Obituaries - May 2020


Albert Cohen, of Stanford, December 31, at 90. He was William H. Bonsall Professor of Music, emeritus, and former chair of the music department. He started as a professional violinist, and then an interest in early Baroque music led him to pursue musicology. He published numerous books and articles on music theory and French music in the 17th and 18th centuries. Over the course of his career, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright grant and multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He helped establish Stanford’s Lully Archive, Braun Music Center, and Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Survivors: his wife, Betty; son, Stefan, ’88; two grandsons; and two siblings. His daughter, Eva, died the same day as her father.

Hector Garcia-Molina, MS ’75 (electrical engineering), MS ’77, PhD ’79 (computer science), of Stanford, November 25, at 65, of cancer. He was the Leonard Bosack and Sandy K. Lerner Professor in Engineering and former chair of the computer science department. His research on distributed databases laid the foundations for online commerce and cloud computing. He was the author, co-author and editor of nine books and more than 400 articles and conference papers. His work was recognized by awards from the Association for Computing Machinery, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. He helped launch the Stanford Digital Libraries Project to digitize traditional libraries; the project’s early research assistants included the later founders of Google. He was also highly skilled in photography and an official Stanford sports photographer. Survivors: his loving family.

Richard “Dick” Goode, of Los Altos Hills, October 30, at 84. He taught an undergraduate course on paranormal psychology, trained Stanford surgical residents and treated patients for more than four decades, but his greatest influence may have been his inventions. He developed a ventilator to drain infections of the middle ear, surgical nasal splints and implantable hearing aids, and he contributed to research on cochlear implants for the severely hearing impaired. He served as president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was also an accomplished magician and performed magic tricks throughout his life. Survivors: his wife, Lynn Szekely; children, Melissa Wood, Allison Corallo and Jim; former wife, Marcia Lloyd; and six grandchildren.

Bert George Hickman Jr., of Palo Alto, November 23, at 95. He was an emeritus professor of economics and former chair of the economics department. With his collaborator Robert Coen, he did pioneering work in modeling techniques and computer simulation methods in economics, and he helped develop a model for predicting the long-term growth and stability of the U.S. economy. He also worked on international macroeconomics with Lawrence Lau. He helped found and for 30 years chaired Project LINK, a cooperative international research effort to understand how to integrate in a global context the macroeconomic models that had been developed in advanced economies. Survivors: his wife, Edythe; children, Wendy, Paul, ’75, and Alison; and grandchildren, including Geoffrey Morris, ’04, MS ’06.

David Swenson Hogness, of Stanford, December 24, at 94. He was a professor of biochemistry. He conducted a series of experiments in the 1970s and 1980s that bridged the gap between molecular biology and genetics, allowed researchers to identify the position of particular genes along the chromosome, and played a key role in launching the fields of molecular genetics and genomics. The techniques he developed and the insights derived from his studies served as the bedrock for the Human Genome Project and have been used to identify thousands of disease-associated genes. Outside the lab, he enjoyed camping, hiking, and kayaking with friends and family, especially in Puget Sound and Glacier National Park. He was predeceased by his wife, Judy.  Survivors: his sons, Peter and Chris.

David Mark Ritson, of Stanford, October 25, at 94. He taught physics while pushing the boundaries of high-energy particle physics at SLAC. He contributed to the discovery of subatomic particles and their most fundamental interactions. He enjoyed opportunities to live abroad and travel widely, and he took his family on sabbaticals to Italy and England. He loved art, music, and finding scenic spots and pleasant restaurants. In retirement, he used his analytical skills to analyze data and publish articles about global warming. He was predeceased by his wife, Edda. Survivors: his children, Francesca, Peter, Matt, Vincent and Marc, ’80, MS ’82; seven grandchildren; and great-grandson.

Lawrence Vincent “Larry” Ryan, of Cupertino, Calif., November 23, at 96. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was injured at the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was an English professor, helped found the Structured Liberal Education program and received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding service to undergraduate education. In retirement, he taught at the Fromm Institute in San Francisco and led many Stanford alumni trips to Europe. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Patricia. Survivors: his children, Katrina, Lawrence, Gregory, ’74, and Mary, ’77; four grandchildren; and great-granddaughter.

Pan A. Yotopoulos, of Palo Alto, December 17, at 86. He was an emeritus professor of economics. He authored, co-authored and edited 12 books and more than 70 articles in the fields of developmental and agricultural economics, economic demography, international trade, production and consumption theory. He received numerous awards for his research, which addressed such issues as global food crises, human hunger, poverty and inequality. He advised international organizations, including the Greek government and the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also taught extensively abroad, from Sweden and the Netherlands to Japan, Italy and Singapore. After retiring from Stanford, he was appointed to a distinguished professorship at the U. of Florence. Survivors: his former wife, Mary; children, Kyvele Artinian and Jason, ’91, MBA ’96; and two grandchildren.


