specialist and worked with disadvantaged children. She moved to Charlotte at age 91 and enjoyed gardening, reading and playing duplicate bridge. Survivors: her children, Mary Lyons Mesirow and Jane Lyons Moses; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Albert Seymour Walton, ’39 (geology), of Sacramento, May 11, at 94, following a stroke. He served in the Navy and then had a long career as a general contractor and real estate broker. He was also an FHA property manager and had been president of the Yolo County Chamber of Commerce and the West Sacramento Rotary Club. A member of many Masonic organizations, in 2012 he was the most senior Master Mason with 67 years. He enjoyed learning about computers, playing golf and traveling the world with his wife. He was predeceased by his wife of almost 70 years, Dorothea. Survivors: his children, Carole Miller and Cathy Higgins; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


Cooper Collins, ’40 (medicine), MD ’44, of Fresno, Calif., May 22, at 93. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He completed his undergraduate studies early to attend medical school; following his internship and residency he served in the Navy during World War II. After the war he established a medical practice in Fresno and practiced at St. Agnes Hospital as a general surgeon for almost 50 years. He had been president of the American College of Surgeons. He enjoyed skiing, tennis and bridge and was a passionate college football fan. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan (Hubbard, ’46), and his second wife, Ruth. Survivors: his children from his first marriage, Kathleen Collins-Pena, Mark and Craig; three grandchildren; six stepchildren; and 10 step-grandchildren. 

Robert Charles Curtis, ’40, of Lexington, Mass., May 26, at 94, after a brief hospitalization. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and received the Distinguished Service Cross, among other awards. He earned his PhD in meteorology from Penn State and founded the meteorology program at the U. of Massachusetts-Lowell. He retired as department head in 1983, and in 2012 a scholarship was established in his honor. After retiring, he was editor of the American Beagle Squadron, a history of the Second Fighter Squadron. Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Louise; his children, Joy Madden, Richard and John; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters.

Marilyn Eccles Modling, ’41 (social science/social thought), of Ogden, Utah, May 28, at 92. She worked for the French Red Cross as a translator and with the U.S. Navy Department during World War II. She owned and operated Modling’s Gift Shop and Mount Ogden Co. for 14 years and later worked at the Kimball Arts Center for many years. An active volunteer, she had been president of the Junior League of Ogden and served on many community boards, including the Council on Social Agencies and the Utah Symphony. Survivors include her daughter, Lyn Fisher.

Doris Elizabeth Wusthof Stirm, ’41 (communication), of Burlingame, May 28, at 92. After graduation she studied art and enjoyed teaching pastels, watercolors and oils for the Burlingame Recreation Department and in her own studio. She was a signature member and past president of the Society of Western Artists, and she served as director of the Redwood City Art Gallery. She won the Art Educator Diamond Award from San Mateo County Arts Council and Art-Share in 2006. She was predeceased by her first husband, Fred Barnett, and her second husband, Glen Stirm. Survivors: her significant other, Alfred Shapiro; her son, Lawrence Barnett Preston; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

Basil Robert “Bill” Twist, ’41 (general engineering), of Paso Robles, Calif., June 7, at 95, of inflammatory lung disease. He was a member of Delta Upsilon. He worked for General Electric Co. before joining Towner Manufacturing Co. in Orange County, Calif., where he enjoyed a 50-year career, eventually becoming president. Active in the sailing and boating world, he was a longtime member of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. In 1989 he retired to his Paso Robles ranch, which won many awards for its Red Brangus bulls. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Audrey (Sattler, ’41), and his son Eric. Survivors: his children, Pam Nielsen, Bill Jr., ’65, and George, ’67; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Harriet Lee “Spice” Spicer Allan, ’43 (French), of Carmel, Calif., May 27, at 90. She was a member of Delta Gamma. She raised four children in San Marino, Calif., and was active in volunteer programs and family sailing endeavors. In 1971 she and her husband moved to Pebble Beach and later to Carmel, where she enjoyed playing golf and bridge. She was active in the Church of the Forest and the Methodist church in Carmel. She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, ’42. Survivors: her children, Skip, ’67, Scott, David and Marilee; six grandchildren, including Molly Ashkenas, ’10; four great-grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

William E. “Bill” Hosken, ’43, of San Rafael, Calif., May 25, at 90. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda. He served in the Air Force during World War II. One of the founding members of Stanford Research Institute, he opened an SRI branch in Honolulu. He joined Cyprus Mines Corp. in 1962 and continued in mining and metals recovery for many years, eventually joining NiCal, where he became CEO. He was an avid sailor and served on the 23rd Olympics Organizing Committee for sailing. He was active with St. Raphael’s Parish, enjoyed reading and loved family, dogs and nature. Survivors: his wife, Ruth Anne; his children, Kate Moore, Ned, Nancy Hines, Joan Bird, Sarah Bartling and Kim; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister.

Brent Neville Rickard Jr., ’43 (engineering), of Laguna Hills, Calif., March 26, at 92. He was a member of Sigma Chi and he served in World War II. After graduation he joined Pan American Airways and worked as a flight engineer for 40 years. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Ruth (Atkins, ’43).

