Obituaries - January/February 2016

January/February 2016

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Obituaries - January/February 2016


Marion J. “Rusty” March, ’37 (general engineering), of San Jose, July 21, at 99. Raised in Wyoming and Seattle with his 12 brothers and sisters, he ran track at Stanford and joined the Marines after college. He enjoyed a long career as a mechanical engineer, spending 18 years with the Santa Clara County Public Works Department. He was an avid tinkerer and handyman, followed sports with great interest and appreciated life’s simple things, such as time with family, good food and relaxing with a beer in the afternoon. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Joyce. Survivors: his sons, Ernest, Rodger and Christopher; one grandson; and two sisters.

Donald A. Dewar, ’38 (economics), of Beverly Hills, Calif., August 22, at 98. A member of Kappa Sigma at Stanford and a graduate of USC Law School, he was one of the early entertainment attorneys in Los Angeles. He worked with Howard Hughes, negotiated three movies with Jane Russell and incorporated Argosy Pictures. In 1953 he formed Telecomics, an animated series that was later sold to NBC. In 1985 he returned to private practice, specializing in trust and estate matters, and retired in 2000. He and his wife played paddle tennis and golf and loved to travel to Europe and on cruises. He was predeceased by his wife of 73 years, Jane. Survivors: his children, Joan and Jim; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Helen Seeley Robertson Dole, ’38 (history), of Oakland, September 17, at 98. She was a lifelong musician and played cello in local orchestras, but her main passion was playing chamber music in string quartets. She also loved hiking in the Sierra, sewing, traveling and P.E.O., the philanthropic women’s organization. A member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church for 75 years, she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and held various leadership positions. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred, ’37. Survivors: her children, Seeley Chandler, ’62, Nirmala, Fred, Martha Okerman and Sanford; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Raymond A. Malott, ’38 (general engineering), of Pala, Calif., August 3, at 98. He was a track star at Stanford, winning many AAU, NCAA and international championships and later being inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. After college, he worked for 43 years for Shell Oil Co., helping to develop underground nuclear test wells and serving as chief of drilling operations. Retiring from Houston to California, he raised avocados and citrus in Pauma Valley and Rainbow. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Marion. Survivors: his children, Ingrid Shattuck, Andrea and Rex; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Anthony Vanderbilt “Tony” Keese, ’39 (biological sciences), of San Luis Obispo, Calif., August 12, at 98. He earned a medical degree from Duke U. and practiced for 42 years, during which time he was one of only two orthopedists practicing in San Luis Obispo County. He co-founded the Sierra Vista Hospital, San Luis Medical Clinic and Achievement House of San Luis Obispo, providing training and opportunities for disabled adults. In 1964 he established the K-6 Angus Ranch, which grew over a period of 50 years into a top breeder of registered Angus bulls. Named Citizen of the Year by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and Cattleman of the Year by the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association, he served as a role model for his integrity, dedication and willingness to give back to his community. Survivors: his wife of 66 years, Liz (Scales, ’45); sons, Larry, Jack, Bill and Jim; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


David Lynn Crandall, ’41 (engineering), of Salt Lake City, September 20, at 96. A member of El Tigre at Stanford, he joined the civil engineering corps of the Navy, serving in World War I and Korea. He was a career employee of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior. His various assignments brought him to Montana, Idaho and Utah, ending with 13 years as regional director of the upper Colorado region in Salt Lake City. He received both the Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards from the department. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane, and daughters, Ellen and Gail. Survivors: his sons, David and Peter; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Albert Heinecke Jr., ’42 (general engineering), of Paso Robles, Calif., August 18, at 94. He had a successful 35-year career with McDonnell Douglas, where he was known as the “flowmaster” for his work with rocket motors. He and his wife had no children, but they were advocates for all dogs and shared a dog named Mike with the actor Steve McQueen when they were neighbors in Hollywood Hills. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Betty. Survivors include his sister.

Dixon A. Dewey, ’43 (mathematics), of Woodland, Calif., July 19, at 93. He worked as a civil engineer and technical expert in load management with the Southern Pacific Railroad, retiring after 33 years. He loved photography and took many pictures of trains while working for SP, sending slides of his work around the world for international exhibitions. He also collected fine art, was an avid bird-watcher and grew more than 200 varieties of camellias in his garden. He was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Pearl.

Robert Milton Huff, ’43 (education), of Sunnyvale, October 2, at 94, of Alzheimer’s disease. A successful contractor, he built many custom houses in Atherton that were known as “Huff Houses.” After his building career, he sold real estate for many years. He loved to travel, spending every Christmas in Hawaii, and made many trips to the family avocado ranch in Capinteria, Calif. A passionate fan of the local sports scene, he followed Stanford, the 49ers and the Giants. He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly (Humphreys, ’43). Survivors: his children, Phillip, Martha Smieland and Melissa Tereshchuk; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Emery Rogers, Meredith Callahan and Anne Rogers Wagner, ’77, MA ’78, and their families.

