Obituaries — July 2023

July 2023

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Paul Allan David, of Palo Alto, January 23, at 87, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was an economic historian best known for his research on technological change and how it affects social and economic behavior. He was awarded tenure before earning a doctorate, a testament to his intellectual firepower. While serving as chair of the department of economics, he proposed the creation of what is now the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Survivors: his wife of 41 years, Sheila Johansson; children, Matthew and Rachel; stepchildren, Kenneth Johansson and Elizabeth Allan; and five grandchildren.

John Merrill Dorman, of Menlo Park, February 26, at 81, of Parkinsonism. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he spent 44 years at the Cowell Student Health Center at Stanford, receiving a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to college health in the United States from the American College Health Association. He served as editor and executive editor of the Journal of American College Health and as a clinical professor of medicine at Stanford. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Charlene; children, Todd, Bianca Dorman Humphries, MA ’00, and Lydia Smith, ’99; six grandchildren; and four siblings. 

Peter Duus, of Stanford, November 5, at 88. An expert on the history of Japan and East Asia, he served as director for Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies three times and was named the William H. Bonsall Professor of History in 1985. He also served as executive director of the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, a consortium school Stanford founded in Japan for American students pursuing Japanese studies. His research focused on Japanese colonialism and imperialism, the development of Tokyo, and modern political cartoons. His wife, Masayo, died nearly two weeks after her husband. Survivors: his son, Erik, and four granddaughters. 

George Leonard “Len” Tyler, MS ’65, PhD ’67 (electrical engineering), of Port Townsend, Wash., March 16, at 82, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was an expert in radar astronomy, chosen by NASA to lead radio exploration of the planets and moons. He was best known for pioneering and perfecting the science of radio occultation, where radio signals pass through planetary atmospheres and bounce off the harder surfaces below to map the underlying structures. He received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1977, 1981, and 1986. Survivors: his second wife, Joanne (Phelps, ’66); children, Virginia Kimmel and Matthew; and grandson.


Jean Williams De Nault , ’41 (graphic arts), of Boulder Creek, Calif., March 7, at 103. The daughter of Stanford’s first registrar, she became an accomplished apparel and accessory craftswoman, knitter, crotchetier, needlepointer, and seamstress. She enjoyed gardening, golf, and watching Stanford football. She and her husband established the John B. and Jean De Nault professorship and built the De Nault Research Facility at Hopkins Marine Station. She was predeceased by her husband of 75 years, John, ’41; granddaughter; and great-grandson. Survivors: her sons, Kenneth, ’65, PhD ’74, and John; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Marilyn Nash Hadley, ’44 (health education), of Visalia, Calif., March 6, at 99. She was on the tennis team and played field hockey. She spent 25 years at Exeter Union High School as a physical education teacher, tennis coach, guidance counselor, and dean of girls. She and her husband raised cattle, melons, and walnuts, and enjoyed exploring the Pacific Northwest in their travel trailer. She loved gardening, card games, and a gin cocktail at 5 o’clock. At age 89 she self-published My Life to share with family. She was predeceased by her husband, Joshua. Survivors: her children, Mary, Carol, and Josh; eight grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Margery Jane Thomas Morrison, ’46, of Aberdeen, Wash., February 1, at 98. She left Stanford to join her husband in Oklahoma, where he was in the Army Air Corps. She shared her love of travel, the culinary arts, and literature with her family. She enjoyed friendships formed at her local PEO, Review Club, Bridge Club, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church. She enthusiastically supported the library. She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin, ’43, and son, Christopher, ’71. Survivors: her daughters, Kathryn Morrison Braun, ’68, and Kerry Morrison Daniel, ’77; and three grandsons, including James Myerson, MS ’19.

Sanford Malone Wilbourn, ’47 (general engineering), MS ’48 (civil engineering), of Little Rock, Ark., February 27, at 96. He served in the Army. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the Stanford Band. In 1958, he and a partner incorporated Garver & Garver, an engineering firm, where he became president and CEO and was instrumental in designing and constructing hundreds of local infrastructure projects. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Mary Virginia; and second wife, Carlyn Langston. Survivors: his sons, Sandy and Chris; stepchildren, Ann Cooper, Sandy Watson, Laurie Brookes, and Hodie Langston; 13 stepgrandchildren; and 17 step-great-grandchildren.

Jack Vickery Harris, ’48 (mechanical engineering), of Los Altos Hills, March 25, at 96. He served in the Navy and was elected to the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He worked as a mechanical press applications salesman for E. W. Bliss Co. and Schlage. He enjoyed sudoku, listening to birds singing, a daily walk, and the four ocean cruises his daughter Diane planned for him. He was a man of faith baptized into the Catholic Church. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Tere, and daughter Julie. Survivors: his daughters, Diane and Sandy.

Edgar Henry Schein, ’48, MA ’49 (psychology), of Palo Alto, January 27, at 94. He joined the Army and worked with American POWs during the Korean War, which led to his first book, Coercive Persuasion. He earned a PhD in social psychology from Harvard and spent 65 years as a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Among other honors, he won the 2015 Beckhard Award for outstanding contributions to the field of organizational development. He wrote eight books, six of them co-authored with his son. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary (Lodmell, ’53). Survivors: his children, Louisa, Elizabeth Schein Krengel, ’81, and Peter, ’83; and grandchildren.

