Obituaries - May/June 2010

May/June 2010

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Obituaries - May/June 2010

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Robert R. Augsburger, of Portola Valley, December 31, at 83, of a brain tumor. He was the former vice president of business and finance at Stanford and also taught courses in nonprofit management at the Graduate School of Business. He graduated from Purdue U. and Case Western Reserve U. Law School. He served as the founding executive director of The Peninsula Open Space Trust, president of the Children’s Health Council board of directors and trustee of Hidden Villa. Active with the Stanford Historical Society, he was also on the advisory board of the Stanford GSB Oral History Program. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Jean Ann; his children, Jane McLaughlin, David and John; and four grandchildren.

Frederick “Rick” Biedenweg, MS ’79 (electrical engineering), PhD ’81 (operations research), of Saratoga, Calif., December 5, at 56, of suspected cardiac arrest. He was the former assistant vice president of information resources at Stanford. His Pacific Partners Consulting Group served more than 225 universities and public institutions by using statistics to predict budget needs for deferred maintenance and facilities renewal. He was also a sailor, winemaker, bowler, bridge champion and congregation leader, and he coached for the Odyssey of the Mind program. Survivors: his wife, Linda Duyanovich; his children, Scott and Laura; a brother, Doug; and his mother and stepfather, Marjorie and John Gould.

Gene Marshall Phillips, of Palo Alto, November 28, at 75. He was professor emeritus, pediatrics, at Stanford U. Medical Center. He was known for his love of life, family and music and his care for patients. Survivors include his wife and son.

Eugene E. van Tamelen, of Los Altos Hills, December 12, at 84, of cancer. He earned his doctorate at Harvard and was on the faculty of the U. of Wisconsin before coming to Stanford in 1962. He was a professor known for his work synthesizing complex chemicals found in nature. Britain’s International Biographical Center named him one of the 20th century’s foremost scientists, and he received multiple awards from the American Chemical Society and other scientific organizations. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Mary; his children, Carey Haughey, ’87, MS ’89, Jane and Peter; and five grandchildren.

Robert E. Ward, ’36 (political science), of Portola Valley, December 7, at 93. He was professor emeritus in the political science department. He served as a Japanese translator during World War II and was later recognized for his work in fostering better relations between Japan and the United States. During the 14 years he taught at Stanford, he founded and was the first director of the Center for Research in International Studies (a precursor to the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies). Survivors: his daughter, Erica, ’72; two granddaughters; and a brother.


Charles F. Denny, ’33 (English), MA ’36 (education), of Redding, Calif., October 23, at 98. He served in the Navy during World War II and later was vice principal of Shasta High School and principal of Enterprise High School. Active in public service, he was elected for several terms to the Redding City Council and retired as mayor in 1976. He also headed both the Kiwanis Club and the Redding Chamber of Commerce, and he enjoyed golf and ham radio. He was predeceased by his wife, Ida (Whitehouse, Gr. ’36). Survivors include a daughter, Carol Denny Notz; and a brother.

J. Burke Knapp, ’33 (economics), of Portola Valley, November 22, at 96. He was a member of Sigma Nu/Beta Chi and captain of the water polo team. He served as the senior vice president of the World Bank from 1956 until 1978 and dedicated his working life to international development, particularly in poor countries. After retiring, he was active in the Stanford community, creating a program for students to serve as interns in World Bank offices, and was a member of Stanford Associates. He was predeceased by his first wife, Hilary Eaves, and his second wife, Iris Hay-Edie. Survivors: his children, Louis, Rosalind, ’67, JD ’73, Elise and Michael; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Edward W. “Ned” Baker, ’34 (basic medical sciences), MD ’38, of Modesto, Calif., January 14, at 96, of natural causes. He was a member of LSJUMB. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, he served in the Navy during World War II and then returned to Stanford for specialized training in urology. He practiced urology from 1948 until his retirement in 1981. He enjoyed golf and photography and visited five continents. He was predeceased by his first wife, Yola, and his son Edward. Survivors: his wife of 30 years, Marge; his son Bradford; his stepchildren, Tracy Winters and Trent, Melissa and Robin Shearn; five step-grandchildren; and a sister.

Theodore Max “Ted” Lilienthal, ’34 (social science/social thought), of San Rafael, Calif., December 28, at 97, of cancer. He was a member of the tennis team. Following a stint during World War II managing the military uniform department at Hastings Clothing Co., he worked in sales and advertising until his first retirement in his 70s. He then worked at KQED’s San Francisco Focus magazine and San Francisco magazine for another 20 years, retiring in 2004 at the age of 92. He was passionate about travel and the arts and loved watching Stanford games on TV, but he treasured his wife and family above all. Survivors: his wife of 68 years, Wendy; his children, Peggy Linden, Tom and Vicky; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

George S. Swarth, ’34 (undergraduate law), JD ’37, of Chevy Chase, Md., November 29, at 98. He was an attorney in the lands division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1944 until 1971. In 1968 he was given the department’s John Marshall Award and became the first chief of the new marine resources section in 1969. An expert in bookbinding, bookplates and family history, he spent time during his retirement in Denver and Palo Alto. 

