Obituaries - December 2019

Faculty

James A. Fox, of Palo Alto, August 7, at 75, from complications of kidney failure. He was an associate professor of anthropology and specialized in historical linguistics and Native American languages. His research accomplishments include deciphering ancient Mayan texts and doing field research on indigenous and emerging pidgin languages in Mexico and Norway. He led nearly six dozen international trips through the Stanford Travel/Study program and received the 2016 Richard W. Lyman Award for his extraordinary service to alumni. He also was a Scoutmaster and led local congregations for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Survivors: his wife, Margaret; children, Hugh, Sharman, ’93, John, Rachel, Suzie and Kristine; and 13 grandchildren.

John W. Harbaugh, of Stanford, July 28, at 92, of natural causes. He was a professor emeritus of geological and environmental sciences. His research focused on developing applied computational methods in geology, and he also engaged in interdisciplinary work with botanists and archaeologists. He helped create an academic program in geomathematics and was a founding member of the International Association of Mathematical Geology. He mentored more than 40 graduate students and served as faculty athletic representative to the NCAA and Pac-8 Conference. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling, woodworking and tending to his historical Tudor-style home on campus. He was predeceased by his first wife of 34 years, Josephine. Survivors: his wife, Audrey Wegst; sons, Bob, ’74, Dwight, ’77, MS ’80, and Richard; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three siblings.

James P. Johnston, of Palo Alto, July 13, at 88. He was a professor of mechanical engineering and an authority on fluid dynamics. He was known as a gifted mentor to younger colleagues and 23 doctoral candidates. Over the course of his career, he published more than 70 articles and chaired the fluid mechanics committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was also an avid fly fisherman, outdoorsman and artist, who filled his home and office with watercolors of Western landscapes. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan. Survivors: his children, Susan Coote, Patricia Moore, John, ’88, Thomas and Anne; 13 grandchildren; and sister.

Calvin F. Quate, MS ’47, PhD ’50 (electrical engineering), of Menlo Park, July 6, at 95. He was the Leland T. Edwards Professor of Engineering, emeritus, and a professor of applied physics. He invented the scanning acoustic microscope, which could measure the internal structures of living cells. He also helped develop the atomic force microscope, which transformed nanotechnology by providing 3D images a thousand times more detailed than optical microscopes. He earned numerous professional accolades, including the National Medal of Science, the Kavli Prize and the Rank Prize for Opto-Electronics, as well as election to the National Academy of Engineering and Britain’s Royal Society. He also chaired the departments of electrical engineering and applied physics and served as associate dean in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy. Survivors: his wife of 23 years, Arnice Pearl Streit; daughters, Robin Rain, Rozwin Liera, Holly and Rhoda; stepchildren, Chris Guerrini, ’70, Carol Bauer and Richard Streit; three grandchildren, including Allison Rain, ’14; and three great-grandchildren.

Stanley L. Schrier, of Palo Alto, August 16, at 90. He was a professor of medicine and founding member of the hematology division, which he led for 27 years. He continued to research and treat patients until this year. He had earlier served in the military as a member of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, conducting research into treatments for Korean vivax malaria. At Stanford, he studied the biology of red blood cells and associated diseases. He also served as president of the American Society of Hematology. He was predeceased by his first wife, Peggy. Survivors: his wife, Barbara Klein; children, Rachel, ’77, Leslie and David, ’85, MS ’86; and two grandchildren, including Emilia, ’16.

James R. Trudell, PhD ’69 (chemistry), of Woodside, July 29, at 77, of complications from acute myeloid leukemia. He was a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. His research advanced the understanding of how anesthetics work and contributed to the discovery of better and safer anesthetics. He co-authored more than 170 articles and was still pursuing research at the time of his death. An accomplished athlete, he enjoyed rock-climbing, paragliding, running marathons, windsurfing, bicycling and sailing. Survivors: his wife, WeiQi Lin; and two siblings.


1930s

John Calvin Silliman, ’35 (engineering), Engr. ’37 (civil engineering), of Lynchburg, Va., January 30, 2018, at 104. He was a member of Sigma Chi. He designed warplanes for Douglas Aircraft and Northrup Aviation during World War II and later taught engineering classes to GI Bill beneficiaries at USC. After transitioning to civil engineering, he worked in Portland, Ore., and Honolulu. In retirement, he enjoyed golf, travel and visiting the High Sierra. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Jane, and brother, Julian, ’30, Engr. ’32. Survivors: his children, Patricia Gowen and Richard; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


1940s

John Day Horrall, ’43 (communication), of La Cañada, Calif., January 5, at 97. He was editor of the Stanford Daily and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After graduation, he served in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy. He worked as a reporter and editor in the Bay Area, then entered the field of public relations in Southern California and ultimately started his own firm. He was an avid golfer, tennis player, and art collector and a lifelong fan of Stanford sports. He was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Barbara. Survivors: his daughters, Kathy Danaher, ’72, and Mary Miller, ’75; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Margaret Frances Robertson Honour, ’45 (psychology), of Springfield, Va., June 29, at 95, of breast cancer. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Catholic U. in 1975. She worked first for the Red Cross in Fort Lewis, Wash., then raised her children as a military spouse in many parts of the U.S. and in Korea, Puerto Rico and Taiwan. She was a social worker for Arlington County, Va., for over 30 years. In retirement, she served her community through the League of Women Voters and pursued interests in writing and literature. She was also an elder and provided counseling services for Hope Lutheran Church. She was predeceased by her former husband, Charles. Survivors: her children, Charles III, Elizabeth and Robert; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother.

