Obituaries - November/December 1996

November/December 1996

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Obituaries - November/December 1996

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Philip Barkan, of Mountain View, June 21, at 71, of leukemia. He was professor of mechanical engineering whose areas of expertise included electro-mechanical systems, dynamics of high-speed machinery, fluid mechanics and design for manufacturing. He was an engineer and manager at the General Electric Switchgear and Control Laboratory for 24 years. In 1973, he was the first recipient of the Steinmetz Medal for Technical Excellence, the company's most prestigious award for design work. In 1977, he joined the Stanford faculty. In 1980, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He held 53 U.S patents. Survivors: his wife, Susan; his son, David; and his daughter, Ruth.

Frederick P. Bowser, of Menlo Park, June 17, at 58, after a long illness. A professor of Latin American history, he joined the Stanford faculty in 1967. In 1975, his book The African Slave in Colonial Peru: 1524-1650 won the Herbert Eugene Bolton Memorial Prize of the American Historical Association and the prize for best book awarded by the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He was one of the country's preeminent historians of African slavery in Latin America. Survivors: his wife, Margaret Chowning, PhD '85; three daughters; and two grandchildren.

Herbert E. Dougall, of Portola Valley, August 6, at 93. He joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Business in 1946 and was named C.O.G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Finance in 1953. He served as financial consultant to numerous companies, director of several mutual investment funds and a member of corporate pension committees. He was the author of articles in business and economic journals, co-author of books on business finance, financial institutions and investment analysis and policy, and was a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica. He was an elder in Valley Presbyterian Church, and past president of the Rotary Club of Palo Alto and the Stanford Faculty Club. Survivors: two daughters, Eleanor Hall and Jean Boydston.

Milorad M. Drachkovitch, of Stanford, June 16, at 74, after a long illness. He was known for his research on international communism and European socialism and was a senior fellow emeritus at the Hoover Institution. In 1961, he was appointed senior staff member at Hoover and became a senior fellow in 1970. He served as archivist from 1974 to 1984 and stayed on as senior fellow until 1993. He was editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia on Eastern Europe, published in 1986, and was the author or co-author of six books, and editor or co-editor of nine volumes. Survivors: his wife, Helen; his son, Radoye, '80; his daughter, Alexandra; stepchildren, Nicole and Leon Sault; and three grandsons.

Eugene L. Grant, of Palo Alto, July 9, at 99, after a short illness. He co-founded the Department of Industrial Engineering in 1955 and was professor emeritus of the economics of engineering in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. He was a pioneer in applying economics to engineering. During World War I, he served in the Navy; during World War II, his work on statistical quality control was used in training programs to improve production in industrial plants. He worked on various projects with the U.S. Geological Survey and, in 1920, began teaching civil engineering at Montana State College. He joined Stanford's Department of Civil Engineering in 1929, served as chair from 1947 to 1956, and retired in 1962. He was the author of the textbooks Engineering Economy, first published in the early 1930s, and Statistical Quality Control, first published in 1946. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a founding member of the American Society for Quality Control, which granted him its top award, the Shewhart Medal, and also issued a Eugene Grant Award in his honor. He is survived by his stepson, Robert Northup.


Frank von Christierson, '23, of Bellevue, Wash., April 24, at 95. He was former minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church in North Hollywood, founding pastor of Celtic Cross Presbyterian Church in Citrus Heights and assistant pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Roseville. In 1982, he was named a fellow of the American Hymn Society for "enduring contributions to American Hymnology." He wrote the verse for more than four dozen hymns. Survivors: his son, Peter; his daughter, Jean Carter; and his granddaughter.

Lewis Plimpton Alabaster, '24, of Carmel, Calif., May 12, at 93. He was self-employed in the finance and insurance fields for 45 years. He was a member of the Church of the Wayfarer, the Old Capital Club, the Kiwanis Club and the Elks Club. Survivors: three daughters, Mary Peirano, '50, Ann Sorgen, '53, and Sally Potter, '56; 11 grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; and six great-grandchildren.

