Obituaries — May 2023

May 2023

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Harumi Befu, of Portola Valley, Calif., August 4, at 92. He was a professor emeritus of anthropology, a former department chair, and a bilingual cultural and social anthropologist who was instrumental in establishing Japanese studies at Stanford. He worked to expose and challenge stereotypes about Japan and Japanese culture; he wrote, co-authored, or edited 12 books; and provided curricula to elementary and secondary school teachers. He was the first resident fellow of Stanford’s first Asian American-themed house. Survivors: his wife, Kei; children, Marina and Justin; and four grandchildren.

Robert Samuel Finn, of Palo Alto, August 16, at 100. He was a professor emeritus of mathematics who studied fluid mechanics, calculus of variations, and differential geometry. He made deep contributions to the study and mapping of surfaces and later to problems in hydrodynamics. He delighted in solving problems that baffled famous mathematicians, authored roughly 150 research papers, and taught and advised students into his 90s. Survivors: his wife, Ursula Schulte; daughters, Marty and Barbara; and two grandchildren.

Shoshana Levy, of Stanford, November 16, at 83, of metastatic cancer. She was a professor of oncology. In 1990, she identified a new family of proteins called tetraspanins, which have since been implicated in cancer metastasis. She launched a recurring international scientific meeting on tetraspanins. She was active on the Stanford Cancer Institute’s scientific review committee and a strong supporter of women in science. Survivors: her husband, Ronald, MD ’68; daughters, Tali, JD ’97, Naomi, MA ’98, and Karen, ’95; and six grandchildren.

Ronald Lyon, of Stanford, January 17, at 95. He was a professor emeritus of applied earth sciences and a pioneer of geological remote sensing, thermal-infrared analysis of minerals, and infrared absorption spectroscopy for mineral studies. He studied rocks brought back from the moon by Apollo astronauts and helped expand the Landsat satellite’s ability to map sedimentary terrains. He was predeceased by his son David. Survivors: his wife, Beth (Tillou, MA ’60); children, Anne Hoffman, John, and Peter, ’86, MS ’88; eight grandchildren; great-grandson; and sister.

Krishna Vaughn Shenoy, of Palo Alto, January 21, at 54, of pancreatic cancer. He was a professor of electrical engineering and, by courtesy, of bioengineering, of neurobiology, and of neurosurgery. He was a pioneer of neuroprosthetics. He redefined scientific understanding of motor neurons and was one of the world’s foremost authorities on how the brain creates movement in the rest of the body. His papers have been cited more than 24,000 times. Survivors: his wife, Bach-Nga; daughters, Thanh-Nga, ’25, and Kim-Nga; and mother, Rosa.

Hans C. Steiner, of Palo Alto, October 17, at 76. He was a professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences who carried out wide-ranging research on child and adolescent psychiatry. He conducted extensive studies on aggression, antisocial behavior, and the psychopathologies associated with trauma. He received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry nine times and was a Lifetime Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Survivors: his wife, Judith; children, Remy, Hans-Christoph, and Joshua; four grandsons; and sister.

Giovanni Wiederhold, of San Francisco, December 26, at 86. He was a professor emeritus of computer science and an expert in databases. He was a technical assistant for NATO’s SHAPE Air Defense Technical Center, a mathematician, and a programmer before being named director of the Advanced Computer for Medical Research project at Stanford. His online, real-time, time-shared systems for monitoring and collecting data from medical instruments accelerated research at Stanford Medical School. Survivors: his wife, Voy; his sons, John and Randy; and four grandchildren.