Dorothy Ann Stanley Thompson, ’43 (education), of Monterey, Calif., June 6, at 90. She joined the WAVES during World War II and served as a code-cipher officer, resigning as a lieutenant (junior grade) in 1946. She enjoyed reading, traveling, Bible study and family history. She was predeceased by her husband, Warren, and her daughter Diana Gibeau. Survivors: her children, Laurel Hotten, Craig, ’71, and Forrest; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

June Lewis, ’44 (education), of Alpine, Utah, July 19, at 89. She taught elementary school in Boise, Idaho, and Marin County, Calif., and later lived in Lakeview, Ore., for 30 years. Survivors: her children, Stephen Studdert, Susan Frank and Sharon Studdert; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Mark Lewis, ’55.

Eleanor Victoria Brotman Haas, ’46 (psychology), of Portland, Ore., June 20, at 87. She worked as a medical editor at UCSF Medical Center Cancer Research Institute. She was known for her free spirit and nonconformist approach to life, evidenced by her purple hair and crone tattoo. She loved fine writing, good food and drink, classical music and nature. She was predeceased by a grandson. Survivors: her children with her former husband, Albert Jr., ’43, Susan, Albert III, ’73, and Adam; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

William Archer Hagins, ’46 (biological sciences), MA ’48 (cell biology), MD ’52, of Chevy Chase, Md., June 6, at 83, of a cerebral hemorrhage after a fall. He was a member of Delta Upsilon. He studied at the U. of Cambridge on a Fulbright fellowship and earned a doctorate there, then joined the National Institutes of Health’s physical biology laboratory. He retired in 2007 as a medical research officer at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He was a past president of the Biophysical Society and an editor for various professional journals. Survivors include his wife, Frances Mackay. 

Patricia Whittemore Wallace, ’46 (social service), of Arcadia, Calif., March 27. She was a member of Cap & Gown. An avid volunteer, she gave her time to many organizations, including the auxiliaries of Methodist Hospital and Huntington Hospital, the Assistance League of Arcadia, Arcadia Soroptomists and the Arcadia Library Foundation. She traveled throughout the United States and to Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, and she was an excellent bridge player. She was predeceased by her husband, Haze, ’47. Survivors: her children, Chris Mead and Debra Reggio; four granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.

Louis Zamvil, ’46 (biological sciences), of Palo Alto, May 29, at 89. He served in the Army in Korea and earned his medical degree from the U. of Oregon. He entered pediatric practice in Palo Alto and became a clinical professor of pediatrics at Stanford, where he taught until retiring in 2003. A leader in the Jewish community, he co-founded Temple Beth Am and Congregation Kol Emeth and served as president of the Jewish Community Center. Survivors: his wife of 68 years, Stella; his children, Kenneth, Linda and Scott, PhD ’86, MD ’88; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Alfred Lord, ’48 (French), JD ’52, of San Diego, July 8, at 87. He served in World War II. He was a judge of the municipal court and later of the superior court of San Diego. He volunteered tirelessly for the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Youth Symphony and other causes. Survivors include his wife, Stefanie.

Frances Ellen “Fran” Case Theiss, ’48 (humanities), of Los Altos, May 29, at 84, after a brief illness. She earned a master’s in library science and her teaching credential and taught for 18 years in the San Jose School District. She also authored and published the Bilingual Foundation Program, a teaching curriculum still in use today. Dedicated to community service, she volunteered as a special education teacher, made recordings for the blind and tutored inmates. She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Roy, ’48, MA ’50. Survivors: her children, Christine Bishop, Kathlyn Bartosz, Jacqueline Griffin and Mary Sanbrook; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

August Raymond Specht Jr., ’49 (economics), of Grass Valley, Calif., May 26, at 87. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a prisoner of war in Germany but escaped shortly before the end of the war. He worked for BF Goodrich Co. and then was hired by the state of California, where he spent the rest of his career, retiring in 1983 as general manager of the Prison Industry Authority. He was predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Marcelle. Survivors: his wife, Donna; his children, August III and Karl; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Sabin P. Sturtevant, ’49 (industrial engineering), of Big Bear Lake, Calif., June 2, at 86, of pancreatic cancer. He was a member of Sigma Nu/Beta Chi. He served as a Navy pilot during World War II. He was a 40-year resident of Big Bear Lake. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Jeanne (Gardner, ’51); and his children, Cindy Kitts, Tracy Uran and Sabin. 

Ralph Earl Walters, ’49 (economics), MBA ’51, of Moraga, Calif., June 26, at 88, of Alzheimer’s disease. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a CPA and worked for Touche Ross (now Deloitte) for 27 years, leaving in 1977 to join the Financial Accounting Standards Board. After moving to Rossmoor in 1990, he held leadership roles in several organizations including Rotary and the Community Club. He enjoyed tennis, country-and-western dancing and barbershop harmony. He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy. Survivors: his children, Carol Larson, Susan and Deborah; a granddaughter; three sisters; a brother; and his longtime companion Jean McConnell.

