Obituaries - May/June 2006

Faculty and Staff

Fernando Alegria, of Walnut Creek, Calif., October 29, at 87. He was professor emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford for more than 20 years and an internationally renowned Chilean poet, novelist and literary critic. He studied at the U. of Chile before earning a master’s degree from Bowling Green State U. in 1941 and a PhD from UC-Berkeley in 1947. He began teaching at Berkeley in 1964 and joined Stanford in 1967. He retired in 1988. He wrote more than two dozen books and received many awards including the Latin-American Literary Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Chile appointed him honorary consul to the United States in 1992 and he represented the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language in the United States. His wife, Carmen, died in 1994. Survivors: two daughters, Carmen and Isabel, ’73; two sons, Daniel, MLA ’99, and Andres; and nine grandchildren, including Dylan, ’07, and Loren, ’09.

Keith E. Eiler, of Pacifica, Calif., November 17. He graduated from West Point in 1944 and was a career officer with the U.S. Corp of Engineers, Military Branch. He served in World War II and the Korean War, and was awarded the Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge. He was aide-de-camp to General Albert C. Wedemeyer and worked as a math instructor at West Point. After retiring in 1965, he earned his PhD in the history of American civilization from Harvard U. in 1974. He joined Stanford’s Hoover Institution as a research fellow in 1983 and remained there for 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann.

Peter E. Haas, of San Francisco, December 3, at 86. He earned his bachelor’s degree at UC-Berkeley and his MBA at Harvard U. He served as president and member of the board of directors of family-owned Levi Strauss & Co. from 1970 to 1981. In 1976, he became president and chief executive officer, and from 1981 to 1989 he was chairman of the board. In 1989 he became chair of the company’s executive committee and remained in that position until his death. The University’s Public Service Center became the Haas Center for Public Service in 1989 when he and his wife, Miriam, made a $5 million contribution to the center’s endowment. Another gift established the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professorship in Public Service. From 1971 to 1981, he served on the Stanford U. Board of Trustees, and he was a member of the University’s major gifts committee from 1983 to 1986. He was an active civic leader in the Jewish community and an advocate for racial integration in American clothing factories prior to the U.S. civil rights movement. Survivors: his wife, Miriam; one son, Peter Jr., ’69; one daughter, Margaret; two stepsons, Ari and Daniel Lurie; four grandchildren, including Jennifer Haas-Dehejia, MA ’97; and one great-grandchild.

Eric Hutchinson, of Sandy, Utah, November 14, at 84. He designed the official shields and flags for the University, the Office of the President and the seven schools. The banners have been used since the final one was completed in 1967. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry at the U. of Cambridge and worked as an instructor at Sheffield U. in the United Kingdom before joining the Fordham U. faculty in 1948. Later, he came to Stanford as an assistant professor of chemistry, becoming a full professor in 1959. He held a number of positions at Stanford before retiring in 1983, including associate executive head of the chemistry department and academic secretary to the University. He served as editor of the Journal of Colloid Science from 1950 to 1956 and chair of the Santa Clara Valley Section of the American Chemical Society in 1963. He authored or co-authored dozens of scientific papers, several chemistry textbooks and a history of Stanford’s chemistry department. His wife, Lilian, predeceased him. Survivors: two foster children, Doreen Joul Oliver and Kevin Cornwell.

Nobutaka Ike, of Jacksonville, Fla., December 15, at 89. He graduated from the U. of Washington and during World War II served as a Japanese language instructor at the Navy language school in Boulder, Colo. He earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins U. and joined the Hoover Institution in 1949 as curator of its Japanese collection. He transferred to the political science department in 1958 and was department chair during the 1960s. He taught courses on East Asian politics in the department until his retirement in 1984. He was the author of several books and articles, and also translated books, including Japan’s Decision for War (Stanford University Press). Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Tai; one daughter, Linda Kelso, ’68; one son, Brian, ’78; and two grandchildren. 

Joseph Oliger, of Truckee, Calif., August 28, at 63, of cancer. Professor emeritus of computer science, he was noted for his influential work on partial differential equations that arise in meteorological problems. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the U. of Colorado in 1966 and 1971. He worked as a programmer and numerical analyst at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and earned his doctorate in computer science from the U. of Uppsala, Sweden, in 1973. He joined Stanford’s computer science department in 1974 and became a full professor in 1980, retiring in 2001. In 1987, he co-founded the Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics Program. He authored many articles and books, including Time Dependent Problems and Difference Methods, published in 1996. Survivors: two sons, Nicholas and Jason; and one granddaughter.


