Obituaries — December 2020


Lucius J. Barker, of Stanford, June 21, at 92, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, emeritus. His pioneering work in political science included such books as Civil Liberties and the Constitution and African Americans and the Political System. He served terms as president of the American Political Science Association and National Conference of Black Political Scientists and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Maude. Survivors: his daughters, Tracey and Heidi; and two grandsons.

Gordon H. Bower, of Stanford, June 17, at 87. He was Albert Ray Lang Professor of Psychology, emeritus. He chose graduate study over a career in baseball. As an experimental and quantitative psychologist, he made fundamental contributions to associative and narrative memory, mental and mathematical models, and emotion-influenced cognition. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005, he was awarded the President’s National Medal of Science. Survivors: his wife, Sharon, MA ’72; children, Lori, Julia, ’86, and Anthony, ’84, PhD ’90; and five grandchildren, including Micah Wheat, ’22.

Richard A. Brody, of Palo Alto, May 11, at 90. He was professor emeritus of political science. His research focused on political persuasion, voting behavior and public opinion. He was the author or co-author of six books, one of which, Reasoning and Choice: Explorations in Political Psychology, won the Woodrow Wilson Prize for best book on government, politics or international affairs. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Survivors: his wife, Marjorie; three sons; and two grandsons.

Robert K. Jaedicke, of Cody, Wyo., May 24, at 91. He was Philip H. Knight Professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Business. He was the author of several books and numerous articles on accounting. As dean, he established 12 professorships, grew the endowment and raised millions to remodel the main building and to repair damage following the Loma Prieta earthquake. He was predeceased by his first wife of 38 years, Marilyn Gettman. Survivors: his wife of 28 years, Bette Hartman; children, Suzanne, Nancy Haglund, Carolyn Potts and Paul; stepdaughter, Robyn Fatooh; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Armin Dale Kaiser, of Stanford, June 5, at 92. He was Jack, Lulu and Sam Willson Professor of Biochemistry, emeritus. He helped found the field of molecular genetics, and his research paved the way for recombinant DNA technology, or gene splicing. He was the co-author of around 400 papers and received numerous awards for his work, including sharing the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Mary Durrell; and children, Jennifer Lee and Christopher.

Donald Armin Nagel, of Cupertino, Calif., May 24, at 91, from complications of a stroke. He was a professor and the chief of orthopedics at Stanford Medical School. He also treated patients at Santa Clara County Hospital and a clinic in Santa Cruz, performing more than 6,000 surgeries during his career. Through the Public Health Service, he treated patients in China and Afghanistan, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation in southern Arizona, and in Europe, South America and Australia. Survivors: his wife of almost 67 years, Patricia; children, Diana, ’77, Jai, Daniel and David; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Paul S. Seaver, of Palo Alto, August 1, at 88. He was professor emeritus of history. His research focused on religion and radicalism in the period from 1558 to 1649 and on the development of London’s urban culture and society. His study Wallington’s World: A Puritan Artisan in Seventeenth-Century London was a pioneering work of microhistory that was recognized with the British Council Prize in the Humanities. He directed the Program in Cultures, Ideas and Values from 1989 to 1997 and received both the Dean’s Award and Dinkelspiel Award for his teaching. Survivors: his wife, Kirsten; and children, Hannah and David, ’85.


George Ferdinand Schnack, ’39, MA ’40 (sociology), of Honolulu, February 21, at 102. He was a member of the tennis team, marching band and Alpha Sigma Phi. He studied law at Harvard, but after serving in World War II, he opted to earn an MD from Johns Hopkins. After further study of psychiatry, he returned to Hawaii to establish a private practice. He was a passionate world traveler, visiting six continents and more than 85 countries. He was predeceased by his first wife, Vlasta. Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Patricia; children, Leslie Maioho, Jacquelyn Schnack Curtis, ’79, Randall, Marjorie, Cynthia Lee and Carolyn; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.


Elizabeth Griffin Hampson, ’43 (political science), of San Francisco, May 29, at 97. She campaigned against sororities on campus. She raised her family in Massachusetts, California, Oregon and Paris, an experience that gave her a lasting love for all things French. She remained an avid reader, crossword puzzler and debater of current events. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred, ’43. Survivors: her children, Cuyler Kidney, Griffin, Dirk, Brooks and Blair; eight grandchildren; and sister.

Frederick Eugene Weybret, ’43 (economics), of Lodi, Calif., July 7, at 96. He was a member of Delta Chi. In World War II, he was the engineering officer on a Navy LST. He was owner and publisher of the award-winning Lodi News-Sentinel for more than 50 years and was named Publisher of the Year by the California Press Association in 1985. He also enjoyed fishing, skiing and leading horse pack trips to the Sierras. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Alcyon. Survivors: his sons, James and Martin; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Albert P. Behrens Jr., ’44 (economics), LLB ’48, of Santa Rosa, Calif., July 30, at 97. He served in the Army during World War II, earning two Bronze Battle Stars and spending three months as a prisoner of war. He practiced estate and trust law in Petaluma, Calif., where he started his own firm. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Betty Jane. Survivors: his daughters, Jean McChristian, Barbara Biddle and Susan Rowlands; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Behrens Greenway, ’40.