Mary Leles Brady, ’41 (speech & drama), of Hillsborough, Calif., January 15, at 102. She participated in student drama and performing arts. She was a speech pathologist in the San Luis Obispo school district. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Thomas; and daughter Kathryn La Rocque. Survivors: her daughters Susan Altman, Jeanne Bartlett, Elizabeth Caufield, and Ann; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Lenore “Ann” Makelim Frideger, ’44 (nursing), of Sonoma, Calif., December 11, at 100. She enjoyed being close to museums, the opera, and theater. She loved the outdoors of Marin County, the beauty of Sonoma, and vacations at Lake Tahoe. She provided a lovely home for her family, interesting conversations, and fun parties and meals for her loved ones. Survivors: her husband, Edward Frideger; children, Marcia, Michael, Paula Jackman, Mary Davis, Lisa Gabriel, Ellen Strempek, Daniel, and Barbara; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Clift Seybert “Sey” Kinsell, ’44 (biological sciences), MD ’47, of Santa Barbara, Calif., December 31, at 99. He was a member of Kappa Alpha. He practiced medicine for 37 years at the Santa Barbara Children’s Medical Clinic and took special interest in chronically ill and disabled children. He made house calls and served on his local police and fire commission. He was predeceased by his former wives, Shirlee and Lilabeth. Survivors: his wife, Tamara; children, Suzanne Padrick, Jeff, and Kirk; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Robert Kingston Vickery Jr., ’44 (undesignated), MA ’48, PhD ’52 (biological sciences), of Salt Lake City, July 20, at 99. He served in the Army Air Corps. A University of Utah professor, he traveled through the Americas to observe and collect monkey flowers, the focus of his research. In 2002, the Botanical Society of America honored his lifetime of research with a symposium. Survivors: his wife of 71 years, Marcia (Hoak, ’51); children, David, ’74, and Peter; granddaughter; and sister, Ruth Vickery Brydon, ’52.

Marion Elinor Roth Oppenheimer, ’45 (political science and sociology), MA ’47 (political science), of Ascona, Switzerland, July 19, at 98. She worked in Madrid for the Navy and for an American construction consortium and later moved to Switzerland, where she raised her daughter. She was a world traveler with a lifelong interest in politics and literature. She enjoyed reading the New Yorker cover to cover and regularly visited friends and family in San Francisco. Survivors include her daughter, Elisabeth, and granddaughter. 

Richmond Flatland Jr., ’46 (economics), of Woodside, Calif., November 7, at 98. He was a member of Delta Upsilon and played football and baseball. He served in the Marine Corps. He ran an electrical contracting company, working alongside his younger sister his entire career. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lenore; second wife, Joan; children Marc and Kathleen; and granddaughter Meagan Macdonald. Survivors: his wife, Brenda (Black, ’54); children Anne Macdonald, Richmond, and Marianne; stepchildren, Fred Delanoy, Deborah Delanoy, and Tara Verner; three grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Gwendolyn Margaret Walti-Leege, ’46, of Zurich, November 19, 2021, at 96. She attended Bryn Mawr College and later participated in a German student exchange program with the University of Zurich. There she met a Swiss man and married him in 1947. She remained in Switzerland, occasionally attending Stanford alumni gatherings there and keeping in touch with Stanford colleagues. She was predeceased by her husband, Rudolf Walti. Survivors: her sons, Peter, Christopher, and Nicholas Walti.

John Donald Burke, ’47 (social science/social thought), of San Francisco, December 26, at 96. He served in the Navy during World War II. He earned a law degree from the University of San Francisco and attended a university in Perugia, Italy. He was a private practice attorney in San Francisco for 43 years. He was a fan of the opera, Pink Floyd, a cold gin martini, the 49ers, naughty limericks, and dogs, but his greatest love was the city of San Francisco. Survivors include his niece and nephew, Jennifer Bauccio and Philip Jelleff. 

Elizabeth Ellen Chapman Bowman, ’48 (English), of Palo Alto, November 12, at 95. She participated in Gaieties. She joined the U.S. Foreign Service and was stationed in Israel and Ethiopia, notably as an undersecretary to Emperor Haile Selassie I. With a graduate degree in library sciences from UCLA, she worked as a master reference librarian. She loved travel—especially the elegance of a cruise ship—and sang in Palo Alto’s West Bay Opera. Survivors: her sons, Christopher and Matthew Clabaugh; five grandchildren; great-grandson; and sister, Mary Anne Chapman Blaine, ’52.

