Obituaries - January/February 2013

January/February 2013

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Obituaries - January/February 2013


James S. Triolo Jr., '35, MA '36 (history), of Mountain View, August 20, at 98. He participated in student drama, was head yell leader and served as class president. His career included service in the U.S. State Department in Colombia and directing development and fund-raising at institutions such as Stanford, U. of Texas, Willamette U. and Scripps Clinic. He was active in the Cupertino chapter of Rotary International for 20 years and was also a highly decorated masters swimmer. He received a 35-year service pin and the Gold Spike award from Stanford Associates. Survivors: his wife of 70 years, Elaine; his children, Jeanne Murphy, Susie Miller and Jim; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Ann Amanda Archer Wright, '35 (social science/social thought), of Santa Barbara, Calif., July 7, at 99. She lived in California, Texas and New Jersey and loved to travel and write about her journeys, including trips to six continents. She enjoyed reading and creating hooked rugs, and she was active in the Unitarian Church, AAUW and the League of Women Voters. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard, '31, MA '32, PhD '35, her daughter Ruhamah, '61, and her son Alan. Survivors: her children, Nancy and Paul; one grandson; and one great-grandson.

George Thomas Gibson, '37 (economics), MBA '39, of Sacramento, July 15, at 95. He served in the Navy during World War II and later established Watts & Gibson, a certified public accountancy. In 1959 he joined Campbell Construction Co. as CFO and retired in 1990 as its president and CEO. He held leadership roles in community organizations such as the Crocker Art Museum Association and the Sacramento Symphony Foundation board of directors. Stanford Associates awarded him a five-year service pin. He was predeceased by his wife, Beatrice (Haslacher, '37, MBA '39). Survivors: his children, Jan Gibson Scot, Sally, Donald and David; and four grandchildren.

Helen Hortense Lowe Cohen, '38 (history), of Oxnard, Calif., August 14, at 97. She worked for Veterans Affairs before marrying and beginning a career as a housewife and mother. She was involved in the Oxnard Art Club, the Plaza Players Theater and the AAUW. She enjoyed reading, gardening and yoga and was an advocate of healthy eating and exercise. She was predeceased by her husband, Sol. Survivors: her children, Pam, Karen Brooks, Beaver and David; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.


Virginia Richardson McDivitt, '40 (basic medical sciences), of Greeley, Colo., March 26, at 94. A native of Cleveland, she began her medical career in Minneapolis. After getting married, she moved to California and settled in Greeley in 1955. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, PEO and Ladies Medical Auxiliary. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Robert. Survivors: her children, Ann Chernoff and Brian; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Winifred Hostetler Horn Wilson, '40, of San Mateo, September 23, at 94. She graduated from Case Western Reserve and served four years in the American Red Cross during World War II. She enjoyed volunteering at the Coyote Point Museum (renamed CuriOdyssey in 2011), her membership in the Woodside Garden Club and traveling the world with her husband. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Charlie. Survivors: her children, Charles III, Katherine and Mark; and four grandchildren.

Mary Isabel "Juddie" Judson Isbell, '41 (communication), of San Rafael, Calif., September 17, at 93, of natural causes. She was on the Daily staff. The 14th woman to sign up for active duty in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, she served for four years during World War II. Later she was a writer for the Army Times and worked for the Pentagon as well as for various newspapers. She was an avid fund-raiser for Stanford and received a 15-year service pin from Stanford Associates. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas. Survivors: her children, Linda Elias and Cynthia Whitehead; and two grandsons.

Sara Margaret "Peggy" Stanfield Stuart, '41 (psychology), of Saratoga, Calif., February 3, 2012, at 91. She was a member of Chi Omega. After graduation she worked at Crown Cork & Seal, and in 1948 she co-founded the Service League of San Jose (later the Junior League). An active volunteer, she had served as president of the PTA for the Fruitvale and Saratoga schools. She was a devoted gardener and an avid genealogist. Survivors: her husband of 69 years, Bill; her children, Sheila Feille, Hilary Charette, Jack, '68, and Doug; six grandchildren; and a sister.

Harold G. Howard, '42 (basic medical sciences), MD '45, of Los Angeles, September 10, at 91. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa. He served in the Navy and then practiced internal medicine in Santa Monica for more than 40 years, retiring in 1992. Stanford Associates awarded him a 15-year service pin. He was predeceased by his son Steven. Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Riesa; his children, Carla and Bruce; six grandchildren; and two brothers.

John Carl Rosendale, '42 (psychology), JD '49, of Carmel, Calif., July 12, at 92, after a brief battle with cancer. He served in the Navy during World War II. A successful attorney in Monterey County, he was also a community leader who had been chair of the Colmo del Rodeo parade and president of the Salinas Jaycees. He was passionate about golf and had been a member of the Quail Lodge Golf Club since 1964. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Monique, and two sons, Randall and Richard. Survivors: his children, Sandra, Peter Olson, Kirk and Robert; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mary Anderson Tomlinson Boyce Thornton Simpson, '43 (graphic arts), of Irvine, Calif., August 22, at 91. She was a great support to her husband Dud, who was the founding president of Golden West College. She served the school's community and foundation for many years and received the GWC Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award in 1986. She was predeceased by her husbands Dud Boyce, '43, MA '48, EdD '60, and James Thornton, '30, MA '34, PhD '41, and her daughter, Mary Elizabeth. Survivors: her husband Robert Simpson, '46, MA '47; her children, Thomas and James; and five grandchildren.