Arthur Curtis Hall, ’30 (general engineering), of Tucson, Ariz., September 13, at 95. He worked as a hydrographer for the International Boundary Commission before joining American Smelting & Refining Company, where he worked for 36 years. He was involved in the opening of the Toquepala Copper Mine in Peru and served as managing director of the Southern Peru Copper Corporation. He helped develop the Mission Mine Complex south of Tucson. After retiring, he lectured at the U. of Arizona. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, was a director of the Arizona Heritage Foundation, and was appointed to the Arizona Water Quality Commission as well as the Pima County Clean Air Council. He was a member of several professional organizations. His wife of 72 years, Helen, predeceased him. Survivors: his son, Neel, ’54, MBA ’59; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Hilda Margaret Haven De Cou, ’35 (social science and social thought), of Brookings, Ore., July 28, 2004, at 90. She taught in the San Leandro (Calif.) School District for 12 years, and in 1946 helped establish the San Leandro Chapter of the American Association of University Women. She volunteered at the San Leandro Library for more than 25 years. Her husband, Herbert, ’30, died in 1974. Survivors: one daughter, Miriam Clarkson, ’61; one son, Wesley, ’63; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Charles S. “Chick” Franich, ’37 (political science), JD ’40, of Watsonville, Calif., January 7, at 90. He worked for several years as an FBI agent before returning to Watsonville to practice law. Appointed to a Watsonville Municipal Court judgeship in 1957, he became a Superior Court judge four years later. In the 1970s, he presided over the notorious murder trials of John Lindley Frazier and Herbert Mullin. Pope John XXIII made him a Knight of St. Gregory, the highest honor for a layperson, in 1961. His wife, Bridget, predeceased him, as did a son, Michael. Survivors: one son, Charles Jr.; two daughters, Mary Bignell, ’75, and Ann McInnis, ’82; and seven grandchildren.

Katherine E. “Kay” Fitzpatrick Bowman, ’38 (political science), of Denver, September 7, at 88. She worked for the Los Angeles Superior Court, Union Oil and during World War II, Douglas Aircraft. Later, she worked for a Denver law firm. She served as president of the League of Women Voters, president of the Rocky Mountain Stanford Club, trustee of the Denver Symphony and was involved in several other community organizations. Her husband, George, predeceased her.

Mary Wallace Noonan, ’38 (sociology-social sciences), of Palo Alto, February 23, 2005, at 88. She worked at Menlo School and College before serving in the Navy Waves during World War II. She was an avid artist and traveler. Survivors: her husband of 59 years, Stanley; one daughter, Carol Klacik; one son, Tim, ’73; and six grandchildren.


Charles Chase Hoffman, ’44 (pre-business), of Tulare, Calif., November 17, at 82, of pulmonary fibrosis. He was a member of Theta Xi fraternity and participated in LSJUMB. Survivors include: his wife, Marion (Nielsen, ’44); three sons, Charles Jr., ’69, Mark, ’76, MS ’77, and Gregory, ’81; one daughter, Karen, ’71; and granddaughters Ingrid, ’95, and Kathryn, ’07.

Mary-Leighton Taylor Regel, ’44, of Menlo Park, January 7, at 83. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She worked in real estate in Elmhurst, Ill., and in the late 1970s, in California for the firm of Cornish & Carey. She founded Regal Properties, where she worked until retiring in the late 1990s. Her husband, Keith, predeceased her. Survivors: four sons, David Mack, Steven Mack, Jeffrey Mack and James; three daughters, Susan Westen, Joyce and Candace; and three grandchildren.

Patricia Ann May Horne, ’45, MA ’46 (political science), of Bena, Va., December 24, at 80. She was active in numerous nonprofit organizations in the Detroit area, including the Grosse Point Family Life Education Council and United Community Services, and was an avid ceramicist. Survivors: her husband, Boyd; two daughters, Ginger Kent and Margaret Vergeyle; one son, Keith; and five grandchildren. 

Arthur Thurston Newcomb Jr., ’48 (political science), JD ’50, of Burlingame, October 10, at 83. He served during World War II and at the Law School was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif. His wife, Elizabeth, predeceased him. Survivors include one son, Ted Demetriades.