Richard L. Frank, ’35 (political science), of San Francisco, December 31, at 95. He served in the Navy during World War II and retired from the Navy reserves. Active in many community organizations, he served as president of the United Way and taught English three days a week for the past 10 years. He loved hiking, tennis and swimming and skied until the age of 85. Survivors: his children, Donald and Bruce; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Helen Hart Davis, ’36 (history), MA ’43 (education), of Woodland, Calif., December 5, at 95. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta. She had a long career in education, teaching at Porterville High School and Community College, Sacramento High School and Woodland High School. She was also a founding member of Woodland Parent Nursery School and past president of the Shakespeare Club. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Gene. Survivors: her children, James and John; and a granddaughter.

William Albert Wilson, ’36 (general engineering), of Carmel Valley, Calif., December 5, at 95. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He served in the Army during World War II. A businessman and rancher, he became close friends with Ronald Reagan in the early 1960s. He was active in Reagan’s political campaigns for governor and president and became a member of the president’s “kitchen cabinet.” He served as the president’s personal envoy to the Holy See and, when formal diplomatic relations were established with the Vatican, he was elevated to ambassador. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” (Johnson, ’38). Survivors: his children, Marcia Wilson Hobbs and Anne Marie; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Louise Alauzet Ulph Beebe, ’37 (history), of Sea Ranch, Calif., December 23, at 94, of cancer. She co-authored two books, Nevada’s Northeast Frontier and Halleck Country, and served as on the board of the Elko County Library. She was predeceased by her first husband, Alfred Ulph, ’35, MA ’40, PhD ’47, and her second husband, Gordon Beebe, ’37.

Mary Ellen Weer Hicks, ’38 (graphic arts), of Monterey, Calif., November 10, at 96. She spent part of her childhood in Malaysia, where she developed a love of Asian art.  Prior to Stanford, she attended Wellesley College and the Chicago Art Institute, and she later became an elementary school teacher and taught in Orinda for 24 years. She also studied jewelry making and Chinese brush painting, and her art was exhibited throughout the Monterey Bay area. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward, and two sons, Stephen and Peter. Survivors: her son Philip; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter. 

Walter Joshua Hartzell, ’39 (medicine), MD ’43, of Pacific Grove, Calif., November 24, at 93. He served in the Army during World War II, and upon returning home, he completed a residency in radiology. He was a member of the founding medical staff of Washington Hospital in Fremont, Calif., and served as chief of the radiology department until retiring in 1978. He was an avid golfer, accomplished pianist and a fine watercolor painter. Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Virginia (McCloskey, ’40); his children, Adrienne Knudsen, Robert, John and David; and six grandchildren. 

Jean Meeker Bell Merritt Lee, ’39 (history), of San Diego, June 1, at 91. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She lived in Houston with her first husband, Robert Merritt, ’41, until his death in 1975. At her 40th Stanford class reunion, she reconnected with classmate Horace Byron “Bebe” Lee, ’38, Gr. ’41, and they married the next year. They lived in Albuquerque, N.M., for 25 years and enjoyed parties, visiting with friends and family and traveling. Survivors: her husband, Bebe; her children, Jean Merritt Johnston and Robert Merritt; and two grandchildren. 

Jeanette Thorp, ’39 (Spanish), of Palo Alto, December 9, at 91, of natural causes. She worked in the Stanford education department from 1982 until 2002. She loved travel, the arts, music and cooking. She volunteered at Ronald McDonald House of Palo Alto and led the activities committee of Webster House for several years. Survivors include a sister.


Francis Boot Duveneck Jr., ’40 (education), MA ’65 (education), of Monterey, Calif., December 13, at 93, of natural causes. He graduated from Columbia Teacher’s College in New York and was a guidance counselor at Seaside High School. He was also a carpenter and built many homes in Monterey County, including his family residence. He enjoyed hiking, camping, fishing, poetry, singing and making music. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, and his daughter, Erica. Survivors: his sons, Peter and David; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Thomas Duncombe Dee II, ’41 (social science/social thought), of Ogden, Utah, July 16, at 89. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and participated in student drama. He served in the Army during World War II and was severely wounded in a plane crash in the Egyptian desert. He later joined family members in management of the Utah Canning Co. and Pendleton Frozen Foods and eventually served as president of both companies. He was also a trustee and treasurer for McKay-Dee Hospital, originally founded by his grandmother, and a member of many community organizations. He was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth. Survivors: his wife, Janice; his children, Thomas III and David, ’85; two stepchildren, Elizabeth Huebner and Jennifer Furch; six grandchildren, including Nathan, ’03; and two step-grandchildren. 

Edwin C. DeMoss, ’41 (geology), of New Meadows, Idaho, November 12, at 90. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and the basketball team. He attended officer training school at Cornell U. and served in the Navy during World War II. He had a long career in mining and worked as an executive for Utah International. In 1983 he retired to the family ranch and loved caring for the animals. Survivors: his wife of 66 years, Annabell; his children, Edwin Jr., ’77, Craig and Gary; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Jo DeMoss Sjostrom, ’38.

James A. Farquharson, ’41 (social science/social thought), of San Mateo, April 28, 2009. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta, Scabbard and Blade (ROTC) and the football team. He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded two Bronze Stars. He enjoyed a long career as a sales executive in the food and soft drink industry. A proud member of the Farquharson Clan in Scotland, he wore the clan tartan on special occasions. Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Trout, and two grandsons.

