Obituaries - November/December 2015

Faculty and Staff

Marvin A. “Marv” Karasek, of Palo Alto, June 28, at 84. He joined Stanford’s department of dermatology in 1961 after finishing his postdoctoral studies in viral research in Germany. When he arrived at the university, there was very little basic science being done in dermatology, but with his guidance the program became known the world over for insightful research by leading scientists into the biology of skin and, in particular, the epidemiology and treatment of psoriasis. Survivors include one sister.


Marlow B. Harrison, ’33 (basic medical sciences), of San Francisco, May 11, at 102. After earning his medical degree from Harvard, he opened a private practice in San Francisco. He left a year later to work as a research fellow at Massachusetts General and then enlisted in the Army during World War II. After the war, he returned to the City and operated his practice until retiring in 1977. He was also an associate clinical professor of medicine at Stanford and served as chair of the San Francisco Medical Society. For more than 50 years of service to the American Medical Association, he received honors in 1988. He loved to travel, especially via cruise ship, and frequently attended the symphony, opera and theater.

Henry David “Dave” Delameter, ’38 (general engineering), MS ’70 (aeronautics and astronautics), of Pacific Palisades, Calif., May 22, at 99, of heart failure. A member of Alpha Sigma Phi at Stanford, he performed aircraft evaluation at Wright Field during World War II and then worked at Douglas Aircraft for 30 years. He was active in the Stanford Alumni Association and presided over the Westside Stanford Club in L.A. He loved photography and golf and served as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts. He was predeceased by his wife, Roberta (Dannenberg, ’39). Survivors: his children, Janice Gilman, Patricia, William, PhD ’74, and Richard; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.

Virginia Louise “Dolly” Kohnke DeVoto, ’38 (social science/social thought), of Kentfield, Calif., July 23, at 100. While her husband was serving in World War II, she earned her insurance license and successfully ran the DeVoto Lewis Insurance Brokerage for several years. She was also an early and active supporter of the disabled community and was involved in many San Francisco and Marin County charities where she shared her time and energy. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert, and one grandson. Survivors: her sons, Terence, Randall and Dennis; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Harrison Lee “Steve” Stephens, ’38 (communication), of Claremont, Calif., May 4, at 99. During World War II he was a gunnery and communications officer aboard ships in the Asian-Pacific area. Later he worked for several newspapers and was director of public information for Claremont U. Center. In retirement he published numerous articles and four nonfiction books. His two main hobbies were sailing and music: He built the family’s first sailboat and led a jazz quintet in his 90s. Correspondent for Stanford magazine for his Class of 1938, he received an Award of Merit in 2008 from Stanford Associates. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 70 years, Doris; daughter Susan Collins and son Donald. Survivors: his daughter Sally Reeder; son David Hulse-Stephens; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Harvey Jay Rothschild Jr., ’39 (political science), JD ’42, of Las Vegas, May 21, at 98. He played water polo at Stanford and served in the North Atlantic during World War II. His first job took him to Seattle, where he began work in the Dolly Myers Dress Factory, the family business of his first wife, and ultimately became president. After his wife’s death, he closed the company and eventually launched an import business from Germany. He never practiced law but remained intensely grateful to Stanford for “taking a gamble” on a working class kid from Long Beach, Calif. He was predeceased by his first wife, Margery (Myers, ’42). Survivors: his wife, Ulla; children, Harvey, W. David, Peter and Mary; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


John W. Berger, ’42 (history), of San Jose, July 12, at 94. He served in the Army during World War II and joined the Navy in 1953, serving nearly 30 years as a chaplain. After retiring from the military, he served congregations in California and held chapel services aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda for 18 years. An accomplished pianist and vocalist, he sang to kids at Vacation Bible School and belted out the national anthem at baseball games with the Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive organization. Survivors: his wife, Gladys; children, Keith, Ted, Suzanne Tipton and Rebecca Hughes; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Card Carpenter, ’42 (economics), of Oakland, April 26, at 94. While raising four children, she was a leader of the PTA and Girl Scouts. Married to a UC-Berkeley professor, she helped foreign students find housing and was active in the UC Section Club. She was also a nature lover who enjoyed traveling and spending summers at a rustic cabin in Lassen County. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred, ’40, MA ’41, PhD ’44. Survivors: her children, Carol Carpenter-Yaman, ’68, Nate, Sarah and Arthur; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Owen G. Johnston, ’42 (business), of Santa Ynez, Calif., April 2, 2014, at 94. He was a member of Kappa Alpha and the track team at Stanford and worked in production control at Douglas Aircraft in Los Angeles during World War II. After building a home in the hills above Santa Barbara, he became a cabinet builder, became a CPA and joined a fraternity brother to form Gunterman, Johnston, Gall and Thompson. He later became CFO of Sambos Restaurants, growing the chain to 1,000 locations. He purchased land in Happy Canyon, retired in 1980 and participated in Santa Barbara community organizations. Survivors: his wife of 68 years, Gay; children, Owen, Brad, JSM ’88, and Kathy; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jane Barrett Weber Smith, ’42 (economics), of Santa Barbara, Calif., July 17, at 94. She was a lover of history, bridge, travel and gardening. Numerous trips with Stanford Travel/Study fed her curious mind and brought her to far-flung destinations—her only regret was not seeing the Gobi Desert. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Charles, ’42. Survivors: her children, Marcia, Sara, Michael, Leslie Adler and Eric; and seven grandchildren.