Lane Redding Ward, ’49 (Pac-Asiatic/Russian), of Sausalito, Calif., June 15, at 88. He served in the Army during World War II. He did business in Asia and Australia and also operated Lane Ward Bail Bonds in Modesto, Calif., for many years. He loved airplanes, including his Ryan STA stunt plane, and he was known for his sense of style. He enjoyed exotic cars, travel and friendships around the world. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Kathie; his children, Paula Amanda, Marlane Wilson and Anthony; and four grandchildren.


Ray Nelson Atkinson, ’50 (economics), of San Mateo, June 20, at 83, after a lengthy illness. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta and the crew team. He first worked for the company founded by his grandfather, Guy F. Atkinson Co., the summer after seventh grade, and he spent his career there, retiring as vice chair. He also served as president of the Coyote Point Museum and the Peninsula Aeromodelers. He enjoyed aviation, swimming, sailing, rowing and canoeing. Survivors: his wife, Daphne; his children, Nancy Habgood, ’73, Bruce, George, ’79, and Mary; six grandchildren; and a sister.

Everett Leonard Clark Jr., ’50 (civil engineering), MBA ’52, of Arcadia, Calif., July 8, 2011, at 83, of inoperable carcinoma. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and LSJUMB. He served in the Navy during World War II. He worked for Peter Kiewit Sons’ Co. before establishing his own construction firm in 1969. In retirement he traveled with his wife to the 49 continental states as well as eastern and western Canada. After losing his eyesight, he learned to read and write Braille and played with a jazz band. Survivors: his wife of 54 years, Jane (Phillips, MA ’56); his children, Janice, Susan and Katherine; and a sister, Nancy Clark Sharp, ’53, MA ’54.

Mary Holderness Roehl, ’50 (education), of San Antonio, May 15, at 84. She taught elementary school before marrying and moving around the country with her geologist husband. In 1981 they moved to San Antonio, where she was a longtime member and officer in the Trinity U. Women’s Club. She enjoyed reading mystery novels, travel, going to the movies and dining out. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Perry, MS ’52. Survivors: her children, Eric, Roger, Kurt and Diana; and six grandchildren.

Devore Craine Smith, ’50 (philosophy), of San Diego, June 20, at 84. He was a member of LSJUMB. He had a long career in ministry, in roles including founding pastor of Presbyterian Church of the West Valley in Cupertino and education minister at numerous United Presbyterian churches. He later worked as a television media instructor at Roosevelt and Taft middle schools. A lifelong bicycle enthusiast, he was a founding member of the Santa Rosa Cycling Club, and he served on several Sierra Club San Diego Chapter committees. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth. Survivors: his children, Kimberly Billman and Geoffrey; two grandchildren, including Matthew Billman, ’15; and three brothers.

Charles Hayden Ames, ’51 (general engineering), of Tiburon, Calif., July 30, 2011, at 83, of interstitial lung disease. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned his JD from Yale. He joined Chickering and Gregory law firm in San Francisco and specialized in public utility and energy law. He loved traveling, sailing, cooking and managing real estate, and he was a lifetime learner. He was predeceased by his wife, Dawna. Survivors: his daughter, Kirsten Ames Staubli; one grandchild; and a brother. 

Carl Jenner Fisher, ’51 (social science/social thought), MBA ’56, of Saratoga, Calif., March 27, at 82, after a struggle with chemotherapy. He served in Korea and received a bronze medal. He worked for 10 years at Fisher Research Laboratories, which was founded by his father, and later joined the business division of Foothill College. He loved teaching and was elected teacher of the year by the students. Survivors: his wife, Anne Beate; his children, Eric and Carl; three grandchildren; and a sister, Greta MacLeod, ’48.

Ernest Theodore “Ted” Hinshaw Jr., ’51 (psychology), MBA ’57, of Newport Beach, Calif., July 24, at 83, of complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was involved in student government. He served in the Marines and later enjoyed a long career with the Capital Group Co./American. He learned to sail and became involved in volunteer race management and yacht club administration, culminating in his appointment as commissioner of yachting for the 1984 Olympics. He supported many causes, including the University’s sailing program, and Stanford Associates awarded him a 10-year service pin. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Nell (Schildmeyer, ’52); his children, Amy Hinshaw Gutierez, Lisa Ann, Jennifer and Marc; and six grandchildren.

Jentra Jean Jarvis Barker, ’52 (English), of Durango, Colo., May 5, at 81. She was involved in student drama. She and her husband owned and operated the Strater Hotel, turning it into a Victorian showplace that holds the world’s largest collection of American walnut Victorian furniture. Active in her community, she served as a board member and president of the Fort Lewis College Foundation and was a longtime supporter of the Durango Arts Center. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Earl. Survivors: her children, Jeannie Wheeldon, ’79, and Roderick; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

John Rogers Blinks, ’52 (biological sciences), of Pebble Beach, Calif., and Friday Harbor, Wash., May 29, at 81, of Parkinson’s disease. He earned his MD from Harvard and taught there until joining the Mayo Clinic, where he chaired the department of pharmacology for 20 years and was a professor of pharmacology at the Mayo Medical School until retiring in 1990. He earned many awards during his career, including the Award of Merit from the American Heart Association and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Mayo Foundation. He was predeceased by his first wife, Doris (Chambers, MA ’52). Survivors: his wife, Francis; his children, Susan, Sarah Blinks Shapiro, ’81, MBA ’84, and Elizabeth; and four grandchildren, including Samuel Shapiro, ’13.

