Obituaries - November/December 2006

November/December 2006

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Obituaries - November/December 2006

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James I. Ball, of Cupertino, July 9, at 83, of complications from a fall. He was a pediatrician in Palo Alto for 50 years and a clinical professor at Stanford from 1956 to 1990, when he became an adjunct professor emeritus. He earned his bachelor’s degree at DePauw U. and his medical degree at Northwestern U., and served as a flight surgeon in the Army Air Corps. He continued his practice until 1996. His wife, Dolores, died in 1992. Survivors: one daughter, Joan Granucci; and two grandchildren.

Jerome W. Bettman, of Woodside, July 7, at 97. He was an ophthalmologist who taught at Stanford’s Medical School, and was internationally renowned for his work in defining medical ethics and promoting education in the field. After his medical residency at Stanford, he ran a private practice for 30 years while also teaching at Stanford, UCSF and, later, California Pacific Medical Center. In the 1960s, he founded the ophthalmology department at CPMC, which he ran until his retirement. After retiring, he continued teaching, helped create the ethics program for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and wrote several books on the topic. He was honored several times by national and regional professional associations for distinguished service, and until a month before his death, still attended rounds at Stanford Hospital. His wife of 65 years, Amy Herz, died in 2000. Survivors: one daughter, Jean Dana; one son, Jerome Jr.; five grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters.

Alexander L. George, August 16, at 86, of a stroke. He was the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, emeritus, and was known internationally for his pioneering work in political psychology and foreign policy. He earned his PhD in political science at the U. of Chicago. He was a research analyst in the Federal Communications Commission from 1942 to 1944 and served as a civil affairs officer in postwar Germany from 1945 to 1948. He taught at the U. of Chicago and the American U. in Washington, D.C., and from 1948 to 1968 was a specialist on the study of decision making and international relations at the RAND Corporation. He became director of the social science department at RAND before joining Stanford’s faculty in 1968. After retiring from Stanford, he was a distinguished fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. He published seminal articles on the impact of cognitive beliefs on an individual’s political behavior and on the role of stress in decision making. He also innovated the use of case studies as a basis for building theories of political behavior, especially in the areas of Cold War foreign policy. He and his wife, Juliette, were authors of Woodrow Wilson and Colonel House, regarded as one of the best psychological biographies ever written. He authored other books, most recently One Foreign Policy: Unfinished Business. In 1975, he was awarded the Bancroft Prize for American History and Diplomacy for Deterrence in American Foreign Policy. He was also awarded the MacArthur Prize in 1983 and the Johan Skytte Prize in 1998. In 1997, he was given the National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War. Survivors: his wife; one daughter, Mary Douglass; one son, Lee; and two grandchildren.

Raymond D. Giraud, of Palo Alto, June 17, at 85, of cancer. He taught French literature at Stanford. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York in 1941 and served in the Army during World War II. He then earned a master’s degree from the U. of Chicago in 1949 and a PhD from Yale in 1954. After teaching for several years at Yale, he joined Stanford’s French and Italian faculty in 1958 and retired in 1986. He published The Unheroic Hero in the Novels of Stendhal, Balzac and Flaubert in 1957. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1961 and was decorated by the French Academy as a Chevalier, Ordre des Palmes Academique in 1967. A human rights and animal rights activist, he was a member of the board of directors of the Palo Alto Humane Society and co-director of education for the In Defense of Animals organization from 1990 until his death. In 1999, he and his wife, Lise, were named humanitarians of the year by the Marin (Calif.) Humane Society. In 2000, he was a representative of the International
Coalition of International Observers, whose members observed 152 polling stations in Haiti. Survivors: his wife; one brother; and two sisters.

David M. Kaplan, June 1, at 87. He was the former head of the clinical social work division at the School of Medicine and founding director of what is now the Stanford Faculty and Staff Help Center. He earned his PhD from the U. of Minnesota in 1961 and joined Stanford in 1967. In 1977 he founded the Stanford Help Center to help faculty and staff cope with life’s stresses. The center offered short-term, confidential counseling for job stress, relationship issues, parent-child concerns, alcohol and drug abuse, grief, loss and retirement issues. Stanford was one of the first universities to offer such a program to faculty and staff. The program expanded from the medical school to serve all of the University’s staff and faculty. He was director of the center for five years until his retirement in 1982. He was also head of the division of clinical social work in the department of family, community and preventive medicine from 1967 until the division was absorbed into Stanford Hospital in 1981. From 1982 to 1985 he was professor emeritus of medicine. His first wife, Nadia, died in 1992. Survivors: his wife, Barbara; one daughter, Deborah; and one son, Alexander.

Charles H. “Tom” Sawyer, of Los Angeles, June 20, at 91, of Alzheimer’s disease. His research was influential in the development of the birth control pill and the treatment of infertility. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1937 at Middlebury College, did a fellowship at Cambridge U. and then earned a PhD in zoology from Yale in 1941. He taught at Stanford and Duke before joining UCLA’s faculty in 1951 as a professor of neurobiology in the School of Medicine. His research in neuroendocrinology helped scientists understand how the brain controls the secretion of hormones from the pituitary gland and how that mechanism in turn affects reproductive functions. Survivors: his wife, Ruth; one daughter, Joan Steffan, ’76; and two grandsons.