Olga May Wier Hedden, ’46 (sociology), of San Mateo, June 10, at 95. 

Barbara Helen Lee Abshier, ’48 (nursing), of Balboa Island, Calif., March 25, at 92. As a student she enjoyed folk dancing at Roble Gym. She found fulfillment in church life wherever her family moved for husband’s career in the petroleum industry, including Taft, Calif., Vanderbilt, Tex., Denver and Fullerton, Calif. In recent decades, she was also active in PEO. She especially enjoyed travel adventures with family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, TJ. Survivors: her sons, Stan, ’77, and Tom.

Jacqueline Appel, ’49 (Spanish), of Bakersfield, Calif., July 8, at 91. She earned a master’s degree in education from Fresno State in 1964 and taught at Bakersfield College until 1983. Her many interests included camping, opera, ballet, travel, bridge, volunteering at the Kern County Library and showing border terriers and Boston terriers.

Robert James Benson, ’49 (communication), of Modesto, Calif., June 23, at 91. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi. After working as a journalist, he joined the family consumer and agricultural products business, J.S. West & Co., where he spent 64 years and rose to become president and chairman of the board. He was an avid sailor and a passionate bird cataloger for the Audubon Society. He was a fan of Stanford football and women’s basketball and enjoyed traveling the world on Stanford Travel/Study tours. He was predeceased by his first wife, Anne (Wear, ’51), and second wife, Yvonne Conway. Survivors: his children, Eric, Jill, Chris and Lee; and three grandchildren.

Stuart Bruce Elliott, ’49, MS ’51, PhD ’60 (physics), of Palo Alto, May 4, at 91, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was a member of the gymnastics team, marching band and the Hoedowners folk dance group. He met his future wife at a folk dance in Roble Gym, and when she traveled to Germany as a Stanford exchange student, he followed and they were married in Frankfurt. He taught at Kenyon College and then Occidental College from 1960 until his retirement. He continued to pursue his interest in music and dance with his wife, and they served together on the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee. Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Lyn (Hutton, Gr. ’54); children, Steve and ClClaire, MS ’84; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Carter, ’55.


1950s

Marjorie May Sampson Apperson, ’50 (communication), of Mount Shasta, Calif., June 28, at 90. She was editor of the Stanford Daily. She spent a long career as the editor and publisher of the Mount Shasta Herald. She was the first woman named to the board of directors and the executive committee of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and she was recognized for her efforts to promote freedom of information. In retirement, she served on the city council, the Chamber of Commerce, as mayor and as a member of the Siskiyou County grand jury. She also developed a passion for piloting gliders and single-engine planes. She was predeceased by her former husband, Orbell, ’48. Survivors: her children, Virginia Dietzman, April Farrell and John; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and three siblings.

Constance Fish Arnosti, ’50 (education), of St. Paul, Minn., December 6, 2018, at 90, after a brief illness. She taught elementary school, then moved to Milwaukee, where she raised her children. She and her husband later purchased an industrial distributorship, Northwestern Brewers Supply. After a visit to Switzerland, she learned German and French, established a Swiss branch of the family business and found a second home in Basel. She enjoyed canoeing, bicycling, gardening and nature, and she worked to accomplish peace as an active member of Beyond War, a global peace initiative founded by Stanford professors, and the Society of Friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Anton, ’50. Survivors: her children, Nancy, Donald, David and Carol; and 10 grandchildren.

Harleigh T. Knott, ’50 (history), of Morro Bay, Calif., March 2, at 90. Her three loves were art, ancient history and opera. She was a civilian employee at the Pentagon and then at the U.S. Embassy in London. She returned to Stanford to direct a student residence for a year, worked in Australia and then became a secretarial administrator for the cardiology department at Stanford Medical School. She traveled widely, especially in the Middle East, and pursued her broad and numerous interests by supporting the Wagner Society, Morro Bay Historical Society, Laguna Art Museum, Monterey Museum of Art and many other causes.

Roy A. Long, ’50 (electrical engineering), of Palo Alto, January 12, at 93, of congestive heart failure. He served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. He brought his expertise and love of music to Stanford, where he designed the acoustics for the Dinkelspiel Theater. Some of his band and orchestra recordings are archived at the university. He spent 40 years as a research engineer at SRI, where he helped track signals from Sputnik 1 and designed instruments for the Pioneer and Mariner missions. He was a fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and an enthusiastic pilot and restorer of classic Porsches. Survivors: his wife, Anna Viragh-Long.

James Kent Longley, ’50 (civil engineering), of Boulder City, Nev., April 10, at 93. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a general contractor in the family business in the Las Vegas area. He was active in his church choir, Rotary and Boy Scouts, who honored him with a Silver Beaver Award. He loved music, theater, photography, adventure, piloting long-distance flights and outdoor activities. His travels covered much of the U.S. as well as Africa and Europe, including a self-guided canal boat trip in France. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Mary, and his son Vance. Survivors: his children Lynn Longley Meyer, ’73, John and Laurie; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, Ted, ’50.