Ann Elizabeth “Nan” Wright Paget, ’48 (humanities), of Mill Valley, Calif., December 2, at 95. After her first husband died, she earned a teaching credential at San Francisco State. Later, after marrying again, she moved to her husband’s home in Rockport, Mass., and worked as a reading specialist. Together they traveled extensively, often to Brazil, where she could practice her Portuguese. She loved politics, murder mysteries, and Mexican food. She was predeceased by her first husband, Carl Hepp. Survivors: her husband, Fredrick Paget, ’52; daughters, Marjorie and Caroline Grannan; stepson, James; two grandchildren; and great-grandchild.

Peter Yim Yee, ’48 (basic medical sciences), MD ’51, of San Jose, December 6, at 99. He was drafted into the military and was among the first units to liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. When he started his own anesthesiology practice, he was the only Chinese physician in Santa Clara Valley; he would go on to work at O’Connor Hospital for 40 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Helen, and daughter Melissa. Survivors: his children Chris, Tim, Marty, ’83, and Melinda; and eight grandchildren. 

Dorothy Rae Carmen Hogan, ’49 (Spanish), of Palo Alto, July 5, at 94, of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. She was a homemaker, volunteer, and avid golfer. She served as president of the ladies golf group at Stanford’s golf course. She loved to play bridge and to travel, participating in the first Stanford alumni round-the-world trip in 1996. She cherished her lifelong Stanford friendships. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul, ’51. Survivors: her children, Susan and Michael; and two granddaughters.

Dianne E. “Denie” Reinle McDonnell, ’49 (Chinese), of Pajaro Dunes, Calif., November 7, at 94. After raising her children, she worked at Bank of America for 10 years. She was active in her parish, Our Lady of the Wayside. In Pajaro Dunes, she worked for C&N Tractors, did ballet, joined a mah-jonng club, and served on the board of the Pajaro Valley Arts Council. She was predeceased by her husband, Pat, ’49, and daughter Mary. Survivors: her children Tim, Peter, and Julie; eight grandchildren; and great-granddaughter.


Janice M. Hood Barrow, ’50 (political science), of Houston, December 16, at 94. Ever an active member of her community, she co-chaired the Houston Job Fair in the Astrodome, was a founding director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine, and was director of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra. She visited all seven continents and visited more than 100 countries. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Thomas, PhD ’53. Survivors: her children, Ted, ’74, Ken, MS ’83, Barbara McCelvey, ’78, and Elizabeth Brueggeman; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Barbara Hood Conner, ’47.

Mary Evelyn “Evie” Bower Maricle, ’50 (nursing), of Bellingham, Wash., September 4, at 94. She worked as a registered nurse in the Los Angeles area, then as an OR nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bellingham. She was a Camp Fire Girls leader, a Cub Scout den mother, and served as camp nurse every year her children attended Bible camp. She was a longtime member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and of the Bellingham Music Club. She was predeceased by her husband, James. Survivors: her children, Rick, Cynthia Maricle-Valeri, and Rob.

Robert Leonard Green, ’52 (economics), LLB ’57, of San Francisco, December 14, 2021, at 90. He participated in track and field and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and Chi Psi. He launched Sutter Capital Corp., one of the Bay Area’s first venture capital firms. Among the business ventures he supported: Community Psychiatric Centers, the country’s largest chain of investor-owned psychiatric hospitals, and Vivra Inc., the nation’s second-largest provider of dialysis services. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Susan; daughters, Wendy DeWald and Julie; and three grandsons, including Noah DeWald, ’20.

Richard Henry Horn, ’52 (education), MD ’59, of Palo Alto, October 22, at 92. He was a member of Zeta Psi, on the football team, and inducted into Stanford’s Athletics Hall of Fame. He served in the Air Force. He played for the Baltimore Colts and later built a career as a pediatrician. His patients loved his “Donald Duck voice.” He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Jeanie (Fox, ’53). Survivors: his children, Kristin Alexander, John, JD ’83, MBA ’91, Lisa, ’78, and Bruce, ’81; and four grandchildren.

Joyce Lorraine Trattner Leanse, ’52, of Santa Monica, Calif., July 26, at 92. She spent a year at Stanford but completed her bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree in public health from UCLA. A compassionate and successful advocate for the elderly, she served as the director of senior centers at the National Council on the Aging. She was a founder of Leo Baeck Temple’s Community of Elders. Survivors: her husband, Jay; sons, John