Marshall Davison O’Neill, ’49 (economics), of Palo Alto, December 30, at 97. He served in the Army Air Corps. In 1952, he accepted a position at Stanford’s Microwave Laboratory (later the W.W. Hansen High Energy Microwave Laboratory and the Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory). He held the position of associate director for 30 of his nearly 40 years at Stanford. Upon retiring in 1990, he became the first recipient of the Marsh O’Neill Award for exceptional and enduring support of Stanford’s research enterprise. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne, and son Steven. Survivors: his children, Diane O’Neill Bet and Gary.



Donald E. Chambers, ’50 (psychology), of Lawrence, Kan., February 3, at 93, of kidney failure. He was a longtime professor at the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. He loved sailing on local lakes, great lakes, and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, as well as skiing, hunting, and hiking. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Anne. Survivors: his children, Jane Bonk and Timothy; three grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchild. 

Marilyn Alice Krouser Hohbach, ’51 (international relations), of Atherton, Calif., January 8, at 93. Her professional life was primarily spent at financial institutions in San Francisco, including one of the first mutual fund companies. She was active in the PTA, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts. She was a member of the Stephen Ministry Program at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and was a touring docent at the Cantor Center for the Arts for 15 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold, and daughter Ann, MA ’87. Survivors: her children, Doug, MS ’84, Janet, and Ellen; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

John McHenry Nisbet, ’51, MS ’52 (geology), of Upland, Calif., February 8, at 93. He was a member of Theta Chi, participated in student drama, and served in the Navy. He worked as a petroleum geologist. Later, his managerial and entrepreneurial ventures took his family around the world. In retirement, he and his wife appeared as extras in over 500 movies and TV shows. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Sally (Selby, ’53). Survivors: his children, Lucinda Nisbet Silver, ’76, Kathryn Nisbet Aylward, ’78, John, ’86, and Laura Nisbet Peters, ’88; and 11 grandchildren, including Chris Aylward, ’09, and Jessica Aylward, ’10.

Richard Dean Randall, ’51 (electrical engineering), of Thousand Oaks, Calif., December 5, at 96, of cancer. He served in the Navy during World War II. He spent most of his career at Hughes Aircraft Company. After retiring, he worked as a tax accountant for H&R Block, and he played tennis until a few weeks before his passing. He enjoyed volunteering with the Boy Scouts and Ascension Lutheran Church. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary. Survivors: his children, Diane Elliot, Gary, and Brian; and five grandchildren.

Grace Louise Rexroth Seaman, ’51 (education), of Gig Harbor, Wash., November 9, at 92. After graduation, she taught kindergarten in San Mateo and Palo Alto. She and her husband traveled to more than 50 countries. Later in life she became a master gardener, a member of the Horsehead Bay Garden Club, and an accomplished ceramic artist, winning numerous awards. She had a talent for making everything warm and beautiful for family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Edwin, ’49; and sons Chris, ’76, and Matthew, ’78. Survivors: her son David, ’82, MS ’83; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Diane Rexroth Keller, ’54.

Susan Grotheer Lippstreu, ’52 (education), of Fairfield, Calif., May 15, 2022, at 92, of congestive heart failure. She was a fourth-generation farmer in Suisun Valley and took over Grotheer Ranch when her father passed away. She and her husband owned Lippstreu Realty, Inc., where they conducted real estate sales, property development, property management, and rental business. She served as director of both Solano County’s Agricultural Advisory Board and the Farm Bureau. She loved bridge, golf, and book clubs. She was predeceased by her husband, Ed. Survivors: her children, Jill Green, Bruce, Lynn, and Carol; and three grandchildren.

Nancy Virginia Cord Phelps, ’53 (law), of Reno, Nev., February 26, at 91, after a long illness. She was a dedicated Boy Scout volunteer and earned the BSA Silver Fawn Award, the highest award for female volunteers at the time. She loved languages, history, and travel. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Bob, ’49, MS ’52. Survivors: her children, Mary Hampton, ’75, Charles, Robert, ’76, Susan, ’78, and Kirk, ’81; 12 grandchildren, including Carey, ’15, Virginia Palecek, ’06, MA ’07, Nancy, ’12, MA ’13, Nordstrom, ’03, and Cord, ’09, MA ’18; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Sally Cord Hummel, ’54.

Robert Walker Simon, ’53 (economics), MBA ’59, of Los Altos, December 17, at 91, of congestive heart failure. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda and the track and field team. While working at Stanford Research Institute, he spent 18 months living in Bangladesh and made a documentary about the postwar generation and the changing attitudes of college students. He was assistant dean for corporate development at Stanford Business School for 15 years. Known as a writer of light verse, he wrote a poem that was recited as part of Stanford’s centennial celebration in 1991. Survivors: his wife, Annette; and children, Suzi Dailey, Glenn, ’82, and Sally.

John Timothy “Tim” Collins Jr., ’54 (economics), MBA ’58, of Belvedere, Calif., December 5, at 90. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and served in the Army. He worked in commercial real estate in San Francisco for more than 40 years and served as a director of the San Francisco Real Estate Board. He was an active supporter of the Guardsmen, enjoyed coaching his children in basketball and soccer, and was a lifelong member of the Olympic Club. He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine. Survivors: his children, Jack and Betsy; and three grandchildren.