Barbara Wellington Lundborg, '26, of San Rafael, Calif., July 6, at 92. She served as chairwoman of the state legislative committee of the League of Woman Voters and was active in the San Mateo County Probation Committee. She was a member of the Century Club, the Metropolitan Club and the Colonial Dames. Survivors: her son, Bradford, '48; and three grandsons, Stephen, Kevin and Whitney.

Edwin Stanley Anderson, '27, of San Diego, June 1996.

Jean "John" Dentraygues, '28, Engr. '29, of Santa Clara, Calif., 1994. Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Dentraygues Towers.


Dorothy Bogen Farrington, '30, of San Jose, Calif., April 29, at 91, of complications related to a stroke. While at Stanford, she was president of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She was a devout baseball fan and had a museum-quality collection of 500 hats and bonnets. In 1979, she established a historical trust that is administered by the Junior League of San Jose and is headquartered in the historic Farrington House. She is survived by her cousin, Rofena Polk.

James W. Cowan, '31, of Sacramento, June 17, at 85, of congestive heart failure. While at Stanford, he was a member of Theta Xi and advertising manager of the Daily. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. In 1945, he was a sergeant assigned to Camp Beale (now Beale Air Force Base), counseling soldiers about to return to civilian life. After the war, he went to work for the California Veterans Commission. When he retired in 1966, he was manager of the agency's division of service and coordination. He was volunteer lobbyist for the American Association of Retired Persons and also volunteered at Starr King School. Survivors: his wife, Kathleen Bushong; two sons, Reed and Ross; three step-daughters, Marsha Robinson, Karen Harrison and Janine Crisp; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

W. Kenneth McArdle, '31, of Los Altos, June 10. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. He retired in 1945 with the rank of commander. He began his career as a reporter with the Pittsburg Press in 1933, and later held editorial positions with the San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News. He also served as editor of Collier's Magazine from 1955 to 1959. Survivors: his daughter, Mary; and three sons, Stafford, Jim and Tom.

Reid R. Briggs, '32, of Pasadena, Calif., May 28, at 84. While at Stanford, he was editor of the Daily and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Survivors: his brother, Colver, '36; and many nieces and nephews.

John Adolph Hirschman, '32, of Palm Springs, Calif., May 21, at 86. He worked for 40 years as a bookkeeper with Southern Pacific Railroad.

Parker Morton Holt, '32, MBA '36, of San Rafael, Calif., June 14, at 87. While at Stanford, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta. During World War II, he was an officer for five years in the 49th Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, stationed in Attu, Kuajelan, Gilbert Islands, Leyte, Okinawa and Korea. He was honorably discharged as a colonel in 1968. He and his brother Harry owned and operated Holt Bros., a San Joaquin Valley Caterpillar tractor dealership for 47 years. A Stockton resident for more than 50 years, he was a member of many social clubs. Survivors: his wife, Florence; two daughters, Beverly Downer and Marilyn Wykoff; his brother, Charles, '36; and five grandchildren.

William A. Palmer, '32, of Menlo Park, June 6, at 85. During World War II, he made training films for pilots and their crews aboard aircraft carriers at sea. After the war, he worked with Ampex and Bing Crosby to bring the era of high-quality audio magnetic tape recording to the United States. Also with Ampex, he worked on its pioneering commercial version of the German tape machine, which led to the acceptance of tape, instead of wire, as the standard American recording medium for radio and film sound tracks and records. He was one of the first American filmmakers to use optical sound on film for commercial and educational productions, developing a design for a 16mm sound-on-film camera. He was a fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He worked full time at his Belmont film Laboratory, W.A. Palmer Films Inc, until his death.

Keith B. Collins, '33, of Auburn, Calif., May 4, at 85, of complications from a stroke and heart disease. While at Stanford, he served as advertising manager and business manager of the Daily. He worked for McClatchy Broadcasting for 42 years, starting as a salesman and announcer for radio station KERN in Bakersfield. He later became station manager there, before moving to KMJ in Fresno and KFBK in Sacramento. He was named McClatchy's director of sales in 1959, a position he held until his retirement in 1976. He was a member of the Congregational Church, the Rotary Club and SIRS. Survivors: his wife, Virginia; and three sons, Kendall, Kim, '66, and Kelly.