Robert Bruce “Bob” Montgomery, ’41 (industrial engineering), of Bakersfield, Calif., October 31, at 89. He was a member of the track and field and football teams. His studies were interrupted by service in the Navy during World War II. He had a long career in the oil business, eventually building Montgomery Drilling Co. into the largest privately owned deep-well drilling company west of the Mississippi. He was also a citrus farmer and cattle rancher in Tulare County, and he was a founding director of San Joaquin Bank. He received a 30-year service pin from Stanford Associates. Survivors: his wife, Ruth Ann (Greene, ’42); his children, Melinda, Marilee and Robert Jr., ’77, MBA ’82; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister. 

Warren E. Spieker, ’41 (French), of Cupertino, Calif., December 7, at 90. In the 1950s, he started Menlo Motors, which evolved into Redwood Lease Co. Passionate about travel, he and his wife met while sailing to the South Pacific and over the years visited more than 200 countries together. He was a devoted family man and a sports enthusiast who prided himself on having attended 76 consecutive Big Games. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, June. Survivors: his four children, Roxanne, Thomas, Tod and Warren Jr.; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Warren Harry Berl, ’42 (economics), of San Francisco, November 22, at 89. He was a member of the NCAA championship golf teams of 1939 and 1941, and in 1961 he was elected to the Stanford Hall of Fame for golf. He served in the Navy during World War II and then joined his father at the family’s San Francisco investment firm. In 1957 they merged with Sutro & Co., where he eventually became chair and president. Active in the community, he was director of the greater San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and honorary lifetime director of the Institute on Aging. He received a 35-year service pin from Stanford Associates. Survivors: his wife of 61 years, Aline; his children, Douglas, Cathy Deutsch and Susan Raybin; eight grandchildren; and a brother, John, ’49. 

William Fay “Bill” Berreyesa, ’42 (general engineering), of Los Altos, December 8, at 89, after a sudden illness. He was a member of the Volunteer Firehouse football team. A fifth-generation Californian, his great-grandfather was one of the first Mexican settlers of San Francisco. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and later worked for PG&E for 39 years in gas systems design. He loved the outdoors, especially hiking in the Sierra, and he finished first in his age category in the 2008 Bay to Breakers road race. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia. Survivors: his partner of 14 years, Diane Merchant; his children, Susan Poloway, Amy Holm and Pamela; and four grandchildren. 

George E. Cilker, ’42, of Los Altos, November 25, at 89. He was a member of LSJUMB. He attended Stanford until enlisting in the Air Force shortly before Pearl Harbor. He was a pilot instructor and attained the rank of captain, and after World War II, he became a partner in Hubbard and Johnson Lumber Co. He later established his own company, Pine Cone Lumber, which is now owned by his three sons. He had a great interest in horticulture, enjoyed tennis and golf and was an accomplished skier. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Betty; his children, Claudia, Brian, Craig and James; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother, William, ’41.

Ira Forest, ’42 (geology), of Los Angeles, December 18, at 89. He served in the Army/Air Force during World War II and received a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Presidential Unit Citation. He ran a retail business and was also involved in development, construction and commercial real estate. He was past president of the Building Industry Association and had also been a Boy Scout commissioner and scoutmaster. Survivors: his wife, Myrna; his former wife, Joyce; his children, David, Michael and Adam; his stepchildren, Wendy Snyder, Bill Snyder and Lon Snyder; and three step-grandchildren.

Winford M. Jones, ’42 (general engineering), of Englewood, Colo., September 19, at 89. He was a member of Zeta Psi and the football team; he was one of the “Wow Boys” and played in the 1941 Rose Bowl. He served in the Navy during World War II. He began his career in the oil industry with the Standard of Indiana Oil Co., which was later named AMOCO and is now BP, and he retired in 1983. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting and fishing. Survivors: his wife of 71 years, Betty; his children, Morgan, Jim and Doug; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister. 

Hulbert Hale “Hap” Everett, ’43 (social science/social thought), of Pasadena, Calif., September 18, at 87. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, LSJUMB and the Daily staff. He served in the Marines in World War II. His career spanned journalism and newspaper publishing, public relations and insurance. He was devoted to his family and friends and was passionate about bodysurfing, baseball and Stanford sports. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Mary Helen (Hoag, ’45); his second wife, Doris Ann; and his companion, Janet Folks. Survivors: his children, John, Betsy Martin and Jim; three stepchildren, William Williams III, John Williams and Nancy Shae; a grandson; six step-grandchildren; and two brothers.

Thomas Wallace Milburn, ’45 (psychology), MA ’55, PhD ’59 (education), of Los Osos, Calif., November 21, at 86, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was a member of Delta Chi and the Daily staff. He served on a submarine during World War II and worked as a civilian psychologist at the Naval Ordnance Test Station at China Lake, Calif. He taught at Northwestern U. and DePaul U. before joining the faculty of Ohio State U., where he was the Mershon Professor of Psychology and Public Policy for 24 years. He received two Fulbright grants and published extensively in professional journals. Survivors: his wife, JoAnne (Fellows, ’47); his children, Michael, ’72, Peter and Alison; nine grandchildren; and a brother, Patrick, ’61.  