Earl F. Schmidt Jr., ’47 (economics), of Palo Alto, December 29, at 84. During World War II, he served as a pilot in the Air Force. He worked in food processing, packaging and non-profit development, retiring in 1983. He was a scout executive with the Boy Scouts of America and served as a scout master for many years. He helped erect nine historical monuments in San Mateo County and was involved with numerous nonprofit organizations. His son Peter predeceased him. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Patricia (Cashel, ’44, MA ’46); one son, Kirk; and three grandchildren.

William Walter Davies III, ’48 (economics), of Los Angeles, January 2, at 81, of pneumonia. He was a member of the football team and of Sigma Chi fraternity. He worked for Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company as an agent, and later, as a general agent. He received the Farrell Award, the highest award for lifetime achievement in the insurance industry, and was a member of numerous community organizations. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Sally Sutch, ’48; one son, John; one daughter, Debbie; and three grandchildren.

Helen Louise Ferguson Wulff, ’48 (English), of Sacramento, January 12, at 79. She was co-founder and proprietor of Wulff’s French Country Restaurant, which she opened with her former husband in Sacramento in 1971. During the 1970s and 1980s, the restaurant became a culinary landmark in the area. It closed in 1991. She was involved with several community organizations. Survivors include her former husband, Horace Wulff, ’47, MS ’48; one daughter, Ana; and one son, John.

Madison Rush Coblentz, ’49 (economics), of Truckee, Calif., November 3. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. During World War II he served as a lieutenant in the Air Force. He worked for the insurance brokerage firm of Johnson and Higgins. Survivors: his wife, Carol; and one son, Jeffrey.

Maurice H. “Harry” Coblentz Jr., ’49 (economics), of Sunnyvale, December 13, at 82. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and during World War II he served as a flight instructor and B-29 air plane commander in the Air Force. He worked in employee benefits consulting with Marsh & McLennan Inc. and Wm. M. Mercer Co. He retired in 1988. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Jean (Galt, ’47); two daughters, Kathleen Miana and Janis Johnson; two sons, Martin and Scott; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John J. Cooper, ’49 (undergraduate law), JD ’51, of Portola Valley, January 8, at 81. He served as a bomber pilot in the Navy during World War II. He was in private law practice until joining Varian Associates in Palo Alto, where he served as senior counsel and vice president. He became a director of the corporation in 1990. Survivors include his wife, Nathalie.


Samuel Huntington Boyer IV, ’50 (pre-clinical medicine), MD ’54, of Ruxton, Md., January 21, at 81. His research helped in the discovery of therapies for blood disorders such as sickle cell disease. He served as a lieutenant in the Army during World War II. After his medical residency at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., and additional study at Johns Hopkins U., he joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1959. He became a professor of medicine and remained there until his retirement in 1995. He authored more than 100 scientific papers and a book, Papers on Human Genetics, published in 1963. He was editor of the Johns Hopkins Medical Journal from 1975 to 1982, and served several terms as president of Common Cause Maryland. Survivors: his wife, Marion (Minton, ’49); two sons, Donal and Thomas; one daughter, Jeanette Rossoff; and eight grandchildren.

Sheldon D. Durham, ’50 (undergraduate law), JD ’52, of Los Altos, December 8, at 85. He served as a soldier in field artillery during World War II and became a pilot in the Air Force, rising to the rank of captain and serving as an instructor pilot. He was awarded five Air Medals and two Flying Crosses. Later, he worked as an attorney. Survivors: his wife of 38 years, Dorothy; two stepsons, Craig and Miller Steel; and four stepgrandchildren.

David Monroe Sellgren, ’51 (political science), of Sun Valley, Idaho, December 15, at 76. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and owned the Bigwood Golf Course in Ketchum, Idaho. He first wife, Marian (Christopherson, ’52), predeceased him. Survivors: his second wife, Ricky Bosted; and four children, Kristen, Peter, Leslie and Cece.