Clark Joaquin Bonner Jr., ’44 (general engineering), of Laguna Beach, Calif., August 14, at 93. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and the water polo team and served in the Army Air Force during World War II. After the war, he went to work for his father, a prominent real estate developer. Later he founded his own real estate development company, C.J. Bonner Corp. He and his wife journeyed to many exotic locations and loved the outdoors; they grew vegetables, went fishing and tended to their animals. The annual dove hunt, surrounded by an assortment of kids and grandkids, was the highlight of his year. He was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth “Betty” (Godshall, ’43). Survivors: his wife of 46 years, Nancy; five children, including Beverly Bonner McCord, ’67; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Gordon Russell Ewig, ’44 (economics), MBA ’48, of Palm Desert, Calif., August 11, at 92. A member of Delta Chi, he served as a naval officer during World War II. He then worked in the cemetery and mortuary business, serving as president of the industry’s national and international associations. He enjoyed tennis and golf and was known for his great wit and intellect. Survivors: his wife of 69 years, Virginia; children, Gloria Judson and Randall; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Albert Hambach Hughes, ’44 (social science/social thought), of Seattle, August 17, at 92. A veteran of World War II, he received five battle stars for his service. He worked for Salomon Smith Barney as a financial manager and retired after 40 years. His interests included swimming, skiing, flying planes, the ballet and traveling with his family. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Kathryn “Kitty” (Kircher, ’62); sons, Albert Jr. and John; and three grandchildren.

Orville Rey Rule Jr., ’44 (electrical engineering), of Hayden Lake, Idaho, August 27, at 93. At Stanford he was a member of Sigma Nu/Beta Chi and the water polo team. He served in World War II and enjoyed a successful career in banking. He loved his family, his country and his God. Survivors: his wife, Ann; children, Pamela Sullivan, Peggy Rule Meyer, ’73, and Peter; one grandson; and one brother, Bill, ’48.

Lucile Stites Thompson, ’44 (communication), of Coronado, Calif., July 1, at 91. She graduated from Stanford, where she worked for the Daily, and entered the Navy, retiring as a lieutenant commander in 1964. She earned a doctorate in economics from UCSD and taught at Bowling Green State U. in Ohio for a few years. Her happiest times were spent traveling by car throughout the U.K. Survivors include her nephews and nieces and dear friend Mary Driver.

John Jervey Bucklin, ’45 (economics), of Pasadena, Calif., August 8, at 92. He played soccer at Stanford and served in the Army during World War II. He had a 35-year career in the mortgage banking business and his interests ranged from photography and travel to Stanford football and a martini before dinner. Survivors: his wife, Patricia; daughters, Sally, Susanne Henze, ’75, and Jane Bucklin MacKinnon, ’82; four grandchildren; and one brother.

Stanley W. Alldredge, ’46 (humanities), of Laguna Niguel, Calif., June 29, at 92. He was a code breaker during World War II and went on to become an environmental controls engineer for Honeywell and Johnson controls. He was a patient man who never spoke ill of anyone and inspired one friend to say, “If the world had more Stanleys, it’d be a better place.” Survivors: his wife, Tilly; children, Lynn Klug and Wayne; and five grandchildren.

Adaline Wright Brown Jessup, ’46 (biological sciences), of Portola Valley, August 26, at 90, after a brief illness. An early environmentalist, she volunteered with the Environmental Volunteers, where she taught schoolchildren about the natural world. She also served as a docent at Año Nuevo State Park and later in life transformed her property into a bird refuge. She was predeceased by her husband, Bruce, ’41, MD ’49. Survivors: her children, Joan Fray and Judd; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Barbara Jean Buchan Knapp, ’46 (bacteriology), of Fullerton, Calif., July 24, at 90, of respiratory failure. Having survived polio as a teenager, she chose to major in bacteriology and do lab work on the polio virus. During World War II, she met her husband while he was stationed at Treasure Island and training for deployment to the Pacific theater. They were married at Memorial Church and lived in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Ohio before settling in Fullerton, Calif., the family home for 52 years. Survivors: her husband of 68 years, Robert; sons, James, Dean, ’74, and John; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Oliver Penn Thomas, ’46 (basic medical sciences), MD ’51, of Escondido, Calif., August 4, at 89, due to complications of dementia. He co-founded the Penn Elm Medical Group and practiced family medicine in Escondido for 44 years. In 1971, he and other volunteers founded the Escondido Free Clinic to provide health care to the poor, and he served as medical director for the first two years. Since its founding, the clinic has grown into Neighborhood Healthcare with clinics throughout the region. He served on the board of the YMCA, had a deep love of nature and enjoyed classical music, photography, camping and reading poetry. Survivors: his wife, Virginia; children, Sam, John, Andy and Ann; and three granddaughters.

Gracia Margaret Rasor Bell, ’48 (English), of Walnut Creek, Calif., September 7, at 88. Her first teaching job was in Compton, but after her husband was transferred to Hawaii, the family moved to Honolulu. There she was active in the League of Women Voters, AAUW and Stanford Alumni Club. Aside from her family, the focus of her life was the Academy of the Pacific, a private high school where she served as teacher, counselor and development director for more than 40 years. The consummate educator, she turned every opportunity into a learning experience. And while she was both an academic and an intellectual, she was also a small-town girl at heart. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard, ’47, MBA ’49. Survivors: her daughters, Dana and Sara; and four grandchildren.

John M. Bolenbaugh, ’48 (biological sciences), of Elk Grove, Calif., July 5, at 89. He attended dental school at the U. of the Pacific in San Francisco and served in Korea as a dentist. He established a dental practice in Oakland. A dedicated community volunteer, he served on the Piedmont school board and was a Boy Scout leader and member of the Piedmont police reserve. He was predeceased by his wife, Verna. Survivors: his children, David, Catherine, Linda Johnson and Robert.

Carl Henry Greenhut, ’48, MA ’49 (education), of Walnut Creek, Calif., August 15, at 93. He grew up in New York City during the Depression and served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a physical education teacher who coached many sports, particularly track and field. Later he became the chair of the physical education department of Lindenhurst High School. In 2011 he was inducted into the Northern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements as a coach and athlete. Beside sports, he loved music, and he played both the trumpet and piano. He was predeceased by his wife, Florence. Survivors: his children, Gig Hitao and Laurie; and two grandchildren.