Mary Elizabeth Lyons Catlin, '34, of Seaside, Calif., May 7, at 83. While at Stanford, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. As a Portland, Ore., resident, she was a member of the Junior League and several social and athletic clubs. Survivors: her daughter, Mary Laakso; her son, Robert Jr.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Marion McElwain Hilliard, '34, of Walnut Creek, Calif., April 20, at 82. Survivors: her brother, Lester, '31; and three nephews, Roderick, Malcolm, '69, MBA '74, and Douglas, '72.

Jeannette Gould Maino, '34, of Modesto, Calif., August 1995, at 84, of pancreatic cancer. While at Stanford, she was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. She was a poet and author of several books, including Left-hand Turn, about the women of the Donner Party. Survivors: her husband, Charles, '34, MD '38; her daughter, Anne Alvarez '62; and her son, Charles '64.

Thelma Hogevoli Zulch, '34, of Menlo Park, June 20, at 81. The only female graduate in the Hastings Law School class of 1936 at UCSF, she worked as a probate lawyer for more than 50 years and was a longtime advocate for the disabled. Survivors: six children, Alice Cunningham, Marilyn Stablein, Margaret Russell, and Lee, Wilbur and Donald Zulch; and six grandchildren.

Edward Maples, '36, of Lee's Summit, Mo., April 10, of Alzheimer's disease. While at Stanford, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi. Survivors include his wife, Camelia.

Clarence Knight Studley, '37, of Los Altos, December 18, at 79. He did design work for Marchant Calculator, Ampex and Hewlett-Packard during his 44-year career. Survivors: his wife, Jane; his daughter, Nancy Ruxton; his son, David; and four grandchildren.

Richard Thompson, '37, of Phoenix, August 8, 1995. While at Stanford, he was a member of Kappa Sigma.

Esther Madsen Lusk, '38, of Chico, Calif., April 19, at 79, of a stroke. During World War II, she worked for the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal zone and for the U.S. Navy in Puerto Rico. She later worked as an administrative assistant at Stanford's Department of Art and Architecture. She was active in the Allied Arts Guild, in support of the Stanford Children's Convalescent Home. Survivors: her husband, Charles, '34, Engr. '42; her daughter, Karen, '69; her son, John; a granddaughter; and a step-granddaughter.

Thomas S. Montgomery Sr., '38, of Upland, Calif., April 9, at 81. He served as an administrative judge for the California Youth Authority for 35 years. He was field director for the South Pacific U.S. Red Cross and regional director of UNRA Germany. He was a member of St. Anthony's Church, past president of the Rotary Club, a member of the Kiwanis Club, a board member of the Boy Scouts of America and an official for the American Athletic Union. Survivors: his wife, Irena; his daughter, Marya Montgomery Williams; his son, Thomas Jr., his sister, Gail; and three grandchildren.

Carl Eric Nordman, '38, Engr. '40, of Fullerton, Calif., June 1, at 81, of lung cancer. During World War II, he served as a Naval officer. He was production manager for his firm until his retirement. Survivors: his wife, Dorothy; his son; his daughter; and two grandchildren, including Timothy Phillips, MS '93.

Elizabeth "Betty" Johnson Wilson, '38, of Los Angeles, July 9, at 79, after a stroke. She was a philanthropist and fund-raiser for the arts and for programs benefiting children. She was the wife of former ambassador to the Vatican, William A. Wilson, '36. She was founder and board member of the Patron of the Arts of the Vatican Museum and received the Gold Medal of the Italian Red Cross. She served on the executive board of the Blue Ribbon 400, a support group for the Los Angeles County Music Center, and on the board of regents of St. John's Hospital Foundation. She was also a regent of Loyola Marymount University and member of the Huntington Library board of overseers. Survivors: her husband; two daughters, Marcia Lou Hobbs and Anne Marie; her brother, Leland, '32; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Levant Brown III, '39, of Reno, Nev., June 13, at 80. He was a retired financial consultant. While at Stanford, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he was a commander in the Naval Reserves. He was past president of Pacific Seniors Golf Association. Survivors: his wife, Adelaide; two daughters, Susan Larson and Kimberly Reetz; and his sister, Sheridan Rowe.