Eugene A. Fortine, ’52, MS ’53 (petroleum engineering), of San Leandro, Calif., December 1, at 75, of brain cancer. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and Alpha Phi Omega. He served in the Army Corp of Engineers as a chemical engineer assistant. Later, he worked for Richfield Oil Company. In 1956 he left the petroleum industry to work for the Kawneer Company as a civil engineer. After owning his own company he moved into estimating and sales for commercial construction companies. He served as treasurer and governor of the California Society of Mayflower Descendants and then served on the international level as treasurer general and governor general. He was made a Kentucky Colonel, an annual award given in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Pat (Jones, ’53); three daughters, Judy Tillar, Linda Yale and Terri Baker; one son, Alan; and 11 grandchildren. 

Melville H. Haskell Jr., ’52 (pre-clinical medicine), MD ’55, of Santa Barbara, Calif., January 17, at 75. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He served in the Army for two years and completed his residency in Philadelphia, Cleveland and at the U.S. Army Hospital in Lanstuhl, Germany. In 1959 he moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., where he practiced at General Hospital and the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic, where he remained until 1996. He was a member of many local boards, and served as president of the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic board of directors and president of the Community Arts and Music Association. Survivors: his wife, Raye; four daughters, Keri Starbuck, Sally, Hanna and Mary; two stepdaughters, Erin Ross and Brooke; and five grandchildren.

William Arthur Meyer, ’52 (political science), of Sioux City, Iowa, June 2, at 74, of cancer. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and a member of the crew team. During the Korean War, he served as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He worked for ESCO Corp. in Portland, Ore., and later, for several companies in management, board and consulting positions. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Joan (Wilson, ’53); one daughter, Pamela Blasky, ’77; one son, Ken; and three grandchildren.

William Andrew Sturm, ’52 (physics), of Chapel Hill, N.C., October 22, at 74, of cancer. He was a college professor. Survivors include a son, Brian.

Jerome James Drobny, ’53 (German studies), of Sacramento, December 28, at 74. He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and of the Band. He served in the Army. For more than 30 years, he was a teacher in Sacramento, primarily at Sacramento High School, Albert Einstein Junior High and Fern Bacon Junior High. He retired in 1992. Survivors: his wife of 45 years, May; two sons, Jerry Jr. and Bill; and three grandchildren.

Joan Elizabeth Anderson Jackson, ’53 (philosophy), of Hartsdale, N.Y., June 17. She earned master of library sciences and master of arts degrees from Columbia U. A former Columbia U. Libraries department head, she also worked as a research librarian at Consumers Union.

John Charles Timothy Sharpe, ’55 (speech and drama), of New York, November 9, at 72. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and served in the Army during the Korean War. An advertising executive, he founded the boutique advertising agency Sharpe Associates. Survivors include two sons, Jason and Amory; and two granddaughters.

Jon Ed Baily, ’56, of Austin, Texas, August 23, at 70. He completed his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He served as an officer in the Army. After, he worked for Lockheed and Food Machinery, Co., before becoming a partner in Master Equipment Company in Santa Clara, Calif. Survivors: one son, David; one daughter; Susan Jones; and seven grandchildren.

Elizabeth Curran “Libby” Lucas Hoppe, ’57 (history), of Arlington, Va., December 27, at 70, of cancer. She was a member of the tennis team. After working as a stockbroker in California and New York, she moved to Virginia, where she was president of the women’s committee of the National Symphony from 1979 to 1981. She chaired the NSO Decorators’ Show House in 1983, was a director of Wolf Trap Associates and president of the Washington Art Guild. Survivors: her husband of 36 years, Charles; and one son, Charles Jr.

Roger Russell Post, ’57 (economics), of Carmel, Calif., November 9, at 70. He served for two years as a lieutenant in the Army. He started Four Sisters Inns, a hotel management firm, in Monterey, Calif., and served on the boards of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, First National Bank of Central California, All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Carmel Valley, and Hospice Foundation for the Central Coast. He was a past president of Monterey Rotary. Survivors: his wife, Sally (Jones, ’59); four daughters, Kimberly Post Watson, Shelley Post Claudel, Stefanie Post Pollard and Jennifer; and seven grandchildren.

Roch Miller Conklin, ’58 (history), of Anaheim, Calif., December 26, at 69, of cancer. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and a member of the football and basketball teams. He was the owner of Conklin Printing. Survivors: his wife, Yvonne; four daughters, Carol Crowley, Laurie Haslam, Donna Giswold and Kristin McCleary; and 14 grandchildren.