Allen Macneil “Mac” Stelle, ’42 (general engineering), of Thousand Oaks, Calif., May 17, at 94. He was hired for North American Aviation’s atomic reactor program in 1950 and retired from Rockwell International in 1981. His civic involvements included serving as a director of the metropolitan water district in Las Virgenes, Calif., and leading the incorporation of Hidden Hills, his home for 51 years. After raising five children, he and his wife parented 17 foster children. He was predeceased by his son Larry. Survivors: his wife of 73 years, Alice (Condee, ’43); children, Doug, Debbie, Betsy Blum and Jeanie Blount; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Daniel H. Cuddy, ’43 (social science/social thought), of Anchorage, Alaska, May 12, at 94. He played rugby at Stanford and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. During World War II he served in the Army and helped liberate prisoners from German death camps. He practiced law until 1951, when he took over as president of the First National Bank of Alaska, where he presided until his death. A true Alaskan, he hunted, fished and flew his floatplane all over the state. Survivors: his children, David, Gretchen, Jane, Laurel, Lucy and Roxanna; and 15 grandchildren.

Margaret Dudley Terry Corey, ’43 (psychology), MA ’44 (political science), of Bronxville, N.Y., March 6, at 93, after a prolonged illness. She worked as program director for the National League of Women Voters, parent education specialist with the Los Angeles City Board of Education and executive vice president of the Educational Records Bureau of New York. Her volunteer activities included the Columbia U. Bioethics Committee and serving as vice president of the World Foundation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. She loved gardening, bird-watching and gourmet cooking. She was predeceased by her daughter Phair. Survivors: her husband, Henry; daughter Anne, ’75; and sister, Betty Terry Lawrence, ’46.

Beverly Humphreys Huff, ’43 (social science/social thought), of Seattle, July 25, at 92. She was a fourth-generation Californian, and her family still runs the avocado ranch that was originally bought by her great-grandparents. During World War II she edited speeches for Pentagon officers. She was also an exceptional athlete and won numerous golf and tennis championships throughout her life. Survivors: her husband, Robert, ’43; children, Emery Rogers, Meredith Callahan and Anne Wager, ’77, MA ’78; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Virginia Lee Stoddard Johnston, ’43 (psychology), of Saratoga, Calif., March 9, 2014, at 92, of heart failure. She earned a master’s degree in psychology at Vassar College and married a naval aviator. After living in various locations, including the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and Buckinghamshire, U.S., they settled in Saratoga. She was involved in many community activities and was an avid bridge player, gardener and traveler. Survivors: her husband, John; daughters, Mary Carole Johnston Smartt, MBA ’80, and Frances, ’79, JD ’94; and granddaughters, Anne Smartt, ’13, Elizabeth Smartt, ’11, Caroline Smartt, ’08, and Katie Smartt, ’06.

Harry Gabriel “Chief” Whelan Jr., ’43 (biological sciences), of Menlo Park, May 31, at 92. He attended Loyola Medical School in Chicago and served in the Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. He practiced general and colorectal surgery in Palo Alto from 1955 until his retirement in 1992. In addition, he was an associate clinical professor of surgery at Stanford Hospital. He loved tennis, playing twice weekly for decades, as well as skiing, traveling and spending summers at his family cabin in Clear Lake. He was predeceased by his wife, Jodie, and daughter Sally. Survivors: his children, Harry III, Robert, Anne Englert, Pat McDonnell, Mary O’Neill and Sophie Kirk; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

David McLean Ghormley, ’45, of Bend, Ore., May 25, at 91, of respiratory failure. He was a member of Zeta Psi and earned an MBA from Harvard. A World War II veteran, he worked as a consultant in the food industry and served on various boards until his retirement and move to Oregon. There he served his community both in Sunriver and Bend and became known for his “Senior Observations” column in the Sunriver Scene. Survivors: his wife, Barbara “Birdie” (Porter, ’47); children, William, ’71, Catherine Taylor and James; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister.

Eloise Durkheimer Spiegel, ’45 (social service), of Portland, Ore., December 30, 2014, at 91. After graduation she spent a summer with the Experiment in International Living in Mexico, the beginning of a lifelong passion for engaging in foreign cultures. She also loved the outdoors, especially the mountains, classical music and fine arts, volunteering for many years as a docent at the Portland Art Museum. She was predeceased by her husband, Sidney. Survivors: her children, Larry, Harriet, Don and Bruce; nine grandchildren; and one sister, Marian Durkheimer Jaffe, ’50.

Sara Mae Wills Alden, ’46 (Spanish), of Santa Rosa, Calif., July 21, at 90, of acute leukemia. She taught Spanish for a year at Stanford before getting married and eventually moving to Hawaii, where she taught at Punahou School. In 1964 she and her family moved to Kansas City and she became active with the community. Survivors: her husband, Raymond, ’44; children, David, ’70, Merritt Alden Booster, ’73, and John, ’74; seven grandchildren, including Genery Booster, ’02; and two great-grandchildren.

Patricia Jane “Patty” Christ Channell, ’46 (education), of Lafayette, Calif., July 22, at 90, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She taught at Havens Elementary School in Piedmont, Calif., and was active on many community committees, including serving as president of the Junior League of Oakland East Bay. She loved golf and spent many happy hours with friends at Claremont Country Club. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, William, ’44. Survivors: her children, Nancy Dunn and William Jr.; and two grandchildren.