Stanley H. Neyhart, '39, of Berkeley, Calif., April 29, at 78, after a long illness. While at Stanford, he was a member of Theta Xi. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and was posted in China until 1947. In 1948, he returned to San Francisco and joined the labor law partnership of Tobriner and Lazarus. He remained associated with the firm‹now known as Neyhart, Anderson, Reilly & Freitas‹until his death. Survivors: his son, Dirk; and two daughters, Bonny Rubin and Natalie LaBerge.

James Henry Rodda, '39, of Palo Alto, July 11, at 90, after a long illness. During World War II, he started a construction and development business, building some of the first tract houses in Sunnyvale. He retired in 1976. Survivors: his wife, Betty; his son, Harry, '59, BAR '64; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


William Hunt Conrad, '40, of San Francisco, June 10, at 79, after a long illness. During the late 1940s, he lived in Peru for five years working for the Wilbur-Ellis import company of San Francisco. A former corporate lobbyist in Sacramento, his clients included the Kern County Land Co. (later Teneco), the Irvine Co. and Castle & Cooke. He was a member of the Pacific Union Club and was active as a Republican in several political campaigns. Survivors: his wife, Mia; three children, Cary, Christopher and Hunt Conrad Jr.; his step-daughter, Leslie Dixon Ropelewski; his brother, Barnaby; and four grandchildren.

Andries Deinum, '40, of Portland, Ore., January 31, 1995, at 76, of natural causes. He was professor emeritus of film at Portland State University. During World War II, he worked for the Office of Strategic Services in London as liaison with the Dutch resistance and government in exile. He worked in Hollywood as a researcher, assistant director and technical adviser to films directed by John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock. In 1957, he left the USC's Department of Cinema and went to the PSU Division of Continuing Education when he was blacklisted after testifying before the House Committee on un-American Activities. He was co-founder of Film Quarterly magazine in 1958 and served for decades on its board. He hosted several television series in the 1960s and was the director of the Center for the Moving Image at Portland State University. He was active in the NAACP and the ACLU. Survivors: his wife, Virginia, MA '40; and two brothers, Hans and Sipke.

Jean Perelli-Minetti, '40, of Pasadena, Calif., January 1996.

Kenneth Q. Volk, '41, of San Marino, Calif., in June, at 77. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. A home builder who developed planned residential communities throughout the state, his first company was Volk-McLain Communities. In 1972, he joined B. Wayne Hughes in creating Public Storage Inc. He personally designed their first mini-warehouse, and served as president and then chairman of the board. In 1982, he and his son Kenneth III developed the Wild Horse Winery and Vineyards in Templeton, Calif.

Robert W. Chandler, '42, of Bend, Ore., July 12, at 75, of prostate cancer. During World War II, he was a special agent in the Army's Counter Intelligence Corps serving in Australia and Asia. He worked for weekly newspapers in Burney and Fall River Mills, Calif., before joining the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle. He worked as a reporter and bureau manager for United Press in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Boise and Helena, Mont. In 1953, he bought The Bulletin, a newspaper in Bend. He was a former member of the board of directors for both the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the American Press Institute. He was a Pulitzer Prize juror, a member of the Nieman Fellows selection committee and national president of the Society of Professional Journalists. Survivors: his wife, Marjorie; six children; four stepchildren; his brother; and his sister.

Eugene F. Kern Jr., '42, of South San Francisco, April 19. While at Stanford, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi and captain of the 1942 Stanford track team. During World War II, he served as an artillery officer in the 44th Division. After the war, he was track commissioner of the Olympic Club. He founded Par-Kern Supply Inc., in San Leandro. Survivors: his wife, Vida; his son, Eugene III; and two daughters, Kathy Kern Marsh and Tay.

Donald G. MacKay, '42, of Camas, Wash., June 14, at 79, of a stroke. During World War II, he served in the Navy Seabees building runways for bombers in the Mariana Islands. He established a local engineering firm, MacKay and Sposito Inc. He also helped create Cascade Park. Survivors: his wife, Mary; two daughters, Mary Talbitzer and Jean Schroeder; four sons, Daniel, William, Donald and John; and six grandchildren.