Thomas B. Williamson, ’48 (economics), of Orinda, Calif., August 28, at 91. A World War II veteran, he earned a law degree from Harvard and went to work at Merrill Lynch in San Francisco, retiring in 1994. He was a lifelong art collector and loved the mountains. One of his last treks was in 1969 from Kathmandu to the base camp of Mount Everest, joining an illustrious group led by Tenzig Norgay (the first-known climber to reach the summit in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary). He was a gentleman in the finest sense who will be remembered for his kindness and keen observations about life. Survivors: his wife of 44 years, Merlon (Albrecht, ’46); stepsons, Tim, Rick and Dave Howard; and eight step-grandchildren.

Douglas Clendenin Horner, ’49 (economics), of Brentwood, Calif., August 15, at 89, after a brief illness. As a member of the Mounted Patrol of Boy Scout Troop 14, he proudly rode his horse across Golden Gate Bridge on opening day, May 27, 1937, at the age of 11. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked his way up from stockbroker to sales manager and ultimately partner at Schuman, Agnew & Co. He continued his career working for Eureka Chemical and Pacific Leasing until his retirement. A member of the Bohemian Club for 54 years, he traveled the world and had a lifelong passion for boats. He was predeceased by his son Warren. Survivors: his wife of 31 years, Jean; children, Blair Horner Conrad, Kendall Horner Hansen and Douglas Jr.; and seven grandchildren.

David Stuart Kline, ’49 (mechanical engineering), MBA ’51, of Los Altos Hills, August 13, at 87, after a long fight with prostate cancer. He worked as a sales engineer for Bethlehem Steel for 10 years before joining Litton Industries. In 1967 he was hired by Hewlett-Packard, where he specialized in the Asian markets. He retired, only to move into his next profession, real estate investor. Nicknamed the “Energizer bunny,” he was known for his energy and work ethic. He was a fierce competitor, wine connoisseur and world traveler. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Janet (Giacomazzi, MA ’51). Survivors: his children, Jennifer, Cynthia Cook and Ronald; one granddaughter; and two siblings.

F. Thomas “Tom” Letchfield Jr., ’49 (electrical engineering), of Palo Alto, August 22, at 88, of cancer. A member of Alpha Tau Omega, he served in the Navy and worked for Hughes Aircraft in Southern California. After retiring, he moved to the Bay Area, where he became active in Stanford alumni activities, enjoying football games, lectures and more. During this time he also traveled to many destinations around the world. Survivors: his daughter, Mary Hundley; one grandson; and one sister, Nancy L. Pappas, ’52.

Edward Marshall Ornitz Jr., ’49 (basic medical sciences), MD ’53, of Los Angeles, September 14, at 86. He served in the Navy and was a professor of child psychiatry at UCLA, where he made seminal contributions to the understanding of childhood autism. He was also an avid supporter of the environment and social justice and an outdoor enthusiast. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Linda; children, David and Donna, ’84; and four grandchildren.


Iryne Pearl Codon Black, ’50 (speech and drama), JD ’58, of Newport Beach, Calif., August 19, at 86. After college she was accepted into the foreign service, serving in Germany and, later, in Korea. Following law school, where she was just one of three women in her class, she worked for the California Attorney General. She subsequently moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a lawyer for the Peace Corps, Department of Labor and the Smithsonian Institution. After moving back to California, she was appointed judge in Orange County, retiring in 1992. She loved her family, friends, travel, literature and classical music. She was predeceased by her husband, John. Survivors: her children and stepchildren, Ian, Tim, John, Cathy, Bridget and Jim; grandchildren; and two sisters.

Karl Heinz Herrmann, ’50 (economics), of Jackson, Tenn., September 10, at 90, of congestive heart failure. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a member of the diving team at Stanford. He worked in industrial sales for Culligan International, and he was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Survivors: his wife, JoAnne; children, Holli Herrmann Judd, Kurt, Kara Castillo, Jana Herrmann Eagan and Erin Herrmann Owen; 25 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Richard Lee Hoffman, ’50 (electrical engineering), of Los Angeles, August 5, at 89. He joined the Navy as a radio technician during World War II. After college, he went to work for his father at the Hoffman Candy Co., eventually taking over and serving as president. He was on the crew and gymnastics teams at Stanford and later was an avid golfer and two-time champion of the Norman Macbeth Invitational at the Wilshire Country Club. Survivors: his wife, Evelyn (Wadsworth, ’52); children, Jennifer Essen, Craig, Thomas and Martha; and seven grandchildren.

David Warrington Sanford, ’50 (biological sciences), of Greenbrae, Calif., August 28, at 90. He served as a medic in World War II and was stationed in India. After college, he lived in Venezuela for two years working for an oil company and then earned a degree in dentistry. He practiced general dentistry for 33 years in Berkeley before retiring to Greenbrae. Survivors: his partner of 45 years, James Cermak; children, Wayne, Nancy Voisey, Patrick and John; and three siblings. 

John Walter “Jack” Alexander, ’51, MA ’52 (education), of Los Altos, Calif., July 11, at 86. He served in the Korean War and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. An educator most of his life, he was vice principal at San Mateo High School, dean of boys at College of San Mateo and assistant to the superintendent of the Palo Alto School District. He played baseball and football in school and golf throughout his life, and he loved cheering for every Stanford sports team. Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Kim (Breiten, ’52); children, John and Jody; one grandson; and one sister.

