Obituaries - July/August 2017

July/August 2017

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Obituaries - July/August 2017


Winifrid Manning Hollingsworth, ’37 (English), of Fresno, Calif., March 9, at 100. She was devoted to her family, traveled extensively and had a deep respect for nature. In addition, she played tennis for many years and was a lifelong bridge player. She was predeceased by her husband, Clay. Survivors: her sons, John, David and Philip; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Walter F. Nichols, ’37 (basic medical sciences), MD ’43, of Bradbury, Calif., in 2017, at 102. He served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during World War II and then returned to Pasadena, Calif., where he was raised, and established a medical practice. He also volunteered at the Pasadena Dispensary, the Huntington Hospital and the Los Angeles County Public Guardian’s Office. An avid fisherman and birdwatcher, he traveled to many countries and enjoyed spending time in Palm Desert, Calif. Survivors: his wife, Rachael, and two sons.


John Benjamin De Nault, ’41 (economics), of Boulder Creek, Calif., December 19, at 97. He was a member of Kappa Alpha and earned an MBA from Harvard U. For his service in World War II, he earned two Bronze Stars for bravery. He spent most of his career at Farmer Insurance, retiring as treasurer in 1965, and then joined with a colleague to form 20th Century Insurance (now 21st Century Insurance). A successful financier involved with many industries, ranging from trucking to golf courses, he was instrumental in saving Liberty Bank’s Boulder Creek branch and in the process became the controlling shareholder. He enjoyed swimming with turtles in Hawaii, whitewater rafting on the Rogue River, reading the Wall Street Journal and attending Stanford home football games. Survivors: his wife of 75 years, Jean (Williams, ’41); sons, Kenneth, ’65, PhD ’74, and John III; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Charleen Egan Dornheim, ’41 (political science), of Bethesda, Md., February 18. The daughter of an Army officer, she was born in Texas and lived in California, the Philippines, Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii, where she graduated from the Punahou School. After Stanford, she earned a master’s degree from Radcliffe College and married a foreign service officer; they lived in Hong Kong, Ethiopia, and Taiwan. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Arthur, and son Michael, ’75. Survivors include her son Daniel.  

Edward L. H. Johannessen, ’41 (economics), of Alamo, Calif., January 1, at 97. A member of Phil Delta Theta, he was a member of Stanford’s famous 1940 football team—the Wow Boys—who were undefeated, won the Rose Bowl and voted national champions. A World War II veteran, he enjoyed a 48-year career at Chevron, during which he earned a master’s degree in economics from UC-Berkeley and wrote The Hawaiian Labor Movement: A Brief History. He retired as manager of corporate labor relations. His expertise in the field led to his service on the labor relations committees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Juliet. Survivors: his daughter, Judy; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Margaret Elizabeth Howe McCaffery, ’41 (history), of Thousand Oaks, Calif., February 26, at 97. She grew up in Hollywood, Calif., during its “golden era,” and, together with her husband, lived in several places, from Texas to England and France before retiring to San Diego. A lifelong “giver,” she volunteered for 40 years at the San Diego Rescue Mission and was active in ministry at Palisades Presbyterian Church. With her family, she enjoyed camping, skiing at Mammoth and playing croquet in the backyard. Her faith in Jesus, Depression-era values and unfailing optimism were at the core of her character. She was predeceased by her husband, Ben, and son Steve. Survivors: her children Tana Piontek, Dan and Kevin, ’81; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Jane Elizabeth “Betty” Gwynne Smith, ’41, of Menlo Park, February 14, at 96, of acute heart failure. She lived in many places in the United States and overseas but felt most at home in the Bay Area. After her first husband passed away unexpectedly in 1974, she became a successful real estate agent. She was a voracious reader, a keen financial investor, and an avid sports fan and opera enthusiast. She was predeceased by her first husband, Harold Hutchings, sons, Harold and John Hutchings, and second husband, Rowell Smith.

Elizabeth “Beth” Robbins Weaver, ’41 (education), of Olympia, Wash., January 21, at 97. She taught for two years in San Carlos, Calif., and then got married at Stanford Memorial Church in 1943 and moved to Los Angeles. When her husband transferred to Lockheed Missile and Space Division in 1957, they moved to Palo Alto. With her children grown, she rejoined the workforce at the U.S. Geological Survey, staying for 10 years until her husband retired and they moved to Washington state. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and genealogy, tracing her lineage to John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of the Mayflower. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert, ’39. Survivors: her sons, James, ’71, MS ’72, MS ’74, PhD ’08, John and Robert; four grandchildren, including Sarah, ’05, MA ’06; and three great-grandchildren.

John Roger Boas, ’42 (pre-business), of San Francisco, February 10, at 95. Having enlisted in the Army the day after he graduated from Stanford, he was one of the first U.S. soldiers to enter a concentration camp when the war came to an end. He returned home to San Francisco with a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and five battle stars—plus hearing loss and PTSD. In 1962, having found success in his family’s automobile business, he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Fifteen years later, Mayor George Moscone appointed him the city’s chief administrative officer. During his tenure, Boas oversaw construction of the Moscone Convention Center and other large-scale projects. More recently, he took his civic experience to the classroom, teaching a popular urban studies series at the U. of San Francisco’s Fromm Institute of Lifelong Learning. In 2011, in recognition of his contribution to the liberation of France during WWII, Boas was decorated with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. And in 2015, he published Battle Rattle: A Last Memoir of WWII (2015), his account of the war’s frontlines and the invisible scars left by artillery combat. Survivors: his wife of almost 60 years, Nancy; children, John, Christopher, ’83, Anthony and Lucy; and six grandchildren.

Karl Anthony “Tony” Guntermann, ’42 (pre-business), of Santa Barbara, Calif., February 11, at 97, of congestive heart failure. During World War II, he did defense work at Douglas Air and Westinghouse. In 1949, he earned his CPA certificate and ran his own accounting practice until retiring in 1986. He was active in the local and California CPA Society and served on the California State Board of Accountancy. A strong believer in civic duty, he served on the Santa Barbara City Council and was chair of the Harbor Commission and a founding director of Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. Some of his favorite activities were tennis, golf, sailboat racing, and piloting single-engine aircraft. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marian, second wife, Elizabeth, and companion of 12 years, Jean. Survivors: his children, Penelope, ’72, Christopher and Holly; stepdaughter, Janet Wilson; four grandchildren; and one stepgranddaughter.

James Guiberson Walker, ’42 (general engineering), of Grand Forks, N.D., January 31, at 96. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and served in the Navy during World War II. His career started at General Electric, where he worked on marine turbine engines, and continued at U.S. Steel. After retiring in 1980, he played tennis and researched family genealogy, self-publishing a book about his family in 1990. He was predeceased by his wife, Frances, and son Robert. Survivors: his children James, Katherine Laramie and Richard; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Samuel Coe Bonar, ’43 (biological sciences), MD ’46, of Palo Alto, February 14, at 94. He served as a lieutenant in the Army and did his residency at San Francisco General Hospital. In 1952, he moved to Palo Alto and started a private practice in internal medicine and cardiology. When the new Stanford University Hospital opened in 1959, he moved his offices there and enjoyed 40 years as a respected doctor and professor in the medical school. Outside of work, he loved gardening, playing golf, supporting Stanford football, skiing in the Sierra with his family and annual fishing trips in Canada. Survivors: his wife of 70 years, Betty, ’46 (economics); daughters, Nancy Thomas, Trish Richards, Lauren Swezey and Susan; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Geraldine “Gerry” Hughes Olson, ’43 (letters), MA ’65 (hearing and speech), of Reno, Nev., February 19, at 95. After earning her master’s degree, she moved to Reno to take a position with the Washoe Co. School District. There, she met and married Donald H. Olson, her second husband, who built a dream “cabin in the mountains” for her in Virginia City Highlands, where they lived for 26 years. Survivors: her children, Laurie Cutler Wilson, Wendy Cutler Simons, Lynn Cutler, Dick Olson and Don Olson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

James W. Wade, ’43 (political science), JD ’49, of San Marino, Calif., March 10, at 95. At Stanford, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and the tennis team, winning the intercollegiate doubles championship in 1940. He served in the Army during World War II, earning the Air Medal for 35 missions flown. After law school, he and his wife lived in Paris while he worked for the State Department. In 1963, having returned to Southern California, he and his wife founded an antique importing business in Pasadena, which prospered as a family business for 52 years. They traveled to France more than 100 times searching for antiques and nurturing their passion for the French language and culture. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Betty. Survivors: his sons, Mike and Bill; and two grandchildren.

