Obituaries - March/April 2016


Patrick Noriyoshi "Pat" Nagano, '40 (basic medical sciences), of Morro Bay, Calif., November 5, at 96. At Stanford he was a member of the baseball team and made history by being the first Japanese-American to letter in a major sport. In 1942 his family was interned at a relocation center, and later that year he enlisted in the Army Military Intelligence Service. After the war, he worked on the family farm and spent 20 years serving on the Morro Union Elementary School Board. He was also a partner in Cabrillo Enterprises and co-founded Commerce Bank in 1985. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann. Survivors: his children, Karen, '67, and Rick; one grandson; and one sister.

Vivian Elaine Earley Bourdette, '42, of Portland, Ore., September 22, at 95. She transferred from Stanford to Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and studied fashion design. During World War II she worked at Catalina Swimwear and as a draftsperson for an engineering firm. After marrying and raising a child, she devoted herself to a career in retail, starting a business with her husband in Seattle and later on Lopez Island, Wash. Together they also ran a sheep farm until retiring in 2001 to enjoy gardening and raising their dogs. She was predeceased by her husband, Warren. Survivors: her daughter, Christine.

Pauline Anita "Polly" Wright Ellis, '42 (political science), of Palo Alto, July 21, at 94. A devoted volunteer throughout her life, she supported the Girl Scouts, was a past president of Las Madrinas and a 50-year member of the Diggers Garden Club in Pasadena, Calif. She also played an active role when the Garden Club of America collected thousands of slides of notable parks and gardens, a collection that was later donated to the Smithsonian Institution. She will be remembered for her prodigious energy, appreciation for historical buildings and love of a good show tune. She was predeceased by her husband, Long. Survivors: her children, Long Ellis Jr., Pamela Ellis Simons, '71, Sally, '73, and Pauline, '78; and eight grandchildren.

Ruth Elizabeth Swanson Harvick, '44 (humanities), of Shasta Lake, Calif., October 26, at 91. Known for her bright wit and strong Christian faith, she worked for the city of San Mateo, where her family lived for almost 50 years, and the public library. Bridge was a favorite pastime, and she was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame for many years. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, David, and sons, William and Brian. Survivors: two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandsons.

Richard Spencer "Dick" Bain, '47 (general engineering), of Walnut Creek, Calif., August 21, at 92. He served in World War II, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. In 1948 he began a 40-year career with the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. His family enjoyed sailing on the Lafayette Reservoir, visits to their cabin at Lake Tahoe and camping adventures. When he wasn't working around the house, he liked to go fishing. Retirement provided time for traveling with his wife and fun with his granddaughters. He was predeceased by his daughter, Nancy. Survivors: his wife, Barbara; son, David; and three granddaughters.

Ruth Nyswander Del Duca, '48 (French), of Menlo Park, May 30, at 88. She was passionate about Stanford and spent two decades working for the chair of the radiation oncology department at Stanford Medical Center. She loved to travel and did so into her 70s with trips to Europe, China and Pakistan, where, as part of a Stanford Travel/Study group, she realized a lifelong dream of visiting the Hunza Valley. She was predeceased by her husband, John Carr, '45, MD '48, whom she met and married 60 years after they dated at Stanford in the 1940s. Survivors: her children, Cicely Hand, Leslie Kelleher and Michele Fesler, '87, MS '88; and three grandchildren.

Frank O. Hamilton, '48 (political science), of San Francisco, November 13, at 92. A ceramist who taught at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1950s before teaching himself to paint, he became known for his abstract works in acrylics, which are in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum and other institutions. He was a torpedo bomber pilot during World War II and served as a Navy flight instructor before going to Paris to study art. At Stanford he funded an undergraduate scholarship, as well as a graduate fellowship at the School of Humanities and Sciences that was intended to increase diversity among the graduate student population.

Arthur Meyran Lubic, '48 (communication), of Studio City, Calif., August 25, at 88, from complications following a stroke. He served in the Coast Guard in the South Pacific and later worked for Kirby's Shoes as its real estate manager. He also managed Kirby's basketball team, one of the first racially integrated teams in the National Industrial Basketball League. He began his career as a stockbroker at William R. Staats & Co. and worked until just shy of his 80th birthday. An avid tennis player, he also enjoyed good food and wine and traveling abroad. Survivors: his son, Michael; former wife, Ellen; and two grandsons.

