Obituaries - May/June 2011

May/June 2011

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Obituaries - May/June 2011

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Frank Bonilla, of Stanford, December 28, at 85. He grew up in East Harlem and the South Bronx and served in the Army in World War II. After earning his doctorate in sociology from Harvard, he taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford before returning to New York to create the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. In addition to directing the center for 20 years, he co-founded the Inter-University Program for Latino Research. Survivors: his children, Natasha Bonilla Martinez, Sandra Bailey and Francisco; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister.


Catherine Spaulding Kerr, '32 (social science/social thought), of El Cerrito, Calif., December 18, at 99. She was a member of Cap and Gown. She co-founded Save the Bay, the first organization dedicated exclusively to protecting the San Francisco Bay. She was married for 68 years to former UC president Clark Kerr, MA '33, and played a key role in his success. She was known for her passion and tenacity, and she enjoyed playing bridge, reading and gardening. She was predeceased by her husband. Survivors: her children, Clark, Caroline Gage and Sandy; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mary Ann Wheeler Shallenberger, '36 (speech and drama), of Palo Alto, January 15, at 95. She was a member of Cap and Gown. She was an officer in several companies started by her first husband, including Dynaship, Shalco, and Materials Analysis, and she owned the Abacus in Menlo Park for many years. A world traveler, she had friends on every continent and was known for her energy and sense of humor. She was predeceased by her first husband, Frank, '35, and her second husband, Philip Sherman. Survivors: her children, Edward, MA '66, Robert, Frank, '65, and David, MBA '76; nine grand-children; and eight great-grandchildren.

Mary Curtiss Welch Shelton, '37 (communication), of Pinehurst, N.C., December 8, at 94. A graduate of Castilleja School, she was active in San Marino PTAs, charity boards and St. Edmund's Episcopal Church. She was also a member of the Alamitos Bay Garden Club and was loved for her humor, generosity and good sense. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, MD '37, and her daughter Jean. Survivors: her children, Margaret Shelton Gehan, '64, Rosemary Draeger, William and Elizabeth; nine grandchildren, including Mary Curtiss Gehan, '92; six great-grandchildren; and a sister.

Phyllis Jane Corson Walker, '38 (speech and drama), of Charleston, S.C., July 27. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Lawrence; and her children, Phyllis Walker Ewing, Steven and George.

Margaret Morse Watts, '38, MA '40 (English), of Bellingham, Wash., January 17, at 93. She taught high school English and journalism for eight years and then became a full-time mother. She mentored many college women in her community, was an excellent hostess and enjoyed baking. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and her son Arthur Jr. Survivors: her children, Ellen Watts Lodine, Emily Watts Tidball, '81, and William; and 10 grandchildren.

John G. Dorrer, '39 (political science), of Plano, Texas, December 3, at 93. He was a member of Kappa Alpha and the men's track and field team. After graduating, he worked for Graceline Co. in Panama and then served in the Navy during World War II. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Nancy; his children, John, Lynn Dorrer Silver and Karen Dorrer Kneese; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

William H. Paulman, '39 (general engineering), of Boulder, Colo., November 17, at 93, of natural causes. He was a member of the track and field team and the football team, including the 1936 Rose Bowl team. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked for Shell Oil until retiring in 1969; then he worked for Coors Porcelain until retiring for a second time in 1981. He enjoyed fixing things and gardening. He was predeceased by his wife, Theodora. Survivors: his children, Nancy Steele, Peggy St. Clair, Lizzy Klein, Mary Knutson and Bill; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.