Milton B. Walkup, ’45 (general engineering), MS ’47 (civil engineering), of Lafayette, Calif., November 14, at 90. He was a member of the track and field team and Delta Tau Delta. He served in the Marines during World War II. His last job before retiring in 1985 was with BART. He enjoyed golfing, gardening and traveling the world with his wife and friends. He received a 20-year service pin from Stanford Associates. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Barbara; his children, Lauren Green, Garrett and Jeffrey; two grandchildren; and a brother, Gardner, ’49, MBA ’51.

Arthur Carfagni Jr., ’46 (biological sciences), MD ’51, of Mill Valley, Calif., December 3, at 83. He was a member of the Daily staff. A native San Franciscan, he stayed involved with the Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts throughout his life. Survivors: his partner, David Van Epps; and a sister. 

Jo Anne Edwards Miller, ’46 (education), of Atherton, January 19, at 84. She trained from early childhood as a classical pianist but chose to devote herself to being a wife and mother. She was predeceased by her husband, John, ’44. Survivors: her children, Cynthia Schenk, Elisa Shoreman and Diane; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Frederick S. Dickson, ’47 (social science/social thought), of San Francisco, December 25, at 85. He was a member of Sigma Nu. His time at Stanford was interrupted by service in the Army Air Corp during World War II. After graduation, he joined the American Import Co., where he worked for 62 years and retired as president. He volunteered for more than 50 years as the assistant scoutmaster of San Francisco’s Troop 14. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Sally. Survivors: his children, Dinah, Nancy and Peter; and three grandchildren.

Alfred F. Miossi Jr., ’47 (social science/social thought), of Wilmette, Ill., November 3, at 87. He was a member of Theta Chi. He was predeceased by his wife, Blanche. Survivors: his children, Fred, Debbie Niebruegge, Bill and Jim; and 11 grandchildren. 

Richard Avery Smith, ’47 (geology), EdD ’56, of Oakland, December 13, at 85, of pancreatic cancer. He was a member of LSJUMB. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He taught at Menlo Atherton High, served as a coordinator for the Peace Corps in the Philippines, and was on the faculty at San Jose State U., retiring as associate dean of the geology and natural sciences department in 1987. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Frasier-Smith, ’47, MA ’49. Survivors: his second wife, Delcye Bailey-Smith; his children, Kenneth, ’74, MA ’75, Julie Valentine, Holly Liberatore and Jeannette; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister.

Marilyn Robinson Coe, ’48 (art), of Camarillo, Calif., November 6, 2008, at 82. After one of her sons was diagnosed with a neurological handicap, she became involved with special education and founded the California Association of Neurologically Handicapped Children. She also taught English at Nogales High in Los Angeles County, eventually becoming head of the English department. She was predeceased by her son Cary. Survivors: her husband of 60 years, Jack Coe, MS ’48; her children, Holly Gorst, Jack Jr. and Jonathan; and seven grandchildren. 

John Rogers Davis, ’48 (archaeology), MA ’49 (classics), of Santa Fe, N.M., December 8, from a stroke. He was an ordained Episcopal priest and served as superintendant of the Good Shepherd Mission at Fort Defiance, Ariz., on the Navajo Reservation. He became rector of St. Michael and All Angels at Corona Del Mar, Calif., in 1967 and remained there until his retirement in 1987. He loved his gardens and delighted in the world around him. Survivors: his former wife, Marilyn; his children, Robert, Rebecca, Lydia Hasbrouck Mertens and Benjamin; and eight grandchildren. 

Talton Turner “Tal” Barnes, ’49 (political science), MA ’51 (political science), of Roseville, Calif., November 20, at 83, after suffering a heart attack. He spent 31 years with Civil Service and retired as the deputy director of logistics plans and programs for the Air Force command at McClellan AFB. He enjoyed bridge, traveling, golf and spending time with family and friends. He was predeceased by his son James. Survivors: his wife, Claire; his children, Mark and John; his stepson, Matthew Kovanda; 10 grandchildren; and two brothers. 

Hugh E. Dunlap, ’49 (economics), of Boulder, Colo., October 30, at 85. He joined the Air Force after high school and was a bombardier in World War II. After graduating from Stanford, he was recalled into active duty and served in Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1970 as a lieutenant colonel. In his retirement he and his wife worked as tutors for migrant farm children and enjoyed travel in their RV. He was also an amateur astronomer and enjoyed skiing and hiking. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Nilda; his children, Eileen Fleming, Denise Montzka and Stewart; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Bruce Tyson Mitchell, ’48 (economics), JD ’51, of Hillsborough, Calif., December 10, at 81. He was on the Daily staff.  He served in the Navy in Japan and then returned to San Francisco and worked for Crocker National Bank for two years. He joined Utah International in 1957 as assistant counsel and retired as secretary in 1987. He was a past president of the Commonwealth Club of California and received the Outstanding Achievement/Award of Merit from Stanford Associates in 1999. He visited all seven continents and more than 200 countries. Survivors include his wife, Adrienne; and his son, Mark.


Maxwell Theodore James, ’50 (political science), of Moreno Valley, Calif., December 7, at 85, of metastatic pancreatic cancer. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart with three clusters. He attended USF Law School at night, and he worked with foreign trade, commercial real estate and mergers and acquisitions. Survivors: his wife, Beverly; four children; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

William A. White, ’50 (preclinical medicine), MD ’54, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., January 30, 2005, of leukemia. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He completed his residency at Harbor UCLA and then began a successful obstetrics and gynecology practice. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan (Walker, ’50). Survivors include six children.