Fern Elizabeth Reid Gordon, ’39 (social science/social thought), of Los Angeles, September 20, at 102. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi. During World War II, she worked for the British army staff in San Francisco. She married, raised her daughters and became an active supporter of charitable organizations, including the Los Angeles Museum of Art. She served as president of the Los Angeles Symphony’s Junior Philharmonic Committee. She traveled extensively (including many Stanford trips), enjoyed music, history and the Beach Club, and most of all loved her family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Lynn. Survivors: her daughter, Susan Bonesteel.


Caroline Parry Tyson Randolph, ’43 (political science), of Richmond, Va., December 26, at 98. She worked in naval intelligence as a Japanese translator during World War II. She served her community as a tour guide at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and as a board member of the Boys Home of Virginia. She considered music and sports universal languages and actively participated in both. She was also a gifted gardener and sang in the choir at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Beverley. Survivors: her children, Mary Kundzins, Beverley III, Charles and Katharine; two grandchildren; and sister.

Marion “Mimi” Nielsen Hoffman, ’44 (pre-business), of Tulare, Calif., February 10, 2019, at 96. She helped launch and then held leadership positions at many organizations, including the Tulare Woman’s Club, University Women, Tulare County Symphony, Symphony League, Las Madrinas, Tulare Historical Museum and the California Farm Show. While Ronald Reagan was governor, she was appointed to the California State Nursing Board, and in 1970 she was recognized as the Tulare Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year. She also enjoyed swimming and playing tennis, golf and bridge. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Chase, ’44. Survivors: her children, Chuck, ’69, Karen, ’71, Mark, ’76, MS ’77, and Gregory, ’79; eight grandchildren, including Ingrid, ’95, and Kat Coombes, ’07, MS ’08; and seven great-grandchildren.

William Dick Pennycook, ’44 (general engineering), of Santa Barbara, Calif., November 12, at 97, of natural causes. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi. After graduation, he served as an officer in the Army Signal Corps in Germany. He earned his MS in 1959 from UCLA and subsequently served as a forensic engineer for Truesdail Laboratories in Los Angeles. He was a state registered electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and safety engineer. He was an avid skier, folk dancer and environmentalist. He enjoyed the Sierras and led many family and Scout trips into the backcountry. In retirement, he traveled the world. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Janet (Wallace, ’45). Survivors: his wife, Jeanne Nicholls; children, Jean and William Ill; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Betty Claire Farley Purcell, ’44 (biological sciences), of Redmond, Wash., November 7, at 97. After raising her children, she earned a master’s degree in education from Seattle U. and taught elementary school in Bellevue for more than 18 years. She loved animals, travel, entertaining and maintaining a wide circle of friendships. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Ernest. Survivors: her children, John, ’76, Kelly and Mollie, ’83; and five grandchildren.

Roy S. Stanford, ’46 (basic medical sciences), MD ’50, of Sacramento, Calif., October 17, at 93. He joined the Navy during World War II and retired as a lieutenant commander from the Navy Reserve. After completing active service as a Navy medical officer, he was in private practice as a general surgeon. He was predeceased by his first wife, Doris; second wife, Patricia; son Robert; and a grandson. Survivors: his children Catherine Keller, Lorraine Faires and Donald; stepdaughters, Patricia Fosha, Janet Peterson and Margaret Leger; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

Marian Jeanne Merrill Brubaker, ’49 (biological sciences), MA ’51 (bacteriology), MD ’54, of La Cañada, Calif., August 25, at 92, after a lengthy illness. She completed her internship and residency in dermatology at the USC Medical Center. In addition to her private practice, she mentored future doctors in pediatric dermatology as a clinical professor at USC. In retirement, she fulfilled her lifelong goal of traveling, and she visited Egypt and China, among other destinations. She was predeceased by her husband, Rowan Ward. Survivors: her children, David and Ann; and grandchildren. 

Marshall Lee Small, ’49 (undergraduate law), JD ’51, of San Francisco, December 8, at 92. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. After completing his law degree and clerking for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, he served during the Korean War in the office of the Judge Advocate General. He spent the rest of his legal career with Morrison & Foerster, where he was chair, managing partner and general counsel. In 2002, the California State Bar honored him with its Business Law Section Lifetime Achievement Award. He was dedicated to pro bono work and also served for more than a decade as a volunteer elementary school teacher’s assistant. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Mary. Survivors: his children, Daniel and Liz; grandson; and brother.


Joseph Haratani, ’50 (civil engineering), of Sonora, Calif., December 6, at 96. After he was sent to an internment camp for Japanese Americans, he joined the Army and served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. After graduation, he served as a civil and sanitary engineer with the State Department in Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Survivors: his wife, Amy; sons, Guy, Richard and Saji; two grandchildren; and three siblings.

