Obituaries - July/August 2009

Faculty and Staff

Lorenz Eitner, of Stanford, March 11, at 89, of a heart attack. He was the Osgood Hooker Professor in Fine Arts emeritus and was considered the founding spirit behind Stanford’s museum and art department. Born in Czechoslovakia and educated in Germany, he became a U.S. intelligence officer after earning his undergraduate degree from Duke U. Later he earned his MFA and PhD from Princeton U. In 1963 he came to Stanford to serve as chair of the art department and as volunteer director of the Stanford Museum. During his tenure he revamped the curriculum, attracted prominent academics and artists and oversaw the creation of the highly ranked Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. He was a Fulbright Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, and he received many honors during his lifetime, including a Mitchell Prize for the History of Art and Stanford’s Gores Award for excellence in teaching. He retired in 1989 but remained active, writing a catalog of the museum’s drawings and working on his autobiography. Survivors: his wife, Trudi; daughters Christy Neidig, ’69, Kathy Kirby, ’73, and Claudia; and one granddaughter.

Gayton E. Germane, of Los Altos Hills, January 17, at 88. He was a professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Business. A transportation expert, he provided transportation policy advice to five U.S. presidential administrations. Survivors: his wife, Janet; and a daughter, Charlotte, ’76.

Rosemarie E. Hess, of Portola Valley, March 22, at 73. She worked in medical research at Stanford and was deeply committed to neonatal research, funding unrestricted research grants for more than 35 years. Born and educated in Germany, she moved to California in 1962 to work at Stanford. She was a member of the Stanford Associates. She and her husband of 45 years, Robert, collected art and antiques and also traveled extensively. Survivors: her husband; two daughters, Gabriela and Verena; a grandson; one brother; and one sister.

Clark W. Reynolds, of Stanford, March 9, at 74, of pulmonary fibrosis. He was a professor emeritus of economics who was an expert in Latin American economic development. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College and went on to the graduate program in economics at MIT. He earned his doctorate from UC-Berkeley, and 1967 he came to Stanford as an associate professor, teaching in the now-defunct Food Research Institute. He served on the U.S.-Mexico Project as director of the University’s Americas Program and wrote several books about trade relations among the United States, Canada and Mexico. He became professor emeritus in 1996 and then taught in China for several years before returning to Stanford to teach in the Continuing Studies Program. Survivors: his wife, Nydia; two daughters, Rebecca Hemphill and Camila; two sons, C. Winton and Matthew; five grandchildren; and a sister.


Gale R. Blosser, ’35 (geology), of Millbrae, Calif., January 24. He was a member of Delta Chi fraternity. He joined the Army weather squadron during World War II and later worked for the Assessor’s office in San Francisco for 35 years. He was an avid collector and was known for having a joke for any occasion. Survivors: his wife, Dale; a daughter, Elizabeth Mitchell; a son, Erik; and three grandchildren.

Mary C. Butler, ’37 (psychology), of Eugene, Ore., October 13, at 93. She earned her master’s degree from Smith College and did family casework and medical social work. She also volunteered in health-care planning, juvenile justice and child abuse programs, and she was named a Woman of Distinction by Soroptomists International. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Donald, MA ’36, and two grandsons. Survivors include: three daughters, Kathy Lowry, Ma’Carry Cairo and Nan Perrott; one son, Scott; and four granddaughters.

John D. Campbell, ’37 (social science/social thought), of Oakland, January 28, one day before his 95th birthday. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, pitched on the varsity baseball team, and played on the “Vow Boys” Rose Bowl team. He served as a naval aviator in World War II and, after retiring as Lt. Commander in 1952, taught social sciences and coached tennis at Monterey High School. He was predeceased by his wife, Sally. Survivors: two daughters, Sally Gearhart and Martha; one son, Jack; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Bernardine Culver Barrow, ’39 (history), of Los Angeles, December 23, at 90. Granddaughter of the builder of Los Angeles City Hall, she was an active volunteer with organizations such as the Sisters of Social Service and the Assistance League of Southern California. She traveled extensively, loved flowers and did crewel handwork. She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Carl W. Barrow, ’38.