Charmian V. Kolar Hilleary, ’46 (political science), of Portola Valley, Calif., August 9, at 96. She was student body vice president and active in Cap and Gown. She was a volunteer and participant in the community life of Menlo Park and Atherton. She also enjoyed travel, visiting all seven continents, and walks with her golden retrievers. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 70 years, Lang, ’42, MBA ’44. Survivors: her children, Anne Gordon, Tom, David and Robert; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Margaret Anne Bubb Strick Jacques, ’47 (political science), of Redding, Conn., May 30, at 94, of colon cancer. She wrote for the Daily and was a member of Delta Gamma. She raised her family in Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Malaysia. She later worked at the Westport School of Music. She was predeceased by her first husband, Harry Strick, ’43; second husband, Ted Jacques; and son, Alan Strick. Survivors: her children Edith Strick Heideman, MA ’75, Don Strick, Kathleen Strick Spitzer, ’78, and Gordon Strick; and grandchildren, including Philip Spitzer, ’09, and Harry Spitzer, ’12.

Frank deMilt Hill, ’48 (basic medical sciences), MD ’52, of San Francisco, July 10, at 93. After interning at Johns Hopkins, he served as a medical officer on a Navy transport during the Korean War. He ran a private medical practice in San Francisco and later served as chief of staff at UCSF Children’s Hospital. In retirement, he established a beloved second home in the Cotswolds in southern England. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Janet. Survivors: his daughters, Janet Lavelle and Katie Wallerstein; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Marion Motzer Hovden, ’48 (biology), of San Francisco, July 6, at 92, of cancer. She earned a degree in dentistry and was in private practice for more than 30 years. She sought to be a role model for young women not only in her professional career but also as a Girl Scout leader. She also loved music and taught piano. Survivors: her husband of 69 years, Charles; children, Caren Morgan and Kenneth, ’78; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister.

Joan Trautman Crawford, ’49 (art), of Santa Barbara, Calif., June 10, at 93. She pursued a master’s degree in art at the U. of Missouri and continued to draw, paint and sculpt primarily figurative works. She was also a fan of contemporary architecture and collector of mid-century furniture. She was predeceased by her son, Bill. Survivors: her husband of 71 years, Bill; daughters, Sheridan Crawford Wolfe, ’74, and Susan Crawford Goggin; and seven grandchildren.

Louise Marjorie Anixter Steiner, ’49, of San Francisco, February 5, at 92. She was a volunteer for a variety of organizations and institutions. She enjoyed tennis and visits to Lake Tahoe and Palm Springs, but most of all loved spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Albert, and son Keith. Survivors: her children Linda Schuman, ’72, and Mark; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Boris Theodore Subbotin, ’49, MS ’50, Engr. ’52 (electrical engineering), of Tarzana, Calif., August 26, at 93. He was head hasher at Roble Hall. After earning a graduate degree at MIT, he returned to California and enjoyed a long career in aerospace engineering, primarily with Hughes Aircraft. He also enjoyed importing wine, gourmet cooking, foreign cars, backpacking with his family and bicycle rides throughout Europe. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Joy Boehme, ’50. Survivors: his children, Kyra, ’78, and Mark.


Joanne Louise Stenstrom Collins, ’50 (sociology), of San Rafael, Calif., May 26, at 92. An avid gardener, she was known as the “Rose Lady” for the vibrant array of blooms she planted, and she pioneered drip irrigation in her region. She also enjoyed hiking the trails of Lake Lagunitas, Mount Tam, Lake Tahoe and Europe. Survivors: her husband of 69 years, Don, ’50; children, Scott, Heidi Hodes and Sam; and four grandchildren.

Floyd Allen Fredrickson, ’50 (undergraduate law), LLB ’51, of Lake Oswego, Ore., November 20, 2018, at 91. He served in the Army. He was a member of the Oregon Bar Association for more than 50 years and argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964. He was active in the Swede-Finn Historical Society and also enjoyed skiing, golf, poker games and spending time along the Oregon Coast. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Marlene. Survivors: his children, Karen Emerson and Kent; and four grandsons.

Barry H. Sterling, ’50 (undergraduate law), JD ’52, of Sebastopol, Calif., July 26, at 90. He passed the bar exam, married and was inducted into the Army on the same weekend. After service with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, he practiced law in Los Angeles and then moved his family to France, where he first started thinking about making wine. Twelve years later, having returned to California, he opened Iron Horse Vineyards, among the first producers of sparkling wine in the state, on his 50th birthday. Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Audrey, ’54; children, Joy, Laurence and Terry; four grandchildren; and great-grandson.