Carolyn Jean Shively Clark, ’46 (nursing), of Ventura, Calif., July 1, at 91. She worked in San Francisco as a public health nurse and cared for 30 foster newborns until they were adopted over a period of 20 years. She accompanied her husband on trips with Health Volunteers Overseas to Malawi, Africa, India and St. Lucia, where she became involved in their nursing education programs. In 1997 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as an on-call nurse and board member of the Hospice of San Joaquin County. She loved singing in her church choir and tending to her beautiful gardens. Survivors: her husband, Stanley, MD ’46; children, Kathryn Zwers, ’72, Christina Meyers, Douglas and Gordon; six grandchildren, including Landon, MD ’04, and Maxx, ’12; five great-grandchildren; and one sister.

Nancy Jane Wilson Ordway, ’46 (political science), of Flagstaff, Ariz., June 23, at 90. She loved to read and travel and was an active volunteer. She also enjoyed time with friends and family and her home was always a gathering place during holidays. Warm, funny and kind, she was known for having a smile that could light up a room. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, William, ’49. Survivors include her two daughters, Kathy Butler and Sue.

Earl L. Phillips, ’46 (general engineering), MS ’47 (mechanical engineering), of Athens, Ga., May 31, at 94. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and received the Bronze Star and American Theater Service Medal. He retired as a mechanical and chemical engineer with C.F. Braun and Co. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Elizabeth. Survivors: his children, Tracey Massey and Kenneth; and one granddaughter.

Gloria Edith Anderson Eckert Remy, ’46 (political science), of Seattle, May 14, at 91. After Stanford she attended the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins U. and lived in South America, the Middle East and Europe with her first husband. Possessed of a keen sense of adventure and curiosity, she was also known for being smart, spirited and ethical. She was predeceased by her first husband, J. Byron Eckert, and second husband, William Remy. Survivors: her children, Laura, ’72, Tom and Pia; and three grandchildren.

Leonard Frank Kellogg Jr., ’47 (basic medical sciences), MD ’51, of Orange, Calif., April 30, at 88, of acute respiratory failure. During the Korean War he served as chief medical office on the USS Antietam. Pediatrics was his passion, and he ran a private practice and spent a great deal of time at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, serving on its board of directors. He learned Spanish so he could communicate more effectively with his patients and their families. Active in his community, he served on the parks and recreation commission for eight years and was a trustee for the local board of education. Survivors: his wife of nearly 65 years, Shirley (Smith, ’51); children, Karen Parotti, Cheryl Petretti and Dick; his adopted son, Long Nguyen; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two siblings.

Sylvia Louise Nyborg Sherwood, ’47 (education), of San Marcos, Calif., June 7, at 89. Her ancestors were pioneers who came to the United States on the Mayflower and her grandparents moved to the West Coast in the early 1920s. Dedicated to her community, she spent many years as an art history volunteer docent and active supporter of the San Diego Center for Children, the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos and Interfaith Community Services. She believed in family, education and kindness towards others. She was predeceased by her husband, Roderick, ’47, and daughter, Suzanne. Survivors: her son, Roderick III, ’76; three grandsons; and one great-grandson.

Helene Regina Hurley Veazie, ’47 (history), of Corvallis, Ore., June 4, at 88, of septic shock. She worked at J. Walter Thompson in New York City before marrying and raising a family in Westport, Conn. She was active in the PTA, League of Women Voters and the Westport Women’s Club. Retirement brought her to Palm Desert, Calif., where she was active with the Palm Desert Country Club Association. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill. Survivors: her children, Beth Lambright, Bill Jr. and Bob; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James Randolph Elliott, ’48 (undergraduate law), JD ’51, of Carmel, Calif., June 22, at 91. He served as a cryptographer in World War II. After law school, he joined a subsidiary of Pacific Lighting Corp., resigning in 1967 as corporate secretary of the parent holding company. He then joined California Portland Cement Co. and in 1973 was named president and CEO of Statex Petroleum, an oil and gas exploration company. After retiring, he served as director of the Carmel Public Library Foundation and enjoyed playing golf and relaxing several months a year on Maui, Hawaii. Survivors: his wife, Janis; five children; and eight grandchildren.

Madeline Joy McCartney Rowbotham, ’48 (biological sciences), of Mission Hills, Calif., July 2, at 88. She worked as a real estate agent before training as a medical transcriber. She worked her way up to president of STAT Medical Records in Encino, Calif., and became the first female vice president of American Medical International. A prolific artist, she completed an MS in fine art at USC after retiring and was an enthusiastic docent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Ronald Reagan Museum. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Chuck, MBA ’48. Survivors: her children, Sharon, Michael, Maureen and John; and five grandchildren, including Ian, ’11, MS ’11.

Robert Chester Clifford, ’49 (undergraduate law), JD ’51, of Carmel, Calif., April 19, at 89. A member of Kappa Alpha at Stanford, he served in the 16th Tank Battalion during World War II. He practiced law in Oakland and Carmel for more than four decades. An ardent Stanford sports fan, he also took great pleasure in the outdoors, with special affection for Donner Lake and Point Lobos. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Gene (Brown, ’51); children, Carol Clifford Sleeth, ’77, Sarah, Tom, ’84, MA ’86, and Katie; seven grandchildren, including Bobby Sleeth, ’12; and one brother.