Sterling S. Clayton, ’51 (undergraduate law), JD ’53, of Long Beach, Calif., August 14, at 92. He served in the Army. He practiced law for 40 years, including a term as president of Kilpatrick, Clayton, Meyer & Madden. He also served in leadership roles for the local and state bar associations. He was an avid golfer and served on the boards of several country clubs. He was a founding member of the Long Beach City College Foundation and served as a board member, president and trustee. He was predeceased by his first wife, Legia (Langan, ’53). Survivors: his wife, Geraldine; sons, Scott and Mark; seven stepchildren; two granddaughters; and five siblings.

Daniel Devor, ’51 (chemistry), MA ’56 (physiology), of Riverside, Calif., May 27, at 90, of heart disease. He earned his MD at USC and was a general and vascular surgeon. He worked at Kaiser Permanente for 25 years and was chief of surgery at Kaiser Anaheim. Survivors: his wife, Nina; daughter; two stepchildren; and four grandchildren.

Hiram Stokes Dillin, ’51 (civil engineering), JD ’58, of Roseville, Calif., June 21, at 89, of cerebrovascular disease and vascular dementia. He was editor of the Stanford Law Review. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. In civilian life, he was a lawyer in private practice in Sacramento. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and taking an active role in the local schools and in his children’s activities. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Patricia. Survivors: his children, Lauri Balbi, Mark, Kim Blakeslee and Lisa Yount; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Louise Justine Burrill Ebeling Geraci, ’51 (economics), MA ’63 (education), of Medford, Ore., April 17, at 89. After graduation, she traveled the world working for Pan Am. She later earned an EdD from USC and a JD from Golden Gate U. As an educator, she was a high school teacher, principal and superintendent, a lecturer at San Francisco State and an assistant professor at Ohio U. In her legal career, she was a law librarian, law clerk and assistant prosecutor in Meigs County, Ohio. She also received grants from the National Science Foundation to support research on economics and on race relations. She was honored with awards for her professional and community service activities and served as the Class of ’51 Class Notes correspondent from 1997 to 2017. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, ’44, MD ’47. Survivors: her children, Kathryn Pelkey and Douglas Ebeling; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister.

John A. “Jak” Kirtland, ’51 (electrical engineering), of San Jose, April 22, at 90, of congestive heart failure. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi. After graduation, he was commissioned in the Navy’s civil engineering corps. He served two years on active duty during the Korean War and 30 additional years in the reserves. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and served his community through Rotary and as a volunteer at the Tech Museum of Innovation. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Betty; sons, John, ’78, MBA ’89, and Steven; and two grandchildren.

George Lewis Cowgill, ’52 (physics), of Tempe, Ariz., July 31, 2018, at 88. He earned an MS from Iowa State, then shifted fields to anthropology, completing a master’s degree at the U. of Chicago and PhD at Harvard. In his first academic appointment, he taught archeology at Brandeis. In 1990, he moved to Arizona State. His research focused on population anthropology and the Mayan civilization, especially at Teotihuacan. In his numerous published articles, he developed quantitative and systematic approaches to archeology. He was predeceased by his wife of eight years, Cynthia Wild. Survivors include his niece.

Richard Haynes Leonard, ’52 (economics), of Portland, Ore., February 13, at 88, of complications from pneumonia. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and the football team. He served in the Army Reserve during the Korean War. He spent 30 years in the retail industry in Portland, including terms as vice president of Spouse-Reitz and chair of the Oregon Retail Council. In retirement, he purchased and operated a custom cabinet business with his son Chris. He was predeceased by his son Peter. Survivors: his wife of 66 years, Delight (Kolar, ’53); his children Chip, Chris, ’81, and Libby Leonard Pugel, ’85; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Jane Arbuthnott Graham Lesh, ’53, of Castro Valley, Calif., January 19, at 86. Motherhood and a young family did not hinder her from graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College. She later earned a master’s degree in library science from SUNY-Geneseo, worked as a librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart School in San Francisco and was the founder and first president of Bay Area Independent School Librarians. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael. Survivors: her three children; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Noel H. de Nevers, ’54 (chemical engineering), of Salt Lake City, January 4, at 86. He wrote for the Chaparral. He earned a PhD in chemical engineering at the U. of Michigan and was a professor of chemical engineering at the U. of Utah from 1963 to 2002. He worked for Chevron Research Co. from 1958 to 1963 and for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1971 to 1972. His textbooks and research focused on air pollution control and energy policy. In 2016 he published a nonfiction work, The Kolob Tragedy: The Lost Tale of a Canyoneering Calamity. He discovered and named Private Arch in Arches National Park. Survivors: his wife, Klancy (Clark, ’55); children, Clark, Nanette Epstein and Renée, ’82; and seven grandchildren.

Henry McArthur Duque, ’54 (political science), of Claremont, Calif., May 24, at 87. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. Before he began his banking career, he served three years in the Marine Corps. He worked first at Union Bank and then for 23 years as vice president of Western Federal Savings & Loan. In his later career, he worked at California Federal, Trust Services of America and Leftcourt Group. In public service, as a commissioner for the California Public Utilities Commission from 1995 to 2003, he used his gift for listening and finding fair and equitable solutions to protect California’s resources. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Judy. Survivors: his children, Adrienne Duque Cook, ’83, Carolyn, Sue and Rick; six grandchildren; and two sisters.