Clark Camp Upton, ’50 (economics), of Aurora, Colo., April 13, at 91. He became a regional manager for an IBM subsidiary in Denver, but also worked in real estate and founded his own software company. He loved the mountains and weather of his adopted state, and served his community as a water and sanitation board member, city councilman, and club president and lieutenant governor of Kiwanis. Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Patricia; children, Suzanne, Jim, Dan and Maureen; seven grandchildren; and brother, Jim, Gr. ’68.

Marianne Reith Hatfield, ’51, of Porterville, Calif., July 14, at 90. She taught primary school for more than 35 years. She was also an award-winning 4-H leader and especially enjoyed raising, riding and showing Arabian horses. Survivors: her husband of 69 years, Dick; children, Phil, Jane Kisling and John; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

William Peter Slusser, ’51 (history), of New York City, June 26, at 91. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. After a Harvard MBA, he served in the Air Force at the Air Research and Development Command. He spent his career in investment banking, beginning with Dean Witter and ultimately founding and leading Slusser Associates. He also managed the family vineyards and ranch in Sonoma County. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Joanne (Briggs, ’50). Survivors: his children, Kathleen Mullen, ’77, Martin, ’79, MBA ’83, Wendelin, Caroline Converse and Sarah; 14 grandchildren, including Elizabeth Mullen Harrell, MBA ’11, Caroline Mullen, MBA ’12, Catherine Mullen Groot, MBA ’13, and Peter Mullen, ’12; and nine great-grandchildren.

John Field Foley, ’53 (political science), JD ’56, of Monte Sereno, Calif., January 4, at 88, of Parkinson’s disease. He practiced law in San Jose for more than 50 years. He served on the Monte Sereno City Council and two terms as mayor. He was also an active member of Los Gatos Rotary. Survivors: his wife, Shirley (Brancato, MA ’61); children, John and Marylee; and two grandsons.

Edward Shelton Henderson, ’53 (basic medical sciences), MD ’56, of Montecito, Calif., June 25, at 87. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the tennis team. As a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute and as chief of medicine at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, he contributed to experimental breakthroughs in the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma. In retirement, he served as a docent at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. He was predeceased by his son Peter. Survivors: his wife, Carolyn Humphrey Kincaid, ’53; children Emilie Ganter, Jacqueline Revsine, Nadine and John; and nine grandchildren.

Barbara A. Pullen Kuhn, ’53 (economics), of Mesa, Ariz., April 13, at 89. After working for Sunset magazine, she devoted herself to raising her family and serving her community, including through the Kearny, Ariz., chapter of PEO. Her husband of 64 years, Jack, passed away on April 16. Survivors: her sons, Thomas and Robert; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Richard M. Weismann, ’53 (political science), MBA ’59, of Carmel, Calif., July 12, at 88, of Parkinson’s disease. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and student body president. After a year of business school, he served in the Marine Corps before returning to complete his degree. He spent his career in the office products industry and retired as vice president of sales at Avery Denison. He was predeceased by his son, Douglas. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Joyce; daughter, Jane Hand; and three grandchildren.

Ole Rudolf Holsti, ’54, PhD ’62 (political science), of Salt Lake City, July 2, at 86, of lymphoma. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma and the soccer team. He was a decorated and widely published scholar of international affairs and American foreign policy who taught at Stanford, the U. of British Columbia and Duke. He was also an avid runner and completed 43 marathons. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann, and son, Eric. Survivors: his daughter, Maija; two grandsons; and brother, Kal, ’56, MA ’58, PhD ’61.

John Daniel Mullen, ’54 (psychology), of Bodega Bay, Calif., June 15, at 84, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was on the track team. He spent his career at Pacific Bell, including two years of active duty in the Navy. He was also director of his community fire board and enjoyed sailboat racing and attending performances of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the ballet and opera. He was predeceased by his son, Terence. Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Lorraine; daughters, Kathleen Dylina and Shari Tucker; and two grandchildren.

C. Grant Spaeth, ’54 (history), of Los Altos, July 28, at 88, of complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and the ’53 NCAA championship golf team. He earned his JD from Harvard, then returned to Palo Alto, where he practiced law and served on the city council. Later he was deputy secretary in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and president of the United States Golf Association. He was predeceased by his first wife, Judy (Bolender, ’53). Survivors: his wife, Lori; children, Charlie and Shelly; stepson, Steven Travis; and sister.

Lois Lee Sunnergren Ciapponi, ’55 (nursing), of Palo Alto, January 25, 2019, at 86. She spent her career as a nurse at Stanford Children’s Hospital. She was an avid square and ballroom dancer, a skilled seamstress and a talented chef. Survivors: her husband, Dick; sons, David and Steven; and two grandchildren.