Alice Jean Little Ainsworth, ’44 (social science/social thought), MA ’51 (education), of Carmichael, Calif., March 11, at 93. She taught for more than 25 years and also had a writing career, starting at the Stanford Daily and continuing as a freelance writer for various publications. She had a strong sense of justice, opposing the internment of Japanese-Americans as a teenager and, later, volunteering with groups serving the poor and working in Democratic politics to build a more just society. She was an avid traveler and a talented athlete, with a wide range of interests and a great sense of humor. She was predeceased by her husband, Laurence, ’51. Survivors: her children, Timothy, Jeanlaurie, Jessica and William, ’83; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Herbert Wayne Goodman, ’44, of Portland, Ore., February 16, at 93. A World War II veteran, he earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from Northwestern U. and practiced dentistry in Portland for four decades. In addition, he was a member of both the Oregon State Board of Health and the Oregon State Board of Dentistry and spent 10 years on the board of trustees of the Oregon Humane Society. He loved the outdoors, new technology and traveling, and deplored all forms of injustice. A gregarious sort who enjoyed discussing the intellectual and political issues of the day, he will be remembered for his ability to see the very best in people. Survivors: his children, Candace, Darcy, Sara and Julie; and four grandchildren.

Arthur Reilly Weller, ’44 (physical science), Gr. ’47 (geology),of Valley Center, Calif., November 18, at 92. A member of Theta Delta Chi, he joined the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. When the war ended, he did graduate work in geology and was hired by Shell Oil Co. He retired in 1977 as exploration manager and operation manager for Shell Pecten. Moving to Valley Center, he built a house in an avocado grove and owned an orange grove as well. He was active in community and church affairs, and he loved sports, hunting and fishing. He was predeceased by his son, William. Survivors: his wife of 70 years, Joan (Fullinwider, ’46); daughters, Gail and Suzanne; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

James Kresl, ’45, of Long Beach, Calif., February 6, at 95. A World War II veteran, he began working for Oldsmobile before opening his own dealership in Gardena, Calif. Besides cars, his passions were golf and travel, and he enjoyed many global adventures throughout his life. An active member of the Virginia Country Club, he twice served as president and as membership chair for four terms. His commitment to the club was celebrated at a luncheon last year, and a tree was planted on the golf course in his honor. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane (Waldvogel, ’45), second wife, Ann, and son, James Jr. Survivors: his daughters, Charlotte and Anne; his stepchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren.

Barbara Rosentrater Lowe, ’45, of Santa Ana, Calif., March 24, at 94. She was born in Kankakee, Ill., but grew up in Hillsborough, Calif. At Stanford, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, William, ’44. Survivors: her children, William Jr., Carolyn Shupp and Robert; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Lucille Diana Meek Rowlands, ’45 (sociology), of Berkeley, January 1, at 92, of congestive heart failure. She worked in administrative roles in New York and San Francisco before settling in Berkeley. She served as president of the Stanford Women’s Club in 1964-65 and enjoyed playing bridge with Stanford friends for many years. She was predeceased by her husband, Kirk, and son, Lawrence. Survivors: her daughters, Margaret and Katherine; and two grandchildren.

Sylvia Davis Gresham, ’46 (humanities), of Santa Rosa, Calif., July 14, 2013, at 88. She worked as an executive assistant at Schwabacher-Frey, the California Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Bay Area Council. After marrying and having children, she became a full-time mother and volunteer, supporting the PTA, Girl Scouts, her church and other organizations. In retirement, she traveled extensively and continued to inspire people around her with her positive spirit. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim. Survivors: her daughters, Diane Fern and Janice; stepchildren, Suzette and Michael; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mary Isabelle Scherrer Joyce, ’46 (political science), of Menlo Park, December 23, at 92. Among many interests, she was very involved with the Peninsula Children’s Theater, and she and her husband enjoyed attending the San Francisco Opera. Later, they volunteered at Meals on Wheels, and they loved traveling and entertaining friends and family. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Bill, and son Barry. Survivors: her children Leslie Joyce Alva and William; and four grandchildren.

William R. “Bill” Reevy, ’46 (economics), of Richmond, Va., March 4, at 95. Born in Czechoslovakia, he spent his childhood in Pennsylvania and moved to New York City after high school. He served in the Army during World War II and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology. His career included professorships, work in psychiatric hospitals, private practice and work in the federal prison system. He loved music and played guitar most of his life. He also loved books, reading and nature. He was predeceased by a granddaughter. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Carole; children, Tony, Carolyn McKann and Gretchen Reevy-Manning; four grandchildren; and one sister.

Barbara Emily Snyder Tatum, ’46 (humanities), of Palo Alto, February 4, at 92. After graduating, she took a train across the continent and a ship across the Atlantic to marry Frank “Sandy” Tatum in Oxford, England. They raised their children in San Francisco, where she cultivated in them an appreciation for all the art, music and theater the city offered. Her first love was classical music, which she played for hours each day, giving it up just weeks before she died. She also liked camping, fishing and playing golf with friends, and, after spending three months in France, she never gave up studying the language. Survivors: her husband, Sandy, ’42, JD ’49; children, Jeffery, ’72, Timothy, Peter, Christopher, Victoria and Shelley; and 11 grandchildren.

Helen Dietz Pickering, ’47 (communication), of Palo Alto, February 23, at 90. She worked for the Stanford Daily and later was food editor of the Palo Alto Weekly. A proud progressive, she volunteered for Planned Parenthood and staunchly defended the Bill of Rights (with some reservations about the Second Amendment). In addition to her pure heart, she had an unerring sense of right and wrong and cared for all people, creatures and plants in need. She was predeceased by her son, Joe II, ’89, MA ’90. Survivors: her husband, Joe, ’48, MBA ’50; daughters, Julia Warner and Amelia; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Anne Hazelton Rucker, ’47 (psychology), MA ’52 (education), of Chico, Calif., February 2, at 91. She worked as a teacher and high school guidance counselor for 40 years, during which time she directed many school plays and hosted many foreign exchange students in the American Field Service. When her father became ill, she and her husband returned to Orland, Calif., where she served on the city council and served two terms as mayor. They were avid sailboat racers and also enjoyed camping, skiing and RV’ing. Survivors: her husband of 64 years, Keith; children, Jane Phillips and John; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

David Noble Barry III, ’48 (economics), of Los Angeles, February 26, at 89. He earned a JD from the U. of Southern California Gould School of Law and retired as senior vice president and general counsel for Southern California Edison. Like his father, he was a tropical plant and orchid enthusiast, and he also loved traveling, golf, birds, Asian art, wine, music and opera. An avid supporter of the arts, he served on the boards of the Los Angeles Music and Art School, the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Survivors: his wife of 66 years, Margaret; children, David IV, James and Barbara; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Grace Marian Addleman Dummel, ’49 (biological sciences), of San Francisco, February 3, at 89. Born in Chicago, she earned degrees from Stanford and San Francisco State U. She was active in the civil rights and peace movements in the 1960s and ’70s and worked as a counselor in field of substance abuse for 25 years. Her passions included reading, education and caring for those in need. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Bob, MS ’54, PhD ’58. Survivors: her children, Eric and Ruth; and four grandchildren.

Mary Louise Miller Kanter, ’49 (sociology), of Sacramento, January 10, at 89, of lung cancer. A sociology professor for three decades at CSU-Sacramento, she was also a union activist who helped establish the United Professors of California. A passionate art collector, she recognized and supported the talents of budding artists. Her other interests were reading and observing and talking with people. Survivors: her daughter, Liz, and one brother.