John Malcolm Fuller, ’39 (mathematics), MBA ’47, of Hillsborough, Calif., February 23, at 91. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and studied as an exchange student in Canton and Beirut. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he returned to Stanford for his graduate degree and then went to work for the family paint business, W.P. Fuller & Co. He was elected to membership in the Stanford Associates. Survivors: his wife of 68 years, Virginia “Gabby” (Gadsby, ’42); a daughter, Catherine Kerr, ’70; two sons, John Jr., ’65, and Walter; and six grandchildren.

Robert Grau Thomas, ’39 (economics), MBA ’46, of Sacramento, December 24, at 91. He participated in El Tigre. World War II interrupted his graduate studies; he served in the Army and was stationed in the Pacific. He later developed family property and owned American Sheet Metal until his retirement. He was past president of the Sacramento Builder’s Exchange and the Sacramento Children’s Home. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (Woodin, ’38). Survivors include two daughters, Barbara and Molly.


Clinton M. Jordan, ’40 (political science), MBA ’46, of Sacramento, March 25, at 91, of cancer. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He worked in the Office of the Legislative Analyst for 23 years and served for eight years as deputy legislative analyst. He was a founding member of Sacramento’s Grace Presbyterian Church, and he enjoyed spending time with his family at a cabin in Tahoe. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Jane (Binney, ’42). Survivors: three daughters, Eleanor Germain, Kathleen Dailey and Anne McKinley; one son, Jay; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

George Schramm, ’41 (social science/social thought), of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif., March 19, at 89, of a stroke. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. A World War II veteran, he was a witness to the raising of the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima from the foot of Mt. Suribachi. He retired as a Marine Reserve lieutenant colonel. He worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California for 35 years. Survivors include a niece.

Teller Weinmann, ’41 (economics), of Woodside, February 25. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the soccer team. He served in the Navy during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He had an extensive career in retail management, including positions as executive vice president of Amfac and president of Broadway Department Store. He adored his dogs and was known for his sense of humor and storytelling ability. Survivors: his wife of 52 years, Shirlee; two sons, Roderick and Paul; a daughter, Lynette Merchant; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

James G. Boswell II, ’45 (economics), of Indian Wells, Calif., April 3, at 86. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and the soccer team. He served in the Army during World War II and at 29 inherited J.G. Boswell Co. As chair, president and chief executive, he transformed the company into California’s first giant agribusiness and more than tripled the size of the family farm, which spans 150,000 acres in the San Joaquin Valley. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rosalind (Murray, ’47). Survivors: his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Jody Hall and Lorraine Wilcox; one son, James; and five grandchildren.

Gregg O’Hara D’Nelly, ’45 (general engineering), of Santa Monica, Calif., January 15, 2008. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Band. His studies at Stanford were interrupted by two years of service in the Navy during World War II. He worked at Hughes Aircraft Company for more than 40 years and retired as a senior scientist. Survivors: his wife, Dolores; two sons, Kevin and Brett; and two grandchildren.

Frances McInnis Jackson, ’45 (social science/social thought), of San Francisco, March 8. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority and Cap and Gown. A third-generation Californian, she belonged to the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary to the Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society and the California Pacific Medical Center. Survivors: her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Reinhardt; and three grandsons.

Joseph Carl Castle, ’46 (political science), March 31, at 91. He earned a master’s degree from the U. of Southern California and was a retired school principal from the San Francisco Unified School District. He was predeceased by his wife, Edna. Survivors include his son, Robert.

Dorothy Huff Davis, ’46 (Spanish), of New York City, February 12, at 84. She was a native of San Francisco who served as executive secretary to several presidents of Macy’s Corporation for 50 years. Survivors: her husband, Robert; a sister; and a brother.