Nancy Jane Laverty Harris, ’55 (social science/social thought), of Seattle. She was an accomplished photographer, a skilled cook and an avid collector of Native American art. She was especially fascinated by marine biology, and as an adept and certified scuba diver, enjoyed close encounters with humpback whales and whale sharks. Survivors: her husband, Ham, ’55; daughter, Cindy; and grandson.

Dorothy Roberta Taylor Miller, ’55 (nursing), of Fair Oaks, Calif., July 2, at 87. She spent her career in the medical field and served in many capacities in her congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She remained close to many of her nursing school classmates and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, and son Douglas. Survivors: her children David, Sarah Walton and Robert; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Audrey Elaine Bolstad Lary, ’56 (art), of Frederick, Md., July 30, at 86. She enjoyed making fabric-based art and nature-inspired crafts. In her 60s, she took up track and field and set 23 American and world age-group records, including eight still-unbeaten records. She was named USATF master field athlete of the year three times. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Jr. Survivors: her children, Debra Hallen and Ralph III; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Jane Leonard Helm Maddock, ’56 (English), of Salt Lake City, May 28, at 85, of COVID-19. After earning a master’s degree from the U. of Virginia in education and a PhD in English from the U. of Utah, she taught for 17 years at the U. of Montana Western. She was director of the American Studies program and was instrumental in establishing the honors program. Montana Western’s most prestigious service award was named in her honor. Survivors: her former spouse, Robert, ’56.

Robert Louis Santos, ’56, of Santa Rosa, Calif., June 20, at 85, of cancer. He earned his degree in dentistry from UCSF, then entered the Army and trained in oral surgery. He returned to UCSF to teach pediatric dentistry and was in private practice in the Bay Area. He also served on the state Dental Board of Examiners and was a president of Richmond, Calif., Rotary. He was predeceased by his first wife, of 37 years, Mary Lou. Survivors: his wife of 25 years, Julia; children, Lori, Lisa and Paul; and three grandchildren.

Bruce Bosworth Willats, ’56 (communication), of Laguna Beach, Calif., April 7, at 85, of myasthenia gravis. He was a member of Navy ROTC and served in the Marine Corps. After earning a master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary and a PhD in psychology from the Graduate Theological Union, he taught psychology and religion at Dominican U. in San Rafael, Calif. In a second career, he helped run the family business, the Laguna Riviera Beach Resort. He was also president of Laguna Beach Rotary. Survivors: his wife, Diane; children, Amy, Andy and Dave, ’86; seven grandchildren; and former wife, Marilyn (Beck, ’59).

William H. “Bill” Crookston, ’57 (economics), of Ventura, Calif., July 25, at 84. He was president of the Ax Society. He earned two master’s degrees from USC and a doctoral degree from Claremont Graduate School. He owned two manufacturing and marketing businesses, was widely active as a consultant, and lectured on marketing, management and entrepreneurship at USC and campuses of the California State University system. He also held leadership roles in numerous service organizations and Episcopal congregations. Survivors: his wife, Kathleen; five children; and 10 grandchildren.

Margot Kay Hamilton Miller, ’57 (international relations), of Palo Alto, June 2, at 84, of cancer. She was a member of Cap and Gown. She worked for TSI, a company that made reading instruments for the blind, and also for the Women’s Action Center. She was a gifted painter who enjoyed visiting art museums and galleries with friends and family. Survivors: her husband of more than 60 years, Thomas, ’54; children, Kathy Kelley and Matthew; three granddaughters; and six siblings. 

Carlene E. Johnson Kahn, ’58 (sociology), JD ’69, of Hillsborough, Calif., December 30, 2019, at 83. She worked in retail before returning to Stanford to earn a law degree. She practiced with Hannah and Brophy in San Francisco and in San Jose. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling within the United States and abroad. She was predeceased by her husband, Gary.

Peter B. Mansfield, ’58 (history), of Seattle, June 23, at 83, of leukemia. He was on the basketball team. He earned his MD at Harvard and studied the effects of electrical stimulation on the heart at the National Heart Institute. He was later chief of surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital and director of the heart center at Providence Hospital in Seattle. He was an avid fly fisherman. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Jackie; children, Todd, Brock, MBA ’95, and Sally Mansfield Martin, ’94; six grandchildren; and brother, Richard, ’56, JD ’58.

Carol Marie Whetstone Spencer, ’58 (English), of Hamilton, Mont., February 11, at 83. She was in the Gaieties. She had four careers, first as a United Airlines flight attendant, then as a librarian with the Dallas Public Library, next as a college admissions counselor at Santa Catalina School for Girls in Monterey, Calif., and finally as a real estate agent in Carmel-by-the-Sea. In retirement, she loved her log home in Montana, morning Bible studies and spending time with her family. Survivors: her husband of 57 years, Nick; children, Lisa, Nick Jr. and Alex; grandchildren; and sister, Lois Whetstone Abraham, ’55.