Robert Louis Haffner, '44, MS '49 (mining and mineral engineering), of Salt Lake City, September 1, at 89. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the Daily staff. He served in the Army during World War II. His career in mining took him from Idaho to Yukon Territory to Spokane, Wash., and ultimately to Salt Lake City, where he retired as president of the American Gilsonite Co. He was an avid golfer and president of the Alta Club, and he and his wife enjoyed many Stanford trips. Survivors: his wife of 68 years, Emily (Howard, '44); his children, Kinsey, '70, JD '74, and Nancy, '71; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Cynthia Ann Parker Bussiere, '45 (English), of San Mateo, September 7, at 88. She worked for the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau for 33 years and later worked with the San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She loved cats and was an avid reader and filmgoer and longtime patron of the San Francisco theater and London stage. She and her husband enjoyed travel throughout the United States, Europe and Polynesia. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Jerry. Survivors: her children, Cynthia and Suzanne.

John R. Johnson, '45 (social science/social thought), of Portola Valley, September 17, at 88. He was a member of Delta Chi. He served in the Navy during World War II and later was assistant city manager and then city manager for Menlo Park for 12 years. In 1964 he was named executive administrator of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic (now Palo Alto Medical Foundation); he retired in 1991. He had been president of the Stanford Alumni Association, was a docent at the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame and received a 10-year service pin from Stanford Associates. He was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis. Survivors: his children, Steven and Kristina; and two granddaughters.

Nancy Sue Henderson Loomis, '45 (education), of Fresno, Calif., September 20, at 88. She taught kindergarten in Carmel, Fresno and Redwood City before beginning her career as a homemaker. She was an active supporter of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and Fresno Arts Center. Survivors: her husband, John, '47, JD '49; her children, Laurie Loomis Dunn, '76, and John, '73; and two grandsons.

Mary Louise Perry Hoffman, '46 (health education), of Mesa, Ariz., September 21, at 90. She worked at the Phoenix Indian School hospital and then taught anatomy and physiology classes at the U. of Kansas School of Medicine. Later she took up art and taught art classes. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill. Survivors: her children, Christine Wichert and Carol Pace; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a brother.

William Carl "Bill" Gruber, '47 (social science/social thought), of Los Altos, July 1, at 88. He served in the Marines during World War II. He had been a CPA for Price Waterhouse, CFO and treasurer at California Canners & Growers and CFO for Diana Fruit. Passionate about golf, he was a longtime member of the Stanford Golf Club and also served on the board and as president of its Men's Club. He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Nancy. Survivors: his wife, Bernice (Holubar, '50); his children, Howard and Matthew; and three grandchildren.

Edgar George LaVeque, '47 (biological sciences), MD '52, of Los Gatos, Calif., August 29, at 85, after a long illness. He served in the Korean War and then returned to San Jose to start his medical practice. He was chief of staff at Los Gatos Community Hospital and later became a permanent member of its board of directors. He was involved in many organizations, including the Valley Foundation and the Lions Club. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and fishing trips with friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Marge. Survivors: his children, Bob and Diane; and four grandchildren.

Robert Gustan Stohl, '47 (biological sciences), of Santa Rosa, Calif., September 3, at 89, of natural causes. He was a member of Theta Xi. He served in World War II and later became a small business owner. In 1963 he joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he enjoyed a productive career. He retired in Palo Alto. Survivors: his wife, Anita; his children with his first wife, Jean (Faulds, '47), Jeffrey Magus, Eric, David and Scott; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Charles A. "Bud" Eldon, '48 (physics), MBA '50, of Corvallis, Ore., September 28, at 85. He served in the Navy during World War II. In 1951 he joined Hewlett-Packard, where he worked as an engineer, manager and executive until retiring in 1990. He held leadership positions with IEEE and was elected international president in 1985. An active Stanford volunteer, he had been chair of the Graduate School of Business Fund and received a Governors' Award as well as a 30-year service pin from Stanford Associates. Survivors: his wife, Betty (Kahn, '48); his children, Tony, '73, Kay, Doug and Jim; and seven grandchildren, including Eric, '04, and Jon, '05.

Constance Ann O'Brien Evoy, '48 (history), of Renton, Wash., July 7, at 84. She was an executive assistant at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Seattle for 15 years. She loved to debate politics and was an advocate for human rights and equal opportunity for all. She enjoyed boating and fishing at Treasure Island in San Francisco and riding horses on the beach at Coronado, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, and her daughter Shannon. Survivors: her children, Molly, Robert, Timothy and John; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Henry N. Krieger, '48 (international relations), of Washington, D.C., August 11, at 91, of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Born in Germany, he escaped from an internment camp in France and came to the United States, where he joined the Army and fought in World War II. After graduating from Stanford, he worked for the Office of Strategic Services, the CIA and Voice of America, where he became chief of the French-to-Africa branch. In retirement he volunteered as a tutor at Key Elementary School. He was predeceased by his wife, Pauline. Survivors: his children, Claudia Krieger-Myers and Duncan; three grandchildren; and his partner, Mary Lou Hartmann.