George Hubert Hagn, ’58, MS ’61 (electrical engineering), of Annandale, Va., August 7, 2004, at 69. He was a member of the men’s track and field team and participated in student drama. He worked for SRI International on classified radar projects. His contributions aided allied bombing campaigns and intelligence operations during the Vietnam War. The Stanford Alumni Association awarded him a 10-year pin for volunteer service. His wife, Rose, predeceased him. Survivors: one son, David; one daughter, Cheryl; and two grandchildren.

David Ewing Long, ’58 (history), of San Rafael, Calif., December 16, at 69, of injuries following a car accident. He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He attended San Francisco Theological Seminary where he earned a degree in divinity in 1963. In the 1970s he worked in Sonoma County, Calif., as project director for Head Start and then as administrator for Child Care. In the 1980s he was a food stamp contractor for the Department of Agriculture and began work as an AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) eligibility worker in 1985. Later, he was a membership consultant for the Marin, Calif., YMCA, and in 2002 he joined the Marin Independent Journal staff as a courier. Survivors: two sons, Steve and Jeff; two grandchildren; and his former wife, Barbara Ramsey Jenkins, ’59.

Frank C. Milstead Jr., ’58, MS ’59 (electrical engineering), of El Paso, Texas, July 7, at 69, of heart disease. Survivors: two children, including Debbie Furlong; and six grandchildren.

Robert M. Rees, ’59 (political science), of Kailua, Hawaii, November 1, at 67, of cancer. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned a master’s degree at UC-Berkeley. After a 20-year advertising career, in 1986 he began a 10-year stint teaching American studies at the U. of Hawaii. He moderated a weekly show, Counterpoint, on −Olelo Community Television and served as a host on Hawaii Public Radio’s Talk of the Islands. He was a frequent contributor to the Honolulu Advertiser and an outspoken supporter of civil liberties and the First Amendment. Recently, the ACLU awarded him the Allan F. Saunders Civil Libertarian Award. Survivors: his wife of 44 years, Keene; one son, Kendall; and one daughter, Liz.


George L. Boynton, ’60 (history), of La Jolla, Calif., December 2, at 68, of melanoma cancer. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He began a banking career with Union Bank in Los Angeles and later joined Marble Mortgage in San Diego. For 29 years, he worked at what is now GMAC Commercial Mortgage, where he was senior vice president and Del Mar branch manager. In 1980 he served as president of the San Diego Mortgage Bankers Association and was a board member of the California Mortgage Bankers Association. He retired in 1996. The Stanford Alumni Association awarded him a 20-year volunteer service pin in 1993. Survivors include his wife, Pamela; and two daughters, Carly and Lindy.

Michael F. Groves, ’60 (electrical engineering), of Reno, Nev., July 6, at 66. He was a member of the Band and Kappa Kappa Psi. He worked for Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco and in 1962 joined the Tracy (Calif.) Pumping Plant with the Bureau of Reclamation. He went on to work for the Bureau of Reclamation at the regional office in Sacramento and as chief of maintenance at both Folsom Dam and Shasta Dam. He became a registered professional electrical engineer in 1964 and the first director of operations and maintenance for Western Area Power Administration in Denver in 1978. He retired from that organization in 1991. Survivors: his wife, Marie; five daughters, Kathleen Sibrell, Elizabeth Albert, Margaret Foley, Barbara Holly and Susan; and 10 grandchildren.

William Allen Stone, ’61 (political science), JD ’64, of Cayucos, Calif., January 28, at 66. After graduating from law school, he worked as an attorney for the firm of Mack, Bianco and Means in Bakersfield, Calif. In 1971 he was appointed to the Bakersfield Municipal Court, and in 1977 he was appointed to the Kern County Superior Court, where he served until 1988. He then joined the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno, serving there until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of numerous professional organizations and served on several community boards. Survivors include his wife, Diane; three sons, James, Jeff and Michael; and one granddaughter. 

Boyd C. Paulson Jr., ’67, MS ’69, PhD ’71 (civil engineering), of Menlo Park, December 1, at 59, of colon cancer. After working as assistant professor of civil engineering at the U. of Illinois from 1972 to 1974, he joined Stanford in the civil and environmental engineering department and remained with the University for 31 years. He worked on several major construction projects, including the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. He authored or co-authored two books and more than 100 papers. His research and teaching included the construction of affordable housing, a cause for which he was a longtime advocate, and he served on the boards of Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and the Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition. Stanford awarded him the 2004 Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize, given to faculty members who have demonstrated a personal commitment to community service and have engaged students to integrate academic scholarship with significant volunteer work. He received numerous other awards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 1980, and was a member of several professional organizations. Survivors: his wife, Jane; one son, Jeffrey; and one daughter, Laura.