Warner Wheeler Henry, ’59 (economics), MBA ’63, of Pasadena, Calif., August 1, at 82. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and the soccer team. After serving in the Navy and then earning his MBA, he went to work for the family roofing products business and helped turn it into a nationwide brand. In 1985, he founded the Henry Wine Group to promote small and family-owned producers he believed made the world’s best wines. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Los Angeles Opera and many of the city’s other fine arts institutions. Survivors: his wife, Carol (Fagan, ’61, MA ’62); children, Will, ’88, Katie Henry Gray, ’90, MBA ’00, and Mike; and nine grandchildren, including Marguerite Gray, ’21.


Phil Alden Stohr, ’60 (political science), of Sacramento, Calif., July 17, at 82. He was a member of Kappa Alpha and in the second group of students at Stanford’s overseas program in Beutelsbach. He returned to Germany while pursuing his LLB from UC Berkeley to research Germany’s legal aid at the University of Heidelberg. He spent his legal career at Downey Brand Seymour and Rohwer. His avocation was landscape photography, practiced on numerous travels and camping trips. His other passion was classical music, and he delighted in the musical talents of his grandchildren. Survivors: his wife, Jan Cave; sons, Mark and Brad; and two grandchildren.

James Frank Cowart, ’61 (education), of Carnation, Wash., July 3, at 82, of constrictive pericarditis. He was on the baseball team. Soon after he started teaching physical education, he began adapting games and constructing equipment so that physically disabled students could participate. He provided a major initial impetus for the field of adapted physical education and published widely on the topic. In retirement, he volunteered with Wheels for the World as a mechanic, delivering and fitting wheelchairs for the impoverished. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Ann; children, Karen and Jim; and four grandchildren, including Christina Smith, ’16.

Theodore William “Ted” Graham, ’61 (undergraduate law), LLB ’63, of Temecula, Calif., October 3, 2019, at 80, of complications from diabetes. He began his legal career in San Diego with Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps, and he later joined other firms, including Dewey & LeBoeuf and Paul Hastings. He played an active role in municipal government, but his favorite activities were hunting and fishing on the Bighorn River in Montana and hiking in the Bitterroot Mountains. Survivors: his sons, Todd and Philip; and grandson.

Burton N. Kendall, ’62 (physics), of San Francisco, June 22, at 79, after a struggle with ALS. He earned his PhD in high energy particle physics from Brown U. After teaching at UC Santa Barbara, he returned to the Bay Area and worked for a series of technology companies, ultimately retiring from Qualcomm in 2015. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling widely, attending the symphony, and volunteering with the Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences. Survivors: his wife of 41 years, Sally Towse; children, James, Anne Arl and Sam; and three grandchildren.

Harry H. “Skip” Lawrence, ’62 (biology), of Carmichael, Calif., March 18, at 80. He was a member of the baseball team and Sigma Chi. He earned his dental degree from UCSF and began his dental career in the Army. After his military service, he practiced for 32 years in Sacramento. He served in leadership and board roles for Rotary, the California Automobile Museum, Sacramento Blood Source Board and Sacramento County Health Council. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kelly. Survivors: his wife, Cookie.

Everett Kennedy “Ken” Weedin Jr., ’62 (English), of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., November 23, 2019, at 78. He earned his PhD at Cornell and then taught English at Vassar for more than four decades until retiring in 2011. He was a member of the Dutchess County branch of Literacy Volunteers of America and a volunteer with the Mid-Hudson Valley AIDS Task Force. 

Roger Eugene Garriott, ’66 (electrical engineering), of Fountain Valley, Calif., May 16, at 76. He earned his MBA from Brigham Young U., then worked for several corporations before starting his own business. He enjoyed camping, working with his hands and in the yard, and spending time with his family. Survivors: his wife, Diane; children, Michelle Jordan, Jonathan, Melissa Smith and David.

Kent Reed Douglass, ’67 (psychology), of Denver, August 29, at 75, of Lewy body dementia. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He earned his JD from the U. of Colorado. After serving in the Army, he passed the Montana state bar exam and built a log home in Paradise Valley to be close to mountains, hiking and fly-fishing. He retired from Swandal, Douglass & Gilbert in 2001. He was also a director of the Park County Economic Development Corp. and served as a vestry member, lay reader and lay eucharistic minister in his Episcopalian congregation. Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth; daughters, Jennifer and Anne; two grandchildren; and brother.

William Avery “Bill” Thompson, ’68 (psychology), of Long Beach, Calif., June 21, at 73, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. For more than 35 years, he was rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, then the first bishop of the Diocese of Western Anglicans. He was also a licensed pilot, played the banjo and mandolin, and ran in the Catalina trail marathon 29 times. Survivors: his wife, Claudia; children, Matthew, ’94, Christopher and Betsy; and sister.