Peter West Hummel, ’51 (geology), of Reno, Nev., July 25, at 86. He was a Korean War veteran and member of Delta Tau Delta. Chair of the Cub Scout Committee and U.S. Delegate to the World Operations Committee of the World Scout Organization, he received several commendations from the Boy Scouts of America and was elected a Baden-Powell Fellow in recognition of his support of World Scouting. He was active in minerals exploration and served on the Nevada Minerals Commission for 25 years. His loved horses and was a member of the Reno Prospectors Club for 57 years. Survivors: his wife, Marie; children, Bill, Rett, Peter, Stephen and Virginia; and 14 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jane Gray Sanson Kneedler, ’51 (education), of Mount Vernon, Ill., August 14, at 85. She was a gifted teacher who taught for many years at Mountain Avenue and Verdugo Woodlands elementary schools in Glendale, Calif. She loved the beach and mountains and creating pottery, paintings and crafts. Survivors: her husband of 61 years, Robert; children, Sara Modert, Susan, ’77, MA ’78, and Robert III; and four grandchildren.

Alice Marie Ferrera Lundin, ’51 (international relations), of Palo Alto, August 15, at 92. She worked as an administrative assistant in the statistics department at Stanford. She was also a founding member of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and worked in various ministries and services. Once retired, she and her husband enjoyed travel, including a trip to her ancestral home in Italy, Val Formazza. Survivors: her husband of 64 years, Walter, ’50; children, Chris, Walt, Mark, Kathy Burns and Alison; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Rosemary Peterson Nichols, ’51 (social science/social thought), of Palo Alto, August 3, at 85. A devoted member of her garden club, bridge club and Bible study, she was known for her elegance, high principles and kindness. Survivors: her husband, Bill, ’56, MBA ’58; children, Tom, Jane, Doug, ’76, and Mark Lodato; six stepchildren; 12 grandchildren, including Jordan Lodato, ’07; and seven great-grandchildren.

Carol Agnes Rennie, ’51 (psychology), of Modesto, Calif., September 27, at 85. During her 30-year career with the foreign service, she worked as a secretary in the U.S. embassies in Iran, Egypt, Japan, Panama, Kenya, Turkey, Lebanon, Indonesia and France and at the State Department in Washington, D.C. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, where she served on the board of directors. Survivors include two sisters.

Edwin David “Ted” Taylor, ’51 (electrical engineering), of San Mateo, July 29, at 87. At Stanford he played football and was a member of Theta Delta Chi. After completing his military service, he joined General Electric’s training program and ultimately settled into a long and successful career at Litton Industries. He served many civic institutions, received the Governors’ Award from Stanford Associates and treasured his membership in the San Francisco Flycasters Club. The family enjoyed summer vacations on Lake Tahoe, and he and his wife hosted a hot dog party every August from 1958 to 2011. He was predeceased by his son, Denny. Survivors: his wife, Polly (Hoover, ’52); daughter, Kathryn, JD ’86, MBA ’86; and four grandchildren, including Samuel Steyer, MS ’15.

Elizabeth “Betty” Leemac Steil Winslow, ’52 (anthropology), of Urbandale, Iowa, August 12, at 84. She spent nearly 20 years in the UC-Irvine library system, a job that drew on her love of books and reading. She also loved cats, cooking and playing bridge. She was predeceased by her daughter Linda. Survivors: her husband of 63 years, Jack, ’50, MBA ’52; children, Jim, Rich, Cathy Grady and Jeff; and two grandsons. 

Norman John de Back Jr., ’53 (education), of Novato, Calif., August 3, at 83. He served as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, returning to the United States to serve as a gunnery and instrument flight instructor. Released from active duty in 1964, he joined the Air National Guard and, in 1983, achieved the rank of brigadier general and major general five years later. In his civilian capacity he flew for United Airlines for 34 years. He loved to vacation in Hawaii, play golf, watch football and enjoy the simple joys of family and friends. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Pat (Glenn, ’60); children, Michael, Stacey and Tara; and six grandchildren.

Katherine Brawner Reppas, ’53 (psychology), of San Mateo, June 6, at 83, of complications resulting from dementia. While she made her family and children her priority, she volunteered at school and the junior league and served on charity boards. Eventually she took a part-time position at the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County and ultimately she took over as controller and oversaw the multimillion-dollar budget for more than 20 years. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, George, ’51, MBA ’53. Survivors: her children, Robert, Charles and Katherine; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister.

Frank J. Tenerello, ’54 (geography), of Elmhurst, Ill., April 30, at 82. A member of Sigma Chi and the football and baseball teams, he had a distinguished career at TransAmerica as a regional sales manager. He was also an avid golfer and Chicago White Sox fan, and he loved painting, photography and world travel. Survivors include his companion of 43 years, Genese Hage, and one sister.

William George Hirschfeld Jr., ’55 (political science), of Seattle, August 25, at 81, of pancreatic cancer. After graduation, he served in the Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He went on to teach technical writing at Washington State U. for 10 years. In his free time, he liked to travel, collect stamps, create scrapbooks and read. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn (Loe, ’57). Survivors: his children, Mary and Stuart, ’87; and three grandchildren.  

Harvey E. Christensen, ’56 (history), MD ’60, of Conover, N.C., June 5, at 80. He joined the Navy as a medical officer on the USS Staten Island and also served as a staff surgeon in Vietnam. He was on the American Board of Surgery, an active fellow in the American College of Surgeons, a charter member of the American Society of General Surgery and team physician for the Newton-Conover High School football team. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Priscilla; children, Scott, Kimberly Hill and Kelly; one grandson; and one brother.