Alfred E. Heller, ’50 (English), of San Rafael, Calif., December 20, at 90. He was on the crew team and served in the Army. A summer wilderness excursion as a student led to a life of environmental activism, first as publisher of a weekly newspaper in Grass Valley, Calif., and then by founding the group California Tomorrow. He was also editor and publisher of the quarterly magazine World’s Fair. He served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, Planning and Conservation League, Trust for Public Land, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, and Resource Renewal Institute, as well as the Stanford Alumni Association, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association and Marin Symphony. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Ruth (Botsford, ’49); daughters, Miranda, Katherine, Anne Anderson and Janet Harckham; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Ann Marion Peckham Seed, ’50 (geography), of Santa Barbara, Calif., December 15, at 91. She served her community through the Junior League, Assistance League of Santa Barbara and the Cottage Hospital Auxiliary. She was an accomplished golfer who enjoyed playing courses around the world and an avid fan of Stanford football. She was predeceased by her husband, Harris, and granddaughter. Survivors: her children, Marcie Ide and Jim; stepchildren, Nan Verkaik and Hal; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Andrew Hugh D’Anneo, ’51 (Romantic languages), JD ’56, of Calistoga, Calif., December 1, at 90. He practiced law in San Francisco and Calistoga and also served on the state labor commission. He was a life member of the Western Philatelic Library. Survivors: his wife of 31 years, Barbara Nechis; former wife, Jean Charles Gansa, ’52; children, Roberta, Drew, Allan, John and Paul; and six grandchildren.

Mildred Lorie “Millie” Ems Ferro, ’51 (nursing), of Denver, December 1, at 93. She was a practicing nurse in San Francisco, Petaluma and Santa Rosa. She actively supported the Petaluma Concert Association, CommonHealth Club and Red Hat Society. In retirement, she was a health volunteer for the Petaluma Senior Center. Survivors: her sons, Mel and Mark; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Donald Leo Lucas, ’51 (economics), MBA ’53, of Atherton, Calif., December 27, at 89. He was a member of Zeta Psi and the rugby and football teams. After serving in the Army, he made a career in corporate finance. With Draper, Gaither & Anderson, he raised half the initial equity financing for National Semiconductor Corp. As an independent Silicon Valley venture capitalist, he served on the boards and in director roles at Oracle, HBO, Macromedia/Adobe and many other companies. He co-founded the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy and Research and the Humanities and Sciences Council. He was a devout Catholic and a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Lygia, and son John Anthony. Survivors: his children, Nancy Thibodeau, Alexandra Ertola and Donald; nine grandchildren; and brother.

Kenneth Robert Clark, ’52 (English), MA ’56 (speech and drama), of Chilliwack, British Columbia, September 20, at 89, of natural causes. He played in the Band and served in the Navy. He taught communications to university students, which was informed by his work as a scriptwriter, producer of dramas for ABC and writer and producer for PBS. He was also a real estate agent and innkeeper. He served as president of several Rotary chapters and was president of the Santa Cruz County Symphony. He traveled widely but spent many especially happy years in Nova Scotia. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth. Survivors: his children, Michael, Stephen, Libby and Katie; and six grandchildren.

Robert Donald Hoffman, ’52 (geology), of Burlingame, Calif., November 23, at 89, of congestive heart failure. He was a member of the marching band. He spent his early career with Tidewater Oil before becoming a consulting geologist in Bakersfield, Calif. He was active in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and served as Bakersfield’s first commissioner for the American Youth Soccer Organization. He also enjoyed handball, bridge, genealogy and reading. He was predeceased by his wife, Dolores (Morelli, ’54, MA ’54). Survivors: his children, Laurel Winzler, ’76, Susan, Diana Oertel, ’81, Steve and Mark; and three grandchildren.

Paula Joan Foster Olch, ’52 (biological sciences), of Tucson, Ariz., June 22, 2019, at 87, of Parkinson’s disease. After trying various careers, she found her calling as a massage therapist. She maintained many circles of friends and loved hiking in the Sonoran Desert. She enjoyed yoga and singing in choirs, competitive ballroom dance and Scottish country and contra dancing. Her spirit of adventure led her on travels to Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bali, Japan, Scotland, England and Canada. Survivors: her daughters, Karen and Janice; and a granddaughter.

Albert Richard “Dick” Jaqua, ’53 (general engineering), of La Honda, Calif., September 24, at 89. He loved music and performed at many local events during his time at Stanford. Later he appeared in musicals with the Palo Alto Community Players and Paglacci Players, and opened a guitar studio in Palo Alto before starting a career in design and building. He also enjoyed piloting his airplane, reading Shakespeare, growing oak trees and playing tennis. He was predeceased by his daughter Wendy. Survivors: his wife, Ami; children Aaron, Paul, Daniel and Rebeka; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister.

Philip Max Saeta, ’53 (undergraduate law), JD ’57, of Bel Air, Calif., December 27, at 88, of mesothelioma. He met his future wife at the Stanford Jolly-Up dance and served in the Army after graduation. His legal career began with Beardsley, Hufstedler & Kemble, and he later served on the municipal court and superior court in Los Angeles and as a private judge through 2018. He held board and leadership positions with the California Judges Association, American Bar Association, Volunteers of America and the American Jewish Committee. He was predeceased by his first wife, of 56 years, Joanne (Hixson, ’53, MA ’54), and son Stephen, ’84. Survivors: his wife Judith Enright; children, David, ’81, Peter, ’82, and Sandra McDaniel, ’86; and eight grandchildren, including Stephen, ’13, Brennan, ’12, MA ’12, and Ethan, ’13.