Fred D. Meyer, '42, of Brandon, Miss., July 10, of a heart attack. Survivors include his wife.

George L. Torassa Jr., '42, MD '45, of Benicia, Calif., April 26, at 75. While at Stanford, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta. In 1946, he served as lieutenant j.g. at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Seattle. In 1947, he became a fellow in urology at Stanford Hospital in San Francisco. He served as chief of urological services at Stanford Branch, Fort Miley Veteran's Hospital from 1954 to 1960. He also served as instructor and later associate clinical professor of surgery, division of urology, at Stanford Medical School from 1948 to 1967. He taught anatomy at University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco from 1965 to 1970. He was past president of Mary's Help-Seton Medical Center, chief of staff from 1965 to 1969, chief of surgery from 1964 to 1975 and chairman of the urology division from 1964 to 1981. He was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Fraternity, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of several other medical organizations. Survivors: his wife, Betty; three sons, Mark, Greg and George III; three daughters, Glenna, Leslie and Peaches; his brother, Robert; his sister, Lorraine Mullen; and 11 grandchildren.

Rodney C. Carley, '43, of Corona Del Mar, Calif., December 9, at 75. While at Stanford, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta.

Donald James Wilson, '43, of Eugene, Ore., June 7, at 74, of emphysema. While at Stanford, he was a member of Delta Upsilon. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was an attorney and taught business law at Lane Community College. He was a member of the Oregon State Bar, and enjoyed gardening and traveling. Survivors: his daughter, Carrie Wilson Link; his son, Michael; his brother, Leslie; and one grandchild.

Harry Edward Dyck, '44, of Stockton, Calif., May 24, at 76. While at Stanford, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and the varsity baseball team. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in June 1943 and later served as regimental intelligence officer in Okinawa. From 1947 to 1955, he worked as partner with his father-in-law in Underwood & Dyck Construction. Later he was president of Peninsula Lumber, Peninsula Pools and Associated Contractors of Palo Alto, and was also the executive vice president of Olympia Corp. in Monterey, Calif. In 1968, he went into business for himself, building apartments in Monterey and Reno, Nev. Survivors: his wife, Dorothy; his daughter, Shawn Clark; three sons, Bruce, Brian and Brent; and nine grandchildren.

Gloria Kellogg Knickerbocker, '44, of Pebble Beach, Calif., May 7, at 73. While at Stanford, she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. She was a real estate agent for 30 years. She was a member of the Pan Hellenic League, the American Cancer Society, the Spanish Bay Golf Club and All Saints Episcopal Church Outreach. Survivors: two sons, Calvin and Brad; her brother, Craig McDonald; her sister, Delores Bonham, '58; and six grandchildren.

John Pershing "Jack" Paddock, '44, MS '48, Engr. '63, of Palo Alto, July 19, at 75, of heart disease. During World War II, he served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. He taught mathematics at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey before becoming an electrical engineer for 24 years at NASA-Ames Research Center, where he designed instruments to measure the ozone layer. As a graduate of the Palo Alto Police Department's first Citizens' Police Academy and an amateur radio operator, he was appointed a Santa Clara County radio officer. Survivors: his wife, Marty, '48; three sons, Randall, Richard and John Jr.; his daughter, Caroline; and two grandsons.

Alexander Latty "Sandy" Peaslee, '44, of Charlottesville, N.C., May 25, at 74, of pancreatic cancer. He entered the Foreign Service in 1946 and over the next 26 years served in China, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Nova Scotia, where he was consul general from 1967 until his retirement in 1972. He also did two tours at the State Department, including a stint as chief of research for Communist Asia. He was a partner in the law firm Dwoskin and Peaslee Ltd. In 1978, he and his wife started the Charlottesville Observer and sold it in 1988. He was secretary of Midway Housing Corp. and served on the boards of the ACLU and several civic organizations. Survivors: his wife, Catherine; four daughters, Sarah, Ann, Margaret Necy Church and Elizabeth Rose Siobhan Masur; his brother, D. Stratton; and nine grandchildren.