Thomas Power Lowry, ’54 (basic medical sciences), MD ’57, of Petaluma, Calif., March 22, at 90, of cardiopulmonary failure. He was a member of Zeta Psi and contributed to the Chaparral humor magazine. He served as a medical officer in the Air Force. He practiced medicine in California, New Mexico, and Nevada. He retired early and lived in northern Virginia to conduct research into Civil War courts martial using original documents. Over his lifetime he published more than 25 books on various subjects. He was predeceased by his wives, Francis Smith, Anthea Snyder, and Beverly Lowry. Survivors: his children, Shawn, Richard III, and Margot; two grandchildren; and brother, Richard Jr., ’59. 

James Gilbert Chandler, ’55 (basic medical sciences), MD ’58, of Boulder, Colo., February 18, 2022, at 88. 

Robert Pierson Gledhill, ’55 (art), of Lafayette, Calif., March 31, at 89, of congestive heart failure. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He was a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He worked in the steel industry for 40 years, with stints at Kaiser Steel, Birmingham Steel, and Barbary Coast Steel. He was a proud member of the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He loved fly-fishing and Stanford football, and he made annual backpacking trips to Yosemite until the age of 83. He was predeceased by his wife, Carole (Moody, ’59). Survivors: his children, Susan and Scott; grandson; and brother. 

Alexander Mazour, ’55 (industrial engineering), of Belvedere, Calif., May 9, 2022, at 88. He contributed to the Stanford Daily. He worked at Pan American World Airways, was a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch, and then formed several successful financial management firms. He had an enduring love of travel and was an avid rower, serving as president of the Marin Open Water Rowing Center in Sausalito. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Rosemary Lowman. Survivors: his children, Michael and Mari; and two grandchildren.

Joseph Patrick O’Neill, ’55 (law), of Santa Rosa, Calif., May 18, 2022, at 93. He was a member of the Stanford Band. He attended law school in Oregon and then spent 40 years with State Farm Insurance in Northern California, holding various management positions. His deep love of family informed most every aspect of his life, and he and his wife extended hospitality to all. He was predeceased by his son, William. Survivors: his wife, Elizabeth (Timby, ’54); and daughters, Kathleen O’Neill Cabe and Kathryn.

Barry Ross Brown, ’56 (economics), of Sparks, Nev., December 20, at 88. He was a member of Sigma Chi and played basketball and volleyball, competing in the 1964 Olympics on the U.S. volleyball team. He worked in commercial real estate sales and later shifted into management, where he received top awards in leadership from Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis. He lived in California, New York, Connecticut, and Nevada. His retirement years were spent in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Barbara; three children; and three grandchildren. 

Albert Allan Gulick, ’56 (economics), MBA ’59, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, October 13, at 88. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. After a successful marketing career, he set out on his own and founded the Fan Factory, delving into real estate and other ventures. He was the founding principal broker for the LUVA real estate agency in Hawaii, and was later honored as the state’s top agent. He was a master magician, practicing skills he first developed at age 7. He died just short of 40 years of sobriety. He was predeceased by his ex-wife, Marilyn Hoth, ’61. Survivors: his daughters, Karen, ’88, and Kristin. 

Robert Anthony Hodge, ’56 (political science), of Oakland, February 2, at 87, of complications from a stroke. He was a member of Theta Chi and the fencing team, and he contributed to the Stanford Daily. He was an artillery officer in the Marine Corps. He devoted 30 years to the executive search and selection field, starting at Korn/Ferry International and SpencerStuart and then at his own firm, Anthony Hodge & Associates. He was predeceased by his wife, Edith, and son, Robert, ’82. Survivors: his daughters, Jane Athanasakos and Kate; two grandchildren; and sister. 

Josephine Ann “Jodie” Kegley Hunter, ’56, of Santa Barbara and Atherton, Calif., February 7, at 88. She served as vice president of the family business, Industrial Boxboard Corporation. She was an active volunteer for Peninsula Family Service, the auxiliary for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and a supporter of many other local charities. She loved her dogs, the ballet and symphony, and singing in the Presbyterian Church. Survivors: her husband of 63 years, John, ’51; children, Julene, Wendi, Elizabeth Hunter Kerrigan, John, and Mary Hunter Leman; 12 grandchildren; and sister. 

John Giboney Tatum II, ’56, MS ’57, Engr. ’60 (electrical engineering), of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., December 19, at 87, of a fall and cardiovascular disease. He was one of the first engineers at Hewlett Packard hired to design electronic instruments with the newly invented transistor. He helped develop the world’s first RF power transistor and later worked at ITT Semiconductors/Shockley Labs. He enjoyed hiking and hunting and racing sailboats. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Blanca; and stepson, Brian Colina. Survivors: his stepdaughter, Karen Farrell; three stepgrandchildren; and step-great-grandson. 