Frank Totton Heffelfinger II, ’46, of Eden Prairie, Minn., February 9, at 86. He was on the freshman football team. He entered the Navy in 1943 to serve in World War II. He later joined the Peavey Company, founded by his great-grandfather, and retired as executive vice president of administration in 1983. He served as past president of the National Grain and Feed Association. An avid golfer, he had also been president of the Minikahda Club. Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Barbara (Backer, ’46); a daughter, Heidi, ’73, MA ’74; two sons, Tom, ’70, and Frank III; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; his sister; and two brothers, Mark, ’46, and Christopher, ’57.

Hans Larsen, ’46 (civil engineering), of Mill Valley, Calif., February 8, of cancer. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War and was a reserve officer for more than 20 years. He retired as president from Ralph Larsen and Son, Inc., a construction company founded by his father, and was also founder and former owner of Larsen Cellular with his son David. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lillian, and David. Survivors: his wife of 17 years, Victoria; two daughters, Dana Teixeira and Karen; one son, Steven; and seven grandchildren.

Harold R. Bissell, ’47 (mechanical engineering), of Green Valley, Ariz., April 3, 2008, at 82, of heart failure. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He spent most of his career with Carrier Corporation in the heating and air conditioning division. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Lore; two daughters, Barbara Ramsour and Janet Nuñez; two granddaughters; and a brother, William, ’49, MBA ’52.

Jo Glasson Smith, ’47 (graphic arts), of Sacramento, December 29, at 83, of complications from post-polio syndrome. She was a member of Cap and Gown and worked on the Chaparral. A wildlife illustrator and environmental advocate, she was a founding member of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and co-founded the Sacramento Urban Creeks Council. In 1991 she was one of 25 people nationwide honored with a Chevron Conservation Award for environmental protection. Survivors: her husband of 61 years, George, ’48; her daughters, Susie Durant, Cindy and Shelley; her son, William; and four grandchildren.

Marie Barbare Edwards, ’48 (psychology), MA ’49 (psychology), of Los Angeles, December 31, at 89, of complications related to old age. Her book, The Challenge of Being Single, and related seminars helped start the singles pride movement in the 1970s. She left the field of psychology after inheriting her father’s oil business. Survivors: her son, Tilden, ’57; and two grandchildren.

Dudley Roy Holman, ’48 (economics), of Woodland, Calif., January 6, at 83, of complications from heart surgery. He served in the Navy during World War II and later worked as an accountant. He was the longest-serving Woodland city council member and was mayor for two terms. A volunteer for numerous organizations, he delivered food for 25 years as a driver for Meals on Wheels. Survivors: his wife, Pat; one son, Gary; two daughters, Cindy Pulliam and Sandy McVey; four grandchildren; one sister; and two brothers.

Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Woolpert, ’48 (economics), of Watsonville, Calif., April 1, at 82. She was a member of Cap and Gown. After graduating, she returned to Watsonville to work in her family’s mining business, Granite Rock Company. Over the years she served as the company’s human resources director and as president and CEO. She served on the boards of many community organizations and was awarded a five-year pin for service to the University from the Stanford Associates. She was predeceased by her husband, Bruce, ’50. Survivors: her sons, Steve and Bruce, MBA ’76; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Vera June Arnold Cebalo, ’49 (English), of Walnut Creek, Calif., March 7, at 81. She was a fourth-generation San Franciscan. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred, ’49. Survivors: her daughter, Victoria Irwin; her sons, Fred and David; and seven grandchildren.

Frances Elizabeth Peniston, ’49 (nursing), of Carmichael, Calif., March 3. She enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling the world. She was a volunteer for many organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the Mendocino Library, and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Survivors: her husband of 58 years, William Peniston, MD ’52; two daughters, Clair August and Sally Jenkins; one son, Lyle; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.