Robert Woolston “Bob” Jurgensen, ’54 (economics), of Solvang, Calif., June 21, at 87, of lung cancer. He was a member of Sigma Nu and ROTC and served in the Army after graduation. He earned an MBA from Pepperdine and joined the family business, a chain of gourmet grocery stores. After 20 years and serving as president, he shifted fields to teach and coach at Dunn School in Solvang. He supported community and charitable institutions, particularly the Solvang Festival Theater and PCPA Foundation, as well as the local Christian Science Church. He was an avid fan of the Dodgers, jazz, cooking, golf and Hawaiian vacations. Survivors: his wife of 66 years, Jan (Altick, ’54); children, Ken, ’77, Doug, Lynn and Neil; four grandchildren; and three siblings.

Peter Welham Brickell Trueblood, ’54 (international relations), of London, June 29, at 86, of bladder cancer. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. After two years of Army service in Frankfurt, Germany, he began a career with Bank of America in San Francisco. Three years later he moved to Amsterdam, followed by Antwerp, Belgium, and Manchester, England, before remaining as a credit supervisor in London. He spent the final 18 months before his retirement in Nairobi, Kenya. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy (Nicholson, ’54). Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth Yuill Trueblood, and three children.

Richard Thomas Breuner, ’55 (economics), of Bozeman, Mont., July 5, at 87. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi and Air Force ROTC. After graduation, he served in the Strategic Air Command on board a B-47 Stratojet. Following his military service, he joined his family’s furniture business, already a century old at the time. He imparted his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren while exploring the Sierras and Lake Tahoe Basin. He enjoyed fly-fishing on the Madison River, Hebgen Lake and Henry’s Fork, and he worked to restore access for migratory fish. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Janet; children, Richard, Elizabeth DePew, Jeanette, ’87, and Andrew; 10 grandchildren; great-grandchild; and sister, Clare Breuner Cummings, ’51.

Paul C. Randau, ’55 (geology), MD ’70, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., April 27, at 86, of a spine injury after a fall. He was a member of the Alpine Club and served in the Army. He earned a master’s degree in petroleum geology from the U. of Iowa and worked for Standard Oil, then switched fields to medicine, with additional training in emergency medicine at USC. He practiced for 35 years at Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. He was an avid outdoorsman, marathon runner, heli-skier and hiker. Survivors: his wife, Christine; children, Julie Carr, Kevin and Colin; and five grandchildren.

Richard John “Dick” Wylie, ’55 (political science), JD ’58, of San Jose, December 21, 2018, at 85. He was a member of Theta Chi and the football team. After working for the Legislative Counsel’s Office in Sacramento and as an assistant district attorney for Contra Costa County, he went into private practice. He was president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and an executive board member of the California State Bar; he also helped found the San Jose law firm Wylie Leahy Blunt & McBride. He was active in Democratic Party politics and worked to promote equal rights and end school segregation. He enjoyed jazz and was a Stanford sports fanatic. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Karen (Cress, ’57); children, Pamela and Michael; and two grandsons. 

Merritt Lee Johnson, ’56 (speech and drama), of Corona del Mar, Calif., in March, at 84, from complications of pneumonia. He was a member of Chi Psi. He was one of the first FM DJs and spent his early career in radio, both on the air and as a station manager. He later shifted to fund-raising, spending three decades with the United Way, during which time he helped launch United Way of Orange County and served as its executive director and president. In retirement, he pursued his love of writing, videography, wildlife and mentoring. Survivors: his wife, Jeanne; children, Chris and Carolyn, ’88; four grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Johnson Sparks, Gr. ’53.

Jacqueline Rouse Shapiro, ’56 (history), of Grass Valley, Calif., July 27, at 85, of cancer. She was a member of the Hammer and Coffin Society, which founded the Chaparral. As a member of the Parapsychological Research Group, she pursued a lifelong interest in dream interpretation and researched the concept of the “wise old woman.” She was fond of the Sierras and especially Yosemite, where she worked as a student during summer breaks. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer, MS ’53. Survivors: her children, Margaret Handley and Grant Handley; and three granddaughters.

George Edwin “Ed” Truitt, ’56 (chemical engineering), MBA ’61, of Los Altos, August 30, at 83, of pancreatic cancer. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and NROTC and served in the Navy. He spent more than 30 years at Hewlett-Packard as a manufacturing agent, then worked for National Semiconductor and as a consultant. He enjoyed tennis, gardening, travel, the mountains, serving in his local church and as a Boy Scout leader. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Sally (Thompson, ’56, MA ’57); children, Kenneth, ’82, Lisa, ’83, and Kristen; and five grandchildren, including Julia, ’18, and Nicole Jehl, ’23.

Alan Stanley Creason, ’57, MS ’58, Engr. ’60 (electrical engineering), of Bellevue, Wash., December 30, 2018, at 83, of bladder cancer. He was an engineering manager for Boeing and worked in the company’s aerospace division for more than 30 years. He enjoyed traveling and pursuing his talents and interests, including studying Japanese and maintaining a 1962 Lincoln Continental convertible. Survivors: his wife, Karel; children, Charles, Jennifer, Alyssa Wilson and Sabrina; two grandchildren; and two sisters, including Patricia Creason Nobel, ’66, MA ’68.

Richard Lee Zieber, ’57 (civil engineering), of Santa Rosa, Calif., June 18, at 83. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and served in the Navy. He worked on the construction of the Stanford Linear Accelerator and continued his career as a civil engineer for the Sonoma County Water Agency. He enjoyed skiing, playing bridge and driving his Porsche Speedster. Survivors: his wife, Dorothy (Crow, MA ’64); sons, Thomas and Daniel; and two granddaughters.