Marilie Rice McMullen, '40, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., January 7, at 91, after a short illness. The granddaughter of a member of the Pioneer Class of 1895—the first class of students who spent all four years at the University—she left Stanford to work for the war effort as a journeyman ship fitter. She loved the Mariners, enjoyed traveling the world and was an active member of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church. Survivors: her children, Elizabeth, Heidi and Craig; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Jean Reese Schwartz, '40 (sociology), of Sacramento, December 14, at 93. She was an owner and director of Palm Iron & Bridge Works. An active volunteer, she devoted many hours to groups including the Junior League and the Children's Receiving Home. Her hobbies included golf and playing cards. She was predeceased by her husband, Colman, and her daughter, Kristina Rogers. Survivors: her son, Stephen; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Marshall Jordon Weigel, '41 (history), of San Mateo, January 14, at 90, after a long illness. He served in the Navy during World War II and then became president of Lennon and Newell Advertising. Later he worked for Bank of America in mergers and acquisitions. He enjoyed playing tennis, horse racing, traveling and family summers at Lake Tahoe, and he received a 15-year service pin from Stanford Associates. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Pat. Survivors: his children, Priscilla Kauffman, '71, and Barbara, '74; three grand-children, including Casey Kauffman, '00, and Clara Kauffman, '03; and a sister, Marjorie Weigel Hyman, '46.

Betty Simpson Bevans, '42 (social science/social thought), of Walnut Creek, Calif., January 12, at 91. She was a devoted mother and served in many organizations, including the PTA, Girl Scouts and Stanford Alumni Association. She enjoyed tennis, golf, travel and gardening. She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas. Survivors: her children, Douglas, Nancy Trude, Holly Ryall and Mary Ransdell; and four grandchildren.

Elizabeth May "Betty" Osborn, '43 (communication), of Mill Valley, Calif., January 5, at 90. A native San Franciscan, she was a life member of the California Alpine Club and the Sierra Club.

Eric Baum "Hoot" Armstrong, '43, of Oceanside, Calif., December 31, at 90. He was a member of Zeta Psi and the football team, and he played on the 1943 Rose Bowl team. He left Stanford to serve in the Army Air Corps in World War II and continued his service in the Air Force for 21 years. Later he worked as a systems analyst for Northrop Aircraft Co. He enjoyed gardening, camping and skiing and was a member of the Episcopal Church. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 40 years, Wanda. Survivors: his children, Kathy Pieper, Beverly Manley, Erin McGranahan and Bonnie Haslauer; seven grandchildren; and a sister.

Dwight M. Ewing, '43 (political science), of Merced, Calif., April 27, at 88, of complications related to injuries sustained in a plane crash. He was a prominent businessman in Merced and had been a pilot for 68 years. He was the past president of the California Air Force Association and a member of the Quiet Birdman, a fraternity for pilots. Survivors include his wife, Veta; and his children.

Jeanne Hinchman Abbott, '44 (political science), of Palo Alto, November 28, at 88, of natural causes. She was a member of Gamma Phi. She was a docent at the Stanford Museum of Art and a member of the Stanford Committee for Art as well as the Palo Alto Garden Club. She enjoyed traveling and playing tennis, and she and her husband helped found the Foothills Tennis and Swimming Club. She was predeceased by her husband, Dick. Survivors: her children, Carol Abbott Harris, '69, Christine Abbott Stokes, Priscilla and Richard; 10 grandchildren, including Audrey Harris, '03, and Caleb Stokes, '02; and a great-granddaughter.

Helen Drake Airola, '44 (nursing), of San Andreas, Calif., December 2, at 90. She earned a public health nursing certificate at UC-Berkeley and was instrumental in the fight against polio in the 1960s. She was a full-time mother and wife and was active in various scouting groups, and she helped implement the candy striper program at Mark Twain Hospital. An active member of the community, she was a member of AAUW and the San Andreas Community Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Orrin. Survivors: her children, Kenneth, Kay-Daphne and Steven; her grandchildren; and her great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Boyd Sweet, '44, of Kentfield, Calif., December 17, at 88. She began her career at Boyd Lighting Company as the receptionist and continued work there, most recently as executive vice president-controller, until a month before her death. She was a member of Stanford Convalescent Hospital volunteers and the San Francisco Junior League. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack. Survivors: her son, Jay; and three grandchildren.