Peter Grothe, ’53, MA ’54 (communication), of Menlo Park, June 16, at 81, from a brain injury caused by a fall. He was on the Daily staff. He earned a PhD in political science from George Washington U. and was an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of International Policy Studies, MIIS, for 31 years. His proudest achievement was drafting the original Peace Corps legislation and giving it the name “The Peace Corps” while working for Sen. Hubert Humphrey. He was passionate about Cardinal football throughout his life. Survivors include a sister, Carol Stevens; a half-sister, Heidi Carman; and a half-brother, Tom.

Russel Henry Stolfi, ’53 (civil engineering), MA ’64, PhD ’66 (history), of Monterey, Calif., April 16, at 80, of prostate cancer. He was a member of Theta Chi. He was a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves and professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. He wrote several books, and his latest work, Hitler: Beyond Evil and Tyranny, was published in 2011. He was predeceased by his wife, Kathryn. Survivors: his children, Katrin Smith, Gretchen Mills and Berndt; and two grandsons.

Marian Stewart Malloy, ’54 (social service), of Stockton, Calif., June 10, at 79. She was an active volunteer in many organizations, including Children’s Home of Stockton, the Stanford Women’s Club of San Joaquin Valley and Stockton Beautiful. An enthusiastic Stanford supporter, she received a five-year service pin from Stanford Associates. She enjoyed gardening, the theater, dogs and traveling. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, George, ’50. Survivors: her children, Jane Malloy Thornton and Edward; and four grandchildren.

Nancy Bickford Miller, ’55 (history), of Seattle, May 30, after a 10-year battle with lymphoma. An accomplished climber and skier from a young age, she and her husband helped edit the first edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. At age 39 she entered the U. of Washington Law School; after earning her JD she joined what is now Stoel Rives and eventually became a partner. She served on the board of REI, which her father helped found, and was its chair for two years. She took great pleasure in friends, bridge, the New York Times and dessert. She was predeceased by her husband, Tom. Survivors include her children, Brian and Heather-Teresa.

Susanna Merleen Iversen Wallace, ’55 (nursing), of San Carlos, Calif., June 11, at 78. Her nursing career included working for Long Beach Community Hospital, the City of Berkeley and local surgeons. She volunteered for 25 years with the American Red Cross and also helped as a nurse with the Vietnamese Orphan Airlift program. Active with the American Association of University Women, she held several board positions in the organization. She loved to be with friends and was always ready for a debate on current issues. She enjoyed vacations at Lake Tahoe, family gatherings and genealogy. Survivors: her husband, Donald; her children, Janet Mistchenko and Lynn Yamanishi; four grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

John Norris Deans, ’56 (electrical engineering), of Coronado, Calif., June 6, at 77. He had a long career in high tech and was the founder of I-Bus; later he became owner and president of the Bowen/Deans Assoc. ad agency, representing many high tech clients. He was a cat lover and rescued and spayed 38 feral cats over the years. He enjoyed travel; his favorite trips included a Kenyan safari and Chilean fjords adventure. Survivors: his wife of 32 years, Judy; his children and stepchildren, Mary, Jack, Elizabeth Schilling, Catherine Fitzgerald, Paul, Marjorie Siekerka and Susan Keeney; and 14 grandchildren.

William Joseph Fay, ’56 (electrical engineering), of Poway, Calif., July 7, at 92, of Alzheimer’s disease. He served in the Navy during World War II and Korea. He began his engineering career at Naval Ocean Systems Center in San Diego and then worked for several San Diego-area engineering firms, eventually becoming a senior engineer. He could build anything and built a boat and a house for his family. He was known for his wit and generosity. Survivors: his wife, Carrie; his children, Catherine Sky and Donald; one grandson; a sister; and a brother.

Troy H. George, ’56 (psychology), of Chesapeake, Va., June 23, at 77. He served in the Navy in Vietnam and retired as a captain after 28 years. Following his military career, he ran the Washington office of Unisys and later the Washington office of Draper Laboratory. Survivors: his wife, Shirley; his children, Troy III, Ruth Dowling and Michael; four grandchildren; and a brother.

Diane Velma Olsen, ’56 (nursing), of Idyllwild, Calif., June 23, at 79, of head trauma and heart failure. After raising four children, she worked as a school nurse first in the Los Angeles Unified School District and later in Jurups School District. After retiring she was an active volunteer in nature and Native American activities. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, ’52, MD ’55, and her sons Forest and Eric. Survivors: her children, Kristina and Jorgen; and two grandchildren.