Lawrence A. Fink, ’51 (political science), of Northampton, Mass., November 12, at 79, of a Parkinson’s-related illness. He was a member of Theta Chi and the baseball team; he originated the play-by-play broadcasting of varsity games from the Sunken Diamond on KZSU. He served in the Army during the Korean War and later earned his doctorate at Columbia U. He spent his 35-year career as a professor of education and child study at Smith College. While there he also served as athletic director for eight years and brought the college into the NCAA, making it the first women’s college to join. Survivors: his wife, Barbara; his children, Laura, Jim and Hilary; six grandchildren; and a brother. 

Carl F. Stover, ’51, MA ’55 (political science), of Silver Spring, Md., February 19, at 79, of endocarditis and congestive heart failure. His career included serving as president of the National Institute of Public Affairs, teaching political science and directing the Public Affairs Fellowship Program at Stanford and holding appointments at the Brookings Institution and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. He was a Phi Beta Kappa Associates lecturer and authored several books, including Science and Democratic Government. Survivors: his wife of 36 years, Jacqueline; his children, Matthew, Mary Marker and Claire Herrell; and seven grandchildren.

Cecil S. “Cec” Riley, ’54 (history), of Orinda, Calif., December 29, at 79. He served in the Marines and graduated from the College of San Mateo and the San Francisco Coro Center for Civic Leadership. During his career, he was the assistant city manager of Palo Alto and Oakland, city manager of Oakland and general manager of Rossmoor. Survivors: his wife of 55 years, Barbara (McFadden, ’53); his children, Robert, Susan and Scott; four grandchildren; his mother, Fern Davis; a brother; and a sister.

George Robert Wilson, ’56 (economics), of Richland, Wash., December 14, at 75. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda and the Air Force ROTC. He served in the Air Force in Vietnam and later was at the Pentagon in the office of the secretary of defense. After retiring from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, he worked for Rockwell and retired from Westinghouse in 1995. He had a lifelong love of flying and travel, and he and his wife opened a travel agency that won numerous awards. Survivors: his wife, Sondra; his children, George Edward, Robert, Jo Ann and Carin; two granddaughters; his stepmother, Ann Franklin; and three stepsisters.

Hart Nathan “Cappy” Cook III, ’57 (education), of Incline Village, Nev., December 12, at 79. He was on the football team and played in the Rose Bowl. He served in the Army and then became a park ranger in Yosemite. His career also included work as a pro ski patrol leader and race coach, assistant district ranger of the Mono Lake District and area manager at Ski Incline (now called Diamond Peak). He loved camping, fishing and hunting and was an active member of the Tahoe North Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was predeceased by his son Doug. Survivors: his wife of 36 years, Diane; his children Randy, Dan and Terry; his stepchildren, Linda Tierney, Sharon Oliveira and Jim Link; and seven grandchildren.

Marilyn Loe Hirschfeld, ’57 (English), of Bainbridge Island, Wash., October 17, at 74, of lung cancer. She worked as secretary to the president of Washington State U. and then as legal secretary to the university’s attorney. She also served as a paralegal in the state attorney general’s office for 10 years and was cited for outstanding work on behalf of abused and neglected children. In her retirement she volunteered and traveled, enjoying many trips with Stanford Travel/Study. Survivors: her husband of 52 years, Bill, ’55; her children, Mary and Stuart, ’87; three grandchildren; and a sister, Janet Loe Schwab, ’60. 

Philip Vincent Burkland, ’59 (geology), of Belmont, December 1, at 72. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta, the football team and the rugby team. He worked as a geologist for his entire career, retiring in 2007. He served as president of the Bay Area Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG) and as secretary-treasurer of the national AEG. He coached and managed several Little League teams when his sons were young and was honored with a permanent seat at the Little League field in San Bernardino, Calif. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Jane; his children, Tom, Mike and Dan; eight grandchildren; and a sister.

Horton H. “Buz” Honsaker Jr., ’59 (industrial engineering), of Lake Almanor, Calif., January 10, at 73, of double pneumonia. He was a member of Delta Upsilon. He earned his MBA from Pace U. and spent 30 years in telecommunications, retiring from AT&T in 1989. Survivors: his wife, Judy; his children, Eric, Michael and Julie; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a sister; and two brothers. 

Sally Jones Post, ’59, of Carmel, Calif., November 16, at 72, from complications following a heart procedure. Her husband founded Four Sisters Inns, and she designed and decorated the interiors for the properties. Later she graduated from Chapman College and completed a master’s degree in counseling to become a marriage and family therapist. She led Bible studies, volunteered with Young Life and traveled extensively, including a trip last year with three of her grandchildren to work in an orphanage in Belize. She was predeceased by her husband, Roger, ’57. Survivors: her children, Kimberley Post Watson, Shelley Post Claudel, Stefanie Post Pollard and Jennifer; and seven grandchildren.

Stephen D. Resnik, ’59 (education), of Camarillo, Calif., December 27, at 72, of malignant melanoma. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and the football team. He was the founder and owner of the Somis Nut House, a popular retail fruit and nut business. A member of the Las Posas Country Club, he played golf every week. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Joyce; and his children, Rebecca Pecsok, Jeremy and Rachel. 