Jean-Louise "Beenie" Naftziger Thacher, '44 (psychology), of San Francisco, November 28, at 89. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She lived and traveled in Pakistan, India, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran as the wife of a U.S. diplomat. She enjoyed learning about each country she lived in, and her bibliography of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African poetry, prose, drama and folktales was published in 1991. She volunteered with Mother Teresa and served on many boards, including the Near East Foundation and the Friends of the San Francisco Library. She was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas. Survivors: her children, Scott, '72, Edith and Adam; and six grandchildren.

Jean Selda Meyer Thorn, '44 (history), of San Francisco, October 17, at 87, after a long illness. She was an avid football fan and held 49ers season tickets for more than 50 years. She was also passionate about opera and had season tickets to the San Francisco Opera. She loved traveling, enjoyed food and was a voracious reader. Survivors: her husband of 54 years, Francis; her children, Anne Lerch and Joyce; and two grandchildren.

Josephine "Jo Jean" Lloyd DeCristoforo, '45 (nursing), of Sacramento, October 7. She served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. She enjoyed gardening and poetry. Survivors: her children, Midi Haws and Thomas Haws.

Jack Jay Miller, '45 (interdisciplinary), of Pebble Beach, Calif., November 21, at 90. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and the baseball team. He served in the Navy V-12 program and then spent several years as a player and coach in minor league baseball. Later he began a career in real estate and property management and founded San Carlos Agency with his wife. Active in his community, he helped create Carmel Little League (now Carmel Youth Baseball). Survivors: his wife of 66 years, Ione; his children, Tina Britton, Jay and Raymond; and three grandchildren.

Benjamin Sugar, '45 (biological sciences), MD '49, of Redwood City, December 4, at 87. He spent most of his career as a surgeon at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and he served as chief of surgery there for many years. He received a 20-year service pin from Stanford Associates. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Stephanie. Survivors: his children, Richard, Anne Kereiakes, Betsy Baum and Robert; 11 grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

Mariamne Finley Cross Fulton, '46 (communication), of Kennett Square, Penn., October 31, 2009, at 85. She was on the Daily staff. She wrote for Bay Area and Kentucky newspapers before marrying and moving to Virginia, Delaware, and finally Pennsylvania. She enjoyed painting, writing and biographical research, and she was the principal archivist of the papers of Helen Hoy Greeley, an early advocate for women's rights. Survivors: her husband, Robert, PhD '49; her children, David, Martha Bayard, Nancy Boyer, Laura Bennett and Robert IV; and eight grandchildren.

J. Mayfield Harris, '46 (basic medical sciences), MD '49, of Los Altos, December 27, at 86. He participated in student drama. After serving as a field surgeon during the Korean War, he returned to the Bay Area, set up a private practice and was chief of surgery at El Camino Hospital. He helped found the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and was the team physician for the San Jose Earthquakes. Survivors: his wife, Joann; and his children, Ann Harris Brennan, Martha Fuhrmann and Mike.

Robert Louis "Bob" Knox, '46 (economics), of San Francisco, January 4, at 86. A descendant of a California pioneer, he was a fourth-generation San Franciscan. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Philippine Presidential Citation. One of the founders of Levin Knox & Co., he later became board chair at Fritz International Insurance Co. He was a philanthropist, a board member of the Society of California Pioneers and a skilled dominoes player. Survivors: his children, Loren Harrigan, Jennifer and Robert; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

William Rowell Wiggins, '46, of Dallas, October 31, at 85. He served in the Navy during World War II and spent his career in the oil and gas business. He was a former president of the Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen and was also a lifetime member of the board of directors of the Episcopal School of Dallas. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Survivors: his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou; his children, William Jr., Anne Wiggins Mercer, Martin and Ellen; five grandchildren; and a brother.