John Bales Clark, ’58 (general engineering), LLB ’61, of Snowmass, Colo., June 4, at 83, of cancer. He played football and rugby, was a member of Delta Tau Delta and was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. As an attorney, mediator and arbitrator, he specialized in disputes arising from construction projects. He was most proud of his pro bono work in support of the California Mountain Lion Foundation, the Sierra Club and the Clean Water Act. He chaired the board of trustees of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and was an avid polo player. Survivors: his wife of 54 years, Susanne Vordenberg Clark; children, James Woolaway, Michael Woolaway, Scott Woolaway, John Clark, Oliver Clark and Robyn Clark Liotta; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, including Dwight, ’56, MA ’58.

Constance Ann Lobdell Graves, ’58, MA ’59 (education), of San Leandro, Calif., July 18, at 83, of lung cancer. She was on the tennis team. While raising her children in San Leandro, she was active with the Assumption School Mothers’ Club, where she taught first grade CCD and helped with the Girl Scouts. In later years she served in various ministries at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland. She volunteered for more than 25 years at the Friends of Fairmont Animal Shelter. She enjoyed traveling, playing tennis and hiking East Bay trails, and she loved See’s dark chocolate and cats. Survivors: her husband of 60 years, Larry, ’58; children, Carolyn, David, Jerry and Cathy; six grandchildren; and brother.

Thomas Nathan Williams, ’58 (speech and drama), of Redwood City, June 1, at 84, of natural causes. He was among the first African Americans to play football at Stanford. His early career included stints in advertising, education, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and United Airlines before discovering the executive search business. He started his own recruiting firm in 1972. He also founded a nonprofit to help minority coaches and athletic administrators. He remained involved with Stanford through the athletic and alumni association boards and as a mentor to black football players. He enjoyed a rich spiritual life through prayer, hearing daily mass and interacting with the Trappist community of New Clairvaux. Survivors: his wife of 54 years, Kathleen Carmody; children, Nora, ’88, Thomas Carmody, Gerard and Margaret; four grandchildren; and two sisters.

David Alfred Duncan, ’59 (chemical engineering), MBA ’65, of Hillsborough, Calif., June 14, at 82. After starting a career in manufacturing at Procter & Gamble, he found a new course as a security analyst for William D. Witter on Wall Street. He returned to the Bay Area to work as a money manager and co-founded the firm Duncan & Branson. He was an unwavering fan of Stanford football and also enjoyed handball, golf, bridge and travel to all parts of the world, but some of his fondest memories were summers at Stanford Sierra Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake. Survivors: his wife of nearly 53 years, Linda; daughter, Holly Rockwood; granddaughter; and sister, Marion Duncan Smith, ’59.

Conway Reid Rogers, ’59 (history), JD ’62, of Liberty Lake, Wash., May 22, at 80, of cholangiocarcinoma. He was a member of Kappa Sigma. After graduation, he served in Army counterintelligence. He began his civilian career with the New England Fish Co. and rose to president. With the President’s Committee on Food, he helped establish the current system for food nutritional labels, and he also worked to protect coastal waters from foreign fishing. In retirement he worked on urban renewal through the Commerce Department and local chambers of commerce. He especially enjoyed serving Meals on Wheels as a member of the board and volunteer driver. Survivors: his wife, Jeanne; children, Susan Renbold,  Alison Kirk, Katherine Porteus and John; stepchildren, Mark and Linda Moran; and brother, Douglas, ’54.


1960s

Helen Gail Miller Katz, ’61 (history), of Los Angeles, August 5, at 79, of a brain tumor. She studied overseas with Stanford in Germany, the first of many trips to get to know people and places around the globe. She later earned an MA in education from USC. She was devoted to advancing social justice and serving the Jewish community. She was the first female president of the Jewish Community Centers Association of Greater Los Angeles and an active member and leader of the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Progressive Jewish Alliance and Habonim Camp Gilboa. She supported fairness and justice for agricultural workers, hospitality workers and detained immigrants. Survivors: her husband of 58 years, Sidney; children, Morry, PhD ’98, Rebecca Katz-White, ’87, JD ’90, and Naomi; and six grandchildren.

Reid Pierre Condit, ’62 (English), of San Francisco, July 10, at 78. He referred to his time studying abroad in Germany as the highlight of his college experience. He later learned Serbo-Croatian in Monterey, Calif., and served in Army intelligence. He studied architecture at UC Berkeley and worked at Esherick, Homsey, Dodge and Davis. He was a lifelong supporter of gay rights and served on the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee. He never stopped working for the reopening of the city’s gay bathhouses following their closure in the 1980s.

Allan Henry Howe, ’63 (history), of Evanston, Ill., July 2, at 77. He was an active participant in the Wesleyan Foundation. After graduation, he was involved with Chicago youth services and was a community organizer for the civil rights movement. He received a master’s degree from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and then a PhD in Bible studies from Northwestern U. In association with Reba Place Fellowship, he was a house leader, social worker, peace and nuclear freeze movement leader and preschool board chairman. He was predeceased by his son James. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Jeanne; children Mark and Kathleen; eight grandchildren; sister, Marcia Howe Adams, JD ’78; and brother, Bruce, ’66.