Martin Lewis Swig, ’56 (economics), of Sausalito, Calif., July 3, at 78, after a stroke. He worked at a used car lot during his undergraduate years and then bought his own dealership in 1969. In 1982 he opened the San Francisco Autocenter, one of the first multiple-franchise dealerships in the United States. He was also the founder of the California Mille, a rally that runs vintage sports cars over 1,000 miles of roads in Northern California. Survivors: his wife, Esta; his children, Annalisa Poirel, David and Howard; four grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

Patricia Mae “Patsy” Evans Mariscal, ’57 (psychology), of Phoenix, June 13, at 77, of complications from multiple sclerosis. She was an active member of the Junior League of Phoenix and the Board of Visitors. She loved her family and friends and had a special place in her heart for her Stanford friends. Survivors: her children, Leslie Hanson, Ted and Brian, ’84; their father, George; eight grandchildren; and a brother.

Harold “Hal” Nemer, ’58 (general engineering), of San Diego, July 6, at 85. He served in the Navy and retired after 25 years as a commander. He enjoyed a second career as a professor at Riverside City College, where he chaired the physical science department. He was involved in the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. and enjoyed restoring vintage aircraft and building experimental planes. In 1986 he and one of his home-built planes entered the Guinness Book of World Records for flight in the world’s smallest monoplane. Survivors: his wife, Jean; his children, Rhonda Lene, Miquette, Richard, Mathew and Andrew; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother.

Robert Samuel Hunter III, ’59 (political science), MA ’60 (education), MA ’66 (political science), of Menlo Park, July 14, at 79, after a long illness. He served in the Navy. He earned his doctorate from USF and taught social studies for 16 years at Carlmont High, then served as a school administrator for 22 years. He was the founder of the Friends of Millard Fillmore Trivia Hunt, an event for high school students held almost every year since 1969. Survivors: his wife, Marlene; his children, Kelly Sexton, Kerry Saunders and Kevin; nine grandchildren; and a sister.

Norman S. Wooldridge, ’59 (mechanical engineering), of Bainbridge Island, Wash., June 11, at 78. He served in the military and had a career in business before moving to the Northwest. A civic leader, he served two terms on the city council. He enjoyed skiing and biking and was a talented woodworker. Photography was his greatest passion in retirement, and his work had been exhibited at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Nan; his children, Tod, Frank, Scott and Rob; three grandchildren; and a sister.


Sue Irene Avery, ’60 (history), of Pasadena, Calif., May 26, 2010, at 71, of cancer. She worked as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times from 1965 until her retirement in 1993, focusing on schools and women’s issues. 

Sara Ann McGrath Lundberg, ’60 (English), of Evanston, Ill., June 9, at 74. She was a member of Cap & Gown. She earned advanced degrees at Columbia U., UC-Berkeley and Yeshiva U, and she trained under Anna Freud at Hempstead Clinic in London. She enjoyed a successful career as a psychotherapist in New York City, and she was also an accomplished artist and pianist. Survivors include two sisters.

Joan Allen Ackermann, ’63 (economics), of Simi Valley, Calif., June 2, at 71, after a long illness. After graduation she worked at IBM as a programmer, and later she and her husband started a software development company where they worked for more than 25 years. A world traveler, she had visited Europe, East Asia, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and South America, among other destinations. She enjoyed golf with friends at the Sunset Hills Ladies Golf Club and volunteered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Survivors: her husband of 46 years, Bob; her children, Jeff and Ken; and a brother.

Philip Carleton Bartlett, ’63 (biological sciences), of Tiburon, Calif., June 13, at 70. He was a member of Kappa Sigma. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. After completing his residency at UCSF, he was a pediatric and adult otolaryngologist in San Francisco for 40 years. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed family camping, river rafting, hiking and skiing. He loved his family, roses, cars and Stanford football. Survivors: his wife, Pamela; his children, Carly, Tyler, Ted, Dan and Will; and eight grandchildren.

Jules Gilbert Moritz Jr., ’63 (mechanical engineering), of Gilroy, Calif., May 19, at 70. He had a 40-year career designing data storage manufacturing equipment for companies including Adelphi and Quantum; he retired from Western Digital in 2008. A regular participant at the Monterey Historic Race, he entered multiple Historic Formula One races at Infineon and Laguna Seca and came in second at the Silver State Classic Challenge. He and his wife traveled extensively, enjoying trips to Africa, Italy, Monaco and Canada. Survivors: his wife of 31 years, Judy Jennings-Moritz; his son, Jules III; and a sister.

Cheryl Corinne Arnold, ’64 (English), of San Francisco, June 21, at 71, after a long struggle with cancer. She taught young children in the Monterey Unified School District and in Huntingdon, England. A gifted musician, she played piano and pipe organ, led choirs and arranged music. She and her husband lived and worked in many countries, including Norway, Finland and Bali. She helped spearhead the Coalition to Save Ocean Beach, which preserved the last piece of oceanfront land on Ocean Beach for open space. Survivors: her husband, John Frykman; her stepchildren, Kristin, Lars and Erik Frykman; two grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

Howard Elliott Harris, ’65 (political science), of London, May 8, at 68, after a brief fight against an aggressive cancer. He was a Fulbright scholar in Brazil, earned a master’s in public affairs from Princeton and completed doctoral studies at Harvard Business School. After working at Arthur D. Little, he founded his own firm, Strategic Energy Planning. Later he joined McKinsey & Co. as partner and was elected a director in 1994, retiring in 2003. He served as a board member of the Freeman Spogli Institute. Survivors: his wife, Tamara Sinclair; his children, Isabella and Geoffrey; and his former wife, Sally Sieber. 