Don Frederic Bechter, '47 (political science), of Millbrae, Calif., December 10, at 86, of pneumonia. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He served in the Marines during World War II and later had a successful sales management career in the life insurance business, working for companies including Chubb & Son and Crum & Forster. He enjoyed reading, gardening, golf and politics. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Betsy. Survivors: his children, Diane, Bill, Ric, '77, MS '77, and Jim; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Beatrice Brown O'Donnell, '48 (history), of Redwood City, December 1, at 84, after a short illness. She was involved with local Democratic politics and worked on several presidential campaigns and local races. She served on the Menlo Park Unified School District board in the 1960s. She enjoyed travel and was an active member of First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Philip, '46, JD '48, and a grandson. Survivors: her children, Jim, MBA '87, Bill and Scott; a grandson; and a brother.

Mary Lou Kitching Shoup, '48 (nursing), of Laurel, Md., October 27, at 84, of septicemia. She served in the Nurse Cadet Corps and worked for many years at Redlands Community Hospital. In 1967 she joined the teaching staff at the Washington Hospital Center School of Nursing, where she worked until the school closed in 1982 and she retired. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, John.

Ernest Devan Wenrick, '48 (economics), of San Mateo, at 84, after a brief illness. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the U. of Michigan and worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority before joining Stanford Research Institute. He could read and speak numerous languages and traveled in Europe and Central and South America. He was a chef, bonsai gardener and voracious reader, and he enjoyed numismatics and geology.

John F. "Jack" Donohue, '49 (economics), MBA '49, of Orinda, Calif., November 21, at 87. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He served in the Navy during World War II. He had a 35-year career with Kaiser Aluminum; after retiring in 1983, he served on the boards of Children's Hospital Oakland and Future's Explored in Lafayette. He loved swimming, traveling, scuba diving and golfing, and at age 66 he sailed solo from San Francisco to Hawaii. He was predeceased by his wife, Margery. Survivors: his children, Kelly, Katy Silverman and Meredith Vaughn; five grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and a sister.

Allyn E. Morris, '49 (mechanical engineering), of Oakhurst, Calif., July 31, 2009, at 87. He was a member of Zeta Psi, the football team and the rugby team. He served in the Army during World War II. After graduating from Stanford, he studied architecture at UC-Berkeley and was known for designing buildings now classified as Mid-Century Modern. He enjoyed mentoring and a friendly debate. Survivors: his wife, Mary; and a son, Howard.

Albert Edward "Tito" Sigal, '49 (history), MA '52 (architecture), of Oak Ridge, Tenn., December 19, at 85, of Alzheimer's disease. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and captain of the ski team. He served in the Navy during World War II. He practiced architecture in the Bay Area as well as Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and after retiring he was a member of the Oak Ridge Planning Commission. He enjoyed playing blues harmonica and writing fiction. Survivors: his wife, Lorene (Livingstone, '51); his children, Susan Perrine and Peter; and four grandchildren.


Richard P. Reinertson, '50 (basic medical sciences), MD '54, of Sacramento, December 25, at 82, of complications related to Alzheimer's disease. He was in private practice in Sacramento until his retirement. He was also a clinical professor at UC-Davis and past president of the Sacramento Valley Dermatological Society. He was socially conscious and had been president of the Sacramento Peace Center. He enjoyed hiking, reading, playing violin and singing in his church choir. He was predeceased by his first wife, Letitia. Survivors: his wife, Maryly; his children, David, Jean Dascher and Lisa; his stepchildren, David Moore, Linda Gray and Richard Moore; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a brother.

Harvey Arnold Dahl, '51, PhD '63 (physics), of Monterey, Calif., November 26, at 84, of complications of pneumonia. He served in the Army and later joined the faculty of the physics department at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he taught for 30 years until his retirement. Classical music was important to him, and he excelled at tennis. Survivors: his wife of 45 years, Margaret; his son, Alexander; and a sister.

Thomas Joseph Duffy Jr., '52 (basic medical sciences), MD '55, of Walnut Creek, Calif., October 26, at 80. He served in the Army and left with the rank of captain. He practiced medicine for 35 years and was an expert consultant in mushroom poisoning cases. He loved fine wines as well as the San Francisco Opera and Symphony, but his greatest love was hiking and camping with his family across California. He was predeceased by his daughter Linda. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Ellen; his children, Carolyn, Susan and John; four grandchildren; and a brother.