Arthur Louis Godi, ’57 (economics), of Stockton, Calif., April 15, at 87, of pancreatic cancer. He was the student body president in 1956. After opening Art Godi Realtors, he served on the National Association of Realtors’ board of directors and was president of the California Association of Realtors. He represented the United States at the United Nations World Shelter Conference in Istanbul in 1996. He taught real estate classes at local colleges and in eight countries in the former Soviet bloc. He was predeceased by his son Michael. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Joyce; children, Ria Holdaway, Mark, John, and James; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Leon Castle Nelson, ’57 (sociology), of Redding, Calif., August 27, at 87, of Lewy body dementia. He was on the club ski team and in the Stanford Band. He ran a successful dental practice and home business, NOVA Dental Supply, for 43 years. Nicknamed “Tarp Man,” he enjoyed skiing, fishing, backpacking, camping, and photographing the outdoors. He was a longtime member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church. Survivors: his wife of 66 years, Donna (Jones, ’57); children, Michael, Marcia, Karina Lapp, and Katherine Crawford, ’84, MA ’87; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Sheila Joan Maguire Nilsson, ’57 (history), of Scottsdale, Ariz., October 17, 2021, at 85, of Alzheimer’s disease. She was an avid reader of mystery novels and loved classic movies, especially musicals. Having grown up in Boston, she was a lifelong Red Sox fan, and she and her husband were season ticket holders for Stanford football games. She enjoyed traveling, and her favorite destinations included Kauai, Vienna, and Paris. She was predeceased by her husband, William, ’57. Survivors: her daughter, Laurie Nilsson Kelly, ’86; and grandson, Patrick Kelly, ’12. 

Robert Fennell Sawyer, ’57, MS ’58 (mechanical engineering), of Oakland, November 17, at 87, of cancer. He was a rocket test and propulsion research engineer at Edwards Air Force Base, then earned a PhD in aerospace science from Princeton. He was a professor of mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley and later established a consulting firm to advise on air pollution control. He cared deeply about the environment, hiked the John Muir Trail five times, and completed 29 marathons. Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Barbara; daughters, Allison Shaffer and Lisa; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

David Cameron “Cam” Baker, ’58 (history), of Calistoga, Calif., March 18, at 86. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He practiced law for more than 50 years, 12 of them as the managing partner at Pettit & Martin. He was a member of the Belvedere City Council and elected mayor in 1976. In 1991, he and his wife became the proprietors of Larkmead Vineyards and took pride in reestablishing it as a historic and highly respected winery. He was a fervent supporter of gun safety and control. Survivors: his wife, Kate; children, Cameron, ’85, MA ’86, Ann, and John; and three grandchildren. 

Earl Garretson Lawrence Cilley, ’58 (classics), MBA ’62, of Bellingham, Wash., January 11, at 88. He participated in Ram’s Head Theatrical Society and the alpine club, and contributed to the Stanford Daily. He served in the Army and spent his career working for the Stanford University administration, most prominently as the director of sponsored projects. He loved to travel, especially treks in the highest places in the world, including the Himalayas, Sierra Nevadas, and Cascades. He never returned from an expedition without several new friends. Survivors: his former wife, Camille de Campos, ’61; son, Earl; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Ralph M. Davis, ’58 (philosophy), of Portland, Ore., February 8, at 87. He contributed to the Chaparral humor magazine. He served as an operative in the Army’s counterintelligence corps. He was a professor of philosophy at Albion College, where he helped build the Great Ideas Program, which he then directed for 38 years. He was also a self-taught painter who worked in acrylics, ink, and gold leaf. His work was displayed in galleries in Oregon, California, Michigan, New York, Chicago, and Germany. He enjoyed reading, gardening, and a glass of bourbon. Survivors: his wife of 55 years, Margaret; children, Clea and Michael; and granddaughter. 

Ray Thomas “Tom” Decker, ’58 (history), of San Francisco, October 26, at 84, of pancreatic cancer. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and was on the swim team. He served in the Navy. He founded Wells Fargo Leasing and later became executive vice president of Bank of America and head of corporate banking in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. He devoted time to the Boy Scouts, the Japan America Society, and the San Francisco Yacht Club. He was predeceased by his son, James. Survivors: his wife of 28 years, Denise; and daughter, Jennifer Decker Buck.

Peter James De Muth, ’58 (economics), MBA ’60, of Huntington Beach, Calif., January 27, at 90, of pneumonia. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He worked in marketing and brand management at the Maxwell House Division of General Foods and the Purex Corporation. He later worked in asset management and liquidation with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Survivors: his wife, Annabel; and daughters, Anne Diebel, Cathleen De Muth-Valian, and Michele De Muth-Cedotal.

Richard Alan McCray, ’59 (physics), of Wheat Ridge, Colo., October 26, 2021, at 83. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He was a research fellow at Caltech and an assistant professor at Harvard before becoming a longtime professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he conducted theoretical and multi-wavelength observational studies of Supernova 1987a. He was a Guggenheim fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was predeceased by his first wife, Sandra Broomfield. Survivors: his wife, Susan Bloch; daughters, Julia McCray-Goldsmith and Carla; and two grandchildren.

Willard Francis “Bill” Tunney Jr., ’59 (electrical engineering), MBA ’61, of St. Helena, Calif., February 14, at 84. He was a member of Zeta Psi. He worked on aeronautical guidance systems in the early years of NASA’s space program. Later, he joined Pacific Union Company, then founded Pacific Union Homes and Pacific Union Land Company, where he developed master planned communities and more than 2,000 homes and apartments throughout Northern California. He was predeceased by his son Chico. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Lynda; children, Matt and Jono, ’90; seven grandchildren; and sister.


Coleen Lois Neff Love, ’60 (political science), of Dumont, Colo., February 21, at 84, of colon cancer. She worked as an insurance broker and served on the boards of Mile High Girl Scouts and the Denver Junior League, participating in the same Junior League gourmet cooking group for five decades. She also helped shape the Dumont Historical Society as a board member and supported many charitable organizations. She loved Colorado and its mountains, was a passionate skier, and enjoyed reading, fishing, sailing, and antiques. Survivors: her children, Julie and Scott; two grandsons; and sister.