David Asher Sitkin, ’71 (English), of Stockton, Calif., December 27, at 56, of cancer. After graduating, he studied Japanese literature at Waseda U. and worked for Japanese National Television (NHK). He earned a master’s degree at the U. of Hawaii and studied toward a PhD at Harvard. After teaching Japanese at Wittenberg U. in Ohio for two years, he returned to Stockton to work for the Japanese-owned American Sunny Foods, where he was a translator. He earned a law degree
in 1996 from Humphreys School of Law. Survivors: his wife, Masami; and two sons, James and Joshua.

Craig Chris Thompson, ’72 (political science), of Davis, Calif., January 9, at 56, of lymphoma. He earned his law degree at UC-Berkeley in 1975 and joined the state of California’s environmental law division. He represented the state in a series of court cases that resulted in the removal of toxic materials, including lead, from products such as tableware, drinking water faucets and calcium supplements. He also represented the California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, which sought to limit development in order to prevent erosion and preserve the clarity of Lake Tahoe. Survivors: his wife, Susan Durbin, MA ’71; one son, Christopher; one daughter, Julia; and two stepdaughters, Jennifer Durbin and Lisa Spears.

Michael J. Wallerstein, ’74 (political science), of New Haven, Conn., January 7, at 54, of brain cancer. He earned his PhD at the U. of Chicago and taught at UCLA from 1984 to 1994. From 1994 to 2004 he taught at Northwestern U., where he served as chair of the political science department before joining the Yale U. faculty. His research focused on social inequality, affirmative action, immigration policies and collective bargaining and he was the author of several books and articles. Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth; and two children, Jonah and Hannah. 

Francis Xavier Marnell, ’76 (anthropology), of Fort Thomas, Ky., November 24, at 50. He was a partner at the law firm of Buechner, Haffer, O’Connell, Meyers, Healey and Koenig in Cincinnati for 24 years and was a former president of the Stanford Club of Cincinnati. Survivors include his daughter, Frances.

Elizabeth Schindler Capo, ’77 (human biology), of North Tarrytown, N.Y., June 19, at 50, of breast cancer. She earned her master’s degree at Northwestern U. in 1979 and taught science in Evanston, Ill., and at the International School in Brussels, Belgium. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School in Philadelphia in 1983 and ran a software consulting business for more than 20 years. She was an avid volunteer at her local schools. Survivors: her husband, Cris; two daughters, Emily and Meg; and one son, Daniel.


Douglas Grant Michael, ’82 (physics), of Los Angeles, December 25, at 45, of lymphoma. He was a member of the men’s track and field team. He earned a master’s degree and PhD in physics from Harvard U. He worked as a high-energy research physicist at the California Institute of Technology from 1990 until his death. At Caltech he spent several years searching for magnetic monopoles and other rare phenomena at an underground laboratory near Gran Sasso, Italy. His later experiments became the basis for a proposal for a major experiment, called MINOS (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search). Survivors: his partner of 23 years, Matthew McLaughlin; one brother, David; one sister, Michelle Soderlund, ’83; his mother, Mary Michael; and his father, Jess Michael.

Douglas James Passaro, ’84 (psychology), of Oak Park, Ill., April 18, at 43, of a heart arrhythmia. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduating, he spent two years in the Peace Corps and taught science to high school students in Swaziland. He attended Northwestern U. medical school. He completed his residency and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford and worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before becoming a professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health and an infectious disease physician in the school’s medical center in 2001. Survivors: his wife, Sherry Nordstrom; two daughters, Natalie and Gina; his father, Lanny Passaro, ’59, MBA ’65; and his mother, Cynthia Allen Passaro, ’60. 


Steven Eric Swenson, ’92 (computer science), of Green Cove Springs, Fla., September 11, at 38, in a diving accident. He was a member of the men’s soccer team. He worked for Apple Computer in Singapore and later, for Microsoft in Seattle. In June of 2004 he left Seattle with his family to begin an extended cruise aboard their boat. Survivors: his wife, Roma; and two sons, Leif and Gage.