William Dennis “Bill” Hunter, ’65 (psychology), of Ashland, Ore., May 27, at 68, after a three-year illness. He participated in ROTC and served in the Navy. After earning his JD from Hastings College of the Law, he practiced real estate law in San Francisco at Pettit & Martin and Collette & Erikson, then joined the Nature Conservancy as a staff attorney from 2000 until 2007. He sang jazz, wrote songs and was an avid backpacker, hiker and runner. Survivors: his wife of 46 years, Jane (Porter, ’66, MD ’77); his children, Keith and Elise, ’05; two grandchildren; and two brothers, including Kem, ’67.

Lynnette Lee Seward, ’68 (psychology), MA ’69 (education), of Taos, N.M., May 12, at 65, of complications from progressive supranuclear palsy. She was a member of Cap & Gown. She was a volunteer with the Peace Corps on Ponape Island, Micronesia, and also taught in Kyoto, Japan. She worked in financial services for 22 years before retiring to Taos in 1991 to pursue writing and jewelry design and to study of Native American arts and religion. She was awarded a 10-year service pin from Stanford Associates. Survivors include a brother.


Richard Evert “Rick” Smith, ’70 (history), of Pelham, N.H., June 18, at 64, after a long illness. He earned a master’s in history and a JD from UC-Berkeley and then had a 22-year career as a park ranger at Lowell National Historical Park. He was passionate about history and also loved walking, hiking and sports, particularly baseball. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, and Martha’s Vineyard was among his favorite destinations. Survivors: his wife, Martha Barrett-Smith; his son, Nicholas; his stepchildren, John, Mary and Kathleen Barrett; and two brothers.

Carl Richard Schenker Jr., ’71 (history), JD ’74, of Washington, D.C., May 31, at 63. After earning his law degree, he served as a law clerk for Justice Lewis Powell of the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined O’Melveny & Myers in 1976 and played a key role in developing its litigation practice. He retired as a partner and devoted his time to Civil War scholarship, publishing articles in journals such as Civil War History. He loved books, sports, photography and adventure travel with his wife. Survivors: his wife, Susan Sherman Richardson; and two sisters. 

Malcolm Dewitt Young, ’73 (speech & drama), JD ’91, of Brevard, N.C., March 5, at 60. He worked as a corporate lawyer at McCutchen Doyle Brown and Enersen in San Francisco, then changed career direction and became a public defender in Brevard. He pursued many interests, including hiking, woodworking, canoeing and film photography, and he also taught chess to elementary school children. Survivors: his parents, Nancy Searles and George Young; his stepmother, Carol Young; and four sisters. 

Caroline Craig Augustyn, ’75 (human biology), of Hillsborough, Calif., May 10, at 58, after a long struggle with breast cancer. She earned her medical degree from the U. of Colorado and practiced in Burlingame for more than 25 years. She was dedicated to providing the best care to her patients and was devoted to her children. Survivors: her husband of 35 years, Damian, ’74; her children, Catherine and Damian; her parents, Arthur and Joan Craig; a sister; and four brothers.

Elizabeth “Beth” Freiheit Chave, ’77 (art), of Seattle, May 15, at 56. She was a member of LSJUMB. Her career in historic preservation included 25 years as the landmarks coordinator for the city of Seattle. She loved gardens, boating, hiking, travel, music, dance, her dogs and her friends. Survivors: her husband of 31 years, Robert; and a sister. 

Kathleen Wineman Prior, ’78 (history & humanities), of Palo Alto, June 14, at 55, after a long battle with cancer. She earned her MBA at Cornell U. and then worked as a financial analyst for aerospace companies. She left her career to raise her children and later returned to work as a teacher at Parents Nursery School in Palo Alto. She enjoyed reading, swimming, backpacking and family vacations to Hawaii and Carmel, Calif. Survivors: her husband of 30 years, Christopher, ’78, MS ’80; her children, Matthew, Mark, Andrew and Christine; her father, Paul Wineman, ’51, MBA ’53; and two brothers, including Scott, ’83.


Laura Lenore Wilson, ’96 (international relations), of Sunnyvale, June 9, at 37, of multiple myeloma. She participated in Ram’s Head Theatrical Society. She had a varied career that included work as a CPA, a television producer, an outreach coordinator for Broadway, a corporate philanthropist and a marriage and family therapist. She chronicled her cancer experience on her blog, which grew to have a huge fan base and raised funds for multiple myeloma research. Survivors: her parents, Walt and Liz; and her sister, Melissa, ’94, MA ’96. 