Jennefer Lloyd Wineman, '53 (psychology), of Menlo Park, at 79. She participated in the symphony orchestra and the tennis team. She put her studies on hold to raise a family and returned to Stanford 20 years later to complete her degree. She had a passion for education of children with dyslexia and played a key role in the development of Chartwell School. She was active on many boards and received the Stanford Associates Award of Merit. She enjoyed planning Stanford reunions, travel and visits with friends. She was predeceased by her husband Harold Santee, EdD '59. Survivors: her husband of eight years, Paul, '51, MBA '53; her children, Owen Baylis, '77, and Lloyd Baylis; five grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother.

Patricia Thomson Carlson, '55 (economics), of Menlo Park, November 30, at 78. She was a member of Cap and Gown. After many years of conducting economics research for Stanford Research Institute, she became professor and director of library services at Southern California College of Optometry. She loved sharing her passion for genealogy and volunteered at the Family History Center in Menlo Park and Filoli in Woodside. She received a five-year service pin from Stanford Associates. Survivors: her husband of 55 years, Kenneth, '55; her children, Kimberley Byerrum and Penny Zwetsloot; and four grandchildren.

Barbara Neal Dulik, '56, MA '57 (education), of San Miguel Allende, Mexico, December 25, at 75, of a heart attack. She worked at the Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, becoming admissions director in 1986. She loved Mexico and retired there in 2002. She was a voracious reader and an avid knitter. Survivors: her husband, Robert, '57; her children, Gregg, Ann Elizabeth Dulik Gardiner and Thomas; and nine grandchildren.

Gerald Edward Gaddie, '56 (electrical engineering), of Granada Hills, Calif., December 10, at 76, while on a cruise to Hawaii. He loved Stanford and greatly enjoyed class reunions. Survivors include his wife, Jean; his children; and his grandchildren.

Paul George Camera, '57 (history), of Marin County, Calif., November 12, at 75. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, the football team and the rugby team. A graduate of Hastings Law School, he was an attorney who also coached football at various high schools, including Marin Catholic. He was known as a wonderful friend, colleague, mentor and teacher. Survivors: his wife, Barbara; his children, Paul Jr., Dino, Mia and Nina; and five grandchildren.

Herbert Bruce Enderton, '58 (mathematics), of Santa Monica, Calif., October 20, at 74, of acute myeloid leukemia. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his PhD in mathematics from Harvard and was a professor emeritus of mathematics at UCLA and former faculty member at UC-Berkeley. He was known for his textbooks in the areas of mathematical logic and set theory and was a review editor at the Journal of Symbol Logic for 40 years. He was a hands-on dad who enjoyed camping and hiking. Survivors: his wife, Catherine; his children, Eric and Bert; a granddaughter; two sisters, including Ann Enderton Pugh, '52; and a brother.

Charles F. "Chuck" Brothers, '59 (electrical engineering), of Los Altos Hills, August 29, of leukemia. He was a member of Kappa Sigma and captain of the crew team. He worked for Ultek Corp., where he helped develop the manufacturing process for the first commercial ion pumps. Later he worked with laser pioneer Spectra. He loved to travel, especially to the Austrian and Swiss Alps for hiking, and he was active in Peninsula Bible Church. Survivors: his wife of 46 years, Sharon; their children, Catherine, Charles II, Sarah and David; his daughter Jennifer from his first marriage to Mary Lynn Mitchell, '60, MA '62; 13 grandchildren; and two brothers.

Janet "Jan" Silvius Hewitt, '59 (psychology), of Sacramento, January 19, at 72, after a brief illness. At the age of 40 she earned a degree in accounting and began a new career; she worked with Landucci, Bick, Matter & Johnston until 2008. She was a dedicated community volunteer, serving as a PTA president and treasurer of the Junior League of Sacramento. She regularly attended St. John's Lutheran Church and loved reading, crossword puzzles and classical music. An avid Stanford football fan, she attended more than 40 Big Games. She received a 10-year service pin from Stanford Associates. Survivors: her children, Carolyn Rackey and Brad; four grandchildren; and a sister, Marilyn Silvius van Löben Sels, '66.