Edith Terry “Edie” Bronson deChadenedes, ’49 (history), of Santa Rosa, Calif., May 31, at 91. She served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. Later she studied early childhood development and was involved in teaching Head Start for years. Her politics were unabashedly left wing, she was an ardent feminist and active member of the ACLU and took classes in silversmithing and architecture. She encountered Zen Buddhism in the 1980s and became an active member and a lay minister of the Shasta Abbey Zen community for the rest of her life. She was predeceased by her husband, Francois, ’50, and son David. Survivors: her children, Anne, John, Lucy and Nicholas; and one brother.

Edward Lawrence “Ted” Taylor, ’49, MA ’51 (political science), of Mill Valley, Calif., May 29, at 86. In the early 1950s he was an officer in the Air Force. Later he taught at George Washington Senior High School and was a professor and department head at the City College of San Francisco. He was active in the World Affairs Council of Northern California. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan. Survivors include his brother.

Philip Laurence Williams, ’49 (industrial engineering), MBA ’51, of Palo Alto, May 11, at 88, after a brief illness. A member of Phi Kappa Sigma at Stanford, he started his career at Johnson-Williams Instruments, a company co-founded by his father. Later he pursued teaching and spent 26 years at City College of San Francisco before retiring in 1994. He loved jazz, played the piano and was an avid Stanford football fan. Survivors: his wife of almost 65 years, Jean; children, Don, Anne Santiago and Gregg; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert, ’41. 


Byron Lee Geuy, ’50 (law), MBA ’55, of Half Moon Bay, Calif., July 10, at 86. He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1953 and joined the Western Highway Institute in 1955. He enjoyed a successful career in the transportation industry for 39 years, retiring in 1994. He then earned a teaching certificate and taught English in Vietnam and Thailand as part of the Harvard Institute for International Development. Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Ann; sons, Darrell and Randall; two grandchildren; and one sister.

Eleanor Louise Cole Nordyke, ’50 (nursing), of Honolulu, January 17, 2014, at 86. A historian and author (The Peopling of Hawaii and other books), she developed an interest in population studies during her graduate work in public health at the U. of Hawaii. She lived in the Manoa Valley for nearly 60 years and retired from the East-West Center Population Institute after a 20-year-plus affiliation. Survivors: her children, Mary Ellen Nordyke-Grace, ’75, Carolyn Nordyke Cozzette, Thomas, Susan Bell, ’83, and Gretchen Worthington; 13 grandchildren, including Aimee Grace, ’04, and Nalanie Grace, ’06; and one brother, Ralph Cole, ’47, MBA ’49.

Louis R. d’Assalenaux IV, ’51 (industrial engineering), of Carlsbad, Calif., July 21, at 91, of coronary artery disease. During World War II he enlisted in the Navy V12 program and served as an officer in the Seabees. After graduating from Stanford, he worked for McCulloch Motors Corp. and later served as vice president of McCulloch Oil Corp. He retired as president of his own company, LRD Securities. An ardent traveler, he also loved water skiing, played tennis into his 80s and was a founding board member of the Rolling Hills Country Club. Survivors: his wife of 68 years, HelenJo; children, Janis, ’73, Debra Kelly and Richard; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Philip Dick Lively, ’51 (industrial engineering), of Atherton, June 12, at 86, of complications from a stroke. He worked for Food Machinery Corp., Southern Pacific Transportation Co. and then did consulting for the transportation industry from Mexico to Russia. An advocate of community planning, he chaired the planning commissions for the cities of Saratoga and Atherton. An avid Stanford football fan, he was well known for his pregame tailgates and post-game analysis sessions. He also collected and rebuilt World War II Willys Jeeps and designed and operated remote-controlled replica model boats. Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Joyce (Lowell, ’52); children, David, Janet Lively Fall and Daniel; and four grandchildren.

Robert Sidney Miller, ’51 (geology), of San Diego, May 29, at 85. He was a member of Theta Chi and served as an officer in the Navy. Employed as a geological engineer at Union Oil Co. for 10 years and a petroleum engineer at THUMS Long Beach Co. for 21 years, he then worked as a consultant for another 12 years. He followed all Cardinal sports, was an expert fly fisherman and enjoyed listening to jazz and big band music. He was predeceased by his wife, Ardeth. Survivors: his daughters, Marilyn Winebarger and Janice; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one brother, William, ’50.

Gordon Lee Nordby, ’51, MS ’54, PhD ’59 (chemistry), of Ann Arbor, Mich., July 25, at 85, of cancer. In 1962 he joined the U. of Michigan to help form the biophysics research division and serve as an associate professor of biological chemistry in the medical school. He retired 32 years later. His many hobbies included woodworking, scuba diving and underwater photography. He also loved backpacking throughout the West and was active in the Boy Scouts, achieving the Eagle Scout award. Survivors: his wife of 61 years, Virginia (Blomer, ’51, JD ’54); children, Margaret Nordby Hug, Laura Nordby Delgado, ’83, Martin, ’84, and Eric; 11 grandchildren, including David Delgado, ’11, Joseph Delgado, ’14, Michael Delgado, ’10, MS ’13; and one step-grandson.

Calvin William “Cal” Spafford III, ’51 (economics), MBA ’53, of Santa Cruz, Calif., April 3, at 85. He worked at Wells Fargo Bank, as an architect for Eichler Homes, earned his CLU in life insurance and was an entrepreneur owning and operating a graphic arts and signage company for 20 years.