James Ward “Jim” Johnson, ’63 (economics), of Kalispell, Mont., April 22. He earned a JD from the U. of Montana. He spent most of his legal career with the firm now known as Johnson, Berg and Saxby and focused on business and property law and estate planning. He also served as president of the Montana Bar Association. He filled leadership positions for the Great Falls school board, Optimists Club and Rotary Club and was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to Germany and Patagonia, hiking in Glacier National Park and restoring fast cars. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Myrna. Survivors: his children, Michael, Erika and TJ; seven grandchildren; and three siblings.

David B. Moon Jr., ’64 (political science), of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., July 23, at 78, of a spinal injury sustained while boogie boarding. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He earned a JD from UC San Diego. His legal career spanned more than 23 years as a trial judge, including his final position with the San Diego Superior Court. After retiring he led an independent mediation and arbitration practice and later joined the firm of Judicate West. He was known as a mentor to many in the San Diego legal community and for his love of guitar and fly-fishing. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Lynn; daughters, Courtney Keppler and Whitney; three grandchildren; and three siblings.

Marc Ivan Hayutin, ’65 (political science), of Los Angeles, June 11, at 75, of cancer. He earned a JD from Harvard. He began his career at Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp, then founded Hayutin, Rubinroit, Praw and Kupietsky before heading the real estate department for Sidley. He served his community as co-founder of Santa Monica Synagogue, board member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and chair of Skid Row Housing Trust. His most recent cause was supporting the Right to Try Act to allow terminally ill patients to try life-saving drugs prior to approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Survivors: his wife of 54 years, Stephanie; children, Amy Contreras and Matthew; four grandchildren; and three sisters.

Stephen Luke “Zoggo” Zegura, ’65 (anthropology), of Tucson, Ariz., May 26, at 75, of a heart attack. He was a member of the golf team and Alpha Tau Omega. He earned his PhD in human biology from the U. of Wisconsin, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. After a first job at New York U., he taught physical anthropology and human genetics for more than 40 years at the U. of Arizona. He published numerous research papers on human origins, genetics and evolution. He enjoyed golf, the opera and visits to the Bay Area. He felt particularly attached to Croatia, his father’s homeland, and maintained ties to his relatives there. Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth; children, Dan and Krista, ’10; two granddaughters; and brother.

Linda Lee LaBay Breeden, ’66 (history), of Piedmont, Calif., December 4, 2018, at 74, of breast cancer. She was a member of the swim team and studied abroad in Germany. She earned a JD from UC Hastings and worked for the Congressional Research Service and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. With the California Coastal Commission, she fought to prevent the expansion of oil drilling, preserve wetlands, protect agricultural preserves and improve public access. She volunteered for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisheries Associations. She was also an avid seamstress, music lover and cinephile. Survivors: her husband of 49 years, James, ’64, MD ’69; and daughters, Ellen and Katherine, MS ’13, PhD ’17.

Patricia Mary “Patti” Hanley, ’69 (English), of Los Angeles, August 19, at 71, of complications from surgery. She worked for a time at a salmon fishery in Alaska, lived on a kibbutz in Israel, studied in England, traveled to Russia, and worked as a legal researcher in the Bay Area and most recently as an internet research analyst in the entertainment industry. She was fascinated by languages and how words shifted meaning and usage across cultures and time. Survivors include her five siblings.

Francis A. Martin III, ’69 (communication), of San Francisco, June 29, at 75. He served in the Marines in Vietnam. His career in broadcast television lasted more than 30 years, including terms as manager of KRON-TV and president of Chronicle Broadcasting. He served on numerous corporate boards, including the Associated Press, Metrocall and Hibernia Bank. He especially loved the city of San Francisco and lived on Telegraph Hill for decades. Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth; sons, Francis IV and William; eight grandchildren; and four sisters, including Candyce, ’63, and Priscilla Martin Tamkin, ’71.


1970s

Randal Wayne Samstag, ’70 (political science), of Bainbridge Island, Wash., July 22, at 70, in a bicycle accident. After graduation, he volunteered in the design and construction of rural water projects in southern Mexico, then earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at UC Berkeley. Over the following four decades, he designed wastewater treatment plants throughout the United States and internationally. He continued to volunteer his services as a project manager in Ecuador and Nepal. He wrote more than 100 reports and 50 book chapters and actively supported the International Water Association. He also campaigned to reduce pollution from power plants in western Washington. Survivors: his wife, Gloria Sayler; former wife, Jeanette Alexander; daughter, Katherine; grandson; and sister.

Matthew Edwin Seaman, ’78 (biological sciences), of Yakima, Wash., March 28, at 62, following a struggle with depression. He ran track, sailed and was a member of Sigma Chi. His medical studies at Vanderbilt U. were followed by residencies in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Board certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine, he worked as an emergency room doctor in eastern Washington, where he also pursued his love of skiing. He was predeceased by his brother, Chris, ’76. Survivors: his wife, Linda; daughter, Heather; mother, Grace Rexroth Seaman, ’51; and brother David, ’82, MS ’83.


1980s

Andrea Crosby MacGillivray, ’85 (electrical engineering), of Boquerón, P.R., June 18, at 55. She was a member of Delta Gamma. She worked first for Hughes Aircraft, then earned a bilingual MBA from the U. of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain. In her later career in Barcelona and London, she worked for Rickett & Colman and CH Werfen and held executive positions with Johnson & Johnson, Hoffman La Roche, Bayer Health Care, Magellan Biosciences and Endo Pharmaceuticals. After retiring to Puerto Rico, she continued to mentor women engineers. She remained an avid runner throughout her life. Survivors include her three siblings.