John F. “Jack” Skinner, ’53 (basic medical sciences), MD ’56, of Newport Beach, Calif., August 29, at 88, of breast cancer. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He completed his residency in internal medicine at UCLA before serving two years in the Army Medical Corps in Denver. He returned to Newport Beach to raise his family and start his medical practice. In retirement, he provided volunteer medical care at a clinic for indigent patients. He loved the California beaches and taught lifeguards about the risks and proper emergency treatment of neck and spinal injuries. He was also actively involved in fighting for the water quality of Newport Bay. He was named Newport Beach Citizen of the Year in 2014. Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Nancy (Thorne, ’55); daughters, Susan, ’82, and Barb Skinner Fallon, ’80; and three grandchildren.

Wade Newsom Acton, ’54 (speech and drama), of San Francisco, October 13, at 86. He served in the Navy as a radio public service officer. In his civilian career, he worked in public relations for Standard Oil (later Chevron). After leaving his position at the Chevron Museum in San Francisco, he worked with the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. He also volunteered at the Mission Language and Vocational School, the International Institute, and City College’s Adult Learning and Tutorial Center. He loved traveling, attending the theater, listening to Stanford football games on the radio, and his church communities at Holy Innocents and St. Luke’s. Survivors: his brother, Eugene, MS ’57.

William Berl “Bill” Goodheart Jr., ’55 (philosophy), MD ’64, of Larkspur, Calif., December 25, at 85. After his internship and residency in Chicago, he trained as a psychiatrist at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco and the C.G. Jung Analytic Institute. In addition to his private practice in San Francisco and Marin County, he taught in the department of psychiatry at the University of California Medical Center, the C.G. Jung Institute and the Center for Integrative Psychoanalytic Studies in Berkeley, which he co-founded. He enjoyed numerous activities, including family backpacking trips, fishing, sailing, sculling, a monthlong solo hike on the John Muir Trail and several years of modern dance training. Survivors: his wife, Marianna; sons, Ross and Matthew; and two grandsons.

Mildred Ilene King, ’55 (nursing), of Claremont, Calif., October 4, at 86. She worked with some of the first infants to undergo open heart surgery at Presbyterian Hospital in New York, then returned to California and shifted to public health. Over 36 years in San Bernardino County, she advanced to deputy director of child health and disability and received many commendations for her work in creating and implementing outreach programs to safeguard infant, child and adolescent health. She also enjoyed sailing, bird-watching and needlework. Survivors: her children, Cheryl Scott and Eric Brusstar; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother.

Isabel Louise Leask Meade, ’55 (political science), of Alexandria, Va., October 1, at 85. She served her community through the League of Women Voters, Fairfax County Library Board, the American Association of University Women, and Good Shepherd Housing. She enjoyed politics, community events, travel, reading and playing bridge. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Tom, and son David. Survivors: her sons, Tom, Jimmy and Michael; eight grandchildren; great-grandson; and brother.

William Michael “Mike” Conner, ’57 (political science), of Vacaville, Calif., November 7, at 83. He was a member of Delta Chi. Soon after beginning his career as an insurance broker, he founded his own agency, retiring in 2018. He also served two terms on the Vacaville City Council. He was a lifelong fan of Stanford and its athletic teams and especially enjoyed family trips to the Caribbean, Mexico and Lake Tahoe. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Claire; children, Kelly Spaeth, ’80, Brian and Kevin; nine grandchildren; great-granddaughter; and two brothers.

Michael J. Farguson, ’57 (mechanical engineering), of La Jolla, Calif., November 19, at 86. He served in the Air Force. At Stanford, he played football, boxed and was a member of Sigma Chi. After positions with Alcoa and Easton and earning his MBA from USC, he founded an aluminum supply company. He then shifted course to auto sales and over 30 years expanded the business to include four dealerships. He also enjoyed skiing, boating, and playing tennis and golf. In retirement, he founded a chapter of an organization for business people committed to the Catholic faith, and he was named a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Karen; children, Steven, Heidi Calmette and David; seven grandchildren; great-granddaughter; and sister.

Lawrence Jack “Larry” Hall, ’57 (history), of Cedar Park, Texas, October 1, of head and neck cancer. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. He served as a Navy and Naval Reserve pilot. He was a pilot for TWA for more than 30 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Nancy. Survivors: his children, Randall and Karen; two granddaughters; and two sisters.

William Harwood “Bill” Juvonen, ’58 (history), of Stamford, Conn., December 22, 2018, at 81. He was a member of Zeta Psi. In the Marines, he was a carrier-based fighter and helicopter pilot. In civilian life, he was a sales manager for Pan Am and Cessna, vice president for Canadair and later Polaris Aircraft Leasing, and co-founder of Flight Services Group, a corporate aircraft operator. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed fly- and deep-sea fishing. Survivors: his wife of 43 years, Karen; children, Nancy Fallon and Jim; five grandchildren; and sister.