Barbara Hicks Cloud, ’60 (communication), of Henderson, Nev., December 24, at 71, of a cerebral hemorrhage. She participated in student drama and was editor of the Daily. She earned a master’s degree from the U. of Oregon and later completed a PhD at the U. of Washington. She joined the faculty at U. of Nevada-Las Vegas as a professor and later served as associate provost for academic affairs before retiring. She authored two history books, including The Business of Newspapers on the Western Frontier, and was known for her leadership of three national organizations of journalism historians. Survivors include her husband, Stanley, ’59; and a sister. 

Noal Thomas “Tom” Clark, ’61 (history), of Sugar Land, Texas, January 13, at 70, following a long illness. He played on the football team. He loved all sports and was an avid reader. He had a quick wit and an optimistic approach to life, and he will be remembered for his will to survive despite devastating health challenges. Survivors: his wife of 28 years, Betty; his children, Martin, Kimberly Lawrence, Gentre Bradford and Shawn; his grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren.

Anne Cecil Bindeman, ’62 (economics), of Rio Verde, Ariz., January 9. She worked as a statistician for Merrill Lynch and for Life Insurance Association of America before accompanying her husband on assignments around the world. She enjoyed golf, bridge and knitting and was the past president of her homeowners’ association in New Jersey. Survivors: her husband, William, ’61, MS ’62; her children, William and Geoffrey; and two grandchildren. 

Timothy Jon “Tim” Hansel, ’63, MA ’65 (education), of Encinitas, Calif., December 13, at 68. He was a member of Sigma Chi, the football team and the rugby team. He founded Summit Expedition, which offered people from all walks of life physical and spiritual challenges in a wilderness setting. In 1974 he was seriously injured in a climbing accident, and he was inspired by his subsequent experiences with chronic pain to write numerous books, including You Gotta Keep Dancin’. Survivors: his wife, Anastasia; his children, Zac and Josh; his stepchildren, Tim and Brian Johnson; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and a brother.

Walter Edward Stamm, ’67 (biological sciences), of Seattle, December 14, at 64, after a yearlong struggle with skin cancer. He was a member of Sigma Chi and the baseball team. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and then worked at the CDC as chief of the agency’s hospital infections program. In 1976 he joined the U. of Washington and spent the rest of his career there, serving as chief of the university’s division of allergy and infectious disease and becoming known as a world expert in chlamydia and urinary tract infections. He enjoyed spending time with his family at their cabin in the Columbia River Gorge, skiing and traveling. He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy (Carstensen, ’67). Survivors include his children, Hillary, ’98, Lindsay, ’00, and Andrew. (See story on page 97.)

Charles Edwin Baker, ’69 (political science), of New York, December 8, at 62, of complications of juvenile diabetes. He was a member of Sigma Nu/Beta Chi. He attended Yale Law School and was a Fellow at Harvard. He joined the U. of Pennsylvania as a professor in 1981, and for the past several years, he held a joint appointment at the Annenberg School of Communications. He was the author of four books and many professional articles and book chapters. Survivors include his girlfriend; and a sister, Nancy, ’71.


Arlene Hartley Camm Melen, ’73, MA ’74 (economics), MBA ’78, of Los Altos Hills, December 29, at 58, of cancer. She worked for Stanford’s property management group and then joined Apple Computer, where she rose to become the international treasurer in the Pacific. After her children were grown, she became a teacher and taught at Palo Alto High. She had an exuberant personality and a voracious appetite for knowledge. Survivors: her husband, Roger, MS ’69, PhD ’73; her children, Samuel, ’99, and Nick Williams and John and Michelle Melen; a grandson; her parents, Frank and Arlene Camm; and a brother.   


John Lee Bosley Brooke, ’88 (engineering), MA ’89 (sociology), of Portland, Ore., December 21, at 43, of peritoneal mesothelioma. He was a member of Theta Xi. An accomplished businessman, he was included in the Portland Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40.” Since 2008 he was the chief financial officer of Fairway America. He loved outdoor adventure, including helicopter skiing and bungee jumping. He cherished each day with his family, and his children were the center of his world. Survivors: his wife, Lisa; his children, James and Caroline; his mother, Elizabeth Brooke, ’52; his father and stepmother, Larry Lee and Sandra Bosley; three sisters, including Lisa Brooke Holtz, ’93, MA ’94; and four brothers.


Anne James Ferrari (formerly Anne Lewis Cunha), ’97 (drama), of Santa Monica, Calif., April 10, at 33, of transplant-related non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung transplant rejection. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Cap and Gown, Delta Delta Delta and the 6th Man Club, and she participated in student drama. Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 18, she was determined to live her life to the fullest. She received her JD from Harvard Law School and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Survivors: her parents, Anthony, ’70, and Christine Cunha; her maternal grandfather, Jerome Lewis; her paternal grandmother, Jeanne Ferrari Cunha, ’43; and her sister, Elizabeth Cunha, ’99. 

Earth Sciences

Douglas Thomas Magee, MS ’51 (petroleum engineering), of Danville, Calif., December 20, at 88. A native of Manitoba, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He enjoyed a 35-year career with Chevron Corp., retiring as vice president of exploration of the Northern Region, USA, in 1986. He was predeceased by his wife, Babs. Survivors: his three children; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. 