Anne Spencer Billiou, '49 (education), of Hamilton City, Calif., September 20, at 89. She served in the Marine Corps supply chain during World War II. She taught elementary school and then spent 61 years as a farm wife, mother and friend. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, cooking and watercolor painting. A devout Catholic, she was a parishioner and volunteer at St. Dominic's Catholic Church. Survivors: her husband, Joseph; her children, Michael, Sally Fleischman and Jane Anne Armour; and two grandchildren.

James David Boyle, '49, MA '49 (psychology), of Winnetka, Calif., July 19, at 83. He served in the Air Force and earned his medical degree at USC. He co-founded the Center for Ulcer Research at the Veterans Administration Wadsworth Hospital, was a professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and had a private practice at Brotman Memorial Hospital. He also authored numerous professional articles and had a lifelong interest in clear and critical thinking. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Virginia; his children, Alison Sweeney, Susan Langsam, Robert, William and Richard; and three grandchildren.

Patricia A. Brown Fank, '49 (psychology), MA '51 (education), of Los Altos Hills, July 17, at 84, of complications of Parkinson's disease. She was a member of Cap & Gown. She worked for the developer of the Strong Interest Inventory and also helped establish a vocational counseling center at Gunn High. Later she returned to college to study computer programming and worked as a programmer analyst at Saga Corp. She volunteered with the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, and she loved to read, play bridge, eat chocolate and take walks. Survivors: her husband, Berin, '50, MS '51, PhD '58; and her children, Debora, Carolyn, Gregory and Christopher.


Hamilton "Whit" Budge, '50 (economics), of Eugene, Ore., August 27, at 84. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, the track and field team and the football team. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. After earning his law degree from Cornell, he joined Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, where he became a partner and later managing partner. He volunteered with many organizations, including the California Academy of Science and the American Red Cross Bay Area. He enjoyed bird hunting, fly-fishing and family vacations. He was predeceased by his wife Elaine. Survivors: his wife Claudia; his children, Whit Jr., '76, Nancy, MBA '83, and Sydney; and four grandchildren.

James Kingdon "Jim" Levorsen, '50, of Belvedere, Calif., July 20, at 83. He served in the Navy. After completing his degree at the U. of Oklahoma, he moved to San Francisco to begin his career as an architect with Anshen & Allen. Later he and a partner formed their own architecture firm, where he worked until retiring. An active community volunteer, he was named the City of Belvedere's Citizen of the Year in 1997. He loved to play tennis and also enjoyed sailboat racing, alpine skiing and watercolor painting. Survivors: his wife, Emily; his children, Anne Levorsen Hammer and Mark; two grandchildren; and a brother.

James Harold Perkins, '50 (economics), JD '53, of Fresno, Calif., August 31, at 84. He served in the Army. He was a partner at Docker, Docker, Perkins and Shelton and later became a partner at McCormick, Barstow, Shepherd, Coyle and Best. He had been president of numerous community organizations, including the 20-30 Club and Community Theater. Stanford Associates awarded him a 20-year service pin. He enjoyed skiing, sailing, reading and backpacking in the Sierra. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Harriet; his children, Mitchell, Peggy Perkins Washburn, '84, and Janice Perkins Vincent; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister.

Morgan Evans Stock, '50, MA '52 (speech & drama), of Pebble Beach, Calif., August 28, at 93. He served in World War II prior to attending Stanford and then joined the faculty of Monterey Peninsula College in 1954. He spent 28 years teaching English, public speaking and drama and was the founder of the school's theater program. Survivors: his wife, June; his children, David, Kevin, Brian and Maggie; and three grandchildren.

Robert Ernest Swingley, '50 (economics), MBA '55, of Medford, Ore., May 22, at 83. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and was a business executive in San Francisco for more than 50 years. In the 1970s, he and his children built a cabin in Brookings, Ore., which became a family sanctuary. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy (Stone, '52). Survivors: his children, Pamela, Susan Berhardt, Douglas and David; two grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Lyte, '52.

Paul Darrell Palmquist, '52 (economics), of Orange, Calif., September 7, at 84. He was on the golf team. He served in the Navy and then worked in the insurance industry for most of his career. A PGA pro, he also enjoyed playing piano and fishing. He was an American Legion and Elk life member at Santa Ana Lodge #794. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marie.

John G. "Jack" Rivenburgh II, '52 (history), of Portland, Ore., March 6, at 81. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. A lifelong resident of Portland, he worked at Pacific Paper Box & Bindery for more than 50 years. He was on the board of directors of the Multnomah Athletic Club and was passionate about sports, particularly football, basketball, tennis and volleyball. He was an avid reader and was known for his sense of humor and optimism. Survivors: his wife of 38 years, Nancy; his children with his first wife, Joann, John III and Nancy; his stepchildren, Sandy Pittenger, Tim and Henry Mathison; and eight grandchildren.