Business

Lyman Stafford “Butch” Logan Jr., MBA ’62, of Sunnyvale, June 20, at 80. He was an entrepreneur in real estate, computing and finance. He helped create a real-time computerized tracking system for Southern Pacific Railroad and developed computer systems for cities and housing authorities. He enjoyed tennis with the Bay Area Tennis Society, dances with the Stanford Singles Club and singing bass in the Peninuslaires barbershop ensemble. Survivors include his brother and sister.

Raymond Edward Miles, PhD ’63, of El Cerrito, Calif., May 13, at 86. He was a pilot in the Air Force. His devoted nearly 50 years to UC Berkeley, where he was a professor of management, director of the Institute of Industrial Relations and dean. He was also an experienced world traveler, active athlete, avid sports fan and dedicated youth baseball coach. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Lucile. Survivors: his children, Laura, Grant and Kenneth; and seven grandchildren.


Education

Louanne Moloney Holland, MA ’58, of Kenilworth, Ill., July 11, at 83, after a lengthy illness. She taught high school for two years and then worked for the United Way for two years. As an early leader of the Chicago Foundation for Education, she devoted 33 years of volunteer service to assisting teachers. She was also president of the Junior League of Evanston. She enjoyed playing tennis and attending performances of the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera and the Goodman Theater. Survivors: her husband, Bill; children, Jeff, ’82, and Stacey; and six grandchildren, including Drew, ’17, and Kent, MBA ’16.

Donald Kenneth Sharpes, MA ’68, of Walnut Creek, Calif., August 23, at 84, of pancreatic cancer. He earned a PhD at Arizona State U. and then embarked on an academic career with many stops around the world. He taught at the U. of Maryland, Virginia Tech, U. of Maine, U. of Virginia, Utah State, Weber State and Arizona State; held Fulbrights in Malaysia, Cyprus and Denmark; worked for the Department of Education; and held visiting appointments in Great Britain, South Africa, China and the United Arab Emirates. He published numerous books, articles and chapters in the field of education. Survivors: his partner, Marie Lichauco, ’76.

Floyd Leon Paulson Jr., PhD ’69, of Portland, Ore., August 7, at 84, of cancer. He served in the Army and earned an MA from San Francisco State. As a program assessment specialist for Multnomah Education Service District, he addressed the needs of local schools and conducted research in educational psychology, focusing on the use of portfolios in education. Survivors: his wife of more than 50 years, Pearl (Roossinck, PhD ’72); two children; and two grandchildren.

Sally Jean Kilmer, PhD ’74, of Bowling Green, Ohio, March 9, at 83. She was a professor at Bowling Green State U., where she held a joint appointment in the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Education and Human Development. She was an active supporter of the League of Women Voters and National Association for the Education of Young Children. Her professional and personal interests allowed her to travel extensively and visit six continents. Survivors: her sister.


Engineering

Dean Stanley Shupe, MS ’61 (mechanical engineering), of Florence, Ky., May 21, at 81. He earned a PhD from MIT and spent most of his career at the U. of Cincinnati. His ability to explain difficult concepts gained him awards for teaching. His research focused on engineering economy and heat transfer. He was also a consultant on numerous public sector projects. He devoted time to his church and to his interests in theology, environmental protection and social justice. He was predeceased by his first wife, Alma. Survivors: his wife, Donna; daughters, Nancy Shupe Mathew and Ellen; stepdaughters, Amy Scott, Tracy Mann and Holly King; and 10 grandchildren.

Gregg Woodford Dixon, MS ’66, PhD ’70 (mechanical engineering), of Middlebury, Vt., June 24, at 76. He was a member of NROTC and met his wife at the Stanford overseas program in Tours, France. After serving in the Navy’s nuclear submarine program, he began his academic career at CSU-Northridge, including a term as department chair. He spent two sabbaticals in Vienna training weapons inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency. In 1993, he helped found the mechanical engineering department at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He was an avid marathoner and triathlete, advocate for bicyclists, youth sports coach, Sierra backpacking expedition leader and church choir member. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Valerie (Wilde, ’66); children, Christina, ’94, Mark, ’97, and Warren; and grandson.

David Edwin Dixon, MS ’77 (civil engineering), June 29, at 65, after a long battle with Huntington’s disease. He worked for nearly 20 years in project management for Brasfield & Gorrie and served as vice president and on the board of directors. He then led the family investment office and foundation. He served on numerous civic boards, including Children’s Harbor, Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation, U. of Alabama-Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Magic Moments and United Way. An endowed chair in pediatric gastroenterology at the U. of Alabama-Birmingham was named in his honor. He was a devoted Bible Study Fellowship participant, enjoyed running, golf and tennis, and summited Mount Kilimanjaro. He was predeceased by his son Bradford. Survivors: his wife of 41 years, Cristi; children Mark, Cannon and Alice; granddaughter; and sister.


Humanities and Sciences

Hubert Rene Halkin, MA ’62, PhD ’63 (mathematics), of Idyllwild, Calif., May 26, at 82, of heart failure. He worked for Bell Labs and then spent his academic career at UC San Diego, where he was department chair for seven years. His research was primarily in the field of mathematical control theory. He received a Guggenheim fellowship with visiting appointments at the U. of Louvain and the U. of Montreal. In retirement, he opened a gallery and restaurant. He also enjoyed rock climbing, cross-country skiing, snow camping, mountain biking, hang gliding and sailing. Survivors: his wife, Kathleen; children; Christopher and Sherrill; three stepchildren; two grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren.