John Gregor “Mac” McGregor Jr., ’49 (biological sciences), of Tucson, Ariz., March 6, at 88. He earned his medical degree in 1953, the same year he entered the Army. A surgeon and medical officer, he served as chief of the department of medicine at the U.S. Army Hospital in Augsburg, Germany, from 1959 to 1961. Resigning his commission in the Medical Corps, he entered private practice in Tucson, retiring in 1989. His love of animals led him to become a docent with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for 20 years. He also was also one of the first doctors to perform animal endoscopies, and he cared for Tucson’s police dogs as well as the animals at Reid Park Zoo, including a tiger with gastroenteritis. Survivors: his wife of 28 years, Lynne; children, Ruth Jones, Bonnie Jean Wilson and Bruce; their mother, Jean (Griswold, ’52); five grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Edward Morrow Miller, ’49 (electrical engineering), of Forest Ranch, Calif., January 22, at 91, of pneumonia and myelodysplastic syndrome. A World War II veteran, he worked for Lockheed for 30 years as a system engineer, specializing in ground sensing and imaging satellites. After moving to Forest Ranch, he built his own cabin and worked on the Fire Safe Council and contributed to Butte County’s Master Plan. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Marjorie. Survivors: his children, Paul, Betsy, Lois, Peter, Mark and Steven; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Margaret Porter Parenti, ’49 (economics), of Pebble Beach, Calif., January 20, at 96. She enlisted in the WAVES during World War II and then finished her college career at Stanford, enrolling at age 27. In 1950, she took a position in Tokyo, working for the deputy assistant chief of staff, headquarters Far East Command, and served several generals of the Allied Occupation Forces for the next five years. After returning to the States and getting married, she learned braille so she could transcribe books, which she did for the next 35 years. She was gifted and generous, loved to read, and was a fine golfer and devoted sports enthusiast. Survivors: her daughter, Pamela Moreland; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister; and her longtime caregiver, John Butts.

Kenneth Roy Trigger, ’49, MS ’50, PhD ’56 (physics), of San Francisco, February 19, at 92. During his military service, he met the love of his life, Esther Meshul, at the Hollywood USO. After the war, they married and moved to Palo Alto for his doctoral work. He worked at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory for many years. In 1956, he and Esther helped found Temple Beth Emek, the first synagogue in the Livermore Valley. Retiring to the East Bay in 1992, the couple won numerous local bridge tournaments and mastered the art of the road trip adventure. In 2014, they relocated to Honolulu, where they lived for nine months, until Esther’s death. He was predeceased by his wife, Esther, and son Victor. Survivors: his children Minette Gutfreund, Jeff and Jack; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arthur O. “Art” Weber, ’49 (basic medical sciences), MD ’53, of Palos Verdes, Calif., March 2, at 89. He was chief of staff and chief of surgery at Little Company of Mary Hospital and a faculty member of both Stanford and UCLA. Tennis was a lifelong hobby, he was a voracious reader, and he loved hunting and fishing trips. He also loved traveling to new places and inventing his own way when it came to art projects, cooking and home improvement. He wanted to pack it all in and do everything—which he did. Survivors: his wife of 37 years, Ingelise; children, Griff, ’73, MA ’75, Bya, Kate, ’79, Vince, Marianne and Joseph; 15 grandchildren, including Crystal Cook Reeck, ’06, MA ’06; and two great-grandchildren.

James Frank “Jim” Wharton, ’49 (economics), of Newport Beach, Calif., March 17. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, he enlisted in the newly formed Army Air Corps. With a degree from Stanford, where he pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon, he began a lifelong career in the food business, starting out at Birds Eye Co. and ending with TreeSweet Companies. Growing up, his life revolved around the beach, and later he developed a passion for golf, playing well into his 80s. He was predeceased by his first wife, Bettymae, and second wife, Stevie. Survivors: his children, Christy Netro, Jeffrey and Matthew; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Else “Leinie” Schilling Bard, ’50 (philosophy), of Santa Barbara, Calif., February 12, at 88. She was a photographer, writer, artist and spiritual seeker whose interest in the natural world and indigenous peoples took her to more than 65 countries. Accompanying her first husband on several surgical trips abroad, she volunteered as a nurse, teacher and photographer in places like Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Pakistan. She collected worldly artifacts, combining them to form unique pieces of jewelry that captured her belief in our shared humanity and the interconnectedness of all things. She was predeceased by her first husband, Gunther Nagel, her second husband, Arthur Mullin, and her third husband, Archie Bard. Survivors: her children, Peter, Vicko, Sophie and Phoebe; and 16 grandchildren.

William Ketcham “Bill” Bowes Jr., ’50 (economics), of San Francisco, December 28, at 90, of cardiac arrest. He served in World War II and earned an MBA from Harvard U. After working at Blyth Eastman Dillon, underwriting companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Raychem, he became a founding partner of U.S. Venture Partners, one of the pioneering venture capital firms of Silicon Valley. Later, through the William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation, he supported projects across many fields, including the arts, medical research, education and more. He was an opera, jazz and bluegrass enthusiast, and he always enjoyed playing dominoes with friends and watching his favorite Bay Area sports teams. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Ute.

William C. Edwards, ’50 (petroleum engineering), of Atherton, February 19, at 88. He earned an MBA from Harvard and took a job with Standard Oil of California. In 1959, he and a friend formed Bryan & Edwards, a private venture capital investment firm. Over the next 50 years, he helped entrepreneurs start and manage many of Silicon Valley’s great companies. As a community member, he served on the executive committee of the Hoover Institution and on the San Francisco Symphony’s board of governors. In 1995, he was presented with the Gold Spike Award from the Stanford Associates. He was an avid golfer, a passionate patriot and a man of the highest integrity. He was predeceased by his first wife, Bette (Cree, MA ’50). Survivors: his wife, Barbara; children, Will, ’78, MS ’80, Cree, Paul, MS ’89, Kathy, Kristin and Kate Gray, ’96; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

George Louis Houle, ’50, MA ’51, PhD ’61 (music), of Stanford, January 7, at 89. He first came to Stanford in 1949 when he was hired to play oboe for a music department opera and was offered a music scholarship in lieu of payment. Later, after teaching at Mills College and the Universities of Colorado and Minnesota, he returned to Stanford in 1962 and began to build a program in the performance of early music. Retiring in 1992, he learned to play the viola da gamba and taught for 19 additional years at the U. of San Francisco’s Fromm Institute. The author of three books and many articles, he mentored countless students, directed many ensembles and presented innumerable concerts throughout the years. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Glenna; children, David, Ann, Melissa and Alan; their mother, Constance Crawford, ’52; one grandson; and one sister.

Charles Robert Nedoff, ’50, MA ’51 (sociology), of Lemoore, Calif., December 9, at 94. A World War II veteran, he was a professor of sociology at Orange Coast College for more than 30 years. He also taught at CSU-Long Beach. After retiring, he and his wife traveled, attended jazz concerts and games at Dodger Stadium and spent afternoons at their favorite beach. He was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Bette. Survivors: his children, Viki Rayburn, Terrie McLeod and Judy; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Robert Lance “Bob” Nelson, ’50 (civil engineering), of Sacramento, January 9, at 87. After graduation, he started working for California’s Division of Highways (now Caltrans), transferring from Fresno to the Sacramento headquarters in 1966. He retired in 1991 after 41 years of service. An avid golfer, he volunteered as a coach for the California Eagles, a golf program for athletes of all ages with special needs. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Fannie. Survivors include his children, Lance, Carol and Sharon.

Marion Cochran Gillette, ’51 (history), of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Southampton, N.Y., June 18, 2016, at 85, after a long illness. She was an accomplished artist and was passionate about history and travel. She was predeceased by her son William. Survivors: her husband, Richard; children Paige Gillette Louthan and Richard; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother. 

James Gordon McWilliam, ’51, of Pocatello, Idaho, February 5, at 85, from complications resulting from a fall. He attended Stanford for two years before volunteering for the draft and serving in the Army. Following graduation from UC-Davis, he worked as a chemist for Canada Dry Corp. and National Can Corp. He returned to school to study ecology, completing a master’s degree in botany, and worked for the state of Idaho in air quality control and for JR Simplot as an environmentalist until retiring in 1998. He was an avid fly fisherman, loved backpacking and skied until his late 70s. A collector of limericks, he had amassed 1.3 million and could recite an untold number. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Carole; son, Andrew; two granddaughters; and one sister.