Arthur Taylor “Andy” Anderson, MS ’53, PhD ’54 (geology), December 3, at 92. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, he served in the Royal Canadian Engineers during World War II. Following the war, he moved to California and became a geologist, then began a teaching career at Napa Valley College. He led a varied and interesting life, which included financing the making of Ben Hur, founding the No-Name Bar in Sausalito, Calif., and playing his last polo chukka at age 83. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean. 

Ross W. Smith, PhD ’69 (applied earth science), of Reno, Nev., December 10. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He served in the Armed Forces as a surveyor and mapping specialist and also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado School of Mines Research Institute and Consolidated Copper Mines. He was on the faculty at the U. of Nevada-Reno, teaching in the chemical and materials engineering department and serving as department chair for many years, and became professor emeritus after 32 years. He enjoyed photography, hiking and running, and he published two books of poetry. Survivors: his wife, Vicki; his children, Walter, Anne, ’82, MS ’84, and Courtney; their mother, Catherine (Parsons, DMA ’69); two stepchildren, Angela and Justin; five grandchildren; and a sister.


Samuel Kermit Koontz, MA ’50, of Fresno, Calif., December 19, at 94, following a heart attack and stroke. His career as a coach was interrupted by service in the Navy during World War II. After the war he resumed coaching until he joined the Fresno County Office of Education in 1949 as health coordinator. He was later appointed special education director and then named administrator of special education in Central California. With his own daughter paralyzed and developmentally delayed, he was passionate about special needs children and was instrumental in starting the first special education programs in Fresno County. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kathy. Survivors: his wife, Donielle; his son, Dan; and three grandchildren. 

James Clark “Jack” Davis, MA ’55, EdD ’63, of Carson City, Nev., October 24, at 83, from complications of pneumonia. He served in the Army in Korea. He had a 30-year career in education, including work as an elementary school teacher, a high school principal and a professor. He was the founder of the community college system in Northern Nevada and founding president of what is now Western Nevada Community College. He was also a key figure in the world of professional boxing and was the former president of the North American Boxing Federation. Survivors: his wife, Mary; his children, Susan, Maria Denzler and Greg; and four grandchildren. 

Dolores Ellen Stimpson Bowman, MA ’60, of Carmel, Calif., November 11, at 81. She taught art and typing at El Sausal Junior High in Salinas, Calif., for 28 years. She loved traveling and took trips with her family to many countries, including Japan, Mexico, Australia, Greece and Bali. She loved living in Carmel and enjoyed painting watercolors of Carmel Beach and the wildflowers of Carmel Valley. Survivors: her sons, Brett, ’91, and Matt; two grandchildren; and a sister.

Francis Joseph “Frank” Jean, MA ’61, of Mountain View, December 8, at 93. He was a graduate of Harvard and worked for Varian Associates for more than 40 years. He loved his family, his dog, good conversation and working on projects in the house and yard. He faced multiple health problems with grace and will be remembered as kind, caring and generous. He was predeceased by his first wife, Sarah. Survivors: his wife of 44 years, Virginia; his daughter, Sally Dalton; his stepchildren, Peggy Francis, Leslie Downing, and Mike, Bob, Tom, John and Dan Slavin; his grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren.

Lillian Smith, MA ’64, of Rio Rancho, N.M., December 13, at 94. She joined the Navy (Waves) in 1943 and taught in the Taos County, N.M., schools. Later she taught in the Oakland school system for 28 years. She was active in the literacy program in Deming, N.M., and enjoyed bowling, golf and bridge. Survivors include two sisters.  

Robert D. Randolph, Gr. ’65, of San Bruno, Calif., January 2, at 83. He served in the Army during World War II and later taught school for 45 years, 39 in San Francisco primarily at Balboa High. He also taught at McAteer High and The School for Business and Commerce. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling and meeting new friends. He was predeceased by his son Terry. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Virginia; his son Robert; and four grandchildren. 


John E. Biegel, MS ’50 (engineering science), of Loveland, Colo., January 20, at 84. He served in the Navy during World War II, and after completing his education, he worked for Ford Motor Co. and Sandia Corp. He taught at Syracuse U. from 1956
to 1979, earning a PhD in industrial engineering in 1972. He continued his teaching career at Kansas State U. and then accepted a senior faculty post at the U. of Central Florida. He authored many books and technical articles and was influential in the use of robotics and computers for automating industrial production and manufacturing. In his retirement he enjoyed his dogs, woodworking and visits from family. He was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine. Survivors: his children, Steve, Dale and Kurt; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother.

Elvin Joseph “E. J.” Dantin, PhD ’60 (civil engineering), of Baton Rouge, La., December 22, at 82. He served in World War II and later joined the faculty at LSU, retiring after 34 years as professor emeritus of civil engineering, founding director of LSU Division of Engineering Research and Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute and the EPA’s Center of Excellence of Hazardous Waste Research. In 1984 he was the founding dean of the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering. He was also a founding member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and a third- and fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus for 58 years. Survivors: his wife, Ruth; five children, Elvin Jr., Chris, Mark, Keith and Ruth Elizabeth Donner; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and five siblings. 