Dexter George Morrill, MA ’62 (music), of Ithaca, N.Y., July 2, at 81, of progressive supranuclear palsy. He was a Ford Foundation Young Composer Fellow, taught at St. John’s U. and then earned his DMA from Cornell. He spent his academic career at Colgate U. and was Charles A. Dana Professor of Music emeritus. In addition to his work as a composer, he researched big band history and digital music synthesis. He received multiple composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and his works were performed in the U.S. and abroad. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Barbara; daughters; Allison Chatrchyan and Jennifer; and two grandchildren.

Byron Kenneth Beck, MA ’63 (history), of Rock Island, Ill., June 20, at 78. He taught history and comparative religion at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill. He was an avid researcher of family history and a choir member at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Survivors: his wife of 46 years, Dorothy White; and children, Amanda and Adam.

Craig Kendall Comstock, Gr. ’82, of Ashland, Ore., March 20, at 80. He co-directed the William James Center for Adult Development at the Wright Institute in Berkeley for five years. In his career as a writing coach, he helped authors give concrete form to the books they hoped to write. In retirement, he was host of a television talk show, wrote for the Huffington Post and other sites and completed a trilogy of books that explored aspects of gratitude, curiosity and social commentary. Survivors: his wife, Shoshanah Dubiner; and three siblings.

Kirby Walker, MA ’84 (communication), of San Francisco, August 4, at 62, after a protracted struggle with melanoma. She co-founded Omega Productions, a video production company. Her most recent documentary film, Toxic Hot Seat, was instrumental in changing a California law regulating flame-retardant carcinogens. San Francisco Firefighters honored her with a White Helmet, a civilian award for those who have made a difference to the health and welfare of firefighters. She also served on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Marin Country Day School, Summer Search and the Redford Center. She loved hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, camping and being in the mountains. Survivors: her husband of 37 years, Paul Danielsen; sons, Myles and Clay; father and stepmother, Brooks and Danielle; and two siblings.

Joanne Mary Lackner O’Donohue Pasotti, MA ’85 (communication), of Menlo Park, August 2, at 93. She was an administrative assistant at the Graduate School of Business before deciding to pursue a graduate degree of her own. She later taught creative writing at San Jose City College and for Palo Alto Adult Education. She also tutored children with special needs at the Catholic Worker House and enjoyed being actively involved with St. Raymond Catholic Church and St. Dennis’s parish. She was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph O’Donohue. Survivors: her husband of 28 years, Mike Pasotti; children, Patricia O’Donohue, James O’Donohue, Kathleen O’Donohue, Mary Salisbury, Kevin O’Donohue, MBA ’87, and Erin O’Donohue; stepdaughter, Pam Pasotti; 12 grandchildren, including Amelia O’Donohue, ’21, Catherine O’Donohue, ’21, and Juliana O’Donohue, ’18; and two great-granddaughters.

Francesca Marie Sundsten, MFA ’90, of Seattle, August 7, at 59, of complications from lymphoma. During her career as a painter, she was recognized with awards and grants from the Washington State Arts Commission, San Francisco Foundation, Ellie and John Stern Fellowship Fund and others. She taught at the Pratt Institute and Cornish College of the Arts. Her work was displayed in numerous solo exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Microsoft and the U. of Washington Medical Center. She also played bass for an art-punk band. Survivors: her husband, William Rieflin.

George Evans “G.E.” Light, PhD ’94 (English), of Starkville, Miss., June 18, at 55, of congestive heart and kidney failure. He was a KZSU DJ, an activity he continued in his academic career at Mississippi State with a weekly blues and jazz show. He researched early modern English literature, published in literary journals and wrote extensively about music. He coordinated “Casserole Kitchen,” providing meals for those in need by several Starkville churches, for which the organization was recognized with the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Community Faith-Based Service. He especially loved the mountains of his family home in North Carolina.


Law

Gordon M. Jacobs, JD ’60, of Sebastopol, Calif., July 28, at 84, of pancreatic cancer. He worked as a stockbroker in San Francisco and then started his own investment advising business. He enjoyed the arts, current events and travel. Survivors: his wife, Bärbel; daughters, Alexandra and Lisa; and two grandchildren.


Medicine

Thomas Rabwin Rykoff, MD ’60, of Beverly Hills, Calif., August 10, at 84. He interned in Los Angeles, but decided to follow his father into the wholesale grocery business, a career that allowed him to combine his love of good food with his business instincts. He was a fan of basketball, football and horse racing and completed the New York City marathon four times. Survivors: his wife, Sondra; son, Mark; two grandchildren; and two siblings, including Stephen, ’58, JD ’60.

Brian Austin Cason, MD ’78, of Redwood City, August 4, at 66, of ALS. He specialized in cardiac anesthesia and critical care medicine. He spent his career at UC San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was a professor of clinical anesthesiology and perioperative care and served for many years as chief of anesthesiology and vice chair of the department of anesthesiology and perioperative care. He also played classical and flamenco guitar and frequently appeared on stage in support of various Bay Area flamenco dance companies. Survivors: his spouse, Kathy; son, William; stepdaughters, Theresa and Mauren; three grandchildren; and stepmother, Lois Cason.