Karl George Hufbauer, ’59 (engineering science), of Seattle, January 28, at 82. He was a member of the wrestling team and Alpine Club. He pursued further education at Oxford and earned a PhD from UC Berkeley. He taught history for more than 30 years at UC Irvine and served as department chair. He published two books and numerous articles on the history of science. In retirement, he had a second career as an artist working in stone. He also enjoyed rock climbing, hiking and scuba diving. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Sally (Brannon, ’59); children, Sarah, Benjamin and Ruth; six grandchildren; and two siblings.


Michael Harris Benjamin, ’60 (psychology), of Mesa, Ariz., October 22, at 81. During his career in real estate and property management, he owned and managed resort properties in Washington state and at Lake Tahoe. He was an avid fan of Stanford sports, especially basketball and football. Survivors: his wife of 55 years, Cynthia; children, Cynthia Benjamin Hill, ’87, and Ben McIlvain; three grandsons; and great-granddaughter.

Bernard Gilmore “Gil” Dowd Jr., ’61 (history), of San Francisco, October 31, at 80. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the football and rugby teams. He earned his MD from Marquette U. After completing his residency at UCSF, he practiced surgery for 34 years in Modesto, Calif. Most of his days began early with jogging and attending mass before he saw patients. He also enjoyed traveling, handball, skiing, biking, hiking, scuba diving, fishing and river rafting. Survivors: his wife, Molly; children, Gil III, Kathleen Belzer, Kevin and Kristen Addicks; 11 grandchildren; and sister.

Bruce George Hanson, ’61 (political science), LLB ’65, of Seattle, October 21, at 78. He was on the golf team and a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He returned to Seattle to raise his family and practiced law there for more than 50 years. Survivors: his wife, Linda (Gogins, ’62); and daughters, Sara Cook and Mia Wise.

Victoria Valerie Post Sant, ’61 (history), of Washington, D.C., December 11, 2018, at 79, of ovarian cancer. In the world of philanthropy, she was known for her personal engagement and persistent effort. She supported the empowerment of girls and reproductive health, environmental conservation and the arts. She served on the boards of the National Symphony Orchestra, National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic Society and Museum of Modern Art, among many others. She was awarded Stanford’s Gold Spike Award for her volunteer efforts, including service on the Board of Trustees and several advisory councils. Survivors: her husband of 50 years, Roger; children, Alison Sant-Johnson and Alexis; stepchildren, Shari Plummer and Michael; six grandchildren; two brothers; two stepsisters; and half-sister.

William Wallace “Bill” Sterling, ’61 (history), of Philo, Calif., December 1, at 80. He was a member of Theta Chi and grew up on campus as the son of university president Wallace Sterling. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and earned his JD from Harvard. He practiced law in San Francisco while pursuing numerous intellectual interests, including mythology, ornithology and botany, and he was a serious student of German, Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, Pali and Spanish. His deepest commitment was to the study and promotion
of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. He served on the board of Tibet House in New York City and the International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet. Survivors: his wife of 36 years, Yvonne Rand, ’57; children, Alinor and Maury; two stepchildren; three grandchildren; and sisters, Susan Sterling Monjauze, ’63, and Judy Sterling Plunkett, ’66, MA ’67.

John Lunt Winther, ’61 (civil engineering), MBA ’63, of Orinda, Calif., November 9, at 80, of cancer. He was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. During his varied entrepreneurial career, he patented several inventions, owned a tourist attraction on Shasta Lake, created a large-scale water development project, ran a farming company and partnered in a real estate investment business. He loved hiking and fishing in the Sierras, hunting waterfowl on the Delta, and passing on his love and knowledge of nature to his children, grandchildren and the boys in his Scout troop. Survivors: his wife of 55 years, Patricia; children, Kirsten Winther Gardner, MD ’97, and John; and six grandchildren.

Richard Chapman “Dick” Warmington Jr., ’64 (electrical engineering), of Saratoga, Calif., September 9, at 76, of cancer. He was a member of the crew team and Delta Upsilon. He earned his MBA from Harvard and spent 33 years with Hewlett-Packard’s international operations. He led the company’s South Korea operations for four years and was CEO of its Asia Pacific operations from 1996 to 2000. He had a second career in school administration and helped to found Chadwick International School in Songdo, Korea. His travels included witnessing both peaceful and troubled political transitions, Olympic games and World Cup matches, and descending 2 miles underground into a South African gold mine. He also loved golf, sailing and hiking. Survivors: his wife of 51 years, Caroline; and children, Jade and Michael.

Daniel Leith Anderson Jr., ’68 (history), of Whitestown, Ind., December 4, at 74. He was on the golf team. After graduation, he served in the Peace Corps in Honduras. After law school at Indiana U., he worked for Oracle, Sybase and Hewlett-Packard. He founded the Golf Lab in Palo Alto for golf club fitting and later moved the operation to Indiana as the Indy Putting Lab. Survivors: his former wife of 39 years, Bonnie Anderson; children, Brett, ’18, and Ryan; grandson; and three sisters.

Nancy Jean Holland, ’69 (philosophy), of Saint Paul, Minn., January 25, at 72, of lung cancer. She earned her PhD at UC Berkeley and taught philosophy at Hamline U. She was recognized for her outstanding teaching and scholarly work, which included four books, two edited volumes, and numerous articles and chapters. She was also the author of several romance novels. Survivors: her husband, Jeffrey Koon; children, Gwendolyn and Justis; and brother, Glenn Holland, ’74.