Elizabeth Annefeldt Cameron, ’29 (psychology), of Adams, Neb., May 31, at 98. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve U. in 1931 and was a child welfare director in Kauai and the island of Hawaii. She served as president of the Columbus, Neb., League of Women voters and had leadership roles in several civic organizations. Survivors: her husband, Allen; one son, Allen E.; one daughter, Emily; and one grandson.

Lawrence Henry Prager, ’29 (economics), of San Mateo, July 14, at 99. He worked in municipal finance at Bank of America and served as president of the San Francisco Bond Club. He was a docent at Filoli, where he was a founding member of the bandana brigade, and he was former director of the California Heritage Council. He was a member of historical and gardening organizations and raised prize-winning bonsai. His wife of 68 years, Francese, predeceased him. Survivors: three sons, Lawrence W., Allan, ’65, and Thomas; and four grandchildren, including Alice, ’98.


Arnold Manor, ’31 (preclinical medical sciences), MD ’35, of Carmel, Calif., June 2, at 96. He was the first specialist in obstetrics and gynecology on the Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula. During his 52-year career, he delivered more than 7,500 babies. He served as chair of the Community Hospital building committee and became chair of the hospital’s finance committee in 1961. He held many other leadership positions in the hospital, including serving as chief of staff. He was involved with numerous community organizations, including serving as board chair of the Monterey Urban Renewal Agency, the MPUSD School Board, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Carmel Music Society, the Monterey County Symphony, the Devereux Foundation, the Gateway Center of Monterey County and Monterey Peninsula Junior College, which under his tenure became a four-year college. His daughter, Marjorie, predeceased him. Survivors: his wife, Dorothy; one daughter, Susan Blair; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ugo Joseph Pucci, ’33 (preclinical medical sciences), of Sacramento, July 11, at 94. He attended medical school at UC-San Francisco. An Army captain in World War II, he earned a Purple Heart. He was a family doctor in Sacramento for 50 years, retiring in 1991 to care for his wife of 54 years, Ruth Brody. She died in 1992. Survivors: three daughters, Sandra Wells, Susan Pucci-Walker and Katherine Schneider; eight grandsons; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Vincent Paul Dole Jr., ’34 (mathematics), of New York, August 1, at 93. He and his second wife, Marie Nyswander, did studies establishing the effect of the drug methadone on the cravings of heroin addicts. He earned his medical degree from Harvard in 1939 and did an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller U.) as an assistant in kidney research. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant commander with the Naval Medical Research Unit at the Rockefeller Institute’s hospital. In 1947, he was named an associate member of the institute and in 1951, he was made a full member. When the institute became a graduate university in 1955, he was appointed a professor. In the mid-1960s, he began studying the biology of addiction. He and Marie tested methadone on heroin addicts and proved it to be an effective treatment for many, helping them lead normal lives. According to Rockefeller U., today more than a half-million people are on methadone maintenance. Marie died in 1986. Survivors: his third wife, Margaret MacMillan Cool; two sons, Vincent and Bruce; one daughter, Susan; one stepson, John Cool; three stepdaughters, Ellen Kwait, Mary Lee Gupta and Adrienne Cool; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Jack Howe Wyatt, ’34 (chemistry), Engr. ’35, of Sacramento, June 14, at 93. He was a chemist for the California State Department of Agriculture before working as a civil engineer for the State Department of Water Resources. At age 62, he retired. Survivors: his wife, Helen; one daughter, Mary Downton; one son, Peter; and three granddaughters.

Clarence Herbert “Bud” Griffin, ’35 (general engineering), of St. Helena, Calif., April 28, at 93. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He worked as a petroleum geologist for Shell Oil before joining Wasatch Oil and then Phillips Petroleum. He later worked for R.L. Manning Drilling Contractors before establishing his own firm, C.H. Griffin Engineering Services, providing consultation to numerous oil and gas drilling companies. He was active in professional and religious organizations. Survivors: his wife, Mary; two sons, D. Michael and Robert; four grandchildren; and one sister.

Austin Hurlbut “Pete” Peck Jr., ’35 (political science), JD ’38, of Santa Barbara, Calif., September 12, at 92. He was a member of the soccer team and of Zeta Psi fraternity. After graduating, he served as the deputy commissioner of corporations for the State of California. Later, he was one of the earliest partners at Latham and Watkins in Los Angeles. His career there spanned more than five decades, and he chronicled those years in a history of the firm, Bold Beginnings. He was active in many professional organizations, including serving on the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner’s Advisory Group and as chair of the State Bar of California Tax Committee. He was involved in numerous philanthropic efforts, including serving as board member of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Calif. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean (Albertson, ’36); his second wife, Janice Galloway; and a daughter, Julie Peck Fleming, ’63. Survivors: his wife, Carolyn; two daughters, Lisa Lindelef, ’72, JD ’88, and Francesca, ’65; and one granddaughter.

Rhoda Manning Wood, ’35, MA ’37, PhD ’41 (mathematics), of Lafayette, La., June 22, at 93. She taught mathematics at Oregon State U. for 14 years, as well as briefly at Stanford and the U. of Southwestern Louisiana. She authored the textbook Trigonometry with Applications, and wrote numerous journal articles on advanced mathematics. Her husband of over 40 years, William, died in 1996. Survivors: a stepson, Lincoln; and one brother, professor emeritus Laurence Manning, ’44, MS ’47, PhD ’49.