Maurine Bourne Miner, ’51 (sociology), of Asheville, N.C., January 26, at 87. She was born in Berkeley and met her husband while attending Stanford. They lived in Vermont and North Carolina and enjoyed the great outdoors, traveling to visit friends and exploring the world. She was predeceased by her husband, W. Lawrence, MBA ’50, and daughter Connie. Survivors: her children, Christopher, David, Katherine and Keith; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Stephen Allen Patchin, ’51 (chemistry), MBA ’53, of Midland, Mich., March 18, at 90. He served in the Army during World War II and spent more than 30 years working for the Dow Chemical Co. in economic evaluation. Following his retirement in 1986, he volunteered at the Friends of the Library and Junior Achievement. He was an avid reader, a golfer and fisherman, and a member of the Midland Curling Club. His family will miss his storytelling, his sense of humor and his kind heart. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Sylvia; children, Steve and Scott; and seven grandchildren.

Charles G. Perdue, ’51 (industrial engineering), of San Diego, February 23, at 91. During World War II, he joined the Navy and was present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. He worked at General Dynamics until 1973 and then owned Perdue Business Services in Point Loma until 2010. He was active in the Point Loma Kiwanis Club, serving as president, and enjoyed family, social events, traveling and theater. Survivors: his wife of 24 years, Joyce; children, Donald, Larry, Charlyn, Kathy, Carolee and Richard; stepchildren, Beth, John, Paul, Theresa and Lora; 11 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Phyllis June Woodward Schottky, ’51 (history), of Sacramento, February 16, at 87. She was an artist, traveler and avid reader who loved history and current events. While raising her children, she was a devoted Campfire mother, Little League parent and PTA member. She also found time to serve as an official of the local election board for many years. Survivors: her husband of 65 years, Andy, ’49; children, Diane Wukmir, Andrew, David and Dean; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters.

Alice Hamilton Palmer Thomas, ’51 (English), of Kentfield, Calif., February 13, at 86, of pancreatic cancer. She credited her upbringing in rural New Hampshire during the Depression and her close relationship with her father, a professor and a headmaster, for her strong will and love of learning. After Stanford, she earned two master’s degrees and a law degree. She taught and practiced law for 40 years. A poet and a gifted raconteur, she loved entertaining people with tales of her life, whether they were high school students, inmates at San Quentin or dinner party guests. A fearless defender of trees and animals, she protected her corner of paradise from encroachers and did not hesitate to ride into battle. Survivors: her daughters, Leslie, Dorothy Piedimonte, Mary Garrison and Katey Martus; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

David Haslam Bale, ’52 (economics), of Sparks, Nev., December 8, at 86. He served in the Korean War and worked for Shell Oil in San Francisco. In his spare time, he built a ham radio, the home stereo and a sailboat from plans ordered from Popular Mechanics. He retired from Shell after 20 years, moved to Lake Tahoe and sold real estate full time. Every year he ran a birthday marathon around the lake, switching to cycling each year until he was sidelined by a bike accident in 2004. He loved his volunteer work at the food bank, holding newborn babies at the local hospital and his church’s men’s group. Survivors: his children, Cindy Bale Tanner, ’77, and Doug; and two grandchildren.

Fred Eklund Chez, ’52, MA ’57 (education), of Los Gatos, Calif., January 30, at 87. As a member of Theta Chi, he was known for his many puns. He and his wife attended seven Summer and Winter Olympic Games, and his ability to speak five languages helped in their world travels. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Jonita (Stith, ’57); and his brother, Joe Chez, ’52.

Jean Myer Radford, ’52 (social science/social thought), of Berkeley, January 19, at 86, of heart failure. With a teaching credential from CSU-East Bay, she taught music in the Oakland Public Schools for 30 years. In addition, she consulted with Holy Names College and Piedmont schools in their music programs. She loved chamber music, played viola, violin and piano, and worked as a social worker for Alameda County. She was predeceased by one granddaughter. Survivors: her children, Arthur, Marie Radford Elliott, Beth Radford Haddorff and Andy; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her sister, Barbara Myer Kline, ’54.

David James Wilson, ’52 (chemistry), of Belleville, Mich., January 12, at 86, of melanoma. He earned a PhD in chemistry from Caltech and spent most of his working life teaching: 12 years at the U. of Rochester and 26 years at Vanderbilt U. After retiring from Vanderbilt, he consulted at Brown and Caldwell, an environmental engineering firm. His environmental interests started in the 1960s in Rochester, where he was involved in removing lead paint from old housing and cleaning up the beaches on Lake Ontario that had been contaminated by a sewage treatment plant. In Michigan, he set up a watershed ecology program for local schools through the Huron River Watershed Council. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Martha “Marty” (Mayers, ’52); children, John, ’75, Chuck, Bill, Andy and Joyce; and 10 grandchildren.

Yvonne Bruns Armstrong, ’53 (sociology), of Palo Alto, December 22, at 84. She worked for Wells Fargo Bank for 18 years and, once retired, volunteered at the Peninsula Conservation Center. An avid reader and a lover of art, she also enjoyed her garden, where she created a beautiful and peaceful space filled with carefully chosen plants, world history and current events. Her umbrella of friendship, love and kindness extended over a great many people with whom she enjoyed conversations, good food and good wine. She was predeceased by her former husband, William. Survivors: her children, Lynne Kary-Rana, Brooke, ’85, and Dana, ’82; six grandchildren; and her partner of 35 years, Stuart Bowen.

Frederick Norton Firestone, ’53 (biological sciences), MD ’56, of Broken Arrow, Okla., January 9, at 85. He served in the Army and was chief resident of the 97th General Army Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. During his long and distinguished career as a surgeon, he practiced for 20 years at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., and at Costa Mesa Memorial Hospital. He concluded his career as a surgeon in the Midwest. In addition, he spent 25 years on the clinical faculty at UC-Irvine and served as president of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Medicine was his life’s work, but he was also passionate about the arts, history, local affairs, travel and gourmet cooking. Survivors: his wife, Mary; children, Julie Garlikov, Laurie Siedelman and Daniel; one stepson; seven grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; and his brother, Richard, ’56.

Anthony L. Fons III, ’53 (psychology), of Avon, Conn., March 19, at 85. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, he practiced as an attending psychiatrist at Hartford Hospital and the Institute of Living from 1965 until his retirement in 2014. As a young resident, he was credited with saving many lives during the Hartford Hospital fire in 1961. He was dedicated to his patients and a teacher and friend to many. Survivors: his wife, Mary; children, Brett Martin and Anthony IV; stepchildren, Stephen Bigler, William Bigler and Diane Whatley; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Lawrence Kane Martin, ’53, MA ’55 (political science), of Gig Harbor, Wash., January 14, at 93. He enlisted in the Army/Air Force in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He and his wife enjoyed family and traveling, and he retired in 1990 as a Washington state financial consultant. Survivors: his wife of 32 years, Geneva; sons, Lawrence Jr., ’69, and Brian, MS ’87, MA ’94; four stepchildren; and their families.

William Franklin “Bill” Masterson, ’53 (art), of Bakersfield, Calif., March 7, at 85. He served two years in the Army and then took a job with Hughes Aircraft Co. in Los Angeles as a graphic artist. Retiring to Bakersfield in 1986, he enjoyed spending time with his family and beloved nieces. Survivors: his sister.

Paul Martin Shanberg, ’53 (economics), MBA ’58, of Redmond, Wash., February 10, at 85. He served in the Navy until 1956, when he returned to Stanford for business school. After graduating, he moved to San Francisco and began his career in finance. He enjoyed his family and friends, a successful competitive trivia league, his role in on of the first fantasy football leagues, and horse racing. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Judith; children, David, MBA ’93, Jeffrey and Diane; and four grandchildren. 

Ann Callander Alabaster Sorgen, ’53 (history), of Ross, Calif., February 6, at 85, of cancer. In 1962, she graduated with a nursing degree from the College of Marin and began working with Community Mental Health Services. In 1968, she earned a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling and ran a private practice until she joined HGA Personal Care Consultants in 1991. She volunteered as a docent at the MOYA Historical Library in the Marin Art & Garden Center and ran the county’s Alzheimer’s caregivers support group for 15 years. She and her husband loved traveling around the country to visit family and friends and enjoyed many trips to her favorite city, Paris. She was predeceased by her son, Gary. Survivors: her husband of 36 years, Dick Bobo; children, Laura Harris and Scott; two grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and one sister, Mary Alabaster Peirano, ’50.