Franklin Redlich, '48 (economics), MBA '50, of Westlake Village, Calif., October 31, at 89. At the end of World War II, he spent a year in Japan as part of a military contingent working under General MacArthur and helped to oversee the first free elections in Osaka. He opened his first hardware store in 1956 in Mission Hills, Calif., and the business quickly expanded to eight locations throughout Los Angeles. Later he and his second wife started a furniture import business, and he became a food and wine critic. Outgoing and quick-witted, he was known for his ability to find the positive in almost any situation. He was predeceased by his daughter, Susan. Survivors: his wife of 36 years, Linda; son, Robert; stepdaughter, Lisa Rebert; and three grandchildren.

Ellen C. O'Meara Rhodin Woolf, '48 (English), of Green Valley, Ariz., January 4, 2015, at 88. She received a master's degree from NYU and taught history and art history for many years. She also managed a social services agency in Greenville, S.C., in the mid-1970s and volunteered in the Egyptian department of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and at the Museum of the American China Trade (now the Forbes House Museum) in Milton, Mass. She owned pugs for almost 40 years and collected 18th- and 19th-century English ceramics. She was predeceased by her second husband, Don. Survivors: her daughter, Andrea Rhodin Tebbets; one granddaughter; and one sister.

Charles C. "Chuck" Dietrich, '49 (political science), JD '52, of Sausalito, Calif., October 14, at 87. He spent most of his legal career with Utah International, which sent him to the American Southwest as well as to Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Africa. He specialized in water rights and mineral law. A natural geologist who loved travel, he took photographs in Kenya and Tanzania in the early 1960s, hiked in the Sierra and explored the beauty of the desert Southwest. He was a gracious host who respected the opinions of others. Survivors: his wife, MaryAnn; sons, Carl, Scott and Rob; and two granddaughters.

Ronald V. White, '48 (economics), of Napa, Calif., October 29, at 94, of congestive heart failure. He flew B-24 bombers during World War II, earning the Croix de Guerre, was an Eagle Scout and spent most of his career working at Wells Fargo Bank. He also pursued a semiprofessional career as an operatic tenor and worked in his father's business importing antique china and silverware. He loved driving his 1968 Triumph 250, gardening and reading mysteries. He was predeceased by his wife, Bettie; his first wife, Ledora; and his daughter, Daphne. Survivors: his son, Geoff.

Allen Richard Holubar, '49 (civil engineering), of Sarasota, Fla., September 26, at 88, of Parkinson's disease. He was a member of the track team and served in the Korean War. He spent his entire career with San Mateo-based general contractor Arthur Bros. until retiring as general manager in 1989. Devoted to family and his community, he helped coach Little League teams, organize San Mateo Lions Club activities and built a cabin with his family in the Sierra. Survivors: his children, Michael, '75, Kent, '78, MA '79, Carey and Jay; and six grandchildren.


Richard James Aseltine, '50, MS '51 (petroleum engineering), of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., October 23. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda and worked for Chevron for 35 years. He was predeceased by his son John. Survivors: his wife, Charlotte (Craig, '52); children Karen and William; and four grandchildren.

Cecelia Louise Ulfelder Block, '50 (philosophy), of San Francisco, October 20. She worked for several years before raising her children. Later she volunteered at various schools and agencies and was known for her love of dogs, often leading obedience classes. She always considered her family her greatest achievement. Survivors: her children, Julie and Nick, '82; four grandchildren; and her former husband, Dick Block, '49.