Jean Marie Tice Raisch, ’52 (social science/social thought), of Los Gatos, Calif., May 15, at 84. She loved music and was an accomplished pianist and sang in the Saint Andrew’s Church choir. She was also an accomplished equestrienne who competed throughout California. A gracious hostess, she entertained family and friends at home and at tailgates before nearly every Stanford home football game in a custom-made FMC motor coach. Her service to her alma mater also included serving as a Class Notes correspondent for Stanford magazine. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Albert “Bo,” ’52, MBA ’54. Survivors: her children, Bryan, ’77, Dana Raisch Klamecki and Doug; and nine grandchildren. 

Clayton Wesley Frye Jr., ’53 (political science), MBA ’59, of New York City and New Canaan, Conn., October 19, 2014, at 84, of complications from congestive heart failure. At Stanford he ran varsity track and was a member of Delta Tau Delta. After co-founding several businesses in California and Texas, he worked with Laurance S. Rockefeller for more than 30 years, overseeing his diverse business, investment and philanthropic programs. Following Rockefeller’s death in 2004, he served as executor of his estate. He was also a director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and chair of the Jackson Hole Preserve. His outside affiliations include directorship of the Times Mirror Co. and serving as an overseer of the Hoover Institution. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy, and daughter Carolyn Frye Halloran. Survivors: his daughter Diane Frye Tanner; three granddaughters; and one brother.

Edward Luther Miles, ’53 (economics), MBA ’58, of Chesterfield, Mo., July 25, at 84. A member of Kappa Alpha, he worked at Shell Oil and Scott Paper Co. before joining Anheuser-Busch, where he stayed for 33 years. He retired in 1994 as director of state affairs. His retirement years were spent playing tennis, traveling and making wonderful memories with family and friends. Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Betty; children, Kevin, Kelly Hoerr, Patty Miles-Gingrich and Tom; and seven grandchildren.

Abigail L. “Gail” Haskell Redfern, ’53 (Latin American studies), MA ’54 (education), of La Jolla, Calif., in 2015, after a lengthy illness. She taught at the Bishop’s School and maintained an interest in the arts, especially opera and Spanish literature. With a ready smile, she was known for her positive outlook and generosity. She was predeceased by her husband, John. Survivors: her children, Donald, Tamlin and Charles; and six grandchildren.

William Tanke Anderson, ’54 (economics), of Oceanside, Calif., June 20, at 83, after a two-year illness. After Stanford, he served in the Korean War and then started Bill Anderson Tire in Vista, Calif., a business he ran for more than 35 years. He loved sports, especially college football, and remained a Stanford booster throughout his life. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Karen (Hansen, ’53); children, Kristen Tyson, William and Gail Gregersen; nine grandchildren; and six siblings.

James Edward “Jim” Linneman, ’55 (undergraduate law), JD ’59, of Merced, Calif., April 8, at 81. He served in the Navy and, after law school, moved to Merced to work in the district attorney’s office. Later he joined Linneman, Burgess, Telles and Van Atta, a firm started by his father. He also served a year as the public defender. One of his greatest joys was skiing in deep powder and he enjoyed many trips with family and friends to the mountains of Alta, Utah, the Sierras and Colorado. Survivors: his wife of 54 years, Carol; daughters, Andrea and Jessica; and four grandchildren.

Wheeler Grey Jr., ’56 (economics), MBA ’61, of Redmond, Wash., April 18, at 80, after a long struggle with Lewy body disease. He served as a communications officer in the Navy and retired in 1995 from the Boeing Co. as a cost management analyst. Remembered for his kindness, integrity and devotion to his wife, he loved His Savior and the scriptures. Survivors: his wife, Carolyn; children, Sherilyn Sunflower and Stuart; three grandsons; and two siblings.

Benjamin Franklin La Mar Jr., ’56 (political science), of Half Moon Bay, Calif., July 30, at 80, of a heart attack. He maintained a law office in Half Moon Bay for more than 50 years. His love and knowledge of classic cars was legendary, as was his showing of various models at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance for 27 years in a row. He was also an avid fisherman and landed a sturgeon the exceeded 100 pounds when he was 77. Survivors: his wife, Gail; children, Benjamin VIII and Ingrid La Mar; and two grandsons.

Jon Dudley Dorman, ’57 (psychology), of Pelham, N.C., March 2, 2014, at 77. He was assistant chief neurologist at Harbor General Hospital and assistant professor of neurology at UCLA before moving to Sonora, Calif., and entering private practice. In 1982 he moved to Danville, Va., and practiced neurology with his second wife until 1994, when they opened a private practice in Dubai. After retiring to SleepyGoat Farm in Pelham, they started an artisan cheese-making business. Survivors: his wife, Della; daughters, Beth and Kate; and three sisters.

Henry Earle Riggs, ’57 (industrial engineering), of Palo Alto, June 10, at 80, after a brief illness. Early in his career he worked for tech companies and taught at Stanford part time. In the 1980s he ran the development office at Stanford and then became president of Harvey Mudd College in 1988. He left Harvey Mudd nine years later to serve as the founding president of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. Having purchased his first boat at 70, he piloted a round-trip voyage to Alaska when he was 75. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Gayle (Carson, ’58); children, Betsy McCarthy, Peter and Katie; and six grandchildren.