Margery Ann Bowen Gal, ’37 (English), of Iowa City, Iowa, July 13, at 90. During World War II, she served as a Red Cross worker, and later pursued graduate studies in social work in Chicago. Upon moving to Iowa City in 1961, she was a social worker at the U. of Iowa Hospital and then the Hospital School. She retired in 1980. Her husband, E.M., predeceased her. Survivors: two daughters, Helen Duer and Gladys McKenzie; one son, Robert; and five grandchildren.

Robert Frederick Gauger, ’37 (chemistry), of Porterville, Calif., February 5, at 91. He was a member of the Band and the men’s gymnastics team. He worked as a chemical engineer for Standard Oil for 35 years and served as director and president of Pioneer Water Irrigation Co. for 18 years. After retiring, he was a citrus farmer for 20 years. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Mona; one son, John; one daughter, Edith Reimers; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

George Armand Ditz Jr., ’38 (social science/social thought), of San Francisco, June 8, at 89. He was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity and the men’s soccer team. He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1940 and served as a Naval officer during World War II. In 1949, he and his brother, John, ’42, formed Ditz Bros., which acquired the Caterpillar and John Deere tractor distributorship in San Jose. In 1953, they established Ditz-Crane Homes. The company grew to be one of the largest premier homebuilding companies in the western United States, producing more than 30,000 residences in California and Arizona. In 1970, Ditz-Crane was sold to McKesson Corporation. He became president of the McKesson property group and in 1975, he was named a director of McKesson Corp and president of McKesson Chemical Company, positions he held until his retirement in 1982. He was active in civic organizations, including serving as trustee of the California Historical Society, chair of the board of trustees of the California Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, co-chair of the United San Francisco Republican Finance Committee and trustee emeritus at Menlo School and College. He received the Distinguished Citizen Award in 1964 from the City of San Jose. He was a member of many social organizations. Survivors: his wife of 61 years, Lorraine; two daughters, Diane Stauffer and Lorraine McCarthy, ’70; three sons, George III, William and David; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Lee Spencer Sharp, ’38 (general engineering), MBA ’40, of Peoria, Ill., July 18, at 89. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. From 1940 to 1971 he worked for United States Steel in the Columbia, Consolidated Western, Columbia-Geneva and American Bridge divisions. From 1971 to 1982 he was employed by Keystone Steel & Wire, last serving as chief industrial engineer. Upon retiring, he was an industrial engineering consultant. He served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers in 1963. Survivors: his wife, Gail; one son, Douglas; one daughter, Adrienne; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Ysabel “Billie” Fisk Rennie, ’39, MA ’41 (history), of Rocky Hill, Conn., July 19, at 88. She pursued further graduate studies at Radcliffe College. She served as an intelligence analyst in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and then as a Latin American specialist at the State Department. Along with her husband, Robert, she authored a column on economics in the Washington Post. Also with her husband, she served as co-chair of Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaign in Ohio in 1956 and as state chair of John Kennedy’s campaign in 1960. She was a recipient of the Ohio Governor’s Award in 1972. She authored two works of nonfiction, The Argentine Republic and The Search for Criminal Man, as well as two novels, The Blue Chip and Kingside. In retirement she was active in civic organizations. Robert predeceased her. Survivors: two sons, Eric and Mark; two daughters, Ann and Alice; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Phillip W. Zonne, ’40 (general engineering), of Irvine, Calif., at 88. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and a member of the men’s basketball team. He worked as an engineer at Northrop Corporation during World War II and later founded his own firm, American Electronics. Upon retiring at age 60, he turned full time to artwork. His largest commissioned bronze sculpture was of basketball teammate Hank Luisetti, ’38. The piece was installed near Stanford’s Maples Pavilion in 1987. Survivors: his wife, Ginny; one daughter, Chris Loker, ’72, MBA ’78; one son, Rick; and one grandson.

John G. Pierce, ’41, MA ’42, PhD ’44 (chemistry), of Cambria, Calif., May 15. He served in the Navy and did postdoctoral work at Cornell Medical College. He joined the faculty at UCLA’s School of Medicine and was a member of the biochemistry department from 1953 to 1984. He served as chair of the department from 1979 until his retirement. His research focused on the structure and function of the pituitary gland. He received several awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships. After retiring, he was a docent and curator at the Morro Bay (Calif.) State Park Museum of Natural History. Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth; four children; and six grandchildren.

Eugene L. “Jim” Stockwell Jr., ’41 (social science/social thought), of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., June 26, at 86. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He served as an Army lieutenant during World War II. In 1948 he began practicing law. In 1958 he started his own firm in Los Angeles, specializing in workmen’s compensation defense. Today the firm is known as Stockwell, Harris, Widom, Woolverton and Muehl and has eight offices throughout California. During his career, he consulted with California governors Reagan and Deukmeijian regarding workmen’s compensations issues. He started the Wilshire Little League and served on the Board of Directors for the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Jane; two sons, Gene and Jim; four grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren.

Robert Stewart Odell Jr., ’42, JD ’56, of Palo Alto, July 14, at 86. He was a member of Sigma Nu/Beta Chi fraternity and served as an Army captain during World War II. He worked in the hotel business, overseeing renovations to numerous hotels, including the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. After earning his law degree, he opened a private practice in addition to serving as legal counsel for Wadsworth Publishing Company from 1969 to 1983. His wife of 46 years, Ruth (Kasch, ’48), died in 1994. Survivors: two sons, Timothy and Joshua; one daughter, Helen Morland; and six grandchildren.