Wade M. Robinson, '52 (English), MA '53 (education), of Annandale, Va., July 17, at 88. He earned his doctorate in education from Harvard and enjoyed a long career in education planning and administration. Among his many roles, he served as acting director of the Job Corps, worked with numerous organizations to improve schools overseas and was technical adviser to education improvement projects in Ghana and Benin. He also co-authored many research studies and wrote two plays. Survivors: his wife of 26 years, Barbara; his son, Kelly; a grandson; and a brother.

Timothy D. Sandis, '52, MS '55 (civil engineering), of Mountain View, July 1, at 81. Born in Greece, he moved to the United States as a teenager. He founded his civil engineering company, Sandis and Assoc., in 1965. He was involved in the redevelopment of downtown Mountain View and supported the Community Services Agency. He enjoyed camping, painting, fishing and reading. He was predeceased by his wife, Janet, and his son Paul. Survivors: his children, Stephen, Elli, Teresa, Julia, Anita and Catherine; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister.

Stuart W. Shore Jr., '52 (history), of Durango, Colo., September 6, at 82. He served in the Navy and later co-founded San Juan Pools. He and his wife moved to Durango after he retired. He was known for his ability to laugh at himself, his smile and his sweet tooth. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Barbara; his children, Stuart III, Katherine, Nancy and Robert; and seven grandchildren.

Jean Elizabeth Leonard Beschel, '53 (speech and drama), of Spokane, Wash., September 3, at 81. She participated in student drama. She had leading roles at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and the Spokane Civic Theater. A community leader, she served as the president of the Spokane Junior League and the Spokane City Planning Commission. She was also on the boards of the United Way Campaign and the YWCA, which presented her with its Outstanding Achievement Award for Community Service. Survivors: her husband of 58 years, Robert, '53; her children, Jennifer Austin, Robert Jr., and William; and eight grandchildren.

Richard Ronald Brown, '54 (physics), of Bellevue, Wash., June 22, at 80. He served in the Air Force and earned graduate degrees from the U. of California and the U. of Washington. He worked at Boeing Aerospace for many years, ultimately becoming technology manager of preliminary design. He also authored Power Processes for Middle Managers and taught courses at the U. of Puget Sound and Washington State U. He had been a Scout leader and PTA president, and he enjoyed travels with his wife, adventures with his sons and "Grandad time" with his grandchildren. Survivors: his wife of 54 years, Ruth; his children, Steven, Glen and Mark; five grandchildren; and a brother.

John Thos "Bud" McCormick, '54 (mechanical engineering), of Draper, Utah, August 26, at 80, of cancer. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi. He served in the Air Force and worked as a sales engineer for Westinghouse Electric. He loved camping with his family, working on cars and boats, water-skiing and golfing. Survivors: his wife of 52 years, Sandra; his children, Kelli Day and Kimberly Christensen; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Merchant, '52.

Richard Stanley Tryce, '54 (industrial engineering), MBA '59, of Portola Valley, March 15, at 80, of pulmonary fibrosis. He served in the Air Force. His varied career included engineering positions at Melabs and Lockheed Aircraft Corp., serving as controller and project manager for Bechtel Corp. and eventually work as a consulting director of real estate construction at Arthur Andersen. He played the banjo, trumpet and saxophone and enjoyed dancing. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Yvonne (Bergen, '54); his children, Kathy and Robert; and a brother.

Donald Robert Cooper, '55 (psychology), of Truckee, Calif., August 8, at 80. He participated in NROTC. He served in the Navy and earned his DDS from the U. of the Pacific Dental School. He was a dentist in Palo Alto for 38 years and was active in the community, serving as president of Kiwanis as well as Neighbors Abroad. He was an avid snow and water-skier; he was also a musician and with his wife founded the Bay Area bluegrass band Wild Oats and Honey. He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth Joy. Survivors: his wife of 47 years, Mary Lou; his children: Valerie Myers, Linda Burbank and Kathleen; three grandchildren; and a sister.

James Rippert Renfroe, '55 (undergraduate law), JD '57, of Annapolis, Md., August 17, at 89, of natural causes. He served in the Navy during World War II. A labor relations expert, he was admitted to practice law in California, Illinois and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He retired from the FMC Corp. and was the volunteer chair of the Civil Service Board for the city of Annapolis. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret. Survivors: his children, James and Bruce; five grandchildren; and a sister.

Leonard R. "Len" Stroud, '55 (history), of Placerville, Calif., April 16, at 78, after a short illness. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He served in the Marines on active and reserve duty until 1969. He worked in the insurance industry, beginning with Travelers' Insurance in Beverly Hills and then Vaught, Wright and Bond General Insurance Agency. He had been foreman of the El Dorado County Grand Jury, chair of the Placerville Planning Commission and president of the Placerville Rotary Club. He loved camping and fishing, Hawaii, history and Stanford football. Survivors: his wife, Laurel; his children, Shannon Mosbacher, Andrew and Greg; two stepchildren, Andy and Matt Kreft; and 10 grandchildren.