Allen Jerome Krasner, ’69 (English), of Rockville, Md., April 30, 2019, at 72. After graduation, he served in the Navy. He was a retail and marketing executive for more than 30 years in the wine and beverage industry. Survivors: his wife, Roberta; children, Michael, Julie McCormack and Stephen; nine grandchildren; and sister.


Donald William Funkhouser, ’71 (physics), MS ’72 (geophysics), of Houston, December 14, 2018, at 69, of a heart attack. He spent his career as a geophysicist working for Western Geophysical in Houston, Mexico City, Saudi Arabia and London. He was passionate about computers and programming and an avid sports fan, especially baseball. Survivors: his wife of 38 years, Jane; sons, Jonathan and Christopher; his father and stepmother, Lawrence and Jean; and three siblings, including Tom, ’72.

Evan H. Shu, ’74 (architecture), of Melrose, Mass., January 12, at 66. He earned his master’s degree from Harvard. After working for several architectural firms in Boston, he founded his own firm. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his online efforts to promote and disseminate knowledge about computer-aided design. He was a senior deacon, moderator, committee chair and historian of Boston’s Old South Church and sang in three church choirs. He was predeceased by his children Melanie and Noah. Survivors: his wife of 29 years, Annamarie; children Nathaniel and Amanda; and two sisters.

James Chi-Min Hu, ’75 (biological sciences), of College Station, Texas, January 23, at 66, of liver disease. He was a varsity fencer and Stanford Daily cartoonist. He earned a PhD in molecular biology from the U. of Wisconsin. After a postdoc at MIT, he became professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Texas A&M and bioinformatics director of the Center for Phage Technology. His research focused on microbial genetics. He loved teaching and mentoring students, cooking good food, and seeking out great restaurants and watching sports. Survivors: his wife, Deborah Siegele; and sister, Diana, ’78.


Raymond Scott Chan, ’81, MS ’82 (electrical engineering), of Los Altos, September 2, at 59, in a diving boat fire off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. He was on the cycling team. He worked for 20 years as an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley before switching course to become an AP physics teacher. He found great satisfaction in helping students understand a subject he loved and motivating them to pursue degrees in the sciences. He enjoyed traveling with his family, continuing his scientific research at Stanford’s particle physics lab, and scuba diving in order to catalog and conserve reefs near Timor Leste. His daughter, Kendra, perished with him in the accident. Survivors: his wife, Vicki Moore, ’83; son, Kevin; parents, Ray and Ida; and two sisters.

Donald Haglund De Grasse, ’86 (mechanical engineering), of Austin, Texas, June 6, 2019, at 55, of brain cancer. He played rugby, was a member of Zeta Psi and loved working in the physics department’s machine shop. He went on to design notebook computers for Apple and Dell, including work on two of the most popular notebooks of their time, the Apple PowerBook and Dell Latitude. Survivors: his wife, Martha (Moody, ’87); children, Daniel, Andy and Sarah; mother, Marilyn; brother, Bob, ’76; and two sisters.

Craig Jurney, ’86 (public policy), of Palo Alto, November 20, at 56. For 16 years, he was the chief solutions architect and principal developer at HighWire Press. He enjoyed cooking, planning family vacations, coaching his sons’ sports teams, attending their games and performances, and date nights with his wife. Survivors: his wife of almost 23 years, Erika; sons, Henry, Ed and Charlie; father, Peter, ’62, MA ’64, and stepmother, Gloria; and two siblings, including Steve, ’88.


Walter D. Harp, ’92 (political science), of Mercer Island, Wash., November 26, at 49, of leukemia. He worked as a marketer and entrepreneur in Washington, D.C., and Taipei before pursuing an MBA at Columbia. He was an enthusiastic athlete, world traveler and Scrabble player. Survivors: his wife of 25 years, Angela Lean; children, Luke and Sofia; mother and stepfather, Sharon and Leland Flora; father and stepmother, Doug and Mary; grandfather, Thomas; and two siblings.

Daniel Taylor Jones, ’94 (psychology), of Tarzana, Calif., October 29, at 47. He was in the marching band. He tackled a would-be Cal infiltrator during the half-time performance of the 1991 Big Game. He was a database architect, software developer and entrepreneur. He enjoyed composing music, writing comedy and woodworking. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially in Maine. Survivors: his wife, Nadia; children, Mateo and Milena; mother, Joan; father and stepmother, Wilmot and Martha; and six siblings, including Elizabeth, ’84, and Ken, ’92.


John George Mathrusse, MBA ’53, of Mountain View, May 28, 2019, at 96, of cancer. He was a Navy pilot at Pearl Harbor at the time it was attacked. He retired from the Naval Reserves after 30 years at the rank of commander. He spent most of his career at Lockheed in the missiles and space division and also worked as a CPA. He was an avid golfer and loved visiting Hawaii, but what mattered most to him was his family. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Maxine. Survivors: his children, Susan Tseng and James, MA ’81; sweetheart, Miriam; five grandchildren; and great-grandchild.