Donald M. Jonte, ’43 (biological sciences), MD ’46, of Orinda, Calif., February 10, at 84, of kidney cancer. He was an anesthesiologist at Providence Hospital in Oakland before retirement. Survivors: his wife, Doris Ann; six daughters, Diane Jonte-Pace, Joyce Ryan, Donna, Janet, Julie and JoAnn; and eight grandchildren.

John P. Wonder, ’43, MA ’48 (Spanish), PhD ’53 (romantic languages), of Walnut Creek, Calif., May 5, at 84. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He served in the  military during World War II. After teaching at the U. of Arizona and Cal State-Los Angeles, he joined the faculty of the U. of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. He was a Spanish professor and served for many years as chair of the modern languages department. He was appointed director of the Center for International Programs in 1979 and also served as director of the Binational Centers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He authored several Spanish texts and served as the linguistics editor of the journal Hispania. 

Donald Aspinall Allan, ’44 (social science/social thought), of Woodside, Calif., August 2, at 83, of cancer. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and wrote for the Chaparral. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II and spent 10 months as a prisoner of war in German camps, escaping twice. His service earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts and three Air Medals. He was a reporter for the New York Times until 1952, when he left to join the CIA. He worked part time for the United Press International news service in Rome while awaiting spy assignments. In 1956, he was accused of stabbing an Italian journalist. The stabbing was ruled a crime of passion, and he was released from prison. Upon returning to the United States, he wrote scripts for CBS. Later, he worked as an editor for the North American Newspaper Alliance and served as reporter and managing editor for the now-defunct Reporter magazine from 1960 to 1968. He was foreign editor of the Saturday Evening Post from 1969 to 1971 and worked part time as Gourmet magazine’s restaurant columnist. In 1972 he was appointed director of information for UNICEF’s Middle East region and, later, for the European region and the East African region. In 1983, he became director of information and education for what is now known as the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. He retired in the mid-1990s. Survivors: his wife, Dominika von Zahn Allan; three daughters, Eve Baldwin, Catherine Allan Grady and Diana Allan Brown; three sons, Scovill, David and Peter; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Marie Ernestine “Mimi” Koefod Berdan, ’44 (social science/social thought), MA ’50 (Latin American studies), of Santa Barbara, Calif., June 16, at 82. She served in the U.S. Naval Hospital Corps during World War II. After completing her master’s, she entered the U.S. Foreign Service and was stationed at the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, for three years. She worked in broadcasting in San Francisco for Voice of America and later was involved in several charitable and political organizations. Her second husband, John, died in 1986. Survivors: one son, Patrick Lloyd-Butler Jr.; two daughters, Clare Pelton and Mary Lloyd-Butler; nine grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. 

Robert H. Reinhart, ’44 (biological sciences), of Menlo Park, March 17, at 84. He graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and served aboard tankers before transferring to the Naval Submarine Service during World War II. He worked at SRI International for 30 years, retiring in 1986 as the senior design engineer in charge of all building design for the company’s facilities. His wife of 52 years, Elizabeth (Kirkbride, ’48), died May 20 (see obituary below). Survivors include two sons, Mark and Rodger; one daughter, Ann; and seven grandchildren.

Charles Henry “Jack” Nealis, ’45 (biological sciences), MD ’49, of Los Altos, August 2, at 82. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and served as a medical doctor in the Air Force during World War II. He worked as a general surgeon, primarily at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, retiring in the early 1990s as chief of surgery. His wife of 48 years, Claire, died in 1998. Survivors: two sons, Robert and Craig; one daughter, Kathryn; and four grandchildren.

Edgar A. Luce Jr., ’46 (undergraduate law), JD ’48, of San Diego, May 8, at 81. He was a member of Chi Psi fraternity and of the men’s track and field team. He was a lawyer for Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, the firm his grandfather started. He became a partner in 1955 and was managing partner from 1978 to 1983, retiring in 1996. He competed in the Senior Olympics in the 1990s and was a member of the San Diego Senior Olympics board. For more than 35 years, he managed or coached teams in the Presidio Little League. A field was named for him and Little League District 32 presented him with an award for 25 years of service to the youth of San Diego. He served as vice president and director of the San Diego Bar Association and did pro bono legal work for many Southern California organizations. He also served as an arbitrator and mediator for several organizations. A board member of Stanford’s Buck/Cardinal Club, he was awarded the Stanford Associates’ Governors’ Award in 1989 and presented with a Stanford alumni 50-year service pin in 1999. Survivors: his wife, Barbara (Remy, ’46); three daughters, Constance Luce Jubb, ’71, MA ’73, Jennifer, ’76, and Deborah; one son, Edgar III, ’73; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one sister, Sylvia Heitzmann, ’51; and one brother, Gordon, ’50, MBA ’52.

Edward Charles Hall, ’48 (economics), of Watsonville, Calif., May 24, at 80. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and of the baseball team. He was a partner in the local real estate and insurance firm Kane Hall Palmtag for 37 years. He was a member of the Watsonville City Council from 1960 to 1971 and served four years as vice mayor. He was chair of the Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission and foreman of the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury in 1977-1978. He was the Watsonville Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 1981. President of several professional and civic organizations, he served 29 years as a reserve lieutenant with the Watsonville Fire Department. Survivors: his wife of 54 years, Jere Ann (Smith, ’55); two daughters, Molly Stampher and Susan Weeden; four grandchildren; and two sisters.