George Robert Koch, '50 (psychology), of Carmichael, Calif., October 24, at 88. A World War II veteran, he attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons Dental School. He practiced dentistry for 31 years and served as president of the Sacramento District Dental Society in 1972. An accomplished sailor, he won the Camellia Cup in 2014 at the age of 87. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Marie, and daughter Suzanne. Survivors: his children Elizabeth, George, '77, PhD '88, and Robert; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Jon Marshall "Jack" Bridgman, '51, PhD '60 (history), of Seattle, March 9, 2015, at 84. He served in the Navy as chief gunnery officer for three years before earning his doctorate. He then taught at the U. of Washington from 1962 until February 3, 2015, when he gave his last lecture to the Past and Present Society, an informal group of former students who shared his enthusiasm for history. Survivors: his sons, Geoffrey and Jonathan; and three grandchildren.

William Clark Hanna, '53 (industrial engineering), of Cambria, Calif., October 9, at 91, of congestive heart failure. He enjoyed a successful career at several research companies and was instrumental in initiating FIRESCOPE (Firefighting Resources of California Organized for Potential Emergencies), a program that is now used nationwide. A respected engineer, he will be remembered for his quiet nature and serious approach to his responsibilities throughout his lifetime. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Sylvia; daughter, Leslie; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Peter Bassett McKay, '53, MA '61 (history), of Monterey, Calif., September 19, at 83, after a brief illness. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and the track team at Stanford. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he served in the Navy and went on to a long career with Bakersfield College, teaching history, economics and computer science. An adventurer, he climbed and skied mountains, built his own home in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and sailed round-trip to Tahiti. In retirement he lived on his sailboat and for many years walked from Monterey to Carmel and back several times a week.

Robert Alden Armstrong, '54 (geography), of Woodland, Calif., October 22, at 83, following open-heart surgery in February. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and spent two years in the Army in Germany. After the war he worked in banking, starting with American Trust Co., followed by 27 years with Wells Fargo and retiring from First Northern Bank. He loved downhill skiing and catching the biggest wave and later in life immersed himself in the game of golf. He also loved his poker groups and valued those friendships over the years. He was predeceased by his daughter Kristin. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Patricia; daughter Karyn Symes; and one granddaughter.

Ralph Edwin Parks, '54 (political science), of Pasadena, Calif., November 5, at 82. After Stanford he enrolled at the San Francisco Theological Seminary and received his master's of divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In 1963 he began a 28-year tenure as vicar at St. George's Episcopal Church in Hawthorne, Calif. He retired to spend time traveling, indulging in the Sunday morning political talk shows, gardening and taking daily walks with his beloved Scottish terrier, Fala. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Jane; children, Esther, Arthur, Andrew and Mary; five grandchildren; and one sister.

Timothy Edmond Treacy, '54 (undergraduate law), JD '56, of San Francisco, October 5, at 83. He pursued a successful private practice and then joined the California Public Utilities Commission as principal counsel specializing in communications law. Outside of work, he pursued a life of adventure, scaling the peaks of the Pyrenees to Mongolia and climbing Kilimanjaro and Denali and Aconcagua. He was also an avid skier, marathon runner and world traveler.

Stewart E. Dadmun, '55 (basic medical sciences), MD '58, of San Diego, October 28, at 81, following a brief illness. A Naval Reserve doctor who retired as a captain, he worked for two years in solo practice before joining Internal Medicine Associates. He held leadership roles in the San Diego County Medical Association and the California Society of Internal Medicine and was instrumental in starting the John McColl Family Health Care Center. In retirement, he enjoyed studying the Bible, gardening and hiking. Survivors: his wife, Konnie; children, Sally, Stewart and Dan; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

Peter Weller Ehlen, '55, MS '64 (civil engineering), of Santa Barbara, Calif., October 1, at 82, of Parkinson's disease with Lewy body dementia. He spent two years in Alaska as a private in the Army. His career began at Arendt Mosert Grant Architects before he earned a master's degree and opened his own structural engineering practice in 1966. Inspired by the natural beauty and rich history of Santa Barbara, he loved visiting the city's museums and botanic garden. He also loved listening to Handel's Messiah, chocolate, the mystery of earthquakes and week 6 at Stanford Sierra Camp. Survivors: his wife, Jean; children, Alison Galindo, Pete and Mark; and seven grandchildren.