Louis Arthur Hough, ’54 (social science/social thought), of Walnut Creek, Calif., January 26, at 85. A member of Chi Psi, he worked in the movie industry, making documentary, training and classroom teaching films. He was employed by W.A. Palmer Films in San Francisco and San Mateo County Mental Health Services, among other places. He loved maritime history, became an authority on steamships in the West Coast lumber trade and had a strong interest in model railroads. His creed was to spread happiness and good cheer. Survivors: his wife, Susan; children, Christopher and Nicole; and two grandchildren.

Sally Nye Moseman, ’54 (French), of San Francisco, January 14, at 84. Born in Pender, Neb., she spent a year studying in Paris before moving to California to complete her college education at Stanford. Influenced by her time abroad, she traveled widely and cultivated an appreciation for classical music, international cuisine and fine art. Her early professional pursuits included advertising, public relations and political campaign management, followed by a long and successful career in real estate development. After retiring, she devoted her time to civic activities, family and friends.

Gwynn Meredith Gloege, ’55, of Los Angeles, February 22, at 83, after a brief illness. She transferred from Stanford to the Johns Hopkins U. School of Medicine, graduating with a degree in medical illustration, followed by postgraduate study at the U. of Edinburgh, Scotland. She held positions at Georgetown U. Medical School and the U. of North Carolina and, for more than 30 years, led the medical illustration department at UCLA Medical School. Her many interests included art and architecture, museums and history, travel, opera and archeology. Survivors include her brother, Terry Gloege, MBA ’63. 

Patricia Ann “Patsy” Grubbs Hollister, ’55 (English), of La Habra Heights, Calif., February 17, at 83. After graduation, she moved to New York and worked as a movie magazine editor. In 1960, she got married and the newlyweds moved to Europe for seven years. Once back in the States, and following their daughter’s diagnosis of schizophrenia, she and her husband channeled their energy into helping her and others impacted by severe mental illness. They became active board members for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and, in 1989, formed NARSAD Artworks, a nonprofit that solicits artwork by and on behalf of those suffering from mental illness. She loved politics, card games and conversation and was known for being loving, kind and positive. Survivors: her husband of 56 years, Hal, ’53, MS ’54; children, John, ’83, Annick and Meggin; and five grandchildren.

Joseph W. “Batch” Moreau, ’55 (sociology), of Walnut Creek, Calif., January 16, at 83, of Parkinson’s disease. He played football at Stanford and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. In 1959, he moved to San Diego, where he and his father worked in the beer wholesale business. They later sold out and joined E.F. Hutton & Co. After 42 years, during which time he developed three offices for the company, he retired and moved to Rossmoor with his wife. A talented athlete who liked to ski, golf and play racquetball, he later switched to duplicate bridge and poker. Survivors: his wife, Robin; children, Robert and Jenny; stepson, Darrell; six grandchildren; and his former wife, Mary. 

Donald G. DuBois, ’56 (industrial engineering), of Beaverton, Ore., January 24, at 82, of coronary artery disease. He traveled extensively for his work as export parts and service manager for Hyster Co. and, later, Case Corp. He especially enjoyed living in Paris for four years. He maintained a deep interest in genealogy and was proud of his military service from 1957 through 1962. Survivors: his wife of 27 years, Eleanor; children, Denise, Brian, Blair and Drew; their mother, Rhoda; and two grandchildren.

Stephanie Chase MacColl, ’56 (history), of San Francisco, February 23, at 82. After graduation, she worked for Thomas Cook and Son, a travel agency. Later, after marrying and having children, she started a long and distinguished career in community service. She served on the boards of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, SPCA, the San Francisco Foundation and many other organizations. At 40, she discovered a love of hiking, which took her to several summits in India and Nepal. Together with her husband, she enjoyed adventures that included the Sahara Desert, Alaska and a motorcycle trip to South Dakota for a Harley-Davidson gathering. Survivors: her husband, William; children, Lauren MacColl Maass and Ian; four grandchildren; and one sister.

F. Martin “Mart” Johnson, ’57 (chemical engineering), of Grand Haven, Mich., February 27, at 81. He served in the Navy and graduated from Harvard Business School. After working as a staff economist for American International Oil Co. in New York, he returned to Grand Haven, where he spent more than 40 years at JSJ Corp as a director, president and CEO. He cared deeply about his family, his church and his community, serving on numerous nonprofit organizations and chairing the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce. In 1991, he received a 15-year service pin from the Stanford Associates. Survivors: his wife, Dottie; children, Dee Stokes and Melinda Johnson Rechner, ’92; and six grandchildren. 

Frank Hazen “Skip” MacLaren, ’58 (architecture), of Mendocino, Calif., February 9, at 81, of kidney and heart problems. He was best known as the owner and operator of the Melting Pot (now Reflections Kaleidoscopes gallery) in Mendocino. But he was also a retired Navy commander and worked as a hospital architect for years until finding his passion in the retail industry. He loved Mendocino with his whole heart, soul and mind. Survivors: his partner of 31 years, Phillip Jago.

Roberto Jose Almanzan, ’59 (international relations), of Alameda, Calif., January 5, at 79. A multicultural consultant, trainer and facilitator, he specialized in cultural competency, cross-cultural communication skills, conflict management, team building and diversity leadership. He was also a participant in the award-winning documentary The Color of Fear and its sequel, Walking Each Other Home. He was predeceased by his wife, Trudi Cole. Survivors: his son, Michael Jenner; brother, Martin, ’63; and sister.

Dolores Elaine Crosetti Dannemiller, ’59 (nursing), of Salinas, Calif., December 18, at 80. She was raised in Los Gatos, Calif., and worked as a cardiac care nurse at Salinas Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1996. Then, in addition to occasional world travel, she became a docent at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and volunteered her clinical and organizational skills to the health clinic at Dorothy’s Place for 12 years. Often accompanied by canine companions, she loved animals of all shapes and sizes and had a special fondness for German shepherds. She was predeceased by her son Jeffrey. Survivors: her former husband, Gerald; her son Norman; and two grandsons.

Edward Hoedemaker, ’59 (English), of Walnut Creek, Calif., March 8, at 79. He earned a master’s degree in engineering from UC-Berkeley and spent his entire career at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. Survivors: his brothers, Frederick, ’55, and David, ’55.

Daniel Auclair Worsham, ’59 (mechanical engineering), of San Jose, January 27, at 84. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart. After Stanford, he worked at Fairchild and Siliconix and then founded his own company, Pacific Western Systems, where he served as president until his retirement. He led his business with flair, grilling for employees at the annual company picnic and establishing a special day off, known as PWS Day. Among his many hobbies, he especially enjoyed duck hunting, cooking and maintaining an extensive garden. He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia. Survivors: his wife, Becky; children, Robert, Sandra, Vicky, Brett, Roberta, Lincoln, Adam and Samuel; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Alan Roderick “Al” Clark, ’60 (physics), of Walnut Creek, Calif., January 29, at 78. He earned a doctorate in physics from Princeton U. in 1964 and spent his entire career working as a high-energy physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was a fisherman, camper, skier and gardener, and in later years enjoyed bird watching and genealogy. Together with his wife, he made several trips to New England from the Midwest in search of their family roots; they were rewarded by discovering Revolutionary ancestors and he became a member of Sons of the American Revolution. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Eleanor; children, Stuart, Allison Brown and Douglas; five grandchildren; and one brother.

Harriet Langdon Davis, ’60 (art), of Bainbridge Island, Wash., February 8, at 78. She was born in Seattle but moved to Bainbridge Island in 1964 with her husband and first child. Active in the community, she was a founder of the Lenore Ostrander Guild of Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, was on the founding board of Kids’ Discovery Museum and served on the board of Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. She cherished the travel-study trips she and her husband took with each grandchild, and she was a passionate advocate for lifelong learning. Survivors: her husband of 56 years, Stephen, ’59; children, Stephanie Davis Malone, ’92, Ted, ’86, and Peter, ’85; and five grandchildren, including Megan, ’16.

Geoffrey Carle Nunes, ’61 (biological sciences), of Spokane, Wash., March 3, at 77. He earned his medical degree from UCSF, where he also did his surgical internship and residency. From 1971 to 1974, he served in the Army at the 2nd General Hospital in Landstuhl, West Germany. Following his discharge, he practiced general surgery in Spokane, Wash. In addition, he was on staff at Sacred Heart, Deaconess and Holy Family hospitals. He was very interested in the history of surgery and was historian of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association for five years. He also greatly enjoyed classical and chamber music and together with his wife happily explored the world on many cruises. Survivors: his wife of 55 years, Susan, ’61; sons, David and Rob; and seven grandchildren.