Elizabeth L. “Betty” Kirkbride Reinhart, ’48 (psychology), of Menlo Park, May 20, at 80. She was a family property manager and volunteer for several civic, educational and historical organizations. Her husband, Robert, died on March 17 (see obituary above). Survivors: two sons, Mark and Rodger; one daughter, Ann; seven grandchildren; and one brother.

Katharine “Kitty” Knight Royal Cate, ’49 (Latin American studies), of Tucson, Ariz., June 6, at 78, of esophageal cancer. She worked for the U.S. State Department as secretary-translator at the American Embassy in Rio de Janeiro before becoming a shortwave announcer in Spanish and Portuguese (under the professional name Katarina Real) for KGEI’s University of the Air, broadcasting from Redwood City to Latin America. She later developed a lecture and dance program called Around Brazil on the Musical Folkways, which she presented to women’s clubs and fraternal organizations in the Bay Area. After earning her master’s degree in cultural anthropology and folklore at the U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1960, she was awarded several research grants to do field work on folk and dance traditions in Brazil. She was chosen secretary general of the Pernambuco State Folklore Commission and was elected Citizen of Recife by the municipal legislature in 1967 for her work in preserving regional cultural traditions. She served as president of the San Diego Bibliophile Society. In Santa Fe, N.M., she was a research associate for the Museum of International Folk Art, to which she donated a large portion of her personal art collection. She authored two books under the name Katarina Real, O Folclore no Carnaval do Recife and Eudes, O Rei do Maracatu. Survivors include her husband, Robert; and a sister.

James H. Crooker, ’49 (speech and drama), of Thousand Oaks, Calif., August 7, at 80, of cancer. He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He owned Beach City Chevrolet. He played in more Bob Hope Chrysler Classic golf tournaments than anyone, participating every year from 1960 to 2005. In 1998, he was inducted into a Hall of Honor reserved for those important to the Hope tournament’s history. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; and two daughters, Debra Brown and Caryn Murphy, ’74.


William Bernard Driscoll, ’50 (English), of Medford, Ore., June 11, at 81, of pancreatic cancer. He served in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star. For 30 years, he owned an advertising agency, William Driscoll and Associates, Inc., and worked on advertising campaigns for new homes in Santa Clara (Calif.) County. He was a marketing consultant for the housing industry for Bank of America and the City of San Jose, and received numerous marketing awards. After retiring in 1990, he presented the Sunday Morning Classical Program on Jefferson Public Radio on the Southern Oregon U. campus and was active in several civic organizations. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Barbara; three sons, Michael, Steven and Thomas; three daughters, Margaret, Kathleen and Theresa; five grandsons; and three sisters.

Gordon C. Luce, ’50 (social science/social thought), MBA ’52, of San Diego, August 21, at 80, of Parkinson’s disease. He served in the Army during World War II and received a Bronze Star. He operated a retail ice cream outlet and then worked in banking for Home Federal before meeting Ronald Reagan and heading Reagan’s gubernatorial campaign in San Diego County in 1966. He served as state secretary of business and transportation during Reagan’s governership. He returned to San Diego in 1969 and joined San Diego Federal, which in 1978 was the most profitable savings and loan in the nation. It became Great American in 1983 and he retired in 1990. He served in 1974 as state GOP chair. He was elected to seven Republican national conventions. He was appointed to Ronald Reagan’s presidential commission on housing and became a delegate to the U.N. Assembly. During the 1980s he served as president of the San Diego Museum of Art board of trustees and as chair of the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation board of trustees. The San Diego Chamber of Commerce acknowledged his civic commitment in 1979 with the first Spirit of San Diego award. Survivors: his wife, Karon; one daughter, Kelly; two sons, Randall and Andrew; five grandchildren; and one sister.

Milton Hugh Williams, ’50 (psychology), of Arden Hills, Minn., June 1, at 85, of complications from emphysema. He served in the Navy and earned his PhD from the U. of Nebraska. In 1954, he joined the firm now known as RHR International as a certified consulting psychologist. In 1963, he was put in charge of the new RHR branch in Minneapolis. He began teaching and volunteer counseling in the 1970s. Survivors: his wife, Mary Audrey “Zelda” Whitmore Westgate; one son, Robert; one daughter, Sue Anne; four stepdaughters, Maureen, Joan, Deb and Julie; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Gordon Marion Minor, ’51 (education), of Ukiah, Calif., October 8, 2005, at 90. He completed his education at San Francisco State U. A musician, he played first trumpet in the big band era with the likes of Griff Williams and Russ Morgan. He worked as an elementary school principal in Oakland for 22 years and owned a lodge in Homewood at Lake Tahoe. He gave music lessons and organized music programs in retirement and continued to play trumpet until age 89. Survivors: his wife of 69 years, Rowena; three daughters, Charlene Light, Carolyn Candy and Barbara; and three grandchildren.