George William “Bill” Rogers, MBA ’48, of Escondido, Calif., July 12, at 91. He served in World War II. He spent his career in the health-care field doing market research and product development for Baxter, Pharmaseal and Inspiron. A longtime resident of La Canada Flintridge, he moved to Santa Rosa in 1995 after retiring. He and his wife enjoyed discovering new wineries, entertaining friends and visits from their children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Elaine (Woodin, ’47). Survivors: his children, Patricia Bynum, Christine Locksy and Thomas; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Bruce Wilson Woolpert, MBA ’76, of Cupertino, June 24, at 61, in a boating accident at Lake Tahoe. He worked for Hewlett-Packard for 10 years and in 1986 he joined Granite Rock Co., founded by his grandfather, as co-president. He became president and CEO of the company in 1997 and was responsible for many improvements and innovations that resulted in numerous awards, including the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award. Devoted to his friends and family, he loved attending his son’s sporting events and supported his daughter’s passion for business and equestrian sports. Survivors: his wife, Rose Ann; his children, Marianne and Arthur; and a brother.

Earth Sciences

Lee Anderson Smith, PhD ’62 (geology), of Houston, July 14, at 86. He served in the Marine Corps. He worked for the Exxon research center in Houston, with assignments to Tripoli, Libya, and Bordeaux, France, and later he established his own consulting business. Stanford Associates awarded him a five-year service pin. He was a supportive husband and a loving parent. He was predeceased by his son, Christopher. Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth.


Daniel Francis Coughlin, MA ’51, of San Francisco, July 5, at 90. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a history teacher and counselor with the San Francisco United School District for more than 30 years, many of them at Presidio Junior High. He was passionate about his family, his books, the 49ers and cruises with his family. Survivors: his wife, Louise (Notti, MA ’51); his children, Lisa Clay, Michael, Sean and Alison; and three grandchildren. 

Alfred Taioli, MA ’51, of Pleasanton, Calif., June 9, at 91, of congestive heart failure. He was a member of Delta Upsilon and the swimming team. He served in the Navy during World War II. He spent his career with the Hayward Unified School District as a dean of boys and vice principal. A lifelong swimmer, he was also a swim coach and later won many honors and medals competing in the National Masters Swimming Program. Survivors: his wife, Louvan; and a sister.

Helaine Claire Goodman Dunmire, Gr. ’52, of Los Altos, May 25, at 88. She earned her master’s degree at Teachers College at Columbia U. and taught in New York City before moving to California in 1948. Later she managed the U. of Kansas Demonstration Nursery School before returning to settle in Los Altos, where she established the first special education classes in the Los Altos School District. In her retirement she volunteered with Stevenson House, Palo Alto Community Child Care and the League of Women Voters. She was predeceased by her son, John Jr. Survivors: her husband of 60 years, John, Gr. ’52; her daughter, Annelise; two grandsons; and a brother.

Harriet McCullough Wollesen, Gr. ’52, June 13, at 97. She spent her career in elementary education. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill. 

Lois June Mayfield Wilson, PhD ’54, of San Francisco, May 22, at 88. She was born in the hills of Kentucky and was professor emeritus at San Francisco State U. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years, Graham. Survivors: her daughter, Erin; one grandson; and a brother.

Claude Edward Norcross, EdD ’55, of Drexel, Mo., June 2, at 90. He served in the Navy during World War II. His had been superintendent of schools of the Taft Unified School District, Peoria Unified School District and Palos Verdes School District and was named National Teacher of the Year while working as teacher/principal in the Gaviota School District. After he retired, he and his wife researched and wrote books on family history and his service during World War II. Survivors: his wife of 69 years, Dorothy; his children, Diana and Pamela; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; and a sister.

Chas Roberts Farrar, EdD ’63, of Turlock, Calif., July 18, at 85, after a long battle with heart disease and dementia. He was one of the founding faculty members of CSU-Stanislaus in Turlock. In retirement he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise, and his son James. Survivors: his children, Constance and Charlie; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Jack Jacobi Coe, MS ’48 (civil engineering), of Camarillo, Calif., June 3, at 88. He served in the Navy during World War II and later achieved the rank of commander in the Naval Reserve Civil Engineering Corps. He joined the California Department of Water Resources and eventually became chief of the department’s southern district, retiring in 1985. He earned his PhD from USC and held adjunct teaching positions at Cal Poly Pomona and USC. He loved to travel and dine out, and he was an avid Stanford fan. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn (Robinson, ’48), and his son Cary. Survivors: his children, Jack Jr., Holly and Jonathan; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother.

John Philip Downing Jr., MS ’58 (industrial engineering), of Clifton, Maine, and Phoenix, June 7, at 87. He graduated from West Point and served in World War II and Korea. He continued his military career after earning his master’s degree and was on forefront of the use of computers in the Army. He held various postings across the United States and in Turkey, where he was attached to NATO. He retired in 1975 and volunteered with Opera New England and Widowed Person Services. He was predeceased by his first wife, Myrtle Luke. Survivors: his wife, Vera; his children, Mary Ellen Minctons, Elizabeth, John III and Catherine; his stepchildren, Gilbert and John Christopher and Candi McKay; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister.