Winthrop Gold "Win" Griffith, '55 (political science), of Blue Hill and Deer Isle, Maine, November 4, at 84, of respiratory failure. An editor of the Stanford Daily, he worked as a newspaper reporter in San Francisco and as press secretary and speechwriter for then Sen. Hubert Humphrey. In the 1970s he served as press secretary for the Democratic National Committee and communications director for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. The author of two books on politics, he also wrote extensively for the New York Times Magazine. Rejecting any thought of retirement, he relished cross-country drives, his writing desk and new friends. Survivors: his children, Kevin and Christina; former wife, Patricia (King, '55); and three grandchildren.

Peter Appenzeller, '57 (international relations), of Basel, Switzerland, October 29, at 85, of liver disease.

Alan L. Laubscher, '57 (industrial engineering), of Mechanicsburg, Pa., November 9, at 80. His Army career, which spanned 30 years, began in 1958 and included one tour of duty in Korea, two in Germany and three in Vietnam. After retiring as a colonel, he worked for the state of Virginia in the department of air pollution control and later in the department of environmental quality. Survivors: his wife, Janie; children, Jennifer Griffith, Rachel Griffith and Douglas Griffith; and one granddaughter.

Wynne Barnby Miller, '57 (history), of Littleton, Colo., February 6, 2015, at 79, of complications of Parkinson's disease. She earned a master's in rehabilitation counseling from UCLA and worked for the state of California as a disability evaluations analyst until her retirement. Her passion for social and environmental issues and protecting wildlife spurred her to contribute to many organizations working in those areas, and she was known for her love of learning, which she shared with those around her. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert. Survivors: her daughter, Robyn Miller Jensen; and three grandchildren.

Millicent "Missy" Edwards Pinckert, '57 (philosophy), of Nyack, N.Y., October 27, at 79. A singer and actor in Ram's Head productions, she moved to New York after graduation. She got a job at Columbia U., where she stayed for more than half a century, working first in the counseling office and later in the dean's office. When she died, she was an administrative aide in the department of Earth and environmental sciences, where she had become a beloved figure to generations of students and faculty. She was known for her keen wit, culinary wizardry, and love of choral music and animals. She was predeceased by her husband, Bob. Survivors: her children, Eric, '89, MA '89, and Miranda; and three grandchildren.

Craig S. Barnes, '58 (political science), JD '62, of Santa Fe, N.M., November 4, at 79, of lymphoma. After college he moved to Colorado and ran for Congress in 1970 as a peace candidate. He served as co-counsel on a landmark Denver school integration case and also worked as a newspaper columnist and provided commentary for National Public Radio. The author of several books and plays, he helped with peace talks between the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the 1990s and was a member of the national governing board of Common Cause. Survivors: his wife of more than 50 years, Mikaela (Pike, '59); children, Will, '82, Molly Goodman, '87, Lisa King and Tom; and 11 grandchildren.

C. Donald "Don" Pewthers, '58 (history), of Newport Beach, Calif., September 18, at 79, after a short illness. He was a member of Sigma Nu/Beta Chi and played football until he was injured in a car accident his junior year. But he went on to become a black belt in judo and helped start the first judo group on campus. He worked for New York Life Insurance Co. and continued as an independent agent after moving to Newport Beach. A huge Stanford football fan, his tailgates at Gate 12 were legendary. Survivors: his wife of 15 years, Carole (McCarthy, '59); daughter, Cathleen; one stepdaughter, Patricia McClusky; two grandchildren; and one step-grandchild.

Lianne Jeanette Leonard Reynolds, '58, MA '59 (history), of Petaluma, Calif., January 12, at 79. Born in Seattle, she moved to Portland, Ore., at a young age and lived in Los Angeles until she was a teenager, when she and her parents moved to Santa Rosa, Calif. At Stanford, she was Storey House president and served on the Senior Executive Committee. She became a CPA in the 1980s, taught accounting at Santa Rosa Junior College and worked as an accountant and controller for several companies. She was well-traveled, served as co-correspondent for the Class of '58 and chaired her reunion three times. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lauren. Survivors: her son, Greg; and granddaughter, Madelaine Paige.