Wheelock Richard “Dick” Bingham, ’57 (political science), of San Francisco, August 18, at 79. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta and served in the Navy. His career on Wall Street began in 1961 at Kuhn, Loeb and Co., where he became a partner and member of the executive committee and board of directors. He moved on to Lehman Brothers in 1977 and founded American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm, in 1988. His philanthropic interests reflected his love of nature, and he served as chair of the California Academy of Sciences from 1996 until it re-opened in Golden Gate Park in 2007. Survivors: his wife, Wendy; children, Lock, Frances and Grace; and one sister.

George Morison Robertson “Rob” Schaefer, ’57 (economics), of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., August 24, at 80. After Stanford, he earned an MBA from the Wharton School and settled in Los Angeles in 1963. He started in finance and later worked for Manulife as a property manager until he retired in 1996. His free time was spent reading, playing tennis, wine collecting and fly-fishing. Survivors: his wife, Suzanne; children, Alexander and Caroline; and two grandchildren.

Dorothy Jane “Dotty” Kidd Walters, ’57 (history), MA ’58 (education), of Healdsburg, Calif., September 10, at 79, of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She worked as a history and science teacher and counselor at Hayward High School before returning to school to become a dental hygienist. She cared deeply for the well-being of others and her community, cleaning up Healdsburg Plaza and fund-raising for Stanford and the Healdsburg Hospital. Known for her many acts of kindness, she donated her brain to Stanford Medical School for Alzheimer’s research. Survivors: her husband of 57 years, Jim, ’56, MBA ’58; children, Cameryn and Craig; and one sister.

Michael Paul “Mike” Barnard, ’58 (geology), of Santa Paula, Calif., September 11, at 79. His was one of Ventura County’s pioneer families dating back to 1868. When his parents died in 1969, he took over the 400-acre family ranch, where he raised his family, rode horses and hunted. He also enjoyed roping and branding events on his ranch, was interested in local history and always had a novel within arm’s reach of his recliner. He was predeceased by his son Kent. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Joan; children, Paul, Julie Alexander and Teri Johnson; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Marshall Hydorn, ’58 (architecture), of Carmel, Calif., August 4. He served as a naval aviator before Stanford and pursued his love of flying by working for Trans World Airlines for 30 years, retiring as a captain. After moving to Carmel, he focused on painting, writing, photography and running the Sea View Inn with his wife. He also served as a city council member. He was predeceased by one grandson. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Diane (Gorman, ’54); children, Kirsten McCarthy, Noelle Sullberg, Allison Campbell, Tracy, Nicole, Marshall and Colin; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother.

Judith Ann “Judy” Hoffman Robbins, ’58 (English), of Attleboro, Mass., August 10, at 78, of heart failure. She had a long and distinguished career in politics in Attleboro, serving as the first female member of the city council and then as its chair. She was elected mayor six times, serving from 1991-2003, and was chair of the Attleboro Redevelopment Authority when she died. Earlier, in 1983, she was appointed by then-Gov. Michael Dukakis to the board of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Survivors: her husband of 54 years, Marcus; children, Janet Robinson and Andrew; five grandchildren; and two sisters, including Hilary Hoffman Penglase, ’64.


Charles Pierson “Kicker” McKenney, ’60 (history), of Pasadena, Calif., August 27, at 77. At Stanford he was a member of Zeta Psi and the track team. Spurred by the demolition of a 1920s office building in Pasadena to make way for a gas station, he ran for and was elected in 1971 to what was then the city’s board of directors. During his tenure, he worked to preserve the historic character of the city. Twelve years ago, he and his wife bought an empty lot and created Arlington Garden, a beautiful public space beloved by many. Survivors: his wife of 45 years, Betty; children, Stephen, Sara Gillissie and Brendan; and five grandchildren.

John Manning Reynolds, ’60 (mechanical engineering), MS ’93 (engineering-economic systems), of Salem, Ore., July 16, at 76, of multiple myeloma. He served in the Navy and enjoyed a long career at Pacific Bell and as a senior analyst at the Oregon Public Utilities Commission. His passions included fishing, food and wine, Volvos, ham radio and marksmanship. He demonstrated to his daughters that anything was possible for girls, teaching them to fish and solder circuit boards at early ages. His vibrancy and wit will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors: his wife, Dora Ellen “DeeDee” (McEwen, ’53); daughters, Sarah Hunt, Julia Ronlov and Patrice Chamberlain; six grandchildren; and one brother.

Basil Nicholas “Bill” Panaretos Jr., ’61 (geography), of Portland, Ore., May 29, at 75, of Lewy body dementia. A member of Zeta Psi, he was a successful banker and real estate broker. Active in his community, he was a board member of the Portland Public Schools and chair of the Multnomah County Board of Equalization (later the Board of Property Tax Appeals). He also served as president of the Stanford Club of Portland and a board member of the Buck/Cardinal Club and received a 15-year service pin from Stanford Associates for his volunteer efforts on behalf of the university. Survivors: his wife, Linda (Marks, ’70); children, Katherine Young, ’91, Michel, Basil III and George; one grandson; and one sister.

John Thomas “Jack” Rudden, ’61 (English), MBA ’64, of Kennett Square, Pa., July 29, at 76, of multiple myeloma. He was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and enjoyed a 30-year career specializing in international taxation. A man of many interests, he loved music of all kinds, good food and speaking German. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Julia; children, Anne and Jim, ’90; five grandchildren; and two siblings.