Herbert C. Ploch, ’61 (history), of Green Valley, Ariz., December 15, at 76. He rowed at Stanford and served in the Navy aboard the USS Oriskany. Following his military service, he spent 31 years in the commercial property/casualty insurance business in San Francisco, retiring in 1995 as a vice president of Johnson & Higgins Insurance Brokers. After many years in Walnut Creek, Calif., he moved in 2004 to Green Valley, where he enjoyed travel and an active retirement.

Thomas Lee Conner, ’62, PhD ’66 (sociology), of Haslett, Mich., June 22, 2016, at 76, after a short illness. He spent his entire professional career at Michigan State U., serving as chair of the sociology department from 1999 to 2002. After retiring in 2012, he continued to do research and publish his findings. His boundless intellectual curiosity made him a voracious reader on a range of topics. He pursued bird photography and presented to the Capital Area Audubon Society. He learned how to kayak and then taught introductory courses. In addition, he loved adventure travel, the solitude of the wilderness and cats. Survivors: his wife of 29 years, Connie Page; children, Thomas, Emily Conner Babcock and Timothy; seven grandchildren; and one sister.

Barbara Lynn Brown Storey, ’62 (history), MA ’65 (education), of Salinas, Calif., February 14, at 76, from complications following heart surgery. First and foremost a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she spent as much time as possible with her family, each of whom considered her a constant source of unconditional love and support. She was also known for her love of life and keen sense of humor. A dedicated volunteer for more than four decades, she served on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood, and she was past president of the Junior League of Monterey County and the Medical Auxiliary of the Monterey County Medical Society. Survivors: her husband of 54 years, Stephen, MD ’65; children, Julie Malone, Amy Storey Rattner, ’95, MA ’96, and Jeffrey; and seven grandchildren.

Joan Louise Voris, ’63 (biological sciences), MD ’68, of Fresno, Calif., February 11, at 75. Having settled in Fresno with her pathologist husband, she covered for local pediatricians while her children were growing up. Eventually, she began practicing at the pediatric clinic at Valley Medical Center and, at age 47, entered a pediatric residency program. In 1990, she joined the faculty of UCSF Fresno. When she retired in 2015, she left as the longest serving associate dean in Fresno history. First diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1981, she would later battle breast and colon cancer. Throughout her treatment, her strength of character never diminished. She was predeceased by her husband, Zrino Bezmalinovic. Survivors: her children, Beatrice Bezmalinovic-Dhebar, ’89, Margaret, ’89, and John Bezmalinovic, ’92, MA ’93; and three grandchildren.

Edith “Eileen” Reekie Schoellkopf, ’64 (political science), of Altadena, Calif., March 7, at 74. She worked in the travel industry until moving to Los Angeles to work for TWA for many years. A Pasadena resident for 47 years, she volunteered her time to support many organizations, serving as president of the Junior League of Pasadena and board president for the Hillsides Home for Children. She and her artist husband traveled the world and collected art from their many adventures. Lively and tenacious, she was one of a kind: a spirited, strong, smart lady who lived, laughed and loved with all of her heart. Survivors: her husband of 46 years, Fred; daughter, Sarah; granddaughter; two stepgrandchildren; and one brother.

Daniel Arthur Logan, ’66 (history), of Palo Alto, March 3, at 72, of pneumonia. Social justice was the theme of his career, dating from his civil rights work in the 1960s to helping divert young adults with drug problems from the penal system in the ’70s and ’80s. He volunteered with many nonprofits, but his entire professional career was Y-oriented. Prior to his retirement in 2006, he was executive director of the Palo Alto Family YMCA and was honored by the YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He loved music and treasured family gatherings, especially annual camping trips to Yosemite. His was a full and active life, despite having to adapt to a wheelchair for the last 14 years. He touched innumerable lives and was a mentor to so many. Survivors: his wife of 47 years, Christine; children, Eliot and Cheryl, PhD ’10; two grandchildren; and three siblings. 

Rion Charles Brady, ’67 (history), of Trinity, N.C., September 10, at 70. A member of Delta Upsilon, he served in Army intelligence in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star. He earned a law degree from UC-Hastings and moved to North Carolina, where he practiced for more than four decades. Avoiding travel, he pursued his passion for music, especially the guitar. Survivors: his wife of 43 years, Diane; children, Redmond, Conlon and Mairead; and three siblings, including Patrick, ’66.

Michael King “Mike” Stevenson, ’69, MS ’70, Engr. ’72 (civil engineering), of Lakeport, Calif., November 22, at 74. He was a lifelong environmentalist and outdoorsman, and he served in the Navy from 1960 to 1964. Highlights from his professional career include research for Stanford U. and working for the private sector engineering firm CH2M Hill, the California Regional Water Control Board and the city of Modesto, Calif. In 1985, he was hired as the city engineer and director of public works for Lakeport, a position he held until retiring in 2004. He implemented countless public infrastructure projects while ensuring the delivery of quality municipal services. He was predeceased by his son, Howard. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Phyllis; daughter, Carmen; two grandchildren; and one brother.


Rodger Cushing Warnecke, ’72, of San Francisco, January 27, at 67, of natural causes. At Stanford, he was a member of Sigma Nu/Beta Chi and studied art with Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Then he was diagnosed with acute schizophrenia and lost all desire to make art. After 25 years, during which he did not paint, he received a new medical treatment that relieved many of his symptoms. With the help of art therapists, he started painting again and continued enthusiastically for the rest of his life. His work has been shown in many Bay Area museums and galleries, and in 2012, he had a solo exhibition at the Sonoma County Museum. Survivors include his sister, Margo Warnecke Merck, ’73, and his brother.

Robert Marion “Bob” Long, ’73, MS ’73 (electrical engineering), of Cross Plains, Wis., February 14, 2014, at 63, of pancreatic cancer. Growing up, he fell in love with the Sierra Nevada, skiing and backpacking; as an adult, he and his “band of brothers” enjoyed summer backpacking trips. He worked for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1973 to 1987, when he moved to the Philadelphia area and joined General Electric. In 1990, he and his wife moved to Wisconsin, where he held several executive level positions in technology firms. Gentle, kind, smart and funny, he was always ready to take on a new adventure or a twist on an old one. Survivors: his wife of 27 years, Sara; children, Gillian and Gavin; and brother.

Jeffrey Alvin Little, ’77 (history), of Gahanna, Ohio, January 9, at 61, of cancer. He began his career as a litigation attorney in San Francisco. In 1994, he moved to Ohio and was most recently employed as general counsel of Safe Auto Insurance Co. He was a longtime member of Jefferson Country Club, serving two times as president, and coached youth sports. As a fan, he especially enjoyed watching the San Francisco Giants, the 49ers and the Columbus Blue Jackets play. Friends and family remember his keen intelligence, wit, optimism, empathy, humanity and love of outrageous shirts and socks. Survivors: his wife of 33 years, Anne, and son, Jackson.


Carl Maravilla, ’82 (chemical engineering), of Redondo Beach, Calif., March 7, at 57, of complications following open heart surgery. He spent 20 years working as an engineer at TRW and other companies, but in 2002 he switched to financial planning. An avid runner, he competed in almost every Gay Games and was a former board member of the Los Angeles Frontrunners. His other passions included dance, cooking, traveling the world and enjoying life to its fullest. He was an absolute gentleman and had a beautiful smile and giving heart. Survivors: his husband of 27 years, Henri Faucher; parents, Celia and John; and six siblings, including Tom, ’77, and Philip, ’90.


Nori Grace Hall, MBA ’81, of Lexington, Ky., January 25, at 66. She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College and a master’s degree in architecture from Rice U. Leaving a successful career in Bay Area real estate development to raise her children, she moved to Kentucky in 1996, where she pursued her interest in medium-format photography and digital imaging. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibits, as well as in public and private collections. She will be missed for her sweetness, grace and courage. Survivors: her husband, Wilson Shirley III; children, Carrie and Wilson Shirley; her mother, Helen; and sister.