Christian Louis M. Van Den Berghe, ’61 (psychology), MA ’63, PhD ’71 (French),of Santa Rosa, Calif., November 14, at 84, of acute leukemia. Survivors: his wife, Isabelle. 

James Wesley Bryan, ’62 (biological sciences), of Murrieta, Calif., February 12, at 83. He was a member of Sigma Chi and played basketball. He attended Cornell Medical School, served in the 44th medical brigade in Vietnam, and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic. He practiced ophthalmology in Southern California for more than 40 years. He was sober for 30 years and helped others in recovery. He never stopped wearing his Stanford ring or rooting for the Cardinal. Survivors: his wife, Michelle; daughters, Lisa and Holly; five grandchildren; and two siblings, including his twin, Timothy, ’62.

Jean Louise Mayo Howell, ’62 (hearing and speech sciences), of Los Altos, December 7, at 82, of respiratory failure. She worked at San Diego Children’s hospital and later taught in Southern California and in the Cupertino Unified School District, where she was a resource specialist and a second grade teacher. She was active in the Junior League of Palo Alto; loved tennis, art, and traveling; and enjoyed golf as a member of the Deep Cliff Ladies Club. Survivors: her husband, Jack, ’60; and sons, David, ’92, and John; and four grandchildren.

Andrew Nicholas “Nick” Lenz, ’62 (biological sciences), of Leverett, Mass., April 8, 2022, at 82. He earned a master’s in zoology and conducted doctoral research in freshwater ecology. A self-taught bonsai master, he maintained a collection of approximately 500 trees and published a book, Bonsai from the Wild, and nearly 50 articles on bonsai collection, cultivation, and design. He exhibited to the public at bonsai events, local art galleries, and at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. He also restored colonial homes and built and was an accomplished ceramicist. Survivors: his wife, Joanna Stone; son, Abel; and brother.

Julie Gordon Shearer, ’62 (political science), of Berkeley, August 24, at 82, from type 1 diabetes. She contributed to the Stanford Daily. She worked as an interviewer at UC Berkeley’s regional oral history office of the Bancroft Library for more than 15 years. As the leader of the Bateman Neighborhood Association, she negotiated a 99-year agreement with Berkeley to limit the expansion of the Alta Bates Hospital. She was a founding member of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and a prolific songwriter. Survivors: her husband, William Ellis; children, Kyle and Amy; two grandchildren; and brother.

William Fenton Whiting, ’62 (political science), of Moraga, Calif., March 22, at 82, of lymphoma. He was a member of Sigma Chi. He served in the Marine Corps and concluded his military service at the rank of captain. He founded the firm Whiting, Rubenstein & Swager at Richmond Hilltop and was recognized as one of the top family law attorneys in the Bay Area. He enjoyed poker games on Friday nights, doubles tennis on Saturdays, and church services on Sunday. Survivors: his wife, Penny; children Ryan, Macaulay, and Elizabeth; and four grandsons.

Leola Pauline Barnes Cullinan Wooldridge, ’63 (English), of Los Altos, March 15, at 81, of dementia. She was an active volunteer, particularly in her sons’ schools, and later became a popular French and English tutor and head of the Gunn Tutorial Center. She loved music and was a member of the Peninsula Women’s Chorus. She also enjoyed travel, gardening, and dancing. She was predeceased by her first husband, Terry Cullinan, ’61, MBA, ’64; and son Tracey. Survivors: her husband, John; son, Cory Cullinan, ’92; and two granddaughters.

Kathleen Ann Burdic Gregory, ’65 (English), of Fresno, Calif., February 3, at 79, after a fall. After having children, she earned her private pilot’s license and instrument rating. When her first marriage ended, she returned to school, earned a law degree and started a career as an attorney in her 40s. She will be remembered for her boundless optimism, famous chocolate chip cookies, sense of adventure, and extraordinary generosity. Survivors: her husband, Woody; children, Jeannie Goshgarian and George Goshgarian; stepchildren, Erin Oliver and Jonathan Gregory; and seven grandchildren.

Michael Charles Spellman, ’65 (biological sciences), of Aptos, Calif., January 17, at 79, of heart failure. He was a member of Theta Xi and was on the swim team. After completing medical school and residency at UCLA, he became an associate professor of radiology at Stanford Medical School. Later he worked as a radiologist at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz for more than three decades. He piloted small aircraft, captained a Bayliner, and delighted in driving his Morgan along Highway 1. Survivors: his wife, Berdell (Coe, ’65); and children, Kelly and Keith.

Pearson Monroe “Peary” Spaght, ’66 (mechanical engineering), MS ’69 (aeronautics and astronautics), MBA ’72, of Southport, Conn., February 24, at 78, of cancer. He was a member of Delta Upsilon, the Mendicants, and the choir. He worked at the Boston Consulting Group for 10 years and later founded his own firm, which became Fletcher Spaght Inc., now celebrating its 40th year of operation. As its president, he connected with clients, served on boards, and mentored colleagues into his 70s. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Patti (Unger, ’68); children, Devon Lucas and Kendall; and two siblings, including Sarah Spaght Brown, ’70.

Terry Susan Koehler Yoschak, ’66 (chemistry), of Rocklin, Calif., April 18, at 79. She started her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a chemist for Syntex Laboratories, where he helped to develop the birth control pill. Later, after her children were grown, she obtained a second degree and started a new career as an accountant for Recom Technologies. She was a longtime member and officer of Roseville Rock Rollers Gem and Mineral Society. She was a sci-fi fan and a good friend. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank. Survivors: her children, Vicki Yoschak Lombardo and Greg; grandson; and three siblings.