Jeremy Alvin “Jerry” Spielman, ’57 (economics), of Woodside, July 5, at 84. He served in the Air Force before attending Stanford and then earned an MBA from Golden Gate U. His career started in financial management at Boole and Babbage and continued as a consultant in Silicon Valley. He then moved into commercial real estate sales and development, managing his own company. His passions included golf, travel, especially scuba diving vacations, and spending time with friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Lynn. Survivors: his daughter, Cailean Spielman Sherman; and one grandson.

Peter Hidalgo Flood, ’58 (biological sciences), of Ketchum, Idaho, March 8, at 78. A member of Phi Delta Theta at Stanford, he joined the Army and served as the manager of the Officers Club at Fort Mason, California, a position that inspired him to attend Cornell U. Hotel School. During his subsequent tenure with Western International Hotels, he worked in Peru and managed the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. But his greatest passion was the mountains: hiking, biking, hunting and Alpine skiing. He moved his family to Ketchum in 1970 and owned a landscaping business. He was predeceased by his daughter Laura. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Debbie, children, Heather and Randolph; and five grandchildren.

Euletta Louise Maurer “Letty” French, ’58 (education), of Paso Robles, Calif., July 4, at 79, of pancreatic cancer. She was a teacher, registered nurse and lover of the outdoors. She taught wilderness first aid for the Sierra Club for many years, led outings and worked on campaigns for new wilderness areas. A mountaineer, she climbed most of the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada and Popocatépetl in Mexico. She loved teaching student nurses, establishing dog parks and removing miles of barbed wire fencing so pronghorned antelope could roam the Carrizo Plain. Survivors: her husband, Calvin, ’58; daughters, Frances Reneau, ’83, MA ’83, and Margaret Graham; four grandchildren; and one brother.

Donald Windsor “Bud” Malouf, ’58 (economics), JD ’61, of Elk Grove, Calif., July 23, at 78, after a courageous fight with multiple sclerosis. He was a trial attorney and partner in the law firm of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold in San Francisco. From a young age, he loved swimming and sailing, and he was an avid backgammon player. Survivors: his sons, Logan and Donald Jr.; and six grandchildren.

David A. “Turtle” Thomson Jr., ’59 (economics), of Anacortes, Wash., June 12, at 77. He belonged to Phi Gamma Delta, and his fraternity brothers nicknamed him Turtle. After graduating from Stanford, he joined the Air Force and later was the co-founder and CEO of a telecom software company that was sold in the 1980s. He was a proud member of the Anacortes Yacht Club as commodore and longtime webmaster, and he felt blessed to have a large and close group of friends. Survivors: his wife, Karen; daughters, Kirsten and Erica; and three grandchildren.


Norman Walter Pincock, ’60 (biological sciences), of Escondido, Calif., May 31, at 76. He served in the Air Force in the mid-1960s and was assigned to NASA as flight medical offer for the Gemini astronauts. In 1970 he opened a private practice in Escondido, which he ran until 2013. He was also on staff at the Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital. His association with the Boy Scouts started in 1964 and he was a recipient of the Silver Beaver award. An athlete throughout his life, he completed a number of marathons and played on two senior baseball league teams until the last month of his life. Survivors: his wife of 41 years, Bonnie; children, Norman, David, Anne, Melissa, Amanda, Benjamin, Shenda and Elizabeth.

Gay Anne Galbraith Doudoroff, ’62 (Spanish), of Lawrence, Kan., July 2, at 74. She completed a secondary education credential program at San Francisco State U. and followed up her interest in specialized counseling by studying at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction in Washington, D.C. A longtime volunteer at Headquarters Counseling Service, Douglas County Hospice and other local agencies, she was honored with the Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Award in 1993. She was also an accomplished weaver and enamellist and liked sketching scenes and architectural details on her travels. Survivors: her husband, Michael; and son, Martin.

Ronald Dean Noblin, ’62 (biological sciences), of Ventura, Calif., July 26, at 75, following a massive cerebral vascular accident. Following his three-year military service, he was accepted into the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute for an ophthalmology residency. Later he opened a private practice in Ventura with two partners and eventually ran a solo practice until his retirement in 2005. He was also a clinical professor at UCLA and on staff at Community Memorial Hospital and Ventura County Hospital. A major benefactor of the Ventura County Ballet, he served as board chair for many years. Survivors: his wife of 48 years, Kathleen; children, Joshua, Justin, Rachel Mei Ae and James; four grandchildren; and his mother, Ezerrene.

David W. Layne, ’63 (history), JD ’66, of Palm Desert, Calif., May 16, at 73, of leukemia. He was a member of Theta XI and the first group to participate in Stanford in Italy. After law school, he spent his career working for a large hospital company, rising to become vice president of legal operations. In 2000 he retired to Palm Desert, where he enjoyed spending time with his family and playing golf. He loved a good story or joke and was quite a prankster, ready with a wry smile. Friends and relatives remember him for being lots of fun to be around and a passionate supporter of Cardinal football. Survivors: his wife, Gladys; children, Brian, Dan Spinak and Ronda Spinak; and five grandchildren.