Robert Edward Saak, ’50 (biological sciences), of Porterville, Calif., February 25. He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He served in the Army during World War II and later formed a farming partnership with his father. He grew raisin grapes and walnuts for most of his life, and he held leadership positions in many farm-related organizations, including the Tulare County Farm Bureau, the Tule River Authority and the Porterville Irrigation District board. He was predeceased by his wife, Dolores. Survivors: a daughter, Kristina Cavagnaro; a son, Eric; and four grandsons.

Patricia Jane Helk Woodworth, ’50 (nursing), of San Diego, February 23. She enjoyed playing bridge and tennis. She and her husband, Douglas, ’48, were avid travelers and had toured six continents, often visiting bridge clubs. She was predeceased by one child. Survivors: her husband; two daughters, Julie and Martha; one son, Victor; five grandchildren; and one sister.

Clayton Bewley Neill, Jr., ’51 (engineering), MBA ’53, of Carmel Valley, Calif., January 23, at 79. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He served in the Navy for three years and later worked as a civil engineer and developed water utility companies in Monterey County. He was an active community member and held leadership positions on the Carmel School Board, Carmel Rotary and Carmel Fire Board. He was a dedicated family man, enjoyed gardening and had a lifelong love of sports. He was predeceased by his son, Clayton III. Survivors: his wife, Kathleen (James, ’53); four daughters, Kathy Guinn, Kerry Halsted, ’85, Kim and Kristina; six grandchildren; and a brother, Gilbert, ’56, MS ’58.

Morton A. Rosenblum, ’51 (biological sciences), of San Francisco, February 3, of pancreatic cancer. He worked at the KZSU radio station. He completed his medical training at UC-San Francisco Medical School, served in the Army Medical Corps and did a cardiology fellowship at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City. He returned the Bay Area and joined the medical staff of Mount Zion Hospital, where he eventually became chief of staff. He was also a clinical professor at UCSF and served on the board of the San Francisco Medical Society. Survivors: his wife of 52 years, Barbara; his children, Diane Rosenblum Althoff, Jeffrey Althoff, Leland and Lori; and two grandchildren.

James Schilt, ’51 (economics), of San Francisco, March 18, at 81, of cancer. He served in the Merchant Marine on victory ships at the end of World War II and also served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He worked as a financial analyst for investment banks before beginning his career as in business appraisal. He was one of the founding members of the American Society of Appraisers Business Valuation Committee and authored numerous articles published in various technical journals. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Franca. Survivors include one brother.

Warren Richard “Dick” Schmidt, ’52 (petroleum engineering), of Woodland Hills, Calif., February 20, at 80, of cancer. He served in the Army and was stationed in Japan after World War II. He worked for Southern California Gas Co. for 35 years and retired in 1987. Active in numerous organizations, he was president and on the board of directors of the San Fernando Valley Stanford Club and was also on the board of directors of the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Hermalee (Herzstein, ’54); two daughters, Claire Mailhoit and Celia; one son, Eric; two grandchildren; and a brother.

William Craig Winden, ’53 (art), of Olympia, Wash., February 12, of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was a member of Kappa Alpha and the crew team. He studied opera performance and completed a master’s degree in music before beginning an international opera career. He earned a doctorate in musical arts from the U. of Illinois and joined the faculty of Evergreen State College in 1972. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Joan (Stensen, ’53); his son, Andrew, ’90; two grandsons; a sister; and a brother.

Linnea Peterson Bennett, ’54 (physical therapy), of La Selva Beach, Calif., February 22, 2007, at 74. She led a life full of travel and lived in many places, including Switzerland and Mexico City. She moved to La Selva Beach in 1981 and volunteered for 20 years with the Santa Cruz (Calif.) City and County Library System. Survivors include: her husband of 52 years, Stephen, ’54, MD ’61; a daughter, Leslie; two sons, Merrill and Price; and a brother.