Harris A. Taylor, EdD ’54, of Carmel, Calif., February 3, at 95. Born in Walla Walla, Wash., he graduated from Eastern Washington College before earning his doctorate from Stanford. He retired as superintendent of the Carmel Unified School District, a position he held from 1966 to 1978. Over the course of his career, he touched many people’s lives as an educator, a coach and a community leader. Survivors: his wife of 75 years, Franc; sons, Mark and Steve; and two grandsons.

Douglas David Murray, MA ’56, of Santa Rosa, Calif., February 18, at 96. After serving in the Army during World War II, he began a 34-year career in teaching and high school administration. He taught at Turlock High School, Sequoia High School and Menlo-Atherton High School, where he also served as principal. In retirement, he and his wife enjoyed their tennis club, traveling and bird-watching, and visiting their condo in Maui, Hawaii. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club for more than 50 years and was known for his love of genealogy and Hawaiian petroglyphs, as well as for his loving nature toward his family and friends. He was predeceased by his son David. Survivors: his wife of 70 years, Barbara; children Diana Reddy and James; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Adrienne Girard Zekos, MA ’61, of Salinas, Calif., January 30, at 97. She was raised on her family’s cattle ranch and earned her undergraduate degree from UC-Berkeley. After Stanford, she began her career as a teacher and counselor, first in King City and then in Julian. She moved to Salinas in 1956, where she spent most of the next 40-plus years at Salinas Union High School. Besides education, her other passion was travel, and she and her husband Joe traveled the world many times over, visiting more than 100 countries. She was predeceased by her first husband, Clyde Cheney, and second husband, Joseph Zekos, MA ’49.

Carol Veno Marchi, MA ’63, of Foster City, Calif., March 6, at 76. Teaching at Aragon High School, she met the man she would later marry. A lifelong learner, she always sought out new experiences and enjoyed an active social and spiritual life. Besides her faith and her Irish heritage, she loved literature, theater and a bit of shopping. Most recently, she led Saint Bartholomew’s social justice group, volunteered at Mission Hospice and started a book group at her residence. She was predeceased by her husband, Joe. Survivors: her sons, Joe and David; two granddaughters; one brother and many sisters.

Marie Helen Mortimer Smoltz, MA ’67, of Darien, Conn., February 4, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She received her bachelor’s degree from the U. of Massachusetts-Amherst and spent many years as a teacher in the Stamford and Greenwich school systems. Of her many accolades and honors over the course of her career, she was most proud of being named Teacher of the Year in Stamford in 1992. Survivors: her husband of 49 years, Joe; sons, Ken and Bryan; six grandchildren; and one brother.

Lynn Padrick Hartzler, PhD ’71, of Stockton, Calif., January 28, at 88. He was born in the Belgian Congo to missionary parents and earned his undergraduate degree from USC. During the 1960s and ’70s, he served with USAD and UNESCO in Monrovia, Liberia, working in rural school development. He then worked for the California Department of Education for 23 years and, after retirement, as a consultant on independent study and educational alternatives. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Alyce, and his first wife, DeLee. Survivors: his children, Carol, Fred and Sue; grandson; and great-granddaughter.

James Mayford “Jim” Harris, Gr. ’72, of Fresno, Calif., March 3, at 82. While beginning his teaching career, he also served 11 years in the National Guard. He strove for excellence in everything he pursued—boasting perfect attendance from fifth grade through high school and into college. During his 41 years with the Fresno Unified School District, he served 11 different school communities and always focused on students first. Along with his love for education, he was an avid runner—completing 22 marathons—as well as a swimmer, tennis player and golfer. He was devoted to practicing his Christian faith and attended the First Congregational Church in Fresno. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Harriet; children, Ann Meester, Tod, Kurt and Alan; eight grandchildren; and one brother.


Joseph John “Joe” Lang, MS ’57 (electrical engineering), of La Jolla, Calif., January 28, at 88. Born in Czechoslovakia, he fled during World War II and made his way to Canada and eventually reached an uncle who had a farm in Illinois. He served as a corporal in the Korean War and earned his bachelor’s degree from the U. of Illinois. Later, with a doctorate from Michigan State U., he started working for Bell Labs, designing electrical applications for phones, cable, computers, satellites and the space shuttle. He became director of the digital transmission laboratory and retired in 1988. He was predeceased by his son, Robert. Survivors: his wife, Helen; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Albert Y.C. Yu, MS ’64, PhD ’67 (electrical engineering), of Los Altos, March 11, at 76. He was born in Shanghai and spent a year in Hong Kong before immigrating to California to attend Caltech and then Stanford. After beginning his high-tech career at Fairchild Semiconductor, he was recruited by Intel Corp., where he spent 30 years and ultimately became senior vice president and general manager of the microprocessor products group. In 1977, he founded Video Brain, one of the first consumer home computer manufacturers. Retiring in 2002, he focused on mentoring and culturally integrating Asian-American engineers. In addition, he was an active, involved investor in start-ups, sitting on numerous boards and identifying the next general of tech innovators. Survivors: his wife, Mary Bechmann, MBA ’85; children, Laurence and Audrey Yu-Speight, ’90, MS ’91; and four grandchildren.

Richard Frederick “Dick” Hartung, PhD ’65 (applied mechanics), of Santa Rosa, Calif., March 6, at 82. He spent his 40-plus-year engineering career with Lockheed Martin, served on several advisory boards at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and founded and administered a scholarship for the university’s top engineering students. While he was an engineer by profession, he had many other passions: jazz, theater, cooking, travel and, above all else, spending time with family. He was also an accomplished sailor who frequently sailed the San Francisco Bay on his boat, The Reach. Survivors: his children, Jeff, Vicki and Libby; former wife, Bonnie Ruppel; two sisters; and his partner of 25 years, Carol Orme.

Irvin “Ray” Ramsey Jr., MS ’72 (aeronautics and astronautics), of Sacramento, November 29, at 67, after a recurrent battle with cancer. He worked as an aeronautical engineer for Rockwell Corp. until, in 1980, he decided to pursue a career in dentistry. After graduating from UCLA Dental School, he practiced dentistry in Los Angeles. Following his marriage and move to Sacramento, he practiced dentistry there for several years and then joined the VA Hospital Dental Services department in Medford, Ore. He was predeceased by his wife, Rochelle. Survivors: his son, Gregory; and his sister.

Siamak Hashemi, MS ’92 (electrical engineering), of Cupertino, December 16, at 49, of cardiac arrest. During his time at Stanford, he helped with the Persian Students Association. Later, he held leadership positions with various Silicon Valley companies. A dedicated soccer player and fan, he traveled to several World Cups, most recently in Brazil. Survivors: his wife, Nasim; children, Sassan, Elika and Roma; parents, Mohammad and Shahin; and two siblings, including his sister, Tara, MS ’06.

Humanities and Sciences

Philip Mulkey Hunt, Gr. ’47 (history), of Portland, Ore., February 6, at 96. A veteran of World War II, he worked at the Oregon Journal and the Oregonian for 26 years and was a former publicist for the Portland Chamber of Commerce. He loved to travel and visited places like the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Parthenon; he rode the Trans-Siberian Railway and visited the site of Troy. A lover of life, he believed that finding happiness and having fun were the best therapies for mankind. He was predeceased by his son Stewart. Survivors: his children Jenny Martin, Jim, Flo Pulford and Mary; stepchildren, Randy, Lyn Bruton and Veronica Morin; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Arval Streadbeck, PhD ’52 (German studies), of Lehi, Utah, February 15, at 100. He was the first in his family to go to college, and he was a B-17 bomber pilot during World War II. For 40 years, he was a professor of German and linguistics at the U. of Utah, while also serving as military adviser and foreign student adviser. He loved genealogy, his family was his greatest treasure and accomplishment, and he was always happy, positive and kind. He was predeceased by his wife, Julia; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson. Survivors: his children, Larry, Steve, Carol, Brian and Gary; 32 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Richard H. “Dick” Gentry, MA ’53 (communication), of San Antonio, November 3, at 87, after a fall. After earning a doctorate in communication in 1960, he was an instructor at Rutgers U. and later became an associate professor at Ohio U. In 1968, he was hired by Trinity U., where he taught in the journalism department for almost 25 years. He twice served as chair of the journalism, broadcasting and film department. Eager to teach students about life outside the classroom, he recruited them to help oversee elections and report numbers to local newspapers. Survivors: his wife, Diane.