George E. Falkenthal, MS ’64 (electrical engineering), of Santa Rosa, Calif., December 29, at 87. He served in the Navy during World War II and then went to work for NACA (which later became NASA). Between his time in the Navy and his career at NASA, he contributed more than 50 years of government service. He was a lifetime member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish and volunteered with the St. Vincent De Paul Society as well as the Chaplain’s Program at Stanford Hospital. He enjoyed golf and bowling, and after his retirement he operated an antique clock repair and restoration business. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Eileen; his children, Ann Ausburn, Robert, Ray and Greg; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Humanities and Sciences

Jack Block, PhD ’50 (psychology), of El Cerrito, Calif., January 13, at 85, of complications from a neurological injury. He joined the faculty at UC-Berkeley in 1957 and spent his entire career there. He was an internationally known leader in personality and development psychology, and together with his wife created one of the most respected longitudinal studies of human development. Known as the “Block Study,” it followed 100 people from childhood into adulthood in an attempt to understand their personalities over time. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne (Humphrey, PhD ’51). Survivors: his children, Susan, Jody, David and Carol; and four grandchildren. 

Courtney Prettyman Paddock, MA ’50 (history), of Evanston, Ill., December 12, at 90, of complications from a stroke. She worked in the U.S. State Department and served in the European Theater Operation with the American Red Cross during World War II. She also worked for the CIA for 10 years. She served as president of the Visiting Nurse Association in Evanston and was one of the founders of the Addison’s Disease Support Group for Northern Illinois. She received a 10-year service pin from Stanford Associates. She was predeceased by her husband, George. Survivors include a brother.  

Margaret Jo Eeckhout Williams, MA ’55 (speech and drama), of Pensacola, Fla., November 20, at 80. She worked at Stanford, initiating the preschool Deaf Program, and later taught at the U. of Illinois and Emerson College. In 1968 she became acting director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. She loved music and the arts and served as chair of the Pensacola Arts Council as well as president of Pensacola’s Music Study Club. Survivors: her husband, Carl; her children, Langley, Alan and Colin; six grandchildren; a sister; and a brother. 

Jeanne-Marie Bergheim Wyld, PhD ’55 (chemistry), of Urbana, Ill, May 30, at 81, of cancer. She was a chemistry instructor at Vassar College, Trenton College and Parkland College. Later she became interested in politics and conservation, serving on the Urbana City Council and the Champaign County Board. She enjoyed gardening, music and traveling. She was predeceased by her son, Derek, and her daughter Karen. Survivors: her husband, Bill; her daughter Sandra, PhD ’92; a grandson; and a sister. 

Margaret Anne “Peggy” Donovan-Jeffry, DMA ’64, of Marin County, Calif., January 26, at 76, from complications following a long illness. After graduation she joined the faculty at Sonoma State U. to found an opera program, and she spent her 37-year career working to make opera accessible to all kinds of audiences. Committed to exposing youth to opera, she worked with the Oakland City Schools and in Sonoma and Marin counties to present operas to thousands of school children. Survivors: her husband of 43 years, Jack; her son, Lawrence; and three grandchildren. 

Richard Samuel Saylor, DMA ’66, of Arcadia, Calif., at 83, of natural causes. He served in the Navy during World War II and later taught in high schools and as professor at Xavier U. and St. Lawrence U. In 1968 he joined the faculty of San Bernardino State College (now Cal State-San Bernardino) and conducted the university’s chamber orchestra for more than 20 years. He was chair of the music department and was also a noted composer, a career he began in college and continued into his 70s. Survivors: his children, Janine Muscatine, Mark and David; seven grandchildren; and two brothers. 

John Anthony Shayner, PhD ’73 (classics), of Hackettstown, N.J., September 23, at 64. He was the vice president for global initiatives and senior administrative advisor at Centenary College. He previously held several other positions at the college, including vice president of administration and acting president. He also created and served as director of the college’s international programs. Survivors include his wife, Katie Lenig-Shayner; his companion, Jadwiga Lon; and a brother. 


Elizabeth McFarland, MBA ’31, of Walnut Creek, Calif., January 25, 2008, at 97. The third woman to earn an MBA from Stanford, she then became the first director of the Stanford Business Library. She and her husband traveled throughout the world, including trips to Antarctica, China and the Middle East. She enjoyed making lace, embroidering, reading and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter, MBA ’32, PhD ’32.

Darrell L. Johnson Jr., MBA ’56, of Westminster, Calif., October 1, at 83, in an accident. He enjoyed a long career in aerospace during the height of the Apollo program and later worked in the pipeline industry. He had a great sense of adventure and lived life to the fullest. He was predeceased by his wife, Judy. Survivors include his daughter, Amy, ’82. 

John MacLeish Day, MBA ’62, of Muskegon, Mich., November 18, at 74, following a massive stroke. He served in the Air Force, and after graduating from Stanford, he held many executive positions, including president of Geerpres, executive director at Technomic International and partner at the Woods Consulting Group. He was on the vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and he enjoyed photography, world travel and being involved in environmental organizations. Survivors: his wife, Janet; his children, Daniel, Christopher and Elizabeth; and a brother. 


Richard Carl Amick, JD ’52, of Las Vegas, January 3, at 81. He served in the Army in Korea with the Judge Advocate General Corps. He taught law courses at The Presidio in San Francisco and later joined the Atomic Energy Commission as staff counsel. He retired from the Department of Energy as chief counsel. He will be remembered for his sharp mind and sense of humor. Survivors: his wife, Mary; and his children, Richard and Robert.

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