Alexander Lindsay Faye Jr., '63 (electrical engineering), of Bainbridge Island, Wash., May 29, at 69, of metastatic melanoma. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda and ROTC. After earning his MBA, he entered the Air Force as an astronautical engineer. He did temporary tours of duty in Israel, Norway and other countries and then managed satellite programs for Lockheed-Martin before retiring in 2006. He had a passion for dog obedience and agility training, enjoyed singing and was chair of the board of his family's Kikiaola Land Co. in Kauai, Hawaii, for 32 years. Survivors: his wife of more than 47 years, Karen (Clapper, '64); his children, Elizabeth, '88, Christopher and Andrew; six grandchildren; and a sister.

Dennis Lyle McFarland, '64 (history), of Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands, August 20, at 67. He served in the first Peace Corps Africa and Marshall Islands groups. In 1973 he returned to the Marshall Islands as a teacher and stayed for the remainder of his life, teaching English, chemistry and biology at Jaluit High School. He was the chair of the English department for many years and was beloved by students and the community. Survivors include his mother, Lillian; five sisters; and two brothers.

Barbara Lee Packer, '68 (English), of Los Angeles, December 16, at 63, after a long battle with cancer. She earned her PhD from Yale and taught there before joining the UCLA faculty in 1978, where she remained for 30 years. She was a nationally recognized interpreter of Ralph Waldo Emerson and authored Emerson's Fall and The Transcendentalists. She received numerous awards for her teaching, including the Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award and the Eby Award. She was a Fellow of the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1989-90. Survivors include her husband, Paul D. Sheats.


Gregory Robert Simon, '87 (history and Spanish), of Mill Valley, Calif., October 29, at 46, of melanoma. He was a teacher and a lacrosse referee in tournaments around the world as well as a founder of Zebrawear, where he patented and manufactured a new digital timer for lacrosse games. He was passionate about environmental causes and was an advocate of solar energy and electric vehicles. He also enjoyed athletic pursuits, including completing the Polar Bear challenge many winters and cycling across the country. Survivors: his wife of 17 years, Heidi; his daughter, Macquarie; his mother, Nancy Simon Stearns; and his father, Frank.


Claire Hollemans Roscow, '10 (engineering), of Lakewood, Colo., December 28, at 22. She participated in foreign study at Qatar U. and Oxford U., and she served a partial term as class president. She did an internship at the Robinson Lab and worked at two start-ups and in venture capital. She was head of the student volunteer program at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, affiliated with the Medical School. She enjoyed running, swimming, diving, yoga and travel. She was predeceased by her sister. Survivors: her mother and father, Debra Hollemans and Kurt Roscow.

Sarah Jane Adicoff, '12, of Sun Valley, Idaho, January 20, at 21, of complications from cancer treatment after a five-year battle with the disease. She graduated from the Community School and received a National Merit Letter of Commendation. She was a gifted singer and performed in high school and community theater productions. She enjoyed playing soccer, skiing and swimming competitively. She was an avid Stanford fan, loved adventure and will be remembered for her enthusiasm, sense of humor, resiliency and grace. Survivors: her parents; two brothers; and four grandparents.


Andrew Burkhard Bauer, PhD '63 (aeronautics and astronautics), of Orange, Calif., September 6, at 82. He managed IRAD and CRAD programs for the acoustics engineering subdivision of DAC, an aerodynamics research group. His career also included serving as a principal scientist at the aeronutronic division of the Philco-Ford Corp. and as a consultant for Arthur D. Little Inc. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at Stanford and was the co-winner of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute Baldwin Award, and he held several patents. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann.