Margaret Anne Cullum, ’62 (history), of Dallas, September 1, at 74. She lived in Dallas all her life but spent as much time as possible traveling the world. Stanford taught her that curiosity was the most important part of learning, and she received a 20-year service pin from Stanford Associates. She worked for Neiman-Marcus, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Horchow Collection, but she really loved her unpaid work as a docent at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Her family meant everything to her, and while they thought she was somewhat opinionated and eccentric, she did things to make sure they thought that. Survivors include her two brothers, Allen, ’69, and Bennett, ’71. 

Franklin Glen Odell, ’63, MS ’65 (mechanical engineering), of Irvine, Calif., September 15, of leukemia. A member of Delta Chi, he joined the Peace Corps after college and spent two years teaching physics in South Korea. Over the next 48 years he honed his skills in air quality, energy efficiency and sold waste management with projects throughout the West Coast and the Pacific Islands. He enjoyed sailing, reading, playing soccer and coaching his children. He was also a season ticket holder for the Angels and an enthusiastic fan of Cardinal football. Survivors: his wife, Suzanne; children, Dustin, Erin, Megan and Kate, ’06; and five grandchildren. 

John Dudley Porter, ’63 (mechanical engineering), of Mystic, Conn., August 18, at 74, of lung cancer. He was a captain in the Navy, retiring in 1992, and then became a consultant in the nuclear weapons field and served as deputy program manager for the CVNX Project at Electric Boat until 2007. A dedicated volunteer, he gave of his time to the Navy League, Mystic River Historical Society and others. He was a Civil War history buff, a sailing enthusiast and an avid reader. He was predeceased by his son Paul. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Mary Katherine (Kroeger, ’63, MA ’64); children; Philip, ’91, and Sarah, ’96, MA ’97; two grandchildren; and one brother.

Timothy Kleewing Beck, ’66 (psychology), of San Diego, August 30, at 71, of heart failure. He played soccer at Stanford and went on to found a coin and stamp business. Known as a kind and caring person, he will be remembered for a life of service and a dedicated AA volunteer and organizer. He loved movies, adventures in dining, reading and sports. Survivors: his children, Marisa and Josh; and former wife, Connie Leonhart, ’66.

Carolyn Patricia Boyd, ’66 (history), of Irvine, Calif., July 19, at 71, after a long bout with cancer. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a history professor and respected administrator, first at the U. of Texas-Austin and then UC-Irvine. A historian of modern Spain, she wrote and contributed to several books, beginning with Praetorian Politics in Liberal Spain, published in 1979. An exemplary teacher, colleague and friend, she was always generous with her time and knowledge. Survivors: her husband, Frank Bean; sons, Peter and Michael Bean; stepchildren, Alan Bean and Deborah Copas; two step-grandchildren; and her brother, Paul, ’71.


Edward John Chittenden, ’70 (English), of Los Angeles, July 17, at 67, of multiple myeloma. During his time at Stanford, he was a member of the Band and participated in the overseas program in Austria. After earning both a doctorate in English and an MBA from UCLA, he launched a career in banking. He had an irreverent wit and read widely, from ancient Greek and Latin to popular science and Shakespeare. Survivors: his wife of 35 years, Patricia; children, Sarah and Andrew; and two grandchildren.

David Forest, ’70 (psychology), of Los Angeles, August 13, at 66, from diabetes. To earn extra money at Stanford, he booked local bands for fraternity and sorority parties. He then took a job working for Bill Graham’s Millard Agency in San Francisco, where he handled the Grateful Dead and Santana. Moving to L.A. in 1969, he got hired at IFA and then worked for David Geffen at CMA, handling Carole King, James Taylor and many other recording artists. At 25, he decided to open a booking agency and concert promotion company. Survivors include his mother and two brothers.

David Richard Fadness, ’72 (mechanical engineering), of San Jose, September 29, at 73, of complications of quadriplegia. After 20 years of self-employment as a machine designer, he retired in 1999 to travel, visiting all seven continents and more than 70 countries. Then in June 2014 a fall inside his home left him a quadriplegic. A lifelong volunteer and active community presence, he had served in leadership roles on many nonprofit boards and government commissions on transportation and land use. Even after his accident, he remained active in local affairs, writing op-eds and letters to the editor. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Aiko; son, Matthew, ’88; and two sisters.

Francine Tilton Kammeyer Krug, ’72 (political science), of Sacramento, July 21, at 64. She practiced law in Sacramento for 37 years, the last 25 for the state of California, serving as chief counsel for the department of food and agriculture and as senior staff counsel with the department of social services. A devoted mother and grandmother, she loved to garden, travel and enjoy the outdoors. Survivors: her husband, Michael; children, Kevin and Michael “Mickey” Kammeyer, ’01, and Kaity Kahle; and seven grandchildren.