Donald Hugh Smith, MBA ’54, of Los Angeles, November 29, at 92. He served in the Air Force. During his career, he was an international executive for Ford, Parker Pens and Xerox. He served his community as a Los Angeles city commissioner and was active with The Music Center, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Labor Day LA and Log Cabin Republicans. Survivors: his partner, Arturo Puertos Rodriguez.


Frederick Oliver Pinkham, MA ’48, EdD ’51, of Holland, Mich., November 26, at 99. He served in the Army during World War II. He was assistant to the president of George Washington U. and then became president of Ripon College. He was appointed an assistant administrator for USAID and later served as president of the Population Crisis Committee. Later in his career, he was a program officer for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and was co-founder and associate director of Stanford’s Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Kostia. Survivors: his three children.

Louise Mary Notti Coughlin, MA ’51, of San Francisco, January 8, at 90. She taught at the secondary level in San Francisco and for the community college adult education program. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Dan, MA ’51. Survivors: her children, Lisa Clay, Michael, Sean and Alison; and three grandchildren.

John Jacob “Doc” Wittich, PhD ’52, of Champaign, Ill., August 2, at 97. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He taught psychology at the U. of the Pacific, was dean of admissions at DePauw U., and an administrator at the College Center of the Finger Lakes and College of the Pacific. He then became president of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. In retirement, he continued to work in college administration as a fund-raiser and consultant. He also enjoyed swimming, singing with the men’s chorus he founded, writing, cartooning, tennis, travel and woodcarving. He was predeceased by his wife, Leah, and son, John. Survivors: his daughters, Nan Zvonar and Jane Tock; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lois Marie Herrmann, MA ’68, of Washington, D.C., January 14, at 74, of cancer. She began her State Department career with the U.S. Information Agency and finished at the Bureau of Public Affairs. She enjoyed overseas postings in Venezuela, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. She drafted speeches and documents for senior department officials and was a key member of the press team for presidential summits and major international conferences. She also served on the department’s task forces on political and humanitarian crises. She was a board member for the Public Diplomacy Association of America, Stanford University Alumni Association and Theodore H. Barth Foundation. In retirement, she volunteered at the Smithsonian with the Steinway Diary Project.

Martin Lee Harris, MA ’72, PhD ’76, of Katy, Texas, January 2, at 80. He taught at CSU Sacramento and worked for the California Department of Education. His focus was technology in the classroom and education administration, and he wrote an introductory book on data processing. He was an advocate for services for people with developmental disabilities and a supporter of the Special Olympics. Survivors: his wife, Ann; two daughters; and two grandchildren.


Frank Centolanzi, Gr. ’55 (mechanical engineering), of Santa Clara, Calif., February 21, 2019, at 90. While at the NASA Ames Research Center, he traveled the world to study tektites and worked on reentry heat shields for the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. He was also dedicated to home and garden building projects. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping, boating, fishing and hunting. In retirement, he bought a motorhome and explored the country with his wife and friends, including a three-month trip to Alaska. Survivors: his wife of 68 years, Lorraine; children, Patrick, Peggy Bradley and Jean Chappelle; and three grandchildren.

Hsung-Cheng Hsieh, Engr. ’57 (electrical engineering), of Ames, Iowa, December 2, at 90, of complications from a stroke. He earned his PhD in applied mathematics from UC Berkeley. He held visiting appointments at Wichita State, the U. of Iowa, and the U. of Michigan and advanced to full professor in the electrical engineering department at Iowa State U. His areas of research included plasma physics, semiconductors, and photonic devices and light wave technology. He also held senior visiting appointments in England and Japan. Outside of work, he enjoyed tennis, travel and ballroom dancing. Survivors: his wife, Janet Anderson-Hsieh; daughter, Hilda Holman; and granddaughter.

Gordon Dent Collins, Gr. ’62 (mechanical engineering), of Los Altos, November 4, at 95. He served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. As an electrical engineer in the atomic energy division of General Electric, he worked on nuclear submarines, liquid sodium technology, fast breeder reactors and electromagnetic pumps. He also founded Collins Recording to serve student and professional musicians in the Bay Area. He was a dedicated Boy Scout leader, an avid golfer, a ham radio operator, and a guitar and calliope performer. He was recognized for his service by the California Music Educators Association and the Elfun Society, an organization of General Electric employees and retirees. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise; son Daniel; and a granddaughter. Survivors: his children Patrick, Christine and Gordon Jr.; and eight grandchildren.

Dilip B. Adarkar, PhD ’63 (mechanical engineering), of Manhattan Beach, Calif., November 24, at 83, of natural causes. He spent more than 30 years in the aerospace industry. He worked first as an engineer for Douglas Aircraft and then in international marketing. In retirement, he served his community as a volunteer for several civic organizations and was active in Indian and U.S. politics. Survivors: his wife, Chitra (Joshi, MS ’62); children, Ashwin, ’86, MS ’87, MBA ’92, Swati and Sachin; and seven grandchildren.