Norma Louise McCoy, '56 (psychology), of Palo Alto, August 22, at 78, after a long illness. She earned a doctorate in psychology from the U. of Minnesota and was a professor at San Francisco State U. for more than 40 years. Best known for her studies related to women, estrogen, birth control and pheromones, she received many academic honors, awards and grants. She also loved her garden, especially her roses, camellias and azaleas. Survivors: her husband, Joseph Matyas; her children, Juliet McCoy Irons Marchioni and Robert Irons; a granddaughter; and a sister.

Kathleen "Kathy" Spotts Utzinger, '56 (education), of Phoenix, July 3, at 77, from Alzheimer's disease. After graduation she taught school in Arizona before committing herself to her family and community service. She was a volunteer and manager of the Scottsdale Boys and Girls Clubs Thrift Shop for more than 30 years and served as president of the Desert Foundation Auxiliary as well as Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center. Survivors: her husband of 56 years, David, '56; her children, Holly and Lisa; and a brother, Jim, '59.

Stanley Rusk Currey, '57 (history), of Santa Monica, Calif., June 16, at 76, of complications from pneumonia. He was a member of Theta Chi and participated in NROTC. He served in the Marines and later became a special agent in the FBI. His interests included astronomy, pyrotechnics, shooting, photography and music. Survivors: his wife, Carole; his children, Jeff, Susan and Nancy; and six grandchildren.

Lawrence James "Larry" Sheehan, '57 (undergraduate law), JD '59, of West Hollywood, Calif., June 27, at 79. He was a member of Kappa Sigma and president of the law review. He clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, and became a partner at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. He also served as a director for Source Capital Inc. and TCW Convertible Securities Fund and a trustee of Worldwide Index Funds. Survivors include a brother and a sister.

Angela Lou Bowen Haight, '58 (English), of Menlo Park, September 25, at 76, of ovarian cancer. She was on the Daily staff. She published more than 100 pieces of children's fiction and nonfiction, two easy-to-read books and a children's biography of A.P. Giannini with her daughter Dana. She was active in the PTA groups at Menlo Park schools, worked for 25 years in the children's room of the Menlo Park Library, and served her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in various capacities. Survivors: her husband of 55 years, David; her children, David III, Wendy Kuhnen, Dana Cattani, Susan Pinegar, Nancy Marsh and Jonathan; and 20 grandchildren.

Richard Bennett Stein, '58 (economics), MBA '60, of Hamilton, Mont., September 10, at 76, of a heart attack while on a hiking and fishing trip. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and the football team. He began his career at Ernst & Young and later worked as a CFO at Esselte Corp., Shaklee Corp. and World of Wonder Toys. Before retiring he served as president of the Hillsdale Group. Passionate about life, he was an avid outdoorsman, loved tennis, golf and bridge and enjoyed the art of socializing. Survivors: his wife of 47 years, Lyn; his children, Betsy, Kerry Stein Mobley, Robert and Patrick; and seven grandchildren.

Sharon Claire Doyle, '59 (sociology), of Palo Alto, August 8, at 74, after suffering an aneurism. She worked for several years for SRI in Paris and then worked as assistant to the dean of Stanford Law School until retiring in 1992. She was an avid environmentalist and a 50-year member of the Humane Society. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, Sudoku and movies of all kinds.

John Leroy "Jack" Marshall, '59 (architecture), of McCall, Idaho, September 20, at 75, from a subdural hematoma caused by a fall. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. A successful international resort developer, he worked on projects including Spanish Bay Resort in Pebble Beach, Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado and Santa Barbara Plantation in Curaçao. He served on the McCall planning commission, loved horses and was an avid roper in Colorado. Survivors: his wife, Susie (Haehl, '65); his daughter, Sarah; a granddaughter; and Susie's daughter, Kaya, and her children.

Stephen Edison Tallent, '59 (history), of Reedville, Va., February 29, at 75, of natural causes. He served in the Army and graduated from the U. of Chicago Law School. He was a partner with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and had a national reputation in the field of labor and employment law. He co-founded the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 1995 and also founded the American Employment Law Council. After retiring in 1997, he served as president of the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship. Stanford Associates awarded him a five-year service pin. Survivors: his wife of 40 years, Martha; and his daughter, Jennifer.


Margaret Jo "Peg" Mumby Whitley, '60, of Essex, Conn., August 24, at 73. In addition to caring for her family, she taught classical piano and theory for 12 years and later became a certified substance abuse counselor. She enjoyed playing golf, competitive tennis and bridge. She was predeceased by her husband, Clyde. Survivors: her children, Carolyn Whitley Harris and Michael; a granddaughter; and a sister.

Stephen P. Freidberg, '61 (international relations), of Kiawah Island, S.C., and Valbonne, France, July 19, at 72, from complications of a stroke. He was a member of Theta Chi and the Daily staff. He worked for the European Community in Washington, D.C., and as a deputy spokesman in Brussels, and then worked for Chemical Bank as a vice president. Later he started a public relations firm and played a leading role in health-oriented nonprofit organizations. Survivors: his wife, Elisabeth; his children, Natalie, Kim, '92, Alexandra, '00, and Stephanie; two grandchildren; and a brother.