Thomas William Howarth, MBA ’49, of Carmel, Calif., July 8, at 90. He served as a first lieutenant in World War II and the Korean War. Settling in Atherton with his wife and children, he worked in residential and commercial real estate. Throughout his life, he was an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors, whether that meant playing tennis or golf or going fly-fishing or hunting. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, unfathomable energy and authentic humility. Survivors: his wife of 65 years Marilyn (Lewis, ’50); sons, Dave, Jeff, Matt and Tim; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Richard Kendall Andersen, MBA ’50, of Henderson, Nev., September 21, at 90. After serving in World War II and graduating from Stanford, he joined General Electric as a nuclear engineer. Twenty years later he left to become a partner and co-owner of International Technical Resources, where he served as vice president of overseas marketing. Later he worked for Nuclear Exchange Corp. and Management Analysis Co. before retiring to spend time with family and travel the world. He was predeceased by his daughter Karen. Survivors: his wife, Jerre; children, Steven, Ronald, Celeste and Debora; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Karen Marie Carrillo Palengat, MBA ’79, of Daly City, Calif., September 9, at 65, after a 25-year struggle with multiple sclerosis. An alumna of USF and Stanford, she retired in 1997 from St. Mary’s Hospital. She was active in the Sisters of Mercy community and considered them extended family. Survivors: her husband, Pierre; children, Timothy and Danielle; stepson, A.J.; mother, Veronica Carrillo; and four siblings.


Roy M. Diederichsen, Gr. ’48, of Menlo Park, July 27, at 93. He lettered in four sports at San Jose State U. and later was honored as an All-American soccer player. After graduating, he taught high school and started a successful boxing program. San Francisco City College took note and asked him to coach the soccer and tennis teams and develop a similar boxing program. He sold real estate in his spare time and loved his home at Lake Tahoe. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jeanne (Lessard, MA ’63). Survivors: his sons, Roy Jr. and Rick; and two grandchildren.

Iris Rae McClellan Tiedt, PhD ’72, of Forestville, Calif., September 26, at 87. After graduating from Northwestern U., she taught in Chicago before moving with her husband to Alaska in 1952. In 1961 the family moved to San Jose and she was awarded a scholarship from the AAUW to attend Stanford. She became a professor and director of teacher education at the U. of Santa Clara, ran the South Bay writing project at San Jose State U. and served as dean of the College of Education at Minnesota State U.-Moorhead. After retiring, she became a master gardener. She was predeceased by her two husbands, Sidney Tiedt and John Allan. Survivors: her children, Pam Tiedt, MA ’75, and Ryan Tiedt Collay; and one grandson.


Robert Ortiz Valentine, MS ’49 (civil engineering), of Belvedere, Calif., August 13, at 94. He was employed as an engineer with the bridge-building firm of Judson-Pacific-Murphy, working on the team that installed the stabilizing system for the Golden Gate Bridge. Later he started an engineering and construction firm, Valentine Corp., which is still in operation 50 years later. He owned 100 acres in Mendocino County, where he grew grapes, selling them to numerous wineries, and his 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon won “Best of California” at a state fair competition. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Lani; children, Ellen Valentine Thompson and Robert Jr.; four granddaughters; and one sister.

Frederick William Boltz, MS ’50 (engineering science), of Mountain View, July 10, 2014, at 90, of prostate cancer. He spent his career at Ames Research Lab and was known for reaching out to those who were less fortunate. Survivors include his sister.

Kenneth Vincent Venolia, MS ’51 (civil engineering), of Sacramento, September 19, at 88. He ran his own structural engineering firm in Sacramento for more than 30 years. In his spare time, he loved working with computers and playing golf. An avid sports fan, he followed the San Francisco 49ers and Giants. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy (Merriam, ’50), and daughter Kathryn. Survivors: his children, Meg Gittings and Kyle; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

David Carol Dellinger, MS ’58, PhD ’63 (industrial engineering), of Nokomis, Fla., April 13, at 90, of complications from heart disease. He served as a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War. He taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology and then worked in the Office of Systems Analysis at the Pentagon, doing pioneering work applying computer and systems analysis methods to military force structure problems. He also was a member of the founding faculty of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke U. After retiring to Florida, he enjoyed travel, playing bridge and being a great friend to many people. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 50 years, Lou. Survivors: his children, Dianne Dellinger Casper and David, ’77; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Paul Gene Baird, Engr. ’59 (electrical engineering), of Green Valley, Ariz., August 27, at 87. He worked primarily as an electrical engineer at Hewlett-Packard, serving as corporate quality manager prior to his retirement. Earlier he worked for the Bureau of Standards, Atlantic Refining Co. and American Standard. As a hobby he taught graduate courses in electrical engineering and applied mathematics, and other interests included traveling, hiking, biking and bird-watching. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Virginia; and daughters, Claudia Bannach and Susan Wright.

Baird Mankin Martin, MS ’64 (industrial engineering), of Houston. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he pursued a career with the Air Force as a fighter pilot with more than 200 missions in Korea and Vietnam. He was also an innovative handyman and devoted family man who was a friend to everyone he met. Survivors: his wife of 61 years, Betty; children, Kathy Alexander, Steven and David; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

George Espy R. “Gus” Kinnear II, MS ’66 (industrial engineering), PhD ’66 (graduate/special program), of York, Maine, August 9, at 87. He joined the Navy on his 17th birthday and retired in 1982 as a four-star admiral, having earned several awards for valor, including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. After retiring, he served as senior vice president of Grumman Corp., interim president of the U. of New Hampshire and chair of the Military Officer’s Association of America. Known for being gracious and down to earth, he was a true patriot who stood for integrity and devotion to family and country. He was predeceased by his sons George II and P. Kim. Survivors: his wife, Mary; children, Kevin, Douglas, Stephen Cundari, David Cundari, Kandace Kinnear Balazich, Christina Cundari Vieglais and Holley; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

William Hugh “Bill” Frye, MS ’69 (operations research), of San Diego, August 24, at 83, of cancer. He was employed at SRI and spent his last professional years at Lockheed. Survivors: his daughters, Barbara Dagman, Brenda Files and Wendy; four grandchildren; his first wife, Martha; and two siblings.