Sarah "Sally" Fay Tobin, '46, of Hillsborough, Calif., July 21, at 71, of respiratory cardiac complications. A leader in numerous civic and social organizations, she was married to the grandson of San Francisco Chronicle founder Michael H. de Young. She was a trustee of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Survivors: her husband, Michael; two sons, Michael II, '84, and Joseph; two daughters, Patricia Kubal, '77, and Katharine; her brother, Paul Fay, '41; two sisters, Patricia Woods and Nancy Barry; and six grandchildren.

Marla Dickinson Hudson, '47, of Moraga, Calif., December 27, 1994. She was past president of Stanford Women's Club of the East Bay and Junior Alliance of Oakland. She was also active in community and school affairs. Survivors: her son, James; her daughter, JoAnne; her mother, Ila Dickinson; and four grandchildren.

Richard Townley Clark, '49, JD '51, of Menlo Park, June 11, of a heart attack. During World War II, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He practiced law on the Peninsula for many years. Survivors: his wife, Sharon; three sons, Thomas, Blair and Birge; and four grandchildren.

Barbara Viault Crowley, '49, of Sacramento, Calif., at 69, of bone cancer. While serving as a Tehama County supervisor from 1974 until 1982, she chaired the County Supervisors Association of California Committee on Resources and Energy Policy. Known for advocacy of environmental issues, she was appointed to the California Energy Commission by former Gov. George Deukmejian in 1984 and served two five-year terms. Survivors: two daughters, Melissa, '70, and Carol.

Allan M. "Bud" Showler, '49, of Carmichael, Calif., February 25, at 71. While at Stanford, he was a member of Kappa Alpha. During World War II, he served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot over Europe. Survivors: his wife, Barbara '48; his daughter Sally; his son, Steven; and his granddaughter, Kelsey.


Roland W. Force, '50, MA '51, PhD '58, of Honolulu, May 19, at 71, of a stroke. He was the head of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu for 14 years. In 1977, he was named the director of the Museum of the American Indian, a national museum run by the Smithsonian Institution in New York. Survivors: his wife, Maryanne Tefft, '51, MA '52; and his father, Richard.

Robert M. Riley Jr., '51, MD '55, of Placerville, Calif., in May. He practiced medicine for 33 years in Placerville and was one of the five original physicians on the Marshall Hospital staff. He went on to become chief of staff and served on the board of trustees for nine years. He was a team physician for El Dorado High School and a ski patrolman at Sierra Ski Ranch. He was a member of the Snowline Hospice board of trustees, the 20-30 Club, the Placerville Rotary Club, and served on the county grand jury. After his retirement in 1990, he traveled the globe as a cruise ship doctor. Survivors: his wife, June; his son, John; three daughters, Janet, Meredith and Margaret; and six grandchildren.

Floyd C. Roalkvam, '51, of Laurel, Mont., January 19, at 69. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Northern Pacific Railroad in the clerical department. He taught English at West High School in Billings. He is survived by several cousins.

Wallace E. Breuner Jr., '52, of Pleasanton, Calif., May 25, at 66, in the crash of a light sea plane in a remote lake in southeast Alaska. While at Stanford, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi and the track and field team. He was a former vice president and great-grandson of the founder of Breuners furniture store chain. He also was a member of its board of directors and the former manager of the Oakland store. Survivors: his wife, Rosellen; three sons; and a daughter.

Ian David Hendrickson, '52, MS '53, of Helena, Mont., May 16, at 66, of chronic lung disease related to his activities as a mining engineer. While at Stanford, he was a member of Theta Chi and the crew team. In 1954, he joined the U.S. Army and served for two years, primarily at the Engineering Training Center at Fort Belvoir, Va. He worked for the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. on mining projects in Montana; Utah; El Salvador, Chile; Marin County, Calif.; and Bakersfield, Calif. He completed his professional career as an independent mining consultant in Helena. He was a member of several professional mining societies and was active in civic organizations. He also was past president of both the Helena Traditional Jazz Society and the Canyon Ferry Recreation Association. Survivors: two daughters, Susan Higgins and Sara Serocki; his stepson, Jeff Briggs; and 10 grandchildren.