Clare McDermott Driver, ’54 (nursing), of Knights Landing, Calif., January 11, at 77. She worked as a public health nurse and also served as the office manager for the family farming operation. She was a volunteer on the board of directors of Woodland Memorial Hospital and participated in numerous local bridge clubs. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Al. Survivors: three daughters, Karen Harper, Carol Voznick and Paula Shimada; two sons, Greg and William; 14 grandchildren; and a sister.

William Grove Lawrence, ’54 (electrical engineering), of Capistrano Beach, Calif., September 25, at 76, of thyroid cancer. He served in the Army following graduation and later worked as a civilian on Midway for the Navy as well as for Lockheed’s Advanced Marine Systems. He self-published a book on the perils of raising four horses in suburbia. Survivors: his former wife, Susan Lawrence; and a sister, Eleanor Lawrence Peterson, ’48, MA ’49.

Albert Der Hagopian, ’55 (biological sciences), of Reedley, Calif., February 25. After serving in World War II, he ran the Santa Fe Market and Greyhound Bus Station in Reedley with his brother George. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and were enthusiastic bridge players. He helped organize the Reedley Rotary Club and was on the parish council of the St. Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Orthodox Church. He was predeceased by his stepdaughter, Peri Biffi Moreshead. Survivors: his wife of 43 years, Betty; three grandsons, and four great-grandchildren.

Paul Leo McGovern, ’56 (economics), of San Rafael, Calif., January 31. He was the former owner of National Expansion Joint Co. and later managed W.R. Meadows before creating his own company. He was a member of many of the Northern California Builder’s Exchanges. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Nancy; two daughters, Tracy and Therese; four sons, Brian, Vincent, John and Patrick; and four grandchildren.

Thomas Henry Burton, ’57 (biological sciences), of Lincoln, Calif., March 9, at 73, of complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi and the swim team. He earned his medical degree from UCSF while in the Army, then served 10 years of active duty and another decade in the Army Reserve. He was an early orthopedic surgeon at Roseville (Calif.) Community Hospital and later served as the hospital’s chief of staff. Survivors: his wife, Carolyn; two daughters, Nancy Burton Goldberg and Susan; one son, James; two stepsons, Glenn and Jeffrey Linz; two grandchildren; and a sister, Joyce Ann Burton-Sousa, ’64.

Roger Stanley Kimball, ’57 (biological sciences), of Burlingame, March 26, at 74, of cancer. He earned his master’s from UC-Berkeley and graduated from Albany Medical School. He was on the medical staff of UCSF and a fellow in the cardiology department at Stanford School of Medicine. He later became a full professor of clinical medicine at UCSF. He also worked in health services at San Francisco State U. for more than 10 years. Survivors: two daughters, Keri and Dyana; one sister; and his ex-wife, Patricia.

Edward Robert Atwill IV, ’58 (geology), of Tubac, Ariz., January 4, at 78. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He served in the Navy prior to enrolling at Stanford. He worked in oil exploration around the world and then, after retiring, became an entrepreneur and later a rancher. Survivors: his wife of 52 years, Helen (McCusker, ’56); three daughters, Elizabeth, Janet and Margaret; one son, Robert; and six grandchildren.

Beryl Hopton Olmstead, ’58 (art), of Mendocino, Calif., October 6, at 71, of complications from cancer. While at Stanford she was a member of Orchesis, a modern dance club. She devoted herself to a teaching career, working at private schools as well as for the Oakland Unified School District and the Mendocino School District. Survivors: her daughter, Ann Tierney; and her son, Edward.

Donald Paul Petters, ’58 (speech and drama), of San Jose, February 7, at 73. He was a member of Theta Chi, participated in ROTC, worked at KZSU radio station and was a varsity baseball pitcher. He worked in advertising for the Palo Alto Times, later owned a chain of office furnishings stores and rounded out his professional life working as a realtor. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Kathi; four sons, Kevin, Scott, Brent and David; eight grandchildren; and one sister.