Humanities and Sciences

Mary Blanche Fitzpatrick, MA '50 (economics), of Cambridge, Mass., November 3, at 90, of congestive heart failure. She taught at Boston U. for 22 years, beginning as an instructor in labor economics in 1965 and becoming full professor in 1978. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the corporate world as a labor economist and as director of sales analysis at Polaroid. She wrote several books, including Getting a Living, Getting a Life: After the Senior Prom. She helped raise 10 nieces and nephews and was a mentor to many young women.

Jack Homer Curtis, PhD '54 (sociology), December 9, at 89. He was a member of Delta Upsilon. He served in the Navy during World War II and taught at several universities, and he was professor emeritus at the U. of San Francisco. He authored several books and articles and was a lecturer and social activist. Survivors: his wife, Naomi; his children, Howard, Mary Clare and Theresa; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Robert Joseph Dummel, MS '54, PhD '58 (chemistry), of Burlingame, November 26, at 80. He worked in basic research at UCSF and published a number of papers. Later he worked in the medical diagnostics industry and did significant work on the now widely utilized assay for CRP. An avid reader, he was interested in anthropology, poetry and field biology. Survivors: his wife, Grace (Addleman, '49); his children, Eric and Ruth; and four grandchildren.

Jerome Michael Kelly, MA '57 (communication), of Los Altos, January 16, at 79, of cardiac arrest. He was on the Daily staff. He served in the Army and worked as a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Later he was communications director at Memorex Corp. and public relations director at ROLM telecommunications. He also headed his own advertising and public relations firm, which later merged to form Kelly/McDonough Communications, and authored a novel, In the Grip of the Iron Curtain. Survivors: his wife, Jane; his son, Cameron; and three grandchildren.

Joseph Nicholas "Joe" Gores, MA '61 (English), of San Anselmo, Calif., at 79, of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. After serving in the Army, he went on to two careers as a detective and a writer. He published 16 novels, including A Time of Predators, about a Stanford professor turned commando, and Hammett, which was made into a movie produced by Francis Ford Coppola. He also published three collections of short stories and wrote TV scripts for series including Kojak and Colombo. He won Edgar Awards for first novel, short story and TV series segment. Survivors: his wife of 36 years, Dori; and his stepchildren, Tim Gould and Gillian Monserrata.

Dennis Allan Oppenheim, MA '66 (art), of New York City, January 21, at 72, of liver cancer. He was a pioneer of body art, conceptual art and earthworks, with many works involving moving parts, sound, water and fireworks. His first solo exhibition was in 1968, and in 1970 his work was included in a survey of dematerialized art at the Museum of Modern Art. By the mid-1970s, he began using custom-made automated marionettes, and in the past two decades he created smaller, less elaborate sculptures. Many surveys and retrospectives have been done on his work, which is included in museum collections around the world. Survivors: his wife, Amy Van Winkle Plumb; his children, Kristin, Erik, Georges Poquillion and Chandra; two grandchildren; and a sister.

William Bryant Johnson, MA '89 (communication), of Montara, Calif., October 30, at 67, of cancer. He taught English at Woodside High School and was a reporter for the Peninsula Times Tribune. He was a mass communications instructor at Chabot College and faculty adviser to the student newspaper for 20 years, retiring last fall. He was a Fulbright Scholar and taught at Funan U. and Nan Jing U. in 1995 and 1996. Survivors: his wife, Michelle Sherry.


Arthur Louis Chauvel, Gr. '49, of Palo Alto, January 19, at 89. He served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II and was awarded the Navy Cross, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and an Air Medal. He retired from Kraft Foods after 35 years with the company. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and playing golf at the Stanford golf course. Survivors: his wife, Marjorie; his children, Nanette Bajka and Ronald; four grandchildren; and a brother.


Sylvine Beller Jerome, MD '86, of San Francisco, January 6, at 59. Born in New York City, she earned her undergraduate degree at Barnard College. She was a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and an active member of the medical community. She was a devoted daughter, loving mother and inspiring friend. Survivors: her children, Cary and Robin; and her mother, June Meyer.

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