Richard Wellington “Jack” Lasater II, ’70 (political science), of Los Angeles, August 19, at 71, of multiple myeloma. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta, the football team and a three-time national champion rugby team. He earned his JD from UC Hastings and practiced business law, specializing in transactional and securities law. He was also an avid fly fisherman, quail hunter, and golfer and enjoyed spending time at his family cabin in the Sierras. Survivors: his wife of 36 years, Patty; children, Maura Gegenwarth, Nick, Molly and Kate Orr; mother, Mary; five granddaughters; and three siblings.

Suzanne Esther Rich Davidovac, ’71 (nursing), of Temecula, Calif., April 20, at 72, of Erdheim-Chester disease. After working in the ICU at Stanford Hospital and in public health in San Diego, she earned a master’s degree in teaching and taught high school in Illinois and England, where she lived with her family for 14 years. She was an advocate of global human rights, a climate control proponent and an active member of Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors: her husband, Bogoljub, MS ’71, MBA ’73; and sons, Paul and Nicholas.

Nathan Alan Harris, ’72 (biology), of West Boylston, Mass., May 24, at 70, in a cycling accident. He earned his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then a master’s degree in public health from UCLA. He ran a private practice treating allergy patients for more than 30 years. He loved travel that involved trekking, rafting and mountain ascents, exploring New England with his cycling group and competing in the Falmouth Road Race, where he was an annual age-group contender. Survivors: his wife of 44 years, Diane Lebel.

Paul Gerard Crowley, ’73 (humanities), of Redwood City, August 7, at 68, of cancer. He earned an MA from Columbia in the philosophy of religion and then his PhD in theology from the Graduate Theological Union. He entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1986 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He retired in June from his position as professor of religious studies at Santa Clara U. His research focused on systematic theology, and he was editor in chief of the journal Theological Studies.

Kerby Scott Aslesen, ’77 (civil engineering), of New Orleans, August 11, at 66, of heart disease. He was a member of Kappa Alpha and the rugby team. He was hired by Gulf Oil as a petroleum engineer and retired from Chevron after 39 years with the company. In retirement, he was able to buy his dream home on Lake Pontchartrain. Survivors: his wife of 40 years, Barbara; children, Korin O’Brien, Kendel, Aaron Glendenning and Philip; five grandchildren; and three siblings.

George Anthony Vlantis, ’79, MS ’81 (electrical engineering), of Sunnyvale, Calif., July 5, at 62, of coronary heart disease. He worked as a computer software engineer at Microsoft and other technology companies in Silicon Valley. He enjoyed playing golf, exercise, supporting local sports teams and visits to the local library. Survivors: his brother.


Lee Ellen Esbenshade, ’83 (English), of Missoula, Mont., June 18, 2019, at 58, of cancer. She was a member of the marching band. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the U. of Montana and worked as a teacher, typesetter and editor. She enjoyed travel, many styles of dance, and hiking, camping, backpacking and experiencing all the natural wonders of Montana. Survivors: her partner, Buell Whitehead; former husband, Ray Shackleton; children, Aidan Shackleton and Ellie Shackleton; parents, Richard, ’50, and Nancy; and four siblings, including Anne, ’88, and Rick, ’93, MA ’93.

Joseph Michael Herzog, ’83 (biology), of Kailua, Hawaii, April 13, at 58, of metastatic prostate cancer. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and the marching band. He earned his veterinary degree from the U. of Wisconsin and practiced in California and Hawaii. He was always eager to treat any animal in need of help, no matter how exotic, and he worked on call for the Santa Barbara and San Francisco zoos. He was also an avid cyclist, singer, and student of Hawaiian language and culture. Survivors: his wife, Brenda Machosky; mother, Rose Marie Farthing; father, Ernest Herzog; and brother.

Sean McKanna Mitchell, ’84 (engineering), of Bellevue, Wash., August 23, at 57, of glioblastoma. He sang bass in the Fleet Street Singers and returned to complete his degree after serving four years in the Marine Corps. He worked as a software developer at Microsoft until 1998. He then pursued his passions for acting and singing in community theater productions and was a volunteer computer science teacher in local schools. Survivors: his wife of 29 years, Elizabeth; children, Grace, Grant and August; mother, Carol, ’60; sister; and brother, George, ’99.


Irene May-Ling Hutchins, ’05 (psychology), of Palm Springs, Calif., May 24, at 37. She paused her studies to pursue professional ballroom dancing and was rewarded with a national championship. After graduating from Stanford, she went on to earn her MD from UC Davis and held a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center. She was a doctor at Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs and was the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2018 Woman of the Year. Survivors: her parents, Richard and Margaret.