Max Drydell Rothe, ’51 (civil engineering), of Davis, Calif., July 7, at 80, of complications resulting from pulmonary fibrosis. He served in the Marines and earned a master’s degree from UC-Berkeley and a PhD from UC-Davis. He worked for Caltrans for 33 years, focusing on traffic safety and highway design, and was involved in legislation that created roadside rests. He led the development of the California Department of Transportation library and was a member of several community and veteran organizations, including serving as founding director of Suicide Prevention of Davis. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Roberta; two sons, Mark and Deric; one daughter, Teresa Tardiff; six grandchildren; and two brothers.

Hal L. Coskey, ’52 (undergraduate law), JD ’54, of Beverly Hills, Calif., July 29, at 75, of myelodysplasia. He maintained a private law practice as well as serving as a pro bono mediator and a judge pro tem for the local bar associations. He was a member of several professional organizations and served on numerous civic and religious boards of directors and committees. Most recently, he was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institution of Religion and chair of the Advisory Board for the HUC School of Communal Service. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Rhea; three daughters, Laurie, Susan and Eileen; five grandsons; and three stepgranchildren.

Helen Kessel McCrary, ’52 (communication), of Stockton, Calif., May 14, at 75, of leukemia. She was staff editor of the Stanford Daily and editor of the junior class paper. For 16 years she taught in the adult education division of the Stockton Unified School District. She was a volunteer for many arts organizations and was in 1980 the first recipient of the Stockton Top Arts Recognition award. She was president of Friends of Chamber Music of Stockton and of the Stanford Women of San Joaquin Valley. She was a member of Stanford Associates, a board member of Stockton Community Concerts Association and the Stockton Symphony League, and founded the Stockton-San Francisco Symphony Charter Bus Series. Survivors: her husband of 37 years, Robert; one stepdaughter, Margo; and one stepson, Byron.

Avard Wellington Brinton, ’54, MA ’56 (political science), of Pacific Grove, Calif., June 30, at 73. He earned a PhD in political science from Harvard. He worked for the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. State Department and the CIA before joining the Brinton family business, Brinton’s Home and Garden, in 1965. For 32 years, he served as buyer manager and then secretary treasurer on the board of directors. Survivors include one brother.

Dan Walter Heil, ’54 (civil engineering), of La Habra Heights, Calif., May 15, at 73, of leukemia. He served in the Army. He started an engineering firm, Willdan Associates, which later became known as the Willdan Group of Companies. He was president and CEO there. He was president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim. Survivors: his wife of 47 years, Linda; three sons, Ron, Gary and Doug; one daughter, Sandi Burnes; seven grandchildren; one brother; and one sister.

Joan Ann Houghtelin Kehne, ’54 (history), of Le Castellet, France, December 4, 2005, of cancer. Her husband, Dick, died January 27. Survivors: one son, Jay; one daughter, Allison Russell; three grandchildren; one sister; and one brother.

Donald Dale Jackson, ’57 (social science/social thought), of Newtown, Conn., February 23, at 70. He graduated from Columbia U.’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1958, and after serving in the military, worked for United Press International. He later worked for Life magazine, where he wrote the Lee Harvey Oswald cover story after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He was a contract writer for Smithsonian magazine and freelanced for a variety of magazines, including Reader’s Digest and Sports Illustrated. He wrote Judges in 1974 and Gold Dust in 1980, the latter of which won him the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for best non-fiction book. He
won several awards for coverage of civil rights, environmental studies, parole board and prison stories, and in 1965 was a Nieman Fellow. Survivors: his wife of 47 years, Darlene; one son, Dale; one daughter, Amy Ayala; five grandchildren; and one brother.

Johanna Boyle Kingrey Leh, ’57 (history), of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. She was a member of the women’s tennis team. She served as a volunteer at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo for 20 years. Survivors: her husband of 47 years, Marc Leh, ’53; one son, Marc; one daughter, Jennifer; three grandchildren; and one brother, Jim Boyle Jr., ’52, JD ’54.

Robert Fulton Carmody Jr., ’58, MA ’59 (political science), JD ’62, of Washington, D.C., June 10, at 69, of cancer. He worked for the Department of Defense and then as assistant director for program development for the Peace Corps. At the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, he spent 12 years in guaranteed student loans and grant compliance. He taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia and for two years at American U. In 1985 he retired from the federal government and worked for several law firms as well as teaching at the U. of Delaware, George Washington U.’s continuing education program, the U. of the District of Columbia and the General Services Administration. He published several texts for the Department of Defense and the GSA, retiring in 1994. He was a member of several social organizations. Survivors: two daughters, Joan Sharp Gupta and Susan Culman; one son, Michael; four grandchildren; and one sister.


Bill Borchert Larson, ’60 (mechanical engineering), of Dallas, Texas, July 28, at 67. He graduated from Lawrence U. and had a career in aviation, retiring as an airline captain. He was a member of many affinity organizations. 

Jeanette Karen Fong Long, ’65 (biological sciences), of New Orleans, December 5, 2005, at 61, of cancer. She was a docent at Audubon Canyon Ranch and participated in environmental and affinity organizations. Survivors: her husband, C.E., ’65; two sons, Michael and David; one grandson; one brother; and one sister.

Walter Frank Massey, ’66 (humanities), of Granite Bay, Calif., May 27, at 62. He was a member of the men’s soccer team and attended medical school at UC-San Francisco. Upon completing his residency, he started a private psychiatric practice in San Francisco. The practice continued in Granite Bay. Survivors: his wife, Gina; one daughter, Justine, ’10; one son, Carter; and two brothers, Gerald and Doug.