David Stuart, ’58 (biological sciences), of Ashland, Ore., March 2, at 76, of bacterial sepsis. Despite becoming a quadriplegic following a surfing accident, he graduated from Stanford and earned a master’s degree in environmental management at the U. of San Francisco. He worked as an environmental scientist at the EPA and was one of the founders of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors. He was on the board of the Mountain Meadows Retirement Community and served as chair of the Kitchen Creek Community Garden. Survivors: his wife, Donna; and two stepchildren, Matt and Jane Ellison.


Douglas Alan Farr, ’60 (pre-clinical medical sciences), MD ’64, of Salinas, Calif., February 5, at 70. After serving as a flight physician on helicopters in Vietnam, he completed his psychiatric residency at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York. He practiced psychiatry in New York City and Chattanooga, Tenn., before returning to Salinas and entering private practice in the early 1980s. Survivors: two brothers, Donald, ’53, MS ’54, PhD ’58, and James, ’55, MD ’58.

James Whitney Freed, ’60 (history), of Salt Lake City, Utah, March 7, at 70, of heart failure. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. A fifth-generation Utah native, he graduated with honors from the U. of Utah Law School and practiced primarily for the firm of Ray, Quinney and Nebeker in Salt Lake City. He enjoyed music and theater and served on the boards of the Utah Shakespearean Festival and the Salt Lake Acting Company. Survivors: his wife, Karen; a daughter, Lauren Scott, ’86; a son, Mike; and stepchildren Angela Carter and Andrew Howell.

Janice Katherine Wright Conlon, ’62 (nursing), of Woodside, January 25, at 68, of melanoma. She had worked as a registered nurse, the office manager and bookkeeper for her husband’s dental practice and an administrator for the department of medicine at Stanford Medical Center, but she considered herself first and foremost a homemaker. She was a master gardener and an accomplished photographer, and she volunteered in adult language and literacy programs. Survivors: her husband, Robert; two daughters, Trish Conlon Conte and Kelly Conlon Heycke; one son, John; six grandsons; her father, Herschel J. Wright; and a brother.

William M. Baldwin, ’63 (classics), of Oakland, in November, of cancer. He was retired from the Alameda County District Attorney’s office. He enjoyed travel and visited Italy and Eastern Europe, and his passion was antique clock repair. Survivors: his wife, Debby (Meisenheimer, ’63, MA ’64); a daughter, Andrea; a son, Kevin; and two grandsons.

Horace Joseph Enea, ’63 (psychology), of Los Altos, February 4. He participated in student drama and was president of the Band. He met his wife at Stanford when she hired him with grant funds to write a computer program. At the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, he and Dr. Kenneth Colby developed the natural language program Perry. Later he founded Heuristics, Inc., the first microprocessor-based speech recognition company, and co-founded the venture capital group at Apple. Survivors: his wife, Anne, ’63; his daughter, Kristine; his son, John; two grandchildren; and one brother.


Jerry Roy Hultgren, ’74 (political science), of Fresno, Calif., February 15, at 56. He played in the Band. After earning his JD from Glendale Law School, he practiced law and also owned restaurants, bred and owned racehorses and worked as a transport pilot. Two years ago he returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, and last year he began working as an alcohol and drug addiction counselor at Herndon Recovery Center. Survivors: his wife, Julie; his mother, Alma; and a sister.

Nancy Ellen McHale, ’76 (biological sciences), of Huntington Beach, Calif., March 14, at 54, of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. She was on the tennis team. She earned a DDS from UCLA and practiced general dentistry in Lake Forest, Calif., for 25 years. She was an avid tennis player and runner, participating in tournaments, league play and half-marathons. Survivors: her husband, Howard Kaufman; three daughters, Amy, ’09, Stacy, ’11, and Laura; her father, Edward R. McHale; a sister, Sally McHale Cutler, ’79, MS ’81; and a brother, John McHale, ’82.