Christine Louise Bassett, ’67 (biological sciences), of Sebastopol, Calif., November 6, at 77, of adrenal cancer. She worked in the Marin County Department of Welfare for 43 years. She lived her life surrounded by animals, including horses, goats, dogs, and cats. Keen to understand and embrace a variety of cultures, she traveled to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the South Pacific, and East Africa. She particularly loved the Stanford Travel/Study tours she shared with her mother, Barbara Breuner Bassett, ’44. Survivors: her daughter, Hannah; and three brothers, including Jim, ’76,

David Michael Daly, ’69 (anthropology), of Santa Fe, N.M., November 20, at 75. He was a member of Kappa Sigma, played water polo, and was an early participant in the Stanford in Government program. After earning his PhD in linguistics, he studied the intersection of language and neuroscience and patented a device to physically support children with cerebral palsy. He was never at rest, filling his home with gizmos, constructions, and clever innovations, including a widely used software suite to diagnose and treat pet fish. Survivors: his wife of 55 years, Ellen (Boozer, ’69); and son, David, ’05.

Louis A. Highman, ’69 (political science), of Piedmont, Calif., March 23, at 74. He volunteered with AmeriCorps for two years. After law school, he worked as a legal aid attorney for the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation before becoming a founding member of Highman, Highman & Ball, where he helped establish precedents that continue to bolster the rights of employees and consumers. His sense of adventure and intellectual curiosity were matched only by his profound kindness. He was predeceased by his wife, Shannon. Survivors: his daughters, Alice and Molly; and two brothers, including Bruce, JD ’81.


Raymond Cross, ’70 (political science), of Tucson, Ariz., January 24, at 74, of complications from a spinal cord tumor. He was born on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, the son of the tribal chairman. After graduating from Yale Law School, he worked as an attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, where he helped the Klamath Tribe secure their aboriginal hunting and fishing rights. He then returned home, served as lead tribal attorney, and won reparations of $149 million from the federal government’s seizing of 156,000 acres of land. His work also included two victories before the U.S. Supreme Court. Survivors: his wife, Kathy; and children, Helena, ’13, and Cade.

David Francis Pugh, ’70 (political science), of Austin, Texas, January 26, at 74, of complications from kidney disease. He was a union organizer, an editor for the communist party newspaper The Revolutionary Worker in Chicago, a civil rights attorney in New York City, and a teacher in public schools in the Bronx and Harlem. In recent years, he taught ESOL to immigrants and prepared incarcerated youth for the GED. He explored the world on Road Scholar trips and loved brash, progressive music. Survivors: his daughters, Jacqueline Sackler and Dina, ’00; four grandchildren; and two siblings, including Elizabeth, ’76.

Ned H. Chambers, ’73 (human biology), of San Diego, March 5, at 71, after suffering a brain injury. He played football on a full scholarship as well as club lacrosse. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and worked as a family physician with offices on Rosecrans Street in San Diego for more than 40 years. Survivors: his wife of 38 years, Annie DesGranges; and sons, Evan, and Alec.

Julia Cox Wyman, ’73 (psychology), of Alameda, Calif., April 7, at 71, of cancer. She completed graduate work in psychology and then earned a law degree from McMaster University in Canada. She worked in human resources, including at Stanford, and retired as CFO of the Social Services Administration of Santa Clara County. She was a lifelong learner and an avid reader, an enthusiastic gardener and cook, and a dog rescuer. After retiring she took up home remodeling. Survivors: her husband, Michael, MD ’72; and children, Justin, Katharine, Annie Julia, ’08, MA ’09, and Sam, ’10.

Craig Hayden Kronman, ’75 (English), of Orinda, Calif., October 20, at 69. He maintained a robust practice as a noted probate and tax attorney and delighted in sharing his knowledge with others. He began studying the viola during college and relished playing with the Prometheus Symphony and others for more than 30 years. He had a passion for sailing, a strong interest in French culture, and read the Bible each morning as a lifelong Christian Scientist. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Anna Lisa.

Gary Samuel Riekes, ’75 (political science), of Woodside, Calif., March 24, 2021, at 69. He was a member of Sigma Chi and the symphony orchestra, and played football and ran track. He was a professional football coach for the New York Knights in the World Football League, and served as a coaching consultant for Menlo School, Woodside High School, and Sequoia High School. In 1996, he founded the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement in Menlo Park, where children and teens, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, are given the resources to develop their athletic and musical passions. Survivors include his sister and nephews.

Richard Lee Hjelm, ’77, MS ’77 (mechanical engineering), of Centennial, Colo., March 6, at 69. He enjoyed a long career in aerospace at Martin Marietta, now Lockheed Martin. Later, he moved to United Launch Alliance, where he worked until his retirement. He devoted 36 years to the aerospace industry and was proud to have been a part of over 150 spacecraft launches. He loved cooking, skiing, fly-fishing, traveling, and the Denver Broncos. Survivors: his wife, Jill; former wife, Debbie; children, Krista St. Charles and Oliver; grandson; and two sisters. 