George Norton Oetzel, PhD ’65 (electrical engineering), of Boulder, Colo., October 17, at 83, of heart failure. He was a senior research engineer at SRI International in Menlo Park for nearly 40 years. He was an avid runner, mountain climber and cyclist. He also enjoyed folk and Scottish country dancing, birding and attending concerts. Survivors: his wife of 40 years, Martha; children, Ken and Donna; and four grandchildren.

Nestor Martin, MS ’66 (civil engineering), of The Woodlands, Texas, December 17, at 81, of cancer. He was a captain in the military of his native Argentina. During his career with Bechtel, he lived and worked in Argentina, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and many other countries. In retirement, he enjoyed tennis, golf and serving as president of the Casa Argentina in Houston. He loved the tango, soccer, a good asado a la parrilla and his mother’s empanadas. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Ana; daughters, Alexandra Harmon, Vanessa Sarria and Constanza Jones; and brother.

Robert M. Kelly Jr., MS ’68 (electrical engineering), of Shrewsbury, N.J., December 8, at 74. He spent his research and managerial career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he focused on applied research in digital signal processing and communications. After retiring, he continued to research and teach in the department of software engineering at Monmouth U. and at Stevens Institute of Technology. As a senior warden, church historian and vestry member for more than 40 years at Christ Church Shrewsbury, he worked to map and preserve the cemetery, leading to collaboration with scholars and students in history, anthropology, art and communication. He was predeceased by his wife, Annemarie. Survivors: his daughter, Kristen Kormann; and brother.

Charles Henri Bimont, MS ’71 (operations research), of La Celle Saint Cloud, France, January 8, at 71. He held senior management positions with Texas Instruments, IBM and EADS. He had a lifelong passion for aerospace, mountaineering and the sciences in general. Survivors: his wife, Zoulia; and children, Thomas and Chloé.

Humanities and Sciences

Garner Handy Tullis, MA ’67 (art), of Pietrarubbia, Italy, December 5, at 79. He served for more than 50 years in various U.S. security agencies and the military, including with Air America during the Vietnam War. As founder of the International Institute of Experimental Printmaking, he collaborated with painters and sculptors in California and New York. He taught at Bennington College, Stanislaus State, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Harvard and the U. of Urbino in Italy, and also as a visiting artist in Australia, Europe and South America. The Cleveland Institute of Art, Serbian National Museum of Art and Martha Jackson Gallery in New York featured his work in solo exhibitions, and his work is held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and other prominent public and private collections. Survivors: his four children; five grandchildren; and two siblings, including Barclay, MS ’64, PhD ’70.

Maite Careaga Tagüeña, MA ’02, PhD ’05 (political science), of Bogotá, Colombia, January 21, at 49, of cancer. She initially taught leadership at the Instituto de Empresas and Carlos III U. in Spain. After moving to Colombia in 2010, she founded and directed a center for leadership in the public sphere at the Universidad de Los Andes as well as programs to promote grassroots leadership in former conflict areas to advance the peace process in Colombia. Survivors: her husband of almost 20 years, Jose Quintero, MA ’00, PhD ’03; children, Tania, Lara and Martin; mother, Carmen; and brother.


Leslie Mann Jr., LLB ’50, of Scottsdale, Ariz., December 8, at 101. He served in the Navy during World War II and for more than 20 years in the Navy Reserve, retiring at the rank of commander. He practiced law in Pomona, Calif. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Virginia. Survivors: his son, Les; grandson; and great-grandson.

Thomas Holmes Thorner, JD ’56, of Tiburon, Calif., October 29, at 87. After serving with the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, he worked in the law office of Melvin Belli in San Francisco. He was also an attorney for the Marin Municipal Water District and served on numerous civic boards. He later founded an investment firm focused on innovative start-ups that funded more than 50 technology and medical companies. Together with his wife, he traveled to all seven continents and more than 100 countries. He supported the civil rights movement and later helped found Marin Alternative to address environmental and social justice issues, including wetland preservation and opposition to the Vietnam War. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Brittmarie; children, Priscilla, Peter and Todd; and six grandchildren.

David M. Van Hoesen, LLB ’58, of Orinda, Calif., December 23, at 88. He joined the San Francisco law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges and was later a partner in several small law firms, where he specialized in construction litigation. He enjoyed doing his own construction work on the family cabin and various home expansions, and he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, traveling, scuba diving, bowling and playing softball. He was a longtime member of the Commonwealth Club and was quarterly chairman in 1978. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Kay; children, Katrina Presti, Derek, Karen and Ted; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters.


Woodring Erik Wright, PhD ’74 (medical microbiology), MD ’75, of Arlington, Texas, August 2, at 70, of multiple myeloma. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pasteur Institute in Paris before joining the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His research on muscle, telomere length, telomerase activity, and anti-cancer therapies resulted in more than 320 published articles, reviews, and book chapters and 27 patents. At UT Southwestern, his course on the biology of cells and tissue, enhanced by songs he wrote and played on guitar, earned him students’ vote for outstanding teacher award five times. Survivors: his wife of 47 years, Beth; sons, Benjamin and Joshua; two grandsons; and sister, Colleen Suzanne Wright Rand, ’67, PhD ’71.