George John Carpenter Jr., MBA ’50, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., November 27, at 79. Survivors include one daughter, Julia Carpenter-Conlin.

Shashi P. Raval, MBA ’88, of Belmont, Calif., December 6, at 55, of leukemia. He earned his bachelor’s degree and PhD in physics as well as a law degree from the U. of London. He worked for Hewlett-Packard in England and California, later developing a business that spun off with Agilent Technologies. He became president of Templex Technology, an optics firm that was sold to Intel, and in March 2002 became CEO of Novariant, a GPS firm in Menlo Park. Survivors: his wife of 19 years, Elsa; one daughter, Asha; and one son, Ravi.

Earth Sciences

James P. Waltz II, MS ’59, PhD ’67 (geology), of Fort Collins, Colo., August 23, at 68. He earned his bachelor’s degree at DePauw U. in Greencastle, Ind. For 30 years he was a member of the earth resources faculty at Colorado State U. He founded Geologic Resources Investigations and Development, a consulting company, and contributed to the development of the Frexifrac well-stimulation technique, which relieved mountain homeowners and entire West African villages of underproducing water wells. Survivors: his wife, JoAnne; one son, Patterson; one daughter, Shelley; and two stepchildren, Michael and Anne.


Edward Tinsley Chase, Gr. ’42, of New York, June 9, at 86. He graduated from Princeton U. in 1941 and served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. He began his editing career at Hyperion Press. He was on the editorial staff at the New Yorker for three years and held senior editorial positions at the New American Library, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Times Books, Macmillan Publishing and Charles Scribner’s Sons. During his 40-year career, he edited the works of Harry S. Truman, Gordon Craig and others. He retired in 1995. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Ethelyn; two sons, Edward and Cornelius, the comic actor known as Chevy Chase; two daughters, Cynthia Chase-Culler and Daphne Rowe; and nine grandchildren.

Anthony Matulich, MA ’51, November 24, at 78. He served in the Navy during World War II and in the Marines during the Korean War. He graduated from San Francisco State U. in 1950. He taught school in Portola and Williams, Calif., and became vice principal in Williams. In 1957 he became principal and superintendent for Tomales (Calif.) Joint Union High School District, and in 1971 he served as superintendent of schools for the Oro Madre Unified School District. In 1977 he attended Los Angeles Chiropractic College and in 1981 began practicing in Ripon, Calif., and then Sutter Hill, Calif. He retired from chiropractic medicine in 1992. He served on the board of directors of the Northern California Golf Association until 2005 and was active in civic affairs, including a stint as member of the Ione (Calif.) City Council in 1997 and as mayor of Ione in 1998. Survivors: two daughters, Karen Locke and Robyn Hargrave; one son, Barry; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and his companion of 12 years, Lois Vinimini.

James Edward Van Amburg, EdD ’81, of New York, July 26, at 59, of a cerebral hemorrhage. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College and his master’s degree at Columbia U. He worked as director of the U. of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago and as superintendent of schools for the Carlisle School District in Massachusetts before serving as head of Dwight Englewood School in New Jersey from 1984 to 1998. In 1999 he became head of Windward School in White Plains, N.Y., a school for students with language-based learning disabilities. He served as president of the Concord, Mass. Special Education Collaborative and founding trustee of New Jersey S.E.E.D.S. (Scholars Educators Excellence Dedication Success), where he helped identify and place economically disadvantaged students throughout the state in independent schools. He was director of Project Broad Jump, an enrichment program for gifted students from East Harlem and the South Bronx, a board member for several independent schools, a lecturer in the U. of Chicago’s department of education and an instructor at Teachers College, Columbia U. Survivors: his wife, Penelope, MA ’74; and two sons, Noah and Nicholas.


Herbert John Shaw, MA ’42, PhD ’48 (electrical engineering), of Palo Alto, Jan-uary 20, at 87, of natural causes. He was professor emeritus of applied physics and Stanford’s most prolific inventor. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the U.
of Washington in 1941. After earning his PhD, he joined Stanford as a research associate in electrical engineering. In 1950, he moved to Stanford’s Microwave Laboratory, later renamed the Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory. In 1977 he became the laboratory’s associate director and six years later he was a research professor in applied physics. He retired from Stanford in 1989. In 1982, he developed, with colleagues, an optical gyroscope for navigational use in airplanes, missiles and ships. The new device was smaller, lighter and lasted longer than conventional mechanical gyroscopes. During his career, he authored 291 technical publications and was awarded approximately 100 U.S. patents. In 1986 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of other professional organizations. He received the 1976 Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award from the IEEE as well as the 1981 Achievement Award from the IEEE Group on Sonics and Ultrasonics. His wife of 59 years, Francel Harper Shaw, ’46, and his son, John, predeceased him. Survivors: two daughters, Kathleen and Karen; and one granddaughter.