Paul David Navar, ’78 (biological sciences), of Saint George, Utah, February 21, at 52, while bicycling at the top of a Utah trail. He earned his MD from Southwestern Medical School and completed his residency at the U. of Utah. He moved back to his hometown of El Paso, Texas, and was director of emergency rooms at Sierra Medical Center and Providence Memorial Hospital. In 1999, he and his family moved to Saint George and he opened a practice in age management medicine. Survivors: his wife, Marsha; three children, Jon Paul, Kirk, and Alli; his parents, Macedonio and Julianne Navar; and five sisters, including Amanda Navar Farias, ’95.

Vincent David Mulroy, ’79 (political science), of Kentfield, Calif., April 2, at 52. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, was an Academic All-American football player and received the first J.E. Wallace Sterling Award from SAA. He earned an MBA from Harvard U. and had a successful career in real estate. Involved in social work throughout his life, he was a leader in Volunteers for Youth while at Stanford and was recently working with Mama Hope, which supports grassroots organizations in the developing world. Survivors: his wife, Ann; two children, John and Caroline; two sisters; and two brothers.

Andrew Philip Silverman, ’79 (individually designed major), of Los Gatos, February 6, at 52, of cancer. He started a successful computer business and loved cats. Survivors: his partner, Robyne Novack; his mother, Gloria; one sister; and one brother.


Sreyashi Jhumki Basu, ’98 (human biology), of New York, N.Y., December 16, at 31, of metastatic breast cancer. She was Phi Beta Kappa and received the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement in 1998. She completed her PhD in science education at Columbia U. and was an associate professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. A world traveler, she had been to 37 countries including Russia, where she did research on the lives of homeless children in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Survivors: her husband, Alexander Konstantinou; and her parents, Radha and Dipak Basu.


John Robert Cox, MBA ’48, PHD ’57, of Sacramento, January 3. He served in the Navy during World War II and received an Air Medal. He spent his career at Sacramento State College, serving in many roles including dean of the business school and executive dean in charge of campus expansion. He was a founding director of Methodist Hospital of Sacramento and was chair of the board from 1971 until 1975. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Jane; three daughters, Barbara Walkover, ’71, Deborah Callister and Cynthia; three grandchildren; and a brother, David, MS ’50.

John Joseph Blake, MBA ’58, of Saratoga, Calif., March 24, after a long illness. He served in the Korean conflict. He was president of Teledyne Corporation from 1969 until 1981, after which time he provided venture capital and managerial support for start-up companies. An active member of Stanford Associates and the Stanford Athletic Board, he was director of the Stanford DAPER Investment Fund. He and his wife provided endowed scholarship opportunities and a fellowship to the Graduate School of Business. Survivors: his wife, Barrie; one daughter, Melanie; two grandsons; and two brothers.


William H. Drummond, MA ’48, EDD ’52, of Gainesville, Fla., November 15, at 87. He was a Fulbright recipient from Vanderbilt U.’s George Peabody College to assist the U. of Seoul, South Korea, in setting up its teacher education program. He was a faculty member at the U. of Florida’s College of Education from 1972 until 1986 and received professor emeritus status upon retiring. Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Shirley; one daughter, Margaret; and one son, Tom.

Shirley O. “Neil” Jackson, MA ’55, of Carmichael, Calif., February 5, after a stroke. He served in the Navy during World War II. His career in education included the South Fork Unified School District as well as the San Juan Unified School District, where he was principal of Mariemont Elementary School and later became director of elementary curriculum. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Angie. Survivors: two sisters; and two brothers.