Lowell T. Carruth, '59 (economics), of Fresno, Calif., October 23, at 77. He was a member of Kappa Sigma and the tennis team who went on to a 51-year career as a trial lawyer. He served as a Fresno County deputy district attorney from 1964 to 1966 before joining McCormick Barstow, where he worked until just a few weeks before his death. He also served as a captain in the Army Reserves and as board chair for Saint Agnes Medical Center. Survivors: his wife, Jane; and children, Kenton and Marlo, '93. 


Patricia Donalda McMillan White, '60 (nursing), of Lakeside, Mont., August 1, at 77, of Parkinson's disease. She worked as a nurse for private practices in San Francisco, in public health medicine and at a tuberculosis sanitarium in Palo Alto. After earning a master's in library science and a teacher's credential, she served as a school librarian and substitute teacher. She was a wonderful storyteller and loved music and spending time with children. Survivors: her husband of 55 years, Andy, '59; sons, Timothy, Michael and Christopher; three grandsons.

Jean Anne Schwartz Ferris, '61, MA '62 (hearing and speech), of San Diego, October 30, at 76, of complications related to acute myeloid leukemia. She was the award-winning author of more than 20 novels for young adults. Seven of her novels won the American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults award and she received France's Prix des Libraires Millepages. She loved to read, travel, ski, and take long walks with friends and family. Survivors: her husband, Al, '58, JD '63; daughters, Kerry and Gillian; one grandson; and one brother, Bill Schwartz, '63.

Walter Wayne McLeod, '64 (international relations), of New York, July 17, at 73. He was a member of the inter-house council for Stern Hall his senior year at Stanford. His work for UNESCO in Paris involved educational efforts on behalf of Palestinian refugees. After returning to New York, he served as an independent tour guide for French-speaking visitors to the city. His ashes were spread at Seely Lake, Mont., where the family summer camp was located and where he spent many happy childhood days.

Roberta Rand Robinson Fede, '65 (political science), of Alexandria, Va., October 18, at 72, following a 15-year battle with breast cancer. She moved to Washington, D.C., shortly after graduation to work for Rep. Brock Adams and later the U.S. Department of Transportation for 32 years. She loved travel, kayaking, hiking and swimming. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, and stepdaughter Marcia Fede Egge. Survivors: her daughters, Franchesca Fede Gomez and Courtney Fede Preusse; stepchildren Susan, David and Honor Fede; eight grandchildren; and one brother.

Robert C. Karsh, '65 (history), MD '67, ofCarmichael, Calif., October 26, at 73, of multiple system atrophy. He served as the director of Sutter Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, department head at Heritage Oaks Hospital and director of the department of psychiatry at Kaiser Roseville Hospital. A fellow in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, he loved fishing, photography and travel. He possessed an abiding wonder about the world and a deep caring for everyone he encountered. Survivors: his wife of nearly 50 years, Andrea; children, Julianne and Jonathan; and three grandchildren.

Michael John Abbott, '66 (history), of Austin, Texas, October 6, at 71, of cancer. He pledged Theta Delta Chi, hashed in the dining hall and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. After earning his law degree from UCLA, he served as an attorney and partner at Jones, Bell, Abbott for nearly 40 years before retiring to Austin. Survivors: his wife, Susanne; children, Chandler and Kate, '12, MA '13; and three siblings.

Edwin Clarence Cadman, '67 (biological sciences), of Corvallis, Ore., September 23, at 70, of a neurodegenerative disease. He spent several years on the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine before moving to UCSF to direct its comprehensive cancer center. In 1985, he became chair of the department of internal medicine at Yale. Later he served as chief of staff at Yale-New Haven Health System and most recently was dean of the U. of Hawaii at Manoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine. He was an avid runner who competed in countless races, setting records in many of them. Survivors: his wife, Mary; sons, Tim, Kevin and Brian; and mother, Gloria Wilson.

Stephen Christian Jacobs, '67 (biological sciences), of Lutherville, Md., October 30, at 70, of cancer. He started his medical career at the Medical College of Wisconsin before becoming chief of urology at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee. In 1989, he was named professor and head of the U. of Maryland's division of urology, a position he held until 2002. Even after radiation treatments affected his voice and the nerves in his arms and hands, he continued to teach and serve as a role model for his students. The American Urological Association presented him with its lifetime achievement award in 2009. Survivors: his wife, Jeannie; children, Stephen "Chris," Jennifer Jacobs Porter and William "Preston"; two grandchildren; and four sisters. 