Stanley Tobias Wilson Jr., ’04 (urban studies), of Carson, Calif., February 1, at 40. He was a member of the Alpha Mu chapter of Omega Psi Phi and played cornerback for the football team. He was also heavily involved in volunteer work and mentored East Palo Alto youths through a university program. In 2005, he was drafted into the NFL in the third round by the Detroit Lions. He played three seasons for the Lions and suffered a career-ending Achilles injury in 2008. 


Parley Boyd Hales, MBA ’65, of Mapleton, Utah, February 8, at 85, of a heart attack. He started his career at Northern Trust Company in Chicago, traveling abroad to develop relationships with foreign banks. He worked in the international department of several other banks in the United States. He served a three-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and later served as mission president in Taiwan. He loved wood turning, biking, and learning about the cultures of the countries he visited. In retirement, he taught English at Beijing University. Survivors: his wife, Lyona; children, Lisa Budge, Reid, Michelle Dolinar, Marianne, and Elizabeth Rose; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Alan G. Fein, MBA ’79, of Watertown, Mass., May 9, 2022, at 69, of kidney cancer. He started his career at the Congressional Budget Office before switching to academia. He served as executive director of the Harvard Aids Institute, director of financial planning and budgets at the University of Chicago, and executive vice president of Lesley College. After moving into biotech, he helped transform the Whitehead Institute Center for Genomic Research into the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, where he spent 16 years rising to executive vice president and deputy director. Survivors: his wife, Ellen Kolton; children, Lou and Melanie; mother, Ruth; and two siblings.

Philip Howard Kohl, MBA ’79, of Chapel Hill, N.C., May 8, 2020, at 66, of glioblastoma. After a brief stint as a financial journalist in New York City, he transitioned to securities trading. He worked at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg and then founded Refco Securities, a NYSE member firm, where he spent 10 years as president. He moved to Chapel Hill in 1997 and got involved with multi-family housing. He served on many boards, including the Duke Heart Center, and enjoyed golf and travel. Survivors: his wife of 32 years, Mary; and children, Alison Kohl Gorlick, ’15, and Steven, ’22.

Matthew Elliot Slavik, MBA ’80, of Menlo Park, February 23, at 70, after a long period of ill health. Experience at Apple, Cadence Design Systems, and Silicon Graphics led him to a long career as a valued consultant developing sales and marketing strategies for many early-stage companies. He loved any music involving acoustic guitar, which he played religiously for most of his life. He was a loyal Giants and Warriors fan. He was a devoted father and volunteered as a grief counselor for many years through the nonprofit Kara. Survivors: his former wife, Leigh Flesher, ’79; sons, Jackson and Jay; and sister, Martha.


Maurice Joseph Fitzgerald, MA ’55, of Hillsborough, Calif., March 9, at 94. He served as an Army lieutenant in the Korean War. He taught English at the College of San Mateo for 31 years. In 1971, he successfully led the Don’t Shut Colleges Campaign to keep all three college campuses in the San Mateo County Community College District open. He was the executive secretary of the Cemetery Workers Local 265. He spent weekends sailing and racing sailboats on the San Francisco Bay. Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Alana Branick; children, John, Mary, Maurice Jr., Alana Jr., Vincent, and Brian; and nine grandchildren.


Gordon Edward Graham, MS ’57 (mechanical engineering), of Alexandria, Va., February 18, at 88. Survivors: his wife of 55 years, JoAnne; daughters, Marybeth and Amanda; and two grandsons.

Daniel Gould Dow, PhD ’58 (electrical engineering), of Seattle, January 2, at 92, of a stroke. He joined the faculty at Caltech and later accepted a job with Varian Associates. In 1968, he became chair of the electrical engineering department at the University of Washington, while also holding leadership roles with the Applied Physics Lab and the Washington Energy Research Council. An avid musician, he was skilled on the clarinet, cornet, and saxophone, and he built a harpsichord. He was predeceased by his daughter Jennifer Dow Walls. Survivors: his wife, Kathleen; children, Sarah, Suzanne Nakaki, and Gordon, ’92; five grandchildren; and brother.

Donald George Seehusen, MS ’65 (civil engineering), of Boise, Idaho, and Phoenix, February 21, at 83, of pneumonia. He served in the Navy and was construction project manager on the Roscoe Maples Pavilion. With his patent, he built more than 100 stone-faced, industrial tilt-up buildings in Silicon Valley during the 1970s. He founded, grew, and sold several companies in electronic, construction, and natural resources. He served on several boards and commissions, including the Portola Valley Planning Commission. Survivors: his wife of eight years, Helen Nason Miller, ’58; daughters, Amy Seehusen Johnson and Ashley; three stepchildren; three grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.

Cho Chuan Wu, MS ’76 (civil engineering), of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, September 11, at 74. He came to Canada to pursue better opportunities and worked tirelessly for 30 years as senior cost engineer in engineering firms, mostly in the energy sector and mining and metals industry. He was a loyal family man, had a flawless work ethic, unmatched organizational and management skills, and loved tennis, travel, good coffee, and ballroom dancing. Survivors: his wife of 48 years, Agnes; and sons, James and Jason.

Eugene Marion Wells, MS ’78, PhD ’82 (aeronautics and astronautics), of Huntsville, Ala., January 10, at 72, of pancreatic cancer. He was an instructor pilot in the Northrop T-38 Talon at the Columbus Air Force Base, where he accrued over 1,200 hours of accident-free flight. During his 40-year career as a rocket scientist, he became a subject matter expert in guidance and navigation systems. His final job was as a contractor on the Space-X and Space Launch System programs. He earned a black belt in karate, held two patents, and built his own plane. Survivors: his wife, Carol; children, Erica, Haley, and Derek; and two sisters.