Harold Jay Rosoff, '52, of Capistrano Beach, Calif., November 24, 1995, at 65, of colon cancer. He worked in the air and hydraulic mining equipment business for 10 years. In 1970, he began his catering business, Meyerhof's, and in 1978, he opened his restaurant, the Back Bay Rowing & Running Club. He also was owner of Cuisine M. He was a leader in the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rôtisseurs, an international food and wine organization, and was awarded its highest honor in a ceremony in Paris in March 1995. He served twice on the board of directors of the Industrial League of Orange County and volunteered for Share Ourselves, a Costa Mesa charity organization. Survivors: his wife, Kay '53; three daughters, Sue, Jill and Jenny; his son, Willie; his sister, Audrey Tashman; and his granddaughter, Katie.

David R. Loheit, '53, of Minnetonka, Minn., March 14, at 65. After graduating from Stanford, he served in the U.S. Navy as a senior lieutenant in Guam. He was a retired vice president of Grayco Manufacturing Co. in Minneapolis. He worked many years as a United Crusade liaison in the Twin City Metropolitan area. Survivors: his wife, Marjorie; two sons, John and Steven; his daughter, Jane Hogan; his brother, Robert; his sister, Myrtle Duensing; and three grandchildren.

Patricia Rowe Willrich, '54, MA '55, of Palo Alto, July 8, at 63, of leukemia. She was lecturer on the lives and works of contemporary American fiction writers. She and her husband established the Patricia Rowe Willrich Fellowship in Fiction Writing, part of the Stanford Creative Writing Program. She was formerly a docent at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Bayly Museum of the University of Virginia and the Art Museum at Princeton University. Survivors: her husband, Mason; three sons, Christopher, Stephen and Michael; her daughter, Katharine; her mother, Marion Koehler Rowe; and two brothers, Thomas and James, MA '66.

Donald E. Bianchi, '55, MA '56, of Northridge, Calif., March 14, at 62, after a three-month illness. While at Stanford, he was a member of Delta Chi. He has been associated with what is now California State University-Northridge since 1959, serving as biology professor from 1959 to 1973, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics from 1973 to 1996, and as acting vice president of academic affairs from 1991 to 1993. Survivors: his wife, Georgia, '55; three children; and five grandchildren.

John Erik Edmonds, '56, MS '57, of Pacifica, Calif., July 12, at 63, of asthma. He worked in the Bay Area as an engineer. After contracting polio at the age of 14, he was confined to a wheelchair. He was active in handicapped issues, seeking to put curb cuts at the Civic Center, and to make streetcars, buses and public buildings more accessible. He was responsible for getting then-Congressman Philip Burton to inspect Sweeney Ridge for inclusion in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Survivors: two sisters, Jean Kortum and Marisu Terry; their spouses; and five nieces and nephews.


Harry J. Ratchford, '61, MS '63, MS '66, of Portland, Ore., April 14.


Evan Chen, '98, of Walnut Creek, Calif., July 28, at 20, of biphenotypic leukemia and complications related to his bone marrow transplant. A varsity fencer, he planned to major in biological sciences and pursue a medical degree. Survivors: his parents; and his sister, Emily, '97.


Bernard Richard Luczak, MBA '50, of San Diego, April 17, at 82, of leukemia. He was a retired Army Brigadier General whose 33-year career had a major impact on the U. S. guided missile program. He directed the country's last atmospheric nuclear test 1962. He was the chief of the Integrated Range Mission at White Sands, N.M., and deputy commander of the Pacific Missile Range, Point Mugu, Calf. He served as an early project manager of several missile systems, including Nike Hercules. Two of the weapon systems had great success in the Gulf War: the Patriot Missile and the Abrams Tank. He fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. For his exemplary service, he was decorated 17 times by United States and three times by foreign governments. He was honored with the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest peacetime award. Survivors: his wife, Rosemary; his son, Richard; two daughters, Loma Schmitt and Mary Jean Lopatin, '81; two sisters, Stella Kobus and Frances Gavulic; and four grandchildren. Langford Wheaton Smith, MBA '51, PhD '62, of Palo Alto, May 25, at 67. He worked for IBM for 30 years before retirement. He was a member of the Sierra Club and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Survivors: his wife, Marjorie; three daughters, Teresa Downing, Melissa Bragg and Portia Smith; and three granddaughters.