Craig A. Magwire, PhD ’53 (statistics), of Wilsonville, Ore., January 30, at 94. He was born in Nebraska and served as a Navy pilot. He worked in the aerospace industry, served as director of the computer centers at the U. of Nevada-Reno and became a professor in the mathematics department at Portland State U. He and his wife owned a 72-acre hazelnut orchard and were active members of the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church. Survivors: his wife of 72 years, Janet; five children; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Edward Vasta, PhD ’63 (English and humanities), of South Bend, Ind., March 20, at 89. He was a professor of medieval literature at the U. of Notre Dame, his alma mater, for more than 40 years, and he published scholarly books, literary novels and short stories. In addition, he served in the Navy from 1946 to 1948 and was a National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Geraldine; children, John, Paula Stevens, Joseph, Catherine Robinson, Barbara Kampa and Salvatore; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four siblings.

Alvin John “Guy” Nelson Jr., MS ’64 (statistics), of American Falls, Idaho, February 27, at 81, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born at his grandparents’ Montana farmhouse and wore a cowboy hat and boots for most of his adult life. He earned a master’s degree in environmental science at the U. of Idaho, where he also attained professor emeritus status. Over the course of his long career, he worked for Boeing, Lockheed, General Electric, Stanford Research Institute, Idaho National Laboratory and others. Possessed of a beautiful tenor voice, he sang in too many musicals and operas to count, and he was a lifetime member of the LDS Church. He also loved hunting and fishing, backpacking and gardening. He was predeceased by his son, Eric, and one great-grandchild. Survivors: his wife, GaNene; children Beryl, Alan, Carla Campbell and Evan; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and three siblings.

Carole Byberg Kennedy, MA’65 (English), of Lafayette, Calif., February 4, at 75, of Parkinson’s disease. She worked in the Palo Alto School District and sang in the Peninsula Women’s Chorus from 1975 to 1983, touring Europe with them. In 1994, she earned a PhD in psychology and established a private therapy practice in Mountain View. She practiced yoga, traveled the world and attended women’s spiritual retreats. She was a true friend and the world’s best mother. Survivors: her daughters, Karin Husch and Katie; and three grandchildren.

Penelope Reed Doob, MA ’68, PhD ’70 (English), of Toronto, March 11, at 73, of Parkinson’s disease. She was a professor of dance, English literature and women’s studies at York U., where she also served as chair of the department of dance and academic director for York’s Centre for the Support of Teaching. Her research encompassed medieval and renaissance studies; dance history and criticism; sexual stereotypes in opera, literature and dance; and nonfiction writing. The author of three books, she also wrote reviews and feature articles in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Dance magazine and Ballet News. Survivors include her brother.

Gary Lee Miller, MA ’70 (speech and drama), of Longmont, Colo., March 6, at 74, of cancer. His career path was varied and dynamic. After Stanford, he returned to his hometown of Spartanburg, S.C., and taught filmmaking. Later he pursued his passion for theater, serving as artistic director in the 1980s of the Warehouse Theater. In 1995, he and his family moved to Colorado, where he taught at Aspen Country Day School and worked for the Eaton School District. He continued teaching in Colorado Public Schools until retiring in 2013. A modern renaissance man in his breadth of curiosity and knowledge, he could network an entire school’s computer system, replace a clutch in a car and quote Tennessee Williams, Sartre and almost any cowboy movie ever made. Survivors: his wife, Deborah; children, Greg, Jessica and Eric, ’99; one grandson; and one sister.


Robert Laselle “Bob” Thornburgh, JD ’51, of Santa Barbara, Calif., October 28, at 92. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and joined his father’s law firm, Griffith and Thornburgh, specializing in tax and estate law. He found peculiar joy in doing his own tax returns, was fascinated by English royal lineage and taught his daughters to love photography. His real passion, however, was fly-fishing, and once retired, he spent six months of every year at his cabin in Mammoth. His was a penetrating, curious mind, and his home was always open and welcoming. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Genevieve. Survivors: his daughters, Yvonne Neumann, Suzy Blossom, Anny Annable and Mimi Sheehan; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Dale M. Harlan, Gr. ’52, of Lincoln City, Ore., March 21, at 92. He served in the Army during World War II and graduated from the U. of Colorado Law School. A lawyer in Milwaukie, Ore., for more than 40 years, he was also twice elected to the Oregon legislature in the 1960s and as Clackamas County Commissioner, serving from 1983 to 1990. Throughout his life, he was active in assisting the needy and working to expand opportunities for young people. He was predeceased by the mother of his children, Joyce, and one grandchild. Survivors: his wife of 42 years, Estle; children, Janice Harlan-Raisl, David, Nancy Harlan Crean and James; stepchildren, Randy Butler and Cindy Bieker; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two siblings.

John Van de Kamp, JD ’59, of Pasadena, Calif., March 14, at 81. He had the distinction of serving as the first Los Angeles-based federal public defender from 1971 to 1975 and then as L.A. County’s top prosecutor from 1975 to 1982. Beginning in 1983 until 1991, he served as California’s attorney general, successfully pushing to pass the nation’s first restrictions on assault weapons after a gunman killed five children at a Stockton school in 1989. He ran for governor in 1990, losing in the Democratic primary to Dianne Goldman Feinstein, ’55, mayor of San Francisco at the time (she was defeated by Sen. Pete Wilson in the general election). President of the State Bar of California from 2004 to 2005, he was also past president of both the California Historical Society and the Planning and Conservation League.


Charles Martin “Chuck” Secor, MD ’47, of Ross, Calif., January 23, at 94. In the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He began his private practice in orthopedic surgery in Marin County, retiring in 2006 after 53 years. He loved the natural world and spent as much time as possible backpacking in the Sierra, tending a backyard garden, beekeeping, fishing and doing photography. Long before it was fashionable, he commuted to his medical office and the hospital by bicycle, and he was an early member of the Squaw Valley ski patrol. He also obtained his pilot’s license, knit sweaters for everyone in the family and cared for a menagerie of pets. Survivors: his wife, Sally; children, Christopher, DeLainie Read, Wendy Smit and Douglas; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Gregory Jay Gepner, MD ’74, of St. Paul, Minn., March 12, at 69. After completing his family medicine residency, he served in the American Medical Service, which provided physicians to medically underserved areas. He settled in Redmond, Ore., and founded the Tumbleweed Clinic. Seven years later, he returned to Minneapolis to start a practice at Nokomis Clinic and was medical director at Smiley’s Clinic Fairview Riverside. His patients remember him as one of the last doctors to do house calls. His family remembers him as the smartest person they knew, generous, gentle and hilarious. He was an avid bicyclist, an amateur astronomer and a gifted woodworker. Survivors: his wife of 45 years, Rebecca; children, Rachel and Joshua; one granddaughter; and three siblings.

Loretta Ortiz y Pino, MD ’81, of Taos, N.M., February 28, at 63, of ovarian cancer. She completed a pediatric residency at the U. of Colorado-Denver and spent four years with Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock. Moving to Taos in 1991, she joined the Taos Clinic for Children and Youth and eventually co-owned the practice until 2005. The following year, she co-founded Sustainable Health Innovations to educate health-care practitioners in integrative medicine. She was Holy Cross Hospital’s chief medical officer from 2011 to 2015 and served on various boards and committees, including Integrative Medicine de Taos and Community Against Violence. She was predeceased by her former partner, Callie Williams. Survivors: her wife, Melissa Kennelly; and five siblings.

Rebecca Ann Reynolds, MD ’95, Colonel, USAF, MC, SFS, of Bonaire, Ga., January 18, at 58, of cancer. After graduating from Stanford Medical School, which she began after age 30 and as a mother of three, Col. Reynolds was on active duty and in the reserves for almost 19 years. Serving as a flight surgeon during a long deployment in Afghanistan, she worked in an unarmed Army helicopter medical evacuation unit to pick up injured troops on the front lines and stabilize them en route to a larger treatment facility. She was proud of never having lost a soldier, airman, sailor or Marine under her care. She met her husband, Glenn, in Barrow, Alaska, and in their 38 years of marriage, the two of them traveled the globe. Survivors: her husband, Glenn; children, Charlotte, Justin and Brandon; and three granddaughters.

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