Jerre D. Noe, PhD ’48 (electrical engineering), of Seattle, Wash., November 12, of mesothelioma. He was the first chair of the department of computer science and engineering at the U. of Washington. 

Philip Joseph Emmerman, MS  ’68 (mechanical engineering), of Bethesda, Md., December 26, at 60, of a heart attack. He helped develop advanced technology used in Operation Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Tufts U. in 1967 and his PhD from George Washington U. in 1980. As associate director for information science and technology at the Computational and Information Science Directorate of the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md., he worked on the automation and digitization of the battlefield. After 30 years, he retired in 2004 and became director of research for software company ElanTech Inc. He was also an associate professor at GWU. He received an Army Research Laboratory award in 2002, a Federal Office Systems Exposition award in 1990 and the Harry Diamond Laboratories’ Hinman Award in 1983. Survivors: his wife of 32 years, Christina; one son, Alexander; and one daughter, Allyson Jeffery.

John Matthew Vlissides, MS ’85, PhD ’90 (electrical engineering), of Mohegan Lake, N.Y., November 24, at 44, of a brain tumor. A researcher for IBM, he was known for his work in object-oriented software design and was one of four authors of Design Patterns (1994), considered the seminal work in the field of software patterns. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the U. of Virginia. During his graduate and postdoctoral work, he co-developed InterViews, a set of libraries and tools for developing graphical applications, and worked as a consultant to Fujitsu America Inc., Hewlett-Packard and other companies. In 1991, he joined IBM as a research staff member at the company’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, N.Y., where he conducted research in user interface development tools, programming environments and object-oriented system architecture, programming and visualization. He was awarded the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 1996 and was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 1998. Survivors: his wife of 13 years, Dru Ann; and three sons, Matthew, Mark and Robert.

Humanities and Sciences

William L. Wasley, PhD ’38 (chemistry), of Carmel, Calif., January 9, at 92. In 1943 he joined the U. of Wisconsin’s cancer research laboratory, where he was involved with one of the first studies of tobacco smoking and cancer. He later did research for ANSCO and then Union Oil. In 1957 he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture Western Regional Research Laboratory and worked on research that included fiber and polymer chemistry. His wife of 55 years, Ruth, died in 1995. Survivors: two daughters, Martha and Sarah; two sons, Robert and David; and six grandchildren.

Isabelle F. E. McNeill, PhD ’70 (French), of Palo Alto, November 3, at 83. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the U. of Toronto. Upon completing her PhD, she taught French literature and language at Stanford from 1972 until the mid-1980s. Survivors: her husband, Ian; three sons, Ted, Charles and Harry; one daughter, Catherine McNeill Parrish; and three grandchildren.

Donald Ryan McGlothlin, MS ’03 (chemistry), of Lebanon, Va., November 16, at 26, in battle in Iraq. An Eagle Scout, he graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2001. He left doctoral studies at Stanford to join the Marines, rising to the rank of second lieutenant. Survivors include his parents, Donald and Ruth McGlothlin; and two brothers, Nathan and Sean.


Carolee Sue Copthorne Young, Gr. ’57 (physical therapy), of Friday Harbor, Wash., November 10. She was a nurse practitioner and former co-owner of Island Wools & Weaving. Survivors include her husband, John.

Muhammad  “Mo” Aswaq Ali, MD ’59, of Tiburon, Calif., September 19, at 73, of Parkinson’s disease. He earned his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State U. and spent a year at UC-Berkeley studying infectious tropical diseases. A specialist in thoracic vascular surgery, he worked at several San Francisco hospitals during his 32-year career. In 1973, he returned to his native Fiji for two years to assist the Fijian government in renovating the medical care system. In 1975, he returned to the United States and began a private practice. He retired in 1996. Survivors include his wife, Sheila.