David William Hettig, '64 (history), of Menlo Park, June 29, at 70, while working out at the YMCA. He was a member of Sigma Nu/Beta Chi and the crew team. He earned a master's degree in history from UCLA and a JD from USF. An expert in trusts, estates and charitable gift planning, he had his own law firm for decades; he then joined Lakin Spears as a partner in 2007. He received the YMCA Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and co-founded the Aurora Foundation for human rights. He was an avid hiker and white-water rafter, and he loved flying in his plane at every opportunity. Survivors include his wife, Nan.

Sandra Galeppi Snively, '64 (physical therapy), MA '68 (education), of Morgan Hill, Calif., April 14, at 69. She was a member of Cap and Gown. After graduation she served in the Peace Corps in Brazil, then returned to the United States and began a 38-year teaching career. She taught subjects from reading to history to math and worked tirelessly to support her students. In retirement she devoted herself to her children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, '64, MS '68. Survivors: her children, Gillian Snively Marek, '95, and Catherine; and six grandchildren.

Dorothy Kay "Dot" Soares Allen, '65 (Latin American studies), MA '66 (education), of Los Altos Hills, September 20, at 68, of liver disease. She participated in student drama and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She earned an MBA at Golden Gate U. and had a 35-year career in market research and management consulting with companies that included SRI International, Versatec and International Data Corp. She also taught part time at Golden Gate U. and was named Outstanding Marketing Professor. She and her husband stayed connected to the Stanford community, attending football games and volunteering as ushers at Stanford Jazz Workshop and Stanford Live. Survivors: her husband, Bob, '65; and her children, Jennifer Fritz and Joshua.

Tucker Wilkins Peterson, '66 (history), of Escondido, Calif., August 10, at 67. He was a member of Delta Upsilon. He served in the Navy in Vietnam and earned his law degree from the U. of California Hastings College of Law. He worked at a Washington, D.C., law firm, for BF Goodrich and then in private practice in Escondido. He was a Scout leader for his sons and a former member of the Escondido East Rotary Club. Survivors: his wife of 38 years, Patricia, MS '69; his children, Zachary and Andrew; a granddaughter; a sister, Joan Lynch, '58; and three brothers, Kirk, '60, Wick, '69, and Eric, '70.

Robert Duane Kelley, '68 (history), of Seattle and Tucson, Ariz., August 1, at 65, after a yearlong battle with melanoma. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and the track and field team. He had a long career as vice president of Airborne Express and later with DHL when the companies merged. Golf was his passion, and he enjoyed visits with his children, grandchildren and friends. Survivors: his wife, Denise; his children, Nicole, Carrie Barnes and Shane; his stepchildren, Molly Cole, Todd Higley and Ryan Burleson; six grandchildren; his mother, Darlene; two sisters; and a brother.

Theodore "Ted" Ferdinand Spearman, '68 (political science), of Bainbridge Island, Wash., January 3, at 64, of complications from a brain aneurysm. He was on the track and field team. He practiced law for 32 years and taught as an adjunct professor and a continuing legal education instructor. The first African-American on the Kitsap County Superior Court bench, he was re-elected twice. He served as chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Civil Rights Committee and was a trustee of the Legal Foundation of Washington. He was meditative, thoughtful, persuasive and kind. Survivors: his wife of 44 years, Marie; his daughter, Simone, '93, MA '94; and a granddaughter.

Gary Michael Coutin, '69 (history), August 27, at 65, of a heart attack. He graduated from Hastings Law School and fought for electoral reform and the rights of the oppressed. Survivors include a sister and five brothers.


James Francis Scheimer, '71 (physics), MS '73 (geophysics), of Vienna, Va., September 2, at 62, after a long battle with cancer. He was a member of Kappa Sigma. He earned a PhD in seismology at MIT, and his varied career included work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, SAIC and SES Government Solutions. He enjoyed Biblical history, woodcarving, making stringed instruments, home brewing and ham radio operation. Survivors: his wife, Kathy; and his children, Michael and Elizabeth, '06, MS '06.

Courtney Allen Marshall, '72 (psychology), of Grantham, N.H., September 17, at 61. He earned his MBA at Indiana U. and worked in health-care administration for many years in Delaware before moving to Maine to help run his family's long-term care facilities. An avid runner, he completed marathons in Stockholm and Chicago and had recently completed a 30K race. He enjoyed his relationships with members of the Upper Valley Running Club and racers throughout New Hampshire. Survivors: his wife, Beverly; his son, Lucas; his stepdaughter, Danielle Carey; his mother, Dorothy; two sisters; and a brother.

Thomas Lee Wheeler Jr., '73 (physics), of Dallas, September 3, at 62. He earned a degree from Southern Methodist U. law school. Survivors include one sister.

Douglas Martin Rosoff, '77 (philosophy), of Ukiah, Calif., August 24, at 57, in a bicycle accident. A graduate of Kansas City School of Osteopathic Medicine, he was chief psychiatrist for the Mendocino County Mental Health Dept. and for the Ukiah Veterans Administration. He ran marathons and was an accomplished tennis player. Survivors: his wife of six years, Catherine; his parents, Harold and Berniece; a sister; and a brother.