Ray Simpson Stewart, MBA ’51, of Palo Alto, August 1, at 93, of lymphoma. He served in the Navy. He spent his career with a series of technology and consumer electronics companies during Silicon Valley’s founding years. Later in life he became an avid marathoner, and he was part of a 4 x 800-meter relay team whose national age group record still stands. He was predeceased by his second wife, Norma Pappas. Survivors: his children, Sandra MacPhail, Claire Kostic, Sharon, Kim and David; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother.

Warren Gray Poole, MBA ’57, of Palo Alto, August 12, at 89. He paused work on his business degree for active duty in the Army. After graduation, he worked for Del Monte in San Francisco and then McKinsey in Melbourne, Australia. After returning to the U.S., he was president and CEO of Manning’s and later founded and led Food Dimensions. He was an enthusiastic collector of contemporary glass art. He was predeceased by his daughter, Leslie. Survivors: his wife, Barbara; sons, Bruce and Christopher; six grandchildren; and great-grandson.

Cecil Bell Holman, MBA ’58, of Los Angeles, June 20, at 90, of dementia. He was a naval aviator in the Korean War. He spent his career in the aerospace industry with companies supporting the manned space program and defense contracts. He loved gardening, bird hunting, playing tennis and spending time outdoors. Survivors: his wife of 66 years, Eddy; daughters, Cynthia Holman Csernansky, ’78, PhD ’91, Lisa Holman Vellequette, ’80, and Marcy, ’82; five grandchildren; and brother.

William George “Bill” Gaede Jr., MBA ’59, of San Francisco, at 86. After Army service and completing his MBA, he joined Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte and Touche), where he was a member of the management committee and board of governors, a partner in charge and then associate managing partner overseeing capital markets services. He also served on municipal, arts and institutional boards in San Francisco. Survivors: his children, Heidi Driscoll, Kristina Grace and Bill; seven grandchildren; and sister.

Donald Arthur Phillips, MBA ’59, of Granite Bay, Calif., July 1, at 96. He served in the Navy during World War II. After graduation, he was assistant dean of the Graduate School of Business for 10 years. He later developed apartment complexes in Monterey, Calif., and spent 50 years developing Big Springs Gardens near Sierra City, Calif. He was predeceased by his son Donald Jr. Survivors: his partner of 26 years, Claudette Morgan; two children, including Sandra, ’72, MA ’78; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Alfred Bertrum Barsten, MBA ’60, of Nevada City, Calif., June 19, at 89, of Alzheimer’s disease. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. He spent his finance career with IBM in Saratoga, Calif. In retirement, he moved to Nevada City to be closer to nature. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Louise; children, Julie Pascualy and Greg; and four granddaughters.

Carleton Crosby Hoffner Jr., MBA ’74, of Palo Alto, April 21, at 88. His active duty service in the Navy began during the Korean War and lasted until the Vietnam War. He then worked in a civilian role, first in the Pentagon and then as director of naval facilities. In retirement, he served for eight years on the Palo Alto City Council. Survivors: his wife of almost 67 years, Connie; children, Carol Walsh, Heidi Wheatley and Eric; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Charles Allen Alva, MA ’49, EdD ’60, of Salem, Ore., August 6, at 100. He served in the Navy during World War II. He taught high school and then was a teacher and director of the English Language School in Rome. He returned to the U.S. to become a professor of English at Western Oregon U., where he taught for 55 years and helped establish the Paul Jensen Arctic Museum on campus. He also enjoyed playing handball and golf. Survivors: his wife, Sylvia.

Jeannette Kirkham Arndt Anderson, MA ’52, of Palo Alto, August 9, 2017, at 89. She taught eighth grade in Sunnyvale, Calif., spent a year in Geneva, then returned to Palo Alto and worked at Varian Associates. She taught pottery to disabled adults for the Palo Alto Department of Education for 22 years. She also enjoyed gardening and caring for animals. Survivors: her husband of 65 years, Weston, ’50, MS ’53, PhD ’55; children, Lucy Jacob and Joel; three grandchildren; and great-grandson.

Joseph Ferreira, PhD ’69, of Loomis, Calif., April 12, at 89. He was an associate superintendent for the San Juan Unified School District and taught graduate courses in education for UCSF and Sacramento State. In retirement, he received a Fulbright fellowship to Brazil and evaluated American schools in 40 countries for the Department of Defense. He was predeceased by his son Alexander and grandson Joseph Sordillo. Survivors: his wife, Ruth; children Susan, Karen Sordillo and Joseph; three grandchildren; and great-granddaughter.

Mary Angeline Anastole Kiki Wilcox, PhD ’72, of Palo Alto, August 3, at 92. She was a teacher and principal in the San Francisco Unified School District for 20 years and a senior researcher at SRI International for 10 years. In retirement, she was a violinist for small chamber music groups, including Fiume de Musica and the Channing House Trio. She was predeceased by her husband, Wally. Survivors: her stepchildren, Lee, Timothy and Wendy; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three siblings.