Peter John Dirkmaat, MS ’70 (mechanical engineering), of Shelley, Idaho, February 9, 2015, at 71, of colon cancer. He spent 33 years working for the department of energy in Idaho. In 1976 he was appointed chief of the nuclear safety branch for the DOE-Idaho operations office. After leaving the DOE in 2003, he worked for several other nuclear firms before retiring in 2008. The following year he left for an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Suriname, South America. Survivors: his wife, Renee; children, Peter, Jennifer Dirkmaat Smith, Nathan, Dallan, Gerrit, David and Bryant; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Eugene Albert “Gene” Lees, MS ’71 (materials science and engineering), of Wilmington, N.C., September 22, at 87. He served in the Korean War and then attended the U. of Idaho. In 1958 he joined General Electric Co., moving to Tokyo 10 years later to participate in a joint venture with Hitachi, Toshiba and GE. He transferred to Wilmington, where he eventually retired as a general manager in 1990. After retiring, he consulted for the Atomic Energy Commission and chaired the New Hanover Regional Medical Center board of trustees. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Ruth; children, Nancy, Kimberley Baker and Garrett; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Humanities and Sciences

Gertrude K. Patch, PhD ’57 (English), of Atherton, August 24, at 88. Remembered as intelligent, compassionate, creative and dependable, she served at the San Francisco College for Women, later Lone Mountain College, 10 of those years as president. In addition she served at the San Diego College for Women and Loyola U. in Chicago and Rockhurst U. in Kansas City, Mo. Survivors include her two sisters.

Rosemarie Ann Daley, MA ’58 (communication), of Mentor, Ohio, August 8. She worked at the Daily Times, WJER in New Philadelphia, Ohio, the Journal of American Medical Education and Ross Laboratories as a medical editor. She traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia and was known for being a raconteur and for her wit. Survivors include her two sisters.

Arnold Robert Goldman, MA ’60, PhD ’61 (psychology), of Wynnewood, Pa., August 27, at 80, after a long illness. He worked at Jefferson Hospital before launching his own hospital consulting business and health-care newsletter, “Practical Communications.” He retired in 2000. Survivors: his wife, Patricia Rayfield; children, Susan Koch, Lisa McGovern and Eric; two stepsons; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Frederic Michael “Fred” Flaxman, MA ’64 (political science), of Weaverville, N.C., August 29, at 75, of an aortic aneurysm. An award-winning writer, public television and radio producer and executive, he is the author of Sixty Slices of Life … on Wry: The Private Life of a Public Broadcaster. While at WETA in Washington, D.C., he won 12 Emmys for TV promotion, writing and producing as well as programming. Later he created and served as host of Compact Discoveries, an internationally distributed public radio music series. In addition to his long and illustrious career, he was passionate about music, politics, the arts, travel and his wife. Survivors: his wife, Annick; children, Tana Flaxman Jencks and Michel; two grandchildren; and one brother.

Charles E. “Hi” Gurney III, MA ’64 (political science), of Gulf Shores, Ala., August 4, at 85. After spending 32 years in the Navy, he completed his final tour in Bahrain as commander, Middle East Forces. For 14 years he was a popular instructor with USA Elderhostel continuing education, and he was instrumental in establishing Holy Spirit Church in 1986. Survivors: his wife, Ann; children, Laurie Graham, Karen Anderson, Chip and Tom; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.


Lincoln Adams Mitchell, JD ’62, of Atherton, May 12, at 78, of complications following a stroke. He practiced in Palo Alto for 50 years, becoming a certified specialist in family law. In addition, he was a member of the Conference of Delegates for the State Bar of California and served as president of the Palo Alto Bar Association. A dedicated volunteer, he chaired the Palo Alto community drug abuse board and received the Santa Clara County Community Volunteer Award in 1987 and a five-year service pin from Stanford Associates. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Jacquelin. Survivors include his daughter, Rebekah.

Fredericka Paff, JD ’69, of Madison, Wis., July 23, at 72, of a stroke. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College and clerked for Judge Duniway on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Later she worked at the Office of Legal Counsel and clerked for Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. The co-author of a casebook on legislative and administrative processes, she also became a professor of law at the U. of Wisconsin. Survivors: her husband, William Church; and sister, Carlyle Paff Hedrick, PhD ’78.

William Brewster Chapman, JD ’79, of Sausalito, Calif., July 21, at 80. Before becoming a lawyer, he was executive director of the American Institute of Architects in Philadelphia and served as vice president for business affairs at the U. of Hawaii. After earning his JD at age 44, he became a trial lawyer in San Francisco and was an adjunct professor at Hastings College of Law. He was an avid reader known for his enjoyment of fishing, poker, squash, Impressionist art and the friends with whom he shared those pleasures. He was predeceased by his son David and former wife, Judith Roseman. Survivors: his wife of 44 years, Mary Hudson; son, Bill Jr.; stepdaughter, Shannon Beaty; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.


Dan Charles Cowman, MD ’81, of Tomball, Texas, August 27, at 60. After serving in the Navy from 1981 to 1985, he was selected for a specialized training program in aerospace medicine and flight surgery. He entered private practice in radiology and served as chief of staff at Tomball Regional Medical Center in 1993. In 2007 he joined Innovative Radiology, where he was affiliated with Conroe Regional Medical Center and Kindred Hospital in Houston. He amassed one of the largest patent medicine collections in the country and his other pastimes included deep-sea fishing and relaxing at the beach. Survivors: his wife of 18 years, Kathryn; daughters, Erika Nealey, Sarah and Rachel; his mother, Carrol; and five siblings.

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