Rochelle Noel Slentz Reynolds, '70 (political science), of Bainbridge Island, Wash., October 9, at 66, after a long battle with breast cancer. She was courageous and kind, adventurous and romantic. She was also a devoted mother and doting grandmother who always had her passport ready and bags packed. Survivors: her husband, Bernie; children, Layla Barr, Nova Frank, Matthew and Joe; three grandchildren; her parents, Loren, '45, MS '50, and Shirley Slentz, '48; and four siblings.

Glen Elmore Huntsberger III, '72 (psychology), MBA '75, of Santa Rosa, Calif., February 21, 2013, at 62. He studied overseas in Germany and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. A CPA, he worked for Arthur Andersen, Hewlett-Packard and Dean Witter before becoming an independent financial adviser. He was witty and generous, a talented writer, a marathon runner, and passionate about wine and classic rock 'n' roll. He was also a trustee of the Bennett Valley Union School District and a lover of Bay Area sports teams, especially Stanford football. Survivors: his wife of 32 years, Diana; children, Scott, Matthew and Rachel; and two siblings.

William Alexander Smart III, '73 (history), of Hayward, Calif., October 17, at 65, following a long battle with cancer. Early in his career, he worked as an architect and a real estate contractor and developer. After earning an MBA from the Wharton School of U. of Pennsylvania, he used his expertise in investing to work as a general partner of limited partnerships. An Eagle Scout and loving husband, father and friend, he will be remembered for his wit and patience and his enjoyment of travel, hiking and history. Survivors: his wife, Melissa; daughter, Alexandra; parents, William Jr. and Margaret; and five siblings.

Jeffrey Vincent Shank, '73 (psychology), of Irvine, Calif., September 10, at 64. After Stanford, he graduated from film school at USC and then worked for many years in the entertainment industry, producing special effects and writing scripts and screenplays for film and TV. His knowledge of films, directors, actors and technologies was truly encyclopedic. He also worked as a real estate agent in Orange County for more than 30 years. Known as a committed advocate for human rights and a steadfast idealist in a cynical world, he was devoted to anyone needing help or just to be heard. Survivors include his brother.

Ralph William Bravo, '77 (political science), of San Carlos, Calif., November 2, at 59. He owned an agency for Farmers Insurance in San Mateo for 38 years, serving as a mentor for other agents and becoming one of the most decorated agents in the company's history. He enjoyed traveling and taking walks with his wife, as well as following sports, especially the 49ers, Giants and everything Stanford. Survivors: his wife, Marilyn; sons, Ryan and Michael; mother, Ofelia Vallejo; and one brother.

James Burton "Jay" Gallinatti Jr., '78 (human biology), of Tacoma, Wash., October 9, at 59, of natural causes. He was one of four founders and the senior vice president of sales at, which helped pioneer the online paid search business model. Passionate about outdoor sports, he enjoyed surfing, boating, skiing, wakeboarding and loved his second home and friends in Barra de Navidad, Mexico. He was eternally optimistic and easily sparked by any quest for the untried and untested. Survivors: his son, James III; father, James; and three siblings, including John, '79. 


Alan David Branham, '82 (geology), of Helena, Mont., September 4, at 55. He earned a master's of science at Washington State U. and worked as a geologist for Newmont Mining Corp. for 17 years. He then became president and CEO of Midway Gold Corp. and had the opportunity to ring the bell at the American Stock Exchange. He also built American Vanadium Corp. and, with a partner, built American Innovative Minerals. Recently he drilled clean water wells in remote villages while working with Compassion Tanzania. His many interests included gardening, prospecting, and investing in people and their ideas. Survivors: his wife, Charlotte; children, Matthew, Christa, Danielle and Jonathan; mother, Joanne; and three siblings. 