Chris Albin Kaczmarek, '82 (biological sciences), of Jamestown, N.Y., July 1, at 51, after a long battle with cancer. He earned his medical degree from the U. of Wisconsin and practiced psychiatry for the Chautauqua County Dept. of Mental Hygiene for many years. He loved to travel and was active in worldwide health organizations, including Doctors Without Borders and Aids Relief for Africa. He supported numerous local foundations and organizations and was gentle and generous beyond measure. Survivors: his parents, Albin and Ardis; a sister; and a brother.


Douglas S. Gamble, MBA '49, of Seattle, September 4, at 87. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was president and CEO of Pacific Gamble Robinson Co., and he had also been president of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association. An avid sportsman and fan, he loved sailing, golf and football. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kathryn. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Jane (Brigham, '48); his children, Gregory, Peter and Dutton; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his brother Donald, MBA '48.

F. Stuart Kuhn, MBA '52, of San Francisco, August 22, at 84, after a brief illness. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale and served in the Navy during the Korean War, then continued in the reserves until retiring as a captain in 1988. He had a long career as a real estate executive at companies including the Dillingham Corp. and BankAmerica Realty Services, which he helped found. He enjoyed piloting private planes, skiing and playing tennis, golf and squash. Survivors: his wife, Sue Ellen Black; his children, Jeffrey, Lisa Quinn, Kristina Hall, Katherine McCartney and Stephen; seven grandchildren; and a brother.

Robert Harden "Bob" Breinholt, PhD '68 (business), of Incline Village, Nev., August 23, at 76, after a short illness. He taught for 10 years at the Wharton School before joining the faculty at the U. of Utah Business School in 1979. He also built and ran several nursing homes and home health-care businesses. He enjoyed golfing and skiing and split his time between Salt Lake City, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe and Washington, D.C. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Jane. Survivors: his wife Donnetta; his children, Jeff, Mary Jane, John, Peter and Annie; his stepchildren, Berney, Kristy, Ashley, Whitney and Andrew; 13 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and four sisters.

John David Lara, MBA '74, August 18, at 64, suddenly of natural causes. He began his career in accounting and served as CFO for several multinational corporations. Always happy to help others, he assisted many friends with the financial aspects of their start-up businesses. He had a warm smile and grew superlative dahlias. Survivors include his children, David and Maria-Mercedes.

Earth Sciences

Allen Francis Agnew, PhD '49 (geology), of Corvallis, Ore., September 12, at 94. He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, was a professor of geology at the U. of South Dakota and served as director of Water Resources Research Center at Indiana U. and of Water Resources Center at Washington State U. Later he spent eight years as the senior specialist in mining and minerals at the Library of Congress before retiring to Corvallis. He was actively involved with his church and enjoyed spending time each winter in Arizona. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Frances. Survivors: his children: Leslie Seitz, Heather Van Dyne, Larry and Allen; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

Earl Edward Brabb, PhD '60 (geology), of Rocklin, Calif., September 14, at 83, after a brief illness. He was a leading scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey for 52 years and was well known for his expertise in determining the relative ages of rock formations by dating the fossils they contained. He also worked on a project that led to the development of digital maps of potential landslides throughout the Bay Area. He received awards from the Department of the Interior as well as a medal from the European Geophysical Society. Survivors: his wife, Gisella; his children, Kristin and Robin; and two grandchildren.


Jack James Martin, MA '47, of Woodland, Calif., September 2, at 98. He worked at various levels of teaching and education administration until retiring in 1977. For 40 years he also handled entertainment for the Yolo County Fair during the summer months. A talented musician, he organized a six-piece jazz band that played each year at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, and he served a term as president of the Jazz Society. Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Doris; his children, Mike and Jack; and two grandsons.

Mark Amussen Benson, MA '53, of Salt Lake City, July 29, at 83, after a short illness. He had a career in sales and eventually became president of Castlewick Corp., a division of Saladmaster Corp. Active in the LDS Church, he served in positions including mission president of the Indiana-Michigan Mission, bishop, and sealer in the Salt Lake Temple. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Lela; his children, Stephen, Stephanie, Stacey, Meg, Mary and Michael; 34 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four sisters; and a brother.

Charles Howard Slaughter, MA '58, EdD '64, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., October 2, 2011. He served in the Navy. He was a professor and assistant dean of the School of Education at the U. of Toledo in Ohio and professor of education and assistant dean at San Bernardino State U.; later he left higher education to become a superintendant of schools. He also served as a consultant for the U.S. State Department. After retiring, he lived in numerous foreign countries and wrote several books. Survivors: his wife of 48 years, Olive (Weide, MA '62); his children, Cynthia Galbut and William; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert Dennis Pollard, EdD '80, of Goodyear, Ariz., September 9, at 77. He served in the Army and then enjoyed a 39-year career in education. He was an avid golfer, a Mason and a member of Lions, Rotary and Elks clubs. Survivors: his companion, Mitzie Geller; his daughter, Lisa; and a brother.