Jerome Dorn Peters, ’66 (history), of Magalia, Calif., March 11, at 61. Survivors include a sister, Polly.

Carole Lynn Koda, ’69 (psychology), of Nevada City, Calif., June 29, at 58, of cancer. She was a schoolteacher in Livingston, Calif., before joining the Livingston Community Clinic. She attended the UC-Davis Medical School certification program and became a physician’s assistant at the clinic while managing a working almond orchard. She was active in community and environmental affairs and published her family history, Homegrown: Thirteen Brothers and Sisters, A Century in America. Survivors: her husband, Gary Snyder; two daughters, Mika Reynolds and Robin Koda-Steffensen; her mother, Jean Koda; and one sister.


George Everett Brinkerhoff III, ’72 (humanities), of Pinehurst, N.C., May 9, at 55. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and earned an MBA at NYU. He worked for Paine Webber in New York and then Long Island, and later switched from brokerage to real estate. Survivors: his father, George II; and two brothers.

Richard Keith Petty, ’72 (biological sciences), of Palo Alto, June 16, at 55, of mantle cell lymphoma. He was a member of Sigma Nu/Beta Chi fraternity and attended medical school at Northwestern U. He began his family medicine practice in Hayward, Calif., and was a doctor for more than 28 years, serving as chief of staff at Eden Hospital and as president of the Eden medical staff. He was active in numerous religious organizations. Survivors: his wife, Christine, ’71; two daughters, Emma Addams, ’97, and Alice; one son, Samuel; two grandsons; two sisters, including Kaye Paugh, ’65; and
one brother.

Alexander Tseng Jr., ’73 (human biology), of Palo Alto, July 10, at 54, of brain cancer. He earned his medical degree at the U. of Chicago Pritzer School of Medicine in 1977 and completed his residency at UC-San Francisco. He worked in the General Medical Clinic at the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Medical Center until 1981 and completed a fellowship in medical oncology at Stanford before joining the research fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UCSF. He was an instructor of medicine and then an assistant professor of medicine at UCSF Medical Center, later serving as assistant research biochemist/research associate in the Cardiovascular Research Institute until 1991. He became an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center in 1990. He later worked at UCSF’s Head and Neck Oncology Clinic, where he was named clinic head. He was a staff physician at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital before establishing a private practice. He then joined the Southbay Oncology Hematology Partners in 1993, where he worked until he retired due to illness in 2004. He was named director of hospice of the Home Health Plus Agency of Santa Clara, chair of the Institutional Review Board and chair of the division of oncology of the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, and was a member of the board of directors for the Santa Clara County and the California Division of the American Cancer Society. The author of more than 20 manuscripts, he received numerous awards, including the Ambroglia Research Award, the American Cancer Society Career Development Award, and the Schaper and Brummer Award for Excellence in Medical Research. Survivors: his wife, Cynthia; two sons, Michael and Peter; one daughter, Jocelyn, ’08; his father, Alexander; his mother, Martha; one brother, Gregory, ’77; and one sister, Teresa, ’83. 

Michael Arthur Dornheim, ’75 (mathematics), of Los Angeles, June 3, at 51, in a car accident. He wrote for the Chaparral humor magazine. He worked as an engineer for Boeing on the 767 program analyzing wind shear. In 1984, he joined Aviation Week, writing about a broad range of subjects including experimental planes and space projects. He was well known at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for his coverage of Mars, Saturn and other space explorations. He served there as Los Angeles bureau chief and senior engineering editor. He was a three-time recipient of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s aerospace journalist of the year award and was a finalist for this year’s award at the time of his death. Survivors: his parents, Arthur and Charleen (Egan, ’41) Dornheim; and a brother.


Jane Vanneman Higdon, ’80 (human biology), of Eugene, Ore., May 31, at 47, of a bicycle collision with a logging truck. She earned a master’s degree in nursing at Pace U. in New York and worked as a nurse practitioner in New York and Oregon for several years. She earned a master’s degree in human performance and a PhD in nutrition at Oregon State U. and since 2000 has been a faculty research associate at the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU in Corvallis, Ore. She authored more than 50 articles and two texts on health benefits and intake recommendations of vitamins, minerals, foods and phytochemicals, and authored the Linus Pauling Institute’s Macronutrient Information Center website. She competed in seven Ironman competitions. She qualified for the Ironman championships in Hawaii twice, finishing in the top 10 in her age group internationally on her second attempt. Survivors include her husband, Tom Jefferson; her mother, Nancy; her father, Donald, ’54, PhD ’64; four sisters; and two brothers.

David Scott Morze, ’82 (political science), of Reno, Nev., July 4, at 45. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and of the football team. In his senior season he was named by Sports Illustrated as the College Defensive Player of the Week after logging 12 tackles, making an interception and recovering a fumble, leading Stanford to a victory over higher-ranked UCLA. After graduating, he played briefly for the Dallas Cowboys before pursuing business. He was a partner with the Northern California office of Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, where he was responsible for the development of office, industrial and research and development projects. He joined ProLogis as vice president in 1995. He later became senior vice president responsible for the market services group in the mid-Atlantic region and then was senior vice president of the ProLogis global services group. Survivors: his wife, Heather; his mother, Nancy; one sister; and one brother.