Russell Victor Faure-Brac, ’65, MS ’68 (industrial engineering), of Bolinas, Calif., May 20, at 71, of bone marrow cancer. He shifted from working as a defense engineer at Stanford Research Institute to a 25-year career as an environmental planner, serving as CEO of EIP in San Francisco. He followed the teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. at Joan Baez’s Institute for the Study of Nonviolence and participated in the Peace Games. A great passion was outdoor adventure, especially mountaineering, and he considered Mount Shasta his spiritual home. In 2012, he published Transition to Peace: A Defense Engineer’s Alternative to War. Survivors: his wife, Anne Sands; sons, Joshua and Gabriel; and one brother.

James Elliott Jervis, ’65 (mechanical engineering), MBA ’73, of Atherton, May 31, at 79, of melanoma. He was an early employee of Raychem, where he held various positions over 38 years and earned significant patents. After retiring from Raychem, he worked for General Surgical Innovations, AgileTV and Xoft. He was an Eagle Scout, sailor and fisherman, bringing back wild king salmon from Alaska every summer to share with neighbors and friends. He also loved woodworking, and he designed and built Chinese furniture as well as items for his grandchildren. Survivors: his wife, Sally (Nosler, ’61); children, John and Amy, PhD ’01; three grandchildren; and two siblings.

Kay Ann Torrance Kenyon, ’65 (French), of Monte Sereno, Calif., December 13, 2014, at 70. She was active in local charities, her children’s activities and her church. When she was younger, she loved tennis, travel and golf. In her later years she became a voracious reader, crossword puzzle fan and member of a close-know Bible study group. Survivors: her children, Christine and Barclay; four grandchildren; and two sisters.

Jay Logan Steele, ’65 (psychology), of Hebron, Ind., October 5, 2013, at 70, after a courageous battle with colon cancer. He received a master’s in fine arts, education, and a doctorate of education from the U. of Oregon and served as a professor of art education at both Western Washington U. and the U. of Victoria. He was a member of First Unitarian Church in Hobart, Ind., where he served as president of the board and a member of Tri Creek Historical Society. Survivors: his wife, Karen Livengood; children, Heather Dowdell, Christopher Livengood and John Livengood; two granddaughters; and one brother, Timothy, MS ’65, PhD ’68.

Robert Ferguson Beckman, ’66 (chemical engineering), of Laguna Woods, Calif., June 10, at 70. His engineering degree gave him the opportunity to live out his passion for designing refineries and allowed him to travel the world. Besides enjoying time with family and friends, his favorite hobby was playing bridge, and he was well on his way to reaching his goal of becoming a life master. He is remembered for his great sense of humor, charm and smarts. He was predeceased by his wife, Rosalinda. Survivors: his children, Robert and Andrew; and two grandchildren.


William P. “Bill” Ledeen, ’76, MS ’77 (mechanical engineering), of Sacramento, July 21, at 60, of complications of cancer. At Stanford he was the KZSU news director and station manager, participated in Stanford in England and worked for the Daily. After earning an MBA from the Haas School of Business, he held technical and executive roles at Measurex, Identix and Digital Dynamics. Survivors: his two sisters, including Linda Ledeen Schwartz, ’69.


Anne Marie Bjernfalk, ’87 (industrial engineering), of Talent, Ore., March 10, at 49. She worked as a model for Eileen Ford in Sydney, New York and Paris. A member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Society of Women Engineers, she held architectural jobs in San Francisco, Telluride, Colo., and Ashland, Ore. She also owned and operated AB Design in Jacksonville, Ore. Survivors include her parents, Bengt and Marianne, and one brother.


Berhane Hiwot Azage, ’09 (electrical engineering), MS ’10 (management science and engineering), of Hong Kong, January 8, at 27. He was born in Ethiopia and found a second home at Stanford, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He was known for his boundless intellectual curiosity and infectious smile. A model of efficiency and negotiation, he figured out that running rather than walking saved him 15 minutes a day and he could often be heard engaged in fierce debate, followed by joyous laughter. Survivors: his parents, Asmaru Yalew and Hiwot Azage; and three siblings.


Charles Merrill “Charlie” Johnson, MS ’78, of Newport Beach, Calif., June 17, at 73, while on a fly-fishing trip in Montana. He served in the Army in the mid-1960s, earning a Bronze Star with Valor, Vietnam Service Medal and other honors. In 1967 he joined Wells Fargo Bank, launching a career in international banking that took him to Managua, Nicaragua and Hong Kong. Eventually he was promoted to vice chair and retired in 1998 to pursue such hobbies as hunting and fishing, and more recently he was very involved in supporting the Navy Seal Foundation, Army Rangers and Special OPS Survivors. Survivors: his wife of 44 years, Katrin “Kathy” Brun.


Florence Catherine Haimes, MA ’40, EdD ’52, of San Francisco, June 2, at 97. She taught at Santa Clara High School during World War II and at Palo Alto High School. In 1947 she was hired as a professor of chemistry at San Francisco State U. Her interests outside of work included international travel, opera, ballet and the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore. She was an active member of the San Francisco State U. Women’s Association and the Retirement Association.

Paul Gannatal, MA ’51, of Ventura, Calif., July 18, at 101. He served in the Navy during World War II and remained in the reserves until retiring in 1974. Soon after earning his master’s degree at Stanford, where he was assistant coach for the football team, he was recruited to Ventura Junior College as head football and baseball coach. Later in his career he also coached track and golf. In retirement he enjoyed playing golf on courses across the country. Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Janet; children, Toni Romano, Terri Holcombe, Joe and Julie Leonard; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

James Garland Willis, MA ’52, of Roseville, Calif., May 30, at 97. Survivors: his son, Craig; three grandchildren; and his longtime friend and partner, Jean.