Priscilla Mary Anne Nisan Blinco, MA ’80, PhD ’87 (education), MA ’88 (linguistics), of Tiburon, Calif., April 28, at 85. She worked as a flight attendant and elementary school teacher. At Stanford, she served as an undergraduate academic adviser and researched cross-cultural psychology. She published numerous books and articles, including a widely cited comparison of the education systems of the U.S. and Japan. She was predeceased by her husband, Don Blinco.

Kathryn Anne Davis, PhD ’89, of Carmichael, Calif., August 16, at 70. She taught at the U. of Delaware, and then joined the department of second language studies at the U. of Hawaii at Manoa and directed the Center for Second Language Research. She received two Fulbright fellowships. Her scholarship focused on the sociopolitics of language policies and their impact on the rights of linguistic minorities. She was an advocate for critical and collaborative language policy that would be led by members of minority communities. Survivors: her five siblings.

Victor Kuo, MA ’98 (sociology), PhD ’99 (education), of Shoreline, Wash., June 18, at 49. He was executive director of institutional effectiveness at Seattle Colleges, a community college system of 45,000 students. He also worked as a senior consultant with FSG Social Impact Advisors, an evaluation officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a research associate at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. He then founded VK Global Advising and led projects in strategic planning, evaluation and organizational development. He strove to ground his humanity and care for others in the Bible and his testimony of Jesus. Survivors: his wife, Annie; daughter, Vivian; parents, Moses and Mary; and sister.


William Kirk “Bill” English, MS ’62 (electrical engineering), of San Rafael, Calif., July 26, at 91, of respiratory failure. After a career in the Navy, he worked at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) and then Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). With Douglas Engelbart, he helped create the computer as we know it today, including the first computer mouse, and he did early work on graphical user interfaces, hypertext, video conferencing and computer networking. Survivors: his second wife, Roberta; sons, Aaron and John; stepdaughter, Patricia; and granddaughter.

Howard Robert Ross, MS ’66 (mechanical engineering), of Denver, April 21, at 90. He served in the Navy. After work at SRI and General Electric, he devoted the rest of his career to making electric vehicles a reality. He helped launch the Santa Barbara Electric Bus Project, the world’s first roadway-powered electric vehicle system. He also co-founded UC Berkeley’s Program for Advanced Technology on the Highway. Survivors: his wife, Ivone; children, Nelson, Linda, Lisa DeNeffe and Lori Hartmann; and six grandchildren.

Adrian “Toni” Albert, MS ’12 (management science and engineering), PhD ’14 (electrical engineering), of San Francisco, June 5, at 35, in a hit-and-run biking accident. At Stanford, he was a member of the Romanian Student Association and enjoyed capoeira. He did postdoctoral research at MIT. He was committed to solving climate change and was working toward this goal as the founder and CEO of Terrafuse, a start-up that uses artificial intelligence to provide actionable climate intelligence and predict extreme climate events. He liked to support friends in need by cooking delicious food for them. Survivors: his parents, Traian and Iulia; and sister.

Humanities and Sciences

Carole Martha Hamal Norton, MA ’55 (communication), of Los Altos, July 23, at 88, of COPD and heart failure. She worked for the Wall Street Journal, the Hoover Institution and Mayfield Publishing. She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley, ’51, LLB ’54. Survivors: her children, Cynthia and Brady; and two grandchildren, including Hannah Subega, JD ’23.

Anthony Terrell “Tony” McDonald, MA ’77 (music), DMA ’82, of Columbus, Ohio, August 9, at 70. He performed with the Savoyards. In his academic career, he was a professor of music at both Hillsdale and Centre College. To preserve the history of Black composers, he created and edited A Catalog of Music Written in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was recognized for his work as a composer, arranger, conductor and musician. He played trombone with an orchestra, a percussion group and a big band, and was music director at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus. Survivors: his wife, Judith; sons, Peter, ’11, and Carey; and sister.

Sandra Renee Dunn, PhD ’79 (psychology), of Oakland, March 4, at 76. She was director of marketing and research for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner, AT&T Media Services, TCI Cable and Chela Financial. She demonstrated her commitment to service and community as a longtime member of Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church and serving on several boards, including the United Way Bay Area, Urban League and Lakeshore Children’s Center. Survivors: her daughter, Terri; three grandchildren; and sister.


Prescott H. Ashe, JD ’98, of San Francisco, July 23, at 53. He worked for Bain Capital, then co-founded Golden Gate Capital. He was also CEO of Angel Island Capital Services. He enjoyed good food and fine wine, leading to investments in a number of restaurants and wineries and the establishment of Ashe Vineyards in Oakville, Calif. Survivors: his two sons; fiancée, Shabnam Bhaskaran; mother, Wanda; and three siblings.