Shika Abui Addo, ’99 (history), of Minneapolis, Minn., April 18, at 29. She worked as a financial adviser at Ameriprise Financial and was a Red Cross volunteer. Survivors: her parents, Ferdinand and Kate; one sister; and one brother.


Guy William Grazier G’Sell, ’06 (physics), of Saline, Mich., July 13, at 22, of brain cancer. He graduated from Saline High School and at Stanford was a member of the Sixth Man Club. In 2005, he conducted marine research in the Pacific. Survivors: his father, William G’Sell; his mother, Kyle Grazier; two brothers; and one sister.


Eugene Ives Danaher, MBA ’45, PhD ’46 (business), of Tallahassee, Fla., April 15, at 82. An auto executive with General Motors Corp. (Fisher Body Division) for 33 years, he served as a plant manager of auto assembly plants in St. Louis and Framingham, Mass., before undertaking several senior executive positions at GM’s headquarters in Detroit. In retirement he was active in community and ethics organizations. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Betty (Kefauver, ’45, MA ’49); three sons, Eugene, ’70, Brian, ’71, and Scott; and four grandsons. 


Morton VandenBerghe, MA ’61, of Paso Robles, Calif., May 3, at 73. He was a teacher and coach in Northern California for 20 years. From 1970 to 1979 he taught at Homestead High School in Sunnyvale. Later, he worked in real estate and as a broker and developer throughout Central and Northern California. Survivors: his wife of 48 years, Becky; one daughter, Kathy Lee Christie; one son, Breck; four grandchildren; and two brothers, including Victor, MA ’71.

Kathleen A. Burson, MA ’01, of Woodside, June 22, at 60, of pancreatic cancer. She graduated from Sonoma State U. and had a master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College. At the time of her death, she was working on her PhD dissertation at Stanford. Originally a kindergarten teacher, she founded and directed the Learning Tree, a preschool in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Later, she directed De Anza College’s child development center, becoming dean of the department in 1987. During her tenure, the child development division received numerous grants for innovation, including the Safe Start grant from the National Center on Disease Control to address early intervention for violence prevention. Survivors: two daughters, Anne and Erin; her mother, Ardice Joy; and one sister.

Humanities and Sciences

Louis E. DeLanney, PhD ’40 (biological sciences), of San Jose, April 27. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UCLA. For 40 years he pursued teaching, administration and research, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and private sources. His research focused on transplantation immunity in unique inbred strains of Mexican salamanders and on an emergent transplantable strain-specific lymphosarcoma. He held a Ford Foundation faculty fellowship at Columbia U., and Carnegie Institution of Washington Fellowships and a NIH Special Fellowship to receive training in nuclear transplantation. He began work on Parkinson’s disease in 1981, and participated in research on mechanisms of aging, fetal cell transplantation and L-dopa-induced dyskinesias. He was professor emeritus at the Parkinson’s Institute. He published more than 60 manuscripts and book chapters on his work. Survivors include his wife, Nahid; one daughter, Maureen Pinto; and two stepsons, Behnam and Shahn Tabrizi.

Richard F. Crabbs, MA ’50, PhD ’60 (political science), of Washington, D.C., May 17, at 85, of coronary artery disease. He served in the Army during World War II and graduated from the U. of Denver. He was a faculty member at Indiana U. from 1955 to 1966, when he became dean of faculties at the American U. in Cairo, a position he held until 1973. He worked as executive associate of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a private organization that administers the government’s Fulbright Scholar program, until his retirement in the late 1970s. Survivors include a brother.

Howard Bruce Altman, MA ’66 (German studies), PhD ’72 (education), of Longwood, Fla., July 17, at 63, of cancer. He was professor emeritus at the U. of Louisville in Kentucky. He graduated from the U. of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1964 and taught at the U. of Florida before earning his PhD. In 1973, he became associate professor at the U. of Louisville, where he worked for 31 years. He was the youngest president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. He worked with teachers of English as a Second Language in Thailand, Egypt, Yugoslavia, East Germany and Italy through the U.S. Information Agency. He served on the board of directors of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education and founded and served as the first director of Louisville’s Center for Faculty and Staff Development. He was founder and executive director of Kentucky’s statewide faculty development consortium and retired in 2005.

James Warren Rote, PhD ’76 (biological sciences), of Carmel, Calif., July 13, at 66, of multiple sclerosis. He was a marine scientist credited with originating the ideas for establishing the Monterey (Calif.) Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Cal State-Monterey Bay. He graduated from Boston U. before serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He studied oceanography and marine science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, Calif. After earning his PhD, he was principal consultant to the state Assembly Office of Research from 1974 to 1976 and from 1990 to 1995, a consultant to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture from 1986 to 1990, and a principal consultant and project director for the ocean resources policy study of the state Assembly Office of Research from 1980 to 1986. He was director of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Habitat Protection from 1979 to 1980 and served as assistant secretary for resources at the California Resources Agency from 1976 to 1978. He helped establish the California Department of Fish and Game’s marine mammal center for treating seals, sea lions and sea otters injured by oil spills—the first of its kind in the nation. He was a founding member of Cal State-Monterey Bay’s faculty and resigned in 1997 due to illness. The university established the James W. Rote Distinguished Professorship of Science and Environmental Policy in his honor. Survivors: his wife, Robin; one daughter, Rachel Wahl; two granddaughters; his mother, Betty; one brother; and one sister.

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