F. Robert Preece, MS ’47 (civil engineering), of San Francisco, March 18. He served in the Army during World War II. He was one of the Bay Area’s foremost structural engineers, working for Bethlehem Steel, Simpson and Stratta, and Testing Engineers before opening Preece, Goudie and Associates. An earthquake engineering expert, he traveled extensively to earthquake sites around the world. He and his wife, whom he met and married within a month, enjoyed trips with Stanford Travel/Study. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Ann; one son, Rob; one daughter, Carol Ann Tierney; and three grandchildren.

Christina M. Robinson, MS ’75 (civil engineering), of San Jose, February 27, after a battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and cancer. She worked for several firms in the Bay Area; opened her own firm, Robinson & Assoc.; and most recently worked with Mason-Sulic, Inc. She participated in many engineering societies and worked for scholarships and in the mentoring of students. Survivors include a sister.

Humanities and Sciences

Herbert William Graham, MA ’34, PhD ’38 (biological sciences), of Woods Hole, Mass., January 25, at 103. He had a long and varied career in biology and oceanography. He was a professor of biology and chair of the zoology department at Mills College in Oakland, then left to head up the oceanography survey work of the U.S. government’s Philippine Rehabilitation Program. In 1951 he was transferred to Woods Hole to head up the Fisheries Laboratory. After his retirement, he enjoyed beekeeping, carpentry and gardening. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth. Survivors: a daughter, Anne Tricomo; a son, David; two grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

Frederick D. Schneider, MA ’47, PhD ’50 (history), of Spring Hill, Tenn., December 24, at 87. He served in the Army during World War II. After completing his doctorate, he taught at Stanford and then moved to Vanderbilt U., where he taught from 1955 until his retirement in 1986. An ordained priest of the Diocese of Tennessee, he was rector emeritus of the Church of the Advent. Survivors: his wife, Elaine; one daughter, Diann; two sons, Bill and John; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

Cary Travers Grayson Jr., MA ’49 (international relations), of Landgrove, Vt., March 15, at 89, of kidney failure. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, fighting at Iwo Jima. He earned a doctorate from the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations in Switzerland. He worked at Carnegie Corp. and the State Department, then joined the Peace Corps as an administrator before leaving to start his own business, Potomac Books. The son of President Woodrow Wilson’s personal physician, he published his father’s memoirs of Wilson and was on the board of the Woodrow Wilson House and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. Survivors: his wife of 52 years, Priscilla; four daughters, Leslie, Carinthia, Alicia and Theodosia; and six grandchildren.

Jack E. Fink, PhD ’54 (English), of Menlo Park, March 23, at 91. He was Phi Beta Kappa at Stanford and received a Fulbright Scholarship to the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1953 he began teaching English at San Jose State U., where he became one of the founders of the humanities honors program. Following his retirement from SJSU in 1980, he enjoyed travel and played the violin in the Peninsula Symphony. Survivors: his wife, Maxine.

Franklin Albert Jones, MA ’66 (English), of Naitauba Island, Fiji, November 27, at 69. Known since 1994 as Adi Da Samraj, he was a spiritual teacher, writer and artist. He wrote more than 75 books, and in his later years he focused on creating works of art. In 2007, a solo show of his art was presented as one of the official exhibitions at the Venice Biennale.


Graham Lee Sterling III, JD ’57, of Roseville, Calif., February 19, at 79. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a co-founder of the law firm Keating and Sterling and co-founded the ATM Gun Corporation as well. He also farmed alfalfa on his ranch in Modoc County, skied, fished and slept under the stars of the Sierra. Survivors: his wife of 30 years, Sherwood; four daughters, Wendy Sterling McLean, Katherine, Jennifer and Leslie; one son, Graham IV; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Kenneth Lee Tuttle, MD ’64, of Klamath Falls, Ore., January 28, at 73. He was a general surgeon and spent nearly 40 years at Merle West Medical Center (now Sky Lakes Medical Center). He loved the Klamath Basin because of its outdoor activities, and he was involved with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Cattlemen’s Association and the National Rifle Association. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Karen; his children, Lynn, Lee Ann, and Kenny; and four grandchildren.