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Richard Porter Sheldon, PhD '56, of Washington, D.C., June 8, at 72. He spent most of his career with the United States Geological Survey, except for brief stints as an independent and oil company geologist, and as a visiting professor at Yale. From 1967 to 1968, he was chief of the Organic Fuels Branch in Denver. He was assistant chief geologist for Mineral Resources in Washington, D.C., from 1968 to 1972 and served as chief geologist from 1972 until 1977. He continued his work as senior research geologist until his retirement in 1982. He was a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also a member of numerous geological organizations. He received the Meritorious Service Award in 1973 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1976 of the Department of the Interior. In 1987, he was honored with the Human Needs Award of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Survivors: his wife, Claude; his daughter, Estella; and his sister, Ruth Knowles.


Terrill H. Davis, MA '63, of Connell, Wash., April 4, at 62. He was commissioned an ensign by the U.S. Navy and served from 1955 to 1957. In 1958, he began farming in Connell while also teaching chemistry and physics at Kennewick High School and serving as presdent of the Kennewick Teachers Association. He also served on the board of Columbia Basin College form 1967 to 1974. He served as director on the South Columbia Basin Irrigation District Board and the Grand Coulee Power Authority. He was a member of several agricultural organizations and a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Survivors: his wife, Marcie, three sons, Thomas, Bevon and Tyler; four daughters, Cera, Melissa Bushong, Greta Ivey and Erica Sutton; his parents, Vaughn and Helen; his brother, Craig; his sister, Regina LaMar; and six grandchildren.

Mary Budd Rowe, PhD '64, of Menlo Park, June 20, at 71, of a stroke. A longtime science educator, she served as head of the science education research division of the National Science Foundation from 1976 to 1980, where she was recognized as an innovator in the use of technology to teach science concepts. She developed a video series and CD-ROMS to teach physical science, and was a science adviser for children's television programs. She particularly liked to encourage girls' interest in science. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she traveled to rural areas to show teachers ways of using their natural environment in science classes. Later she was a professor at the University of Florida-Gainesville and, since 1990, a visiting professor at Stanford's School of Education. As a scholar, she authored more than 100 journal articles and several monographs and books. She was a member of the National Academy of Education and was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her honors include an award for distinguished contribution to curriculum development from the American Education Research Association. She also was past president of the National Science Teachers Association and recipient of its Robert Carlton Medal. Survivors: her longtime companion, Emily Girault, PhD '64; two brothers, John and Warren; and two sisters, Claire Rowe Neal and Sister Jean Rowe, S.C.

Flora Moyra Allen, PhD '67, of Ottawa, Canada, May 2, of cancer. She was professor of nursing education at McGill University and received high honors from government and nursing organizations for her work.


Flora Chu Wang, PhD '63, of Galveston, Texas, March 23, after a long illness. She was the first woman to be awarded a PhD in civil engineering at Stanford. An expert in wetlands hydrology, she was a professor in the department of oceanography and coastal sciences at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. Survivors: her husband, Yu-Hwa; and her daughter, Sylvia.

Wayne Porter Keyes, MS '77, PhD '82, of Saratoga, Calif., June 26, at 68, in an auto accident. He served for 22 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of lieutenant. He was a scoutmaster and, in 1986, he was given the Boy Scout's highest adult award, the Silver Beaver. He was an engineer and a certified logistician who worked as a project manager for a variety of defense and high-tech companies. Survivors: his wife, Helen; three daughters, Nancy Aitkenhead, Dolly Mitchell and Leilani Tracy; three sons, Robert, Graham, and David; two stepsons, Phillip and Michael Camero; his brother, Reed; and 14 grandchildren.


Louis D. Morrison, JD '50, of Long Beach, Calif., May 20. Survivors include his wife, Antonette.


Mary Elizabeth Tiffin Clegg, MD '37, of Anaheim, Calif., June 2, at 84, of Parkinson's disease. She practiced pediatric medicine in Los Angeles for 49 years, serving as a pioneer for women in medicine. She enjoyed travel, literature and art. Survivors: two sons, John and Charles; her daughter, Helen Ramatowski, '65, MA '67; and five grandchildren.

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