Ruth Swanson Schneider, MA ’67, of Stanford, May 6, at 85, of sepsis. After graduate school, she was offered a position at Stanford, agreed to one year and stayed for 29, retiring as the director of the career planning and placement center. She gained a love of travel at an early age with family car trips around the United States, ultimately visiting 100 countries, where she enjoyed meeting people and learning about their cultures. An inspiration and role model to many, she saw the good in people. Survivors: her son and daughter, Jane, MA ’93.

Gregory Allen Hearn, Gr. ’72, of Roseville, Calif., July 23, at 80. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and earned two degrees from San Francisco State U. before matriculating at Stanford. He taught at Horace Mann Junior High, held positions in the San Francisco United School District and later became superintendent of the San Benito Joint Union High School District until retiring in 1996. A spirited conversationalist, he also enjoyed wine, growing roses, his book club and investment group buddies. Survivors: his wife of 32 years, Oralia; children, Mark, Yvonne Robinson and Gregory; and two siblings.


David Thomas “Tom” Magill, MS ’60, PhD ’64 (electrical engineering), of Palo Alto, July 29, 2014, at 79, of Parkinson’s disease. For more than four decades, he had a successful career as an electrical engineer working for Lockheed, Philco Ford, Stanford Research Institute and others. He specialized in the design and testing of advanced telecommunications systems and components, and he was granted 11 patents and published 28 papers. He loved sports, playing practical jokes, good food and camping with his family in Northern California and Oregon. Survivors: his second wife, Adina; her son, Ron Baraze; his children from his first marriage, Catherine, Diana Heinzmann, Michael and Elizabeth; and five grandchildren.

Humanities and Sciences

Robert James “Bob” Bower, MA ’47 (international relations), of Sun Lakes, Ariz., June 18, at 93. He completed a 32-year career as assistant deputy director for national estimates in the Defense Intelligence Agency of the U.S. government, earning many awards, including the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. He was also an instructor for 26 years in foreign affairs and history for the U. of Virginia extension division. In 1965 he graduated from the U.S. Army War College and went on to lecture there. He was predeceased by his son, James. Survivors: his daughter, Lynn Bower Key; three grandsons; and his partner, Madeline Rickerby.

L. Boyd Finch, MA ’49 (political science), of Tucson, Ariz., May 11, at 90. He worked as a reporter and newspaper editor before taking a job as confidential assistant secretary to the Secretary of the Interior in 1961. He was active in conservation and cultural initiatives during the Kennedy administration and wrote of his experiences in Legacies of Camelot. After retiring in 1981, he embarked on years of exploration to places such as Kenya, Israel and New Zealand and uncounted U.S. destinations. A dedicated amateur historian, he led the Washington, D.C., and Tucson chapters of the Westerners International historical association. He also served as a commentator on the Civil War for public television stations in Arizona. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Polly. Survivors: his sons, Lawrence and Kenneth; and four grandchildren.

William B. Johnson, MA ’55 (economics), of Hemet, Calif., May 11, at 86. Survivors: his wife of nearly 30 years, Mary; sons, William and Eric; stepsons, Jerry and James Stark; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Calvin E. Pannell Jr., MS ’55 (chemistry), of Walnut Creek, Calif., December 30, 2014, at 86, of pneumonia. He worked as a research chemist at Dow Chemical for more than 20 years and held multiple patents. His proudest achievements were finishing a 36-foot ketch in his backyard and cruising down the coast of North America and through the Panama Canal and exploring the East Coast Inland Passage. He was predeceased by his wife, Iris. Survivors: his children, Carol Pannell Krueger, Leslie Pannell Fennell and Nancy Ann Smith.

Keith Edward Nielsen, MA ’59 (speech and drama), of Atascadero, Calif., on May 28, at 89. A World War II veteran, he taught at Laingburg High School for three years before attending Stanford. He then joined the faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he remained for 37 years. He loved his work and loved his students. He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty, and sons Jim and Mark. Survivors: his wife, Lonna; and children, Carla Wertman, Lance, Brett and Matt.

Robert Sunderland Dinsmore, PhD ’61 (mathematics), of Sacramento, July 13, at 79. He had a formidable intellect and was a man of strong faith. His loves were his daughter and grandchildren, investments, politics, Nebraska football and travel. He also loved music and established scholarships for aspiring opera students at Sacramento State U. Survivors: his daughter, Betsy; three grandchildren; and one sister.

Calvin Henne Long, PhD ’64 (chemistry), of Black Mountain, N.C., April 29, at 88. He served with the Army Air Force as a cryptographer during World War II. Prior to retiring in 1984, he was manager of technical and administrative services in Oklahoma City at the Kerr McGee Technical Center. He enjoyed duplicate bridge, computers, genealogy, travel and arts and crafts. Survivors: his partner of 25 years, Linda Briggs; children, Hilarie Benedetto and James; and three grandsons.


Richard Byron Leavitt, JD ’60, of Los Angeles, June 9, at 80. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he had varied hobbies and interests that included serving as a director of several charitable institutions, owning a professional baseball franchise, professional stage acting and very non-professional golf. His sense of humor was legendary, as was his gumption and playfulness. He gave of himself completely in everything he did and remains an inspiration to those who loved him. Survivors: his wife, Bobbi; children, Randy, Kasia and Jeff; and two grandchildren.