Stanley Robert Smith, MBA '57, of Palo Alto, October 17, at 85. He served in the Army and received the National Defense Service Medal. After business school, he joined Hewlett-Packard, where he worked for 30 years. He and his family enjoyed camping, traveling throughout California and attending Stanford football games. In retirement he spent time remodeling the house, reading and taking cruises. Survivors: his wife, Lois; sons, Ronald, Richard and Robert; and two granddaughters.

William Bridenbaugh, MBA '58, of Boise, Idaho, November 11, at 83. An Army veteran who served in the Korean War, he was hired by Boise Cascade after business school. He rose through the ranks, eventually becoming a senior vice president. He was a world-class tennis player, a Minor League Baseball player and an avid runner. Known for his humorous stories and quick wit, he was generous to the end and always put the needs of others before his own. He was predeceased by his son, Craig. Survivors: his wife of nearly 50 years, Gail; daughters, Angela, Elisa, Julie and Karen; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister.

Marshall B. Day, MBA '59, of Normandy Park, Wash., November 1, at 87. He served in the Army and worked for many years as a computer analyst for Lockheed Martin. 


Gloria Ruth Binkley Cox, MA '49, of Sacramento, October 23, at 89. She taught in the Rio Linda District for 40 years, also serving as a librarian. Together with her husband, she possessed an abiding devotion to social justice and peace activism and a love of nature and world travel. She performed as a professional puppeteer, using her passion for literacy to entertain children, and was active in Planned Parenthood of Sacramento, the American River Natural History Association and the Unitarian Universalist Society. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul, and son, Roy. Survivors: her daughter, Ruth; and granddaughter, Maggie Chen, '09. 


Beverly W. Washburn, MS '51 (electrical engineering), of Albuquerque, N.M., November 18, at 89. He served in the Army during World War II. His career included positions at Ramo-Wooldridge Inc., Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, where he started a laser program. He was especially proud of developing telemetry communication systems for rockets and missiles and serving on the President's Commission that investigated the accident at Three Mile Island. Survivors: his daughters, Barbara Hanson, Linda Delatorre and Debra Clark; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

James Philip Fitzpatrick, MS '58 (electrical engineering), of Santa Clara, Calif., October 11, at 86. He spent his entire career as an electrical engineer, counting among his achievements numerous patents. He cherished time with his family and friends, especially piloting his plane to Lake Tahoe. He could fix just about anything, from cars to ham radios, and he was generous to a fault. His interests ranged from classical music to playing Scrabble to bantering with his intellectual friends in Greek and Latin. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Josepha; children, Mary Kay, Jim and Annie; and one granddaughter.

Lawrence "Larry" Colin, PhD '64 (electrical engineering), MS '86 (business), of Palo Alto, November 3, at 84. He started his career at Rome Air Development Center in New York and spent most of his professional life working for NASA Ames Research Center, receiving the 35-year service award in 1987. He was the chief space scientist for the Pioneer Venus Project and oversaw the scientific activities for the Galileo Probe Mission to Jupiter. Besides family, his passions included books, sports and technology. The epitome of a lifelong learner, he encouraged his family to take advantage of educational opportunities whenever possible. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Roberta; and children, Lee and Lisa.

Jon Dana Raggett, MS '67 (civil engineering), of Carmel, Calif., September 26, at 71, after a short illness. His profession as an engineer and teacher enabled him to work in different areas—earthquake research, structural engineering and the aerodynamic effects of extreme wind on bridges. Tackling problems with his head and hands, he designed models and tested them over and over. He created Schools3, a nonprofit that has helped build 71 schools to date in developing countries. His passions included music, building boats, kayaking and midcentury architecture. Survivors: his wife, Tory; children, Mark and George; four grandchildren; and one brother. 

Humanities and Sciences

Daniel Alpert, PhD '42 (physics), of Eugene, Ore., November 4, at 98. Physicist, interdisciplinary problem solver and visionary educator, he led an effort at Westinghouse to improve airborne radar during World War II. He won the Gaede-Langmuir prize for his work on the ultra-high vacuum. At the U. of Illinois, he was a professor of physics, director of the Coordinated Science Lab, and then dean of the Graduate College and director of the Center for Advanced Studies. An avid skier until his 92nd year, he served on the board of trustees for Trinity College for 25 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Natalie (Boyle, '43). Survivors: his daughters, Amy Alpert Arai, '66, and Laura, '68; and two grandchildren, Leslie Arai, '94, and Daniel Arai, '97, MS '98.