Humanities and Sciences

Marcia Harriet Katzman Allen, PhD ’63 (biological sciences), of Palo Alto, April 14, at 88. She worked at Syntex and Nellcor. Her longest position was as a lecturer in biology at Stanford, where she ran the undergraduate labs. She was highly active in the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women, where she led many committees. She served as the program chair and president of the Morning Forum of Los Altos. Survivors: her husband of over 65 years, Matthew, PhD ’59; sons, Bruce, Peter, and David; and two grandsons.

Lawrence Edmund Rose, MA ’67, PhD ’76 (political science), of Oslo, Norway, February 12, at 78, of a severe brain injury. He taught at the University of Virginia before moving to Oslo, where he joined a leading social science research institute. He later became a full professor of political science at the University of Oslo. His work focused on local democracies and international comparative politics and took him and his wife on trips around the world. He loved cooking, hosting dinners, and classical and folk music concerts. Survivors: his wife, Leslie; and brother, Gerald.

José Luis Leiva, MFA ’75 (speech and drama), of San Francisco, February 1, at 84. He earned his teaching credential and was involved in local theater in his native Guatemala before coming to California to study at the University of San Francisco and Stanford. He taught theater design and history at USF and the City College of San Francisco for 35 years, and his play, Chicle, was produced on both college campuses. He turned many of his whimsical paintings into greeting cards, and he led tours of Mayan sites in Central America. Survivors: his wife, Kate Stadler; daughter, Maya; and sister.

Patricia Liggins Hill, PhD ’77 (English), of Brentwood, Calif., January 23, at 80. She started her career at the University of San Francisco in 1970 as one of three Black faculty members, later becoming the first director of the ethnic studies program. She retired after 45 years as an English professor. She was the general editor of the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed anthology, Call & Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition. She was an active community organizer and an ardent friend to social justice. Survivors: her children, Sanya, JSM ’96, and Solomon, ’87; and two grandchildren.


Jerry Glover South, LLB ’58, of San Rafael, Calif., December 29, at 90, of congestive heart failure triggered by COVID. He served in the Navy. He joined the legal department of Bank of America in San Francisco, specializing in bankruptcy and trial work. He eventually left the active practice of law to serve as the bank’s corporate secretary and president of the BofA Mortgage and International Realty Corporation. Later he worked as a residential and commercial real estate broker. He loved hiking, running, downhill skiing, and playing bocce. Survivors: his wife, Marilyn (Page, ’57); daughters, Alison, ’84, Lindsay, and Marian; eight grandchildren; and great-granddaughter.

Maurice Kemp Jr., LLB ’61, of Bozeman, Mont., February 8, at 90. He served four years in the Navy as a pilot and spent 14 years in the Navy reserve, retiring as a lieutenant commander. He worked for 40 years as an attorney in Palo Alto, specializing in criminal defense and then family law and estate planning. He coached and umpired in Palo Alto Little League, completed 17 marathons, and loved his dogs. Survivors: his wife of more than 50 years, Susan; children, Audrey, ’78, and Jon; stepchildren, Gray Thornton and Elizabeth Wilmore; three grandchildren; and two stepgranddaughters.

Melvin Robert Goldman, JSM ’63, of Hillsborough, Calif., January 11, at 86. He spent almost his entire career at the San Francisco law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he became a national expert in securities and antitrust litigation. He served as a senior partner at the firm for decades and as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco in 1995. He was an avid 49ers and Stanford football fan. He was predeceased by his children Phillip, Gr. ’89, and Alexa. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Bonnie, ’63; sons Tyler and Colin; and nine grandchildren.


Vernon Joe Henderson, MD ’80, of Stone Mountain, Ga., February 22, at 69. He devoted 11 years to Stanford, where he completed medical school, residency, and a fellowship in cardiac surgery. He was an integral part of UC Davis East Bay, Stanford Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital, and Morehouse School of Medicine. In 2011, he led the transition of Atlanta Medical Center from a level 2 to a level 1 trauma center and remained the trauma medical and surgical ICU director for many years. Survivors: his wife; five children; and five grandchildren.


Grace Phillips Johnson Perkins, MS ’56 (geology), of San Francisco, February 1, at 91. She worked for Standard Oil of California—the first woman ever hired by the company as an exploratory petroleum geologist. While raising her children, she founded a small maternity clothing shop on Union Street and ran a preschool out of her home. Later, she launched a career in residential real estate and served as president of the San Francisco Board of Realtors. She never tired of learning or rising to a challenge. She was predeceased by her husband, Perk, ’57, and son Phillips. Survivors: her sons Roland, Chris, and Jon; and seven grandchildren.

Chapman “Chan” Young III, MS ’64 (geology), PhD ’66 (geophysics), of Steamboat Springs, Colo., January 28, at 85, of glioblastoma. He worked as an assistant professor at Stanford and then as a geophysicist at Science Applications. In 1971, he took a position at Institut CERAC near Lausanne, Switzerland. Later he became a research professor at Colorado State University before opening the Fort Collins office of Science Applications. He founded CFI Technologies, where he designed foam-injection rock fracturing technology for tunneling and mining applications. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Chris; children, George, Catherine Young Alexander, and Mary Young Swanson; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five siblings.

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