Dietrich Rudolf Bergmann, MS ’64, PhD ’69 (civil engineering), of Ann Arbor, Mich., April 3, at 73, of a heart attack. He served in the Navy. After working for General Motors for several years, he became self-employed and worked as an expert witness mostly in rail and traffic accident analysis. He was also involved in commercial computer sales and managed multiple real estate investments. He mentored his children and his nephews in their careers and enjoyed family trips to Germany and camping in Missouri. Survivors: his children, Liisa and Erich; and two sisters.

Humanities and Sciences

James Tracy Arnold, PhD ’54 (physics), of Port Townsend, Wash., July 24, at 91, of heart failure. He served in the Navy during World War II and continued as an active reservist until 1973, achieving the rank of commander. He worked as a senior scientist at Varian Associates from 1958 until his retirement in 2000; he continued as a consultant until 2011. He was also a special assistant at CERN and an assistant professor at Oregon State U., and he held many U.S. and foreign patents. He could fix almost anything and loved bodysurfing in Hawaii and skiing. Survivors: his wife, Marna (Williams, ’57); his children, Erica Lawry, ’76, Laura Werner, ’80, David, ’86, and Andrew; and seven grandchildren.

Stephen Mitchell “Steve” Samuels, MS ’61, PhD ’64 (statistics), of West Lafayette, Ind., July 26. After earning his doctorate he joined the faculty of Purdue U., where he was a professor of statistics and math until retiring in 2003. He volunteered with a program helping low-income people and foreign students with their taxes, and he supported many organizations working for fairness and equality. He loved to travel and play golf, and he enjoyed weekly poker games with his Purdue colleagues. He was predeceased by his first wife, Myra. Survivors: his wife, Joan; his children, Jordan and Ellen; his stepchildren, Rob Mohr and Tracie Brauer; six grandchildren; and
a sister.

Thomas John Bontly, PhD ’66 (English), of Bayside, Wis., June 29, at 72. He was professor emeritus of English at UW-Milwaukee, where he chaired the English department for several years and was one of the founders of the Creative Writing Program. He was also a fiction writer and published numerous essays, short stories and novels, including The Competitor. He enjoyed painting, fishing, golf, music, puttering in his garden and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Marilyn; his son, Thomas, ’90; and a granddaughter.

Ralph Dean Melang, MA ’67 (English), of Bothell, Wash., March 2, 2011, at 77, of cancer. He taught in Shoreline schools for a decade and then went to work for World Cavalcade Travel Films. A professional actor, his career included roles off-Broadway, on network TV, in feature films and in local television commercials and theater. He also worked as narrator for two musical groups. Survivors include a sister and a brother.

John Quincy “J.Q.” Johnson III, MA ’77 (political science), of Eugene, Ore., July 7, at 61, of cancer of the appendix. He ran the Stanford LOTS computer system and also worked in the computer center. An administrator in information technology at the U. of Oregon for 25 years, he was the director of scholarly communications and instructional support at the university libraries. Survivors: his wife of 28 years, Jennifer Freyd, PhD ’83; and his children, Theodore, ’07, Philip and Sasha Johnson-Freyd.

Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Davis, Gr. ’88 (English), of San Francisco, June 2, at 50, from a complication of diabetes treatment. She was a technical writer at several high-tech start-ups and at PeopleSoft, where she was manager of publications. Passionate about music, she loved a range of styles and artists from Wagner to the Grateful Dead to Ella Fitzgerald. She enjoyed cooking and was a member and contributor to Chowhound. Survivors: her husband of 22 years, Laurence Levin; her children, Rachel and Zoe; her parents, Constance Anne Russell and Flavius; two sisters; and a brother.


William “Bill” Biddick Jr., JD ’47, of Stockton, Calif., July 3, at 92. He served in the Navy during World War II. After completing law school, he worked as a deputy district attorney before being elected as a representative for the 12th Assembly district. In 1960 he was elected to the bench and served as a superior court judge in San Joaquin County for two decades. He enjoyed playing tennis and traveling with his wife, and he was a longtime member of the Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy. Survivors: his children, Joan Aberg, Tom, John, Barbara Breashears and Carolyn; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

William C. Wunsch, JD ’49, of San Rafael, Calif., April 12, at 86. He earned his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State U. As an attorney he successfully represented the Yurok Tribe in the Jesse Short case. He was cultured, generous and loving. 

Frank Richard Lucas, JD ’60, of Fairfield, Calif., June 26, at 78. He served in the Army. He began his legal career as a deputy attorney general before moving to Fairfield and entering a partnership with Burt Goodman and William H. Herbert. He had recently retired, concluding his law practice with his son and Kendall Hillman. He was a past president and director of the Solano County Bar Association and served 16 years as a member of the Solano Community College Board of Trustees. He enjoyed traveling, reading, crossword puzzles, cribbage and a good martini. Survivors: his wife, Phyllis (Johnson, Gr. ’59); his children, Jennifer Lucas Young, Sarah and Matthew, ’87; and eight grandchildren.

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