Gabor Peter Vermes, MA '61, PhD '66 (history), of New York, March 11, 2014, at 80. He was a survivor of the Holocaust who earned his undergraduate degree in Hungary in 1956. After the Hungarian Revolution was crushed, he escaped to Austria and settled in the United States, where he worked for oil exploration companies. Later he taught in several California universities before accepting a position at Rutgers U. in 1972, retiring in 2001. The Hungarian Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded him the Arany Janos Memorial Medal in 2009, and the Hungarian Republic honored him with the Knight's Cross in 2012. Survivors include his wife, Ann Fagan.

Susan Spurbeck Webb, MA '67 (music), of Staunton, Va., in October at 73. Born to musical parents, she grew up studying piano, violin and voice. Her 35-year opera career as a coach, rehearsal pianist and assistant conductor began at the Santa Fe Opera. Before joining the music staff of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, she spent a season at the Dallas Opera. Two seasons with the Chicago Lyric Opera followed, and then she was invited by famed conductor James Levine to join the music staff of New York's Metropolitan Opera. In the off-season, she worked for Opera Australia and for the Bayreuther Festspiele, and then spent 12 summers in Wales, translating opera libretti for the Met Guild's series. She retired in 2003. Survivors include her daughter, Nadia.

Ivan Edward Hess, MFA '71 (speech and drama), of Arcata, Calif., October 17, at 70. He joined the theater department at Humboldt State U. in 1971, serving as professor and department chair; he retired in 2005. In addition, he was a guest instructor at the U. of London and Tufts U., and was one of the builders of the Lindisfarne Chapel in Crestone, Colo. Artist, teacher and mentor, he inspired creative thought and is remembered for his passions for gold-mining, horseback riding, masonry and fast cars. Survivors: his wife, Bernadette Cheyne; son, Jedidiah; stepdaughters, Ariana Henderson and Niesje Walton; four grandchildren; and one sister.

Bertrand Stuart Moore, PhD '73 (psychology), of Dallas, October 20, at 71, of pancreatic cancer. After serving on the faculty at Wellesley College and UC-Santa Barbara, he joined the U. of Texas-Dallas as program head of the psychology department. In 1989, he was appointed dean of the School of Human Development, which was later renamed the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. In addition, he was a professor of clinical psychology at UT Southwestern Medical School. The Dallas Psychological Association honored him as the 2015 Distinguished Psychologist. Survivors: his wife, Lynne Kirk; children, Matthew, Anne Kirk and Kory Kirk; two grandchildren; and two brothers. 


Lionel Bennett "Butch" LeBel, JD '50, of Los Angeles, November 1, at 92.A graduate of UCLA and a B-17 navigator in World War II, he practiced law in Santa Monica, Calif., for 60 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice. Survivors: his children, Bruce and Toni; four grandchildren; and one brother.

Lon Rodney "Rod" Kump, JD '57, of Salt Lake City, November 3, at 86. A Korean War veteran, he began his law career with Richards, Bird & Kump in Salt Lake City. Outside of work, he loved travel, literature, theater and being in nature, whether he was fishing, hiking or camping. He valued the power of education and lived his life with dignity, devotion and intelligence. Survivors: his wife, Carolyn; children, Lisa, Marianne, Kathryn, Jennifer and Rodney; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Bruce Henry Hasenkamp, JD '63, of Hillsborough, Calif., November 7, at 77. He served in Korea for two years, which led to his building the most comprehensive privately held collection of Korean ceramics outside that country. He practiced law in New York City before returning to California as assistant dean of the Stanford Law School. He left after being named director of the White House Fellowship program under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter. Returning to the Bay Area, he became director of public affairs for the Shaklee Corp. and later worked as vice president of the Asia Foundation and president of the Saint Francis Foundation. He was a voracious reader and traveled to more than 129 countries. He was predeceased by his wife, Inta. Survivors: his son, Peter; and two grandsons.