George Hetland Jr., MS '50, PhD '55 (electrical engineering), of Leesburg, Va., September 26, at 89. He served in the Navy during World War II. After earning his doctorate, he worked in private industry and then as a civilian employee of the Navy. He jointly holds a 1967 patent on a High-Phase Stability Coherent Radio Signal Receiver. He was a member of the Jamestowne Society and the Sons of the American Revolution. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth. Survivors: four daughters; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Robert Morris Lee, MS '70 (civil engineering), of Arlington, Texas, September 13, at 96. He served as a tool and die maker for a munitions factory during World War II. He owned a financial services firm, invested in properties and helped his father design and manufacture wine packaging equipment. He volunteered as a Boy Scout leader and an executive in the SCORE program, and he enjoyed travel, music, cooking and gardening. He was predeceased by his first wife, Deon, and second wife, Joyce. Survivors: his children, Marlene, Stephen and Linda; two granddaughters; and a sister.

Carson Edwards Agnew, MS '71, PhD '74 (engineering-economic systems), of Vienna, Va., September 5, at 63, of cancer. He had a 40-year career in telecommunications and worked on projects around the world with Hughes Communications and Mobile Satellite Ventures, among others. Most recently he led regulatory efforts at NextNav LLC. He published more than a dozen papers and was awarded three patents. He was a devotee of the space program and enjoyed reading and genealogy. Survivors: his wife, Ellen Moran; his children, Anstes, '09, and Alison; his mother, and a brother.

Gary Max Michal, MS '77, PhD '80 (materials science and engineering), of Brecksville, Ohio, May 11, at 58, of mesothelioma. He joined the materials science and engineering department at Case Western Reserve U. in 1983 as an assistant professor and served as department chair from 1996 until 2007. He wrote more than a hundred technical papers, was a fellow of American Society of Metals International and won several grants from the National Science Foundation. He enjoyed golf, was a woodworker and ran numerous 5K races. Survivors: his wife, Maureen; and his children, Matthew, Stephanie and Brian.

Rodrigo "Roddy" Magallanes Jr., MS '82 (electrical engineering), of Santa Clara, Calif., September 7, at 53, after a four-year battle with cancer. He was a successful electrical engineer as well as a professional drummer for 30 years. He took great pride in his children's accomplishments and had a great joy for life. Survivors: his wife, Rowena; his children, Jessica and Kendrick; three sisters; and three brothers.

Humanities and Sciences

Rubén Cobos, Gr. '51 (romantic languages), of Albuquerque, N.M., November 22, 2010, at 99. He was a professor emeritus at the U. of New Mexico, where he taught for four decades until 1976. As a teenager, he began documenting the regional variations of spoken Spanish, and he eventually became a linguistic and folklore scholar whose best-known works include A Dictionary of New Mexico & Southern Colorado Spanish. The Rubén Cobos Collection of Spanish New Mexican Folklore is a 2,000-piece sound archive stored at the Library of Congress, the Colorado College library and other libraries. Survivors: His wife of 54 years, Elvira; his children, Renee Rosenberg and Rubén; and two grandchildren.

Irma Peggy Moses Bieley, MA '53 (economics), of Aventura, Fla., November 15, 2011, at 82. She was the only female graduate student in economics at Stanford during her studies and went on to pursue doctoral work at Columbia U. She served on the boards of Temple Beth Am in Miami and the Public Systems Agency, and she was named Health Citizen of the Year by the Health Services Administration. Survivors: her children, Lily McCausland and Harlan; and two grandchildren.

Allen Edward Koenig, MA '62 (speech and drama), of Dublin, Ohio, August 28, at 73. He served as president and professor of mass communication of Emerson College and president of Chapman U. before co-founding the Registry for College and University Presidents in 1992. He also worked for 19 years with the executive search firm R.H. Perry & Associates, where he was head of the higher education practice and conducted hundreds of presidential and interim placements. Survivors: his wife, Judy; his children, Wendy, Jody Koenig Kellas and Mark; and two grandchildren.

Anne Catherine Dillon, PhD '93 (chemistry), of Boulder, Colo., September 8, at 46. She spent her career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She collaborated with scientists around the world and enjoyed mentoring young women in science. She loved all animals and was an avid runner and cyclist, completing the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race twice. Survivors: her husband, Richard Mirin; and her mother, Marjorie.


Anthony Preble Brown, JD '52, of Pacific Grove, Calif., July 21, at 85, of natural causes. He served in the Navy during World War II. After law school he joined Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, where he spent his career focused on civil litigation and retired as a senior partner in 1996. He enjoyed golf and bridge, and after moving to Pacific Grove he was a docent and trustee at the Monterey Museum of Art. Survivors: his wife, Marilyn; five children; 11 grandchildren; and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

Donald B. Jarvis, JD '52, of San Francisco, July 15, at 83. He served in the Air Force reserves. His career in law included work as an administrative law judge with the California Public Utilities Commission as well as for the U.S. Department of Labor. He enjoyed collecting and polishing stones and making jewelry, and he also raised exotic plants. He was passionate about birds, especially hummingbirds, and cats. He was predeceased by his son, Brian. Survivors: his wife, Rosalind; his children, Nancie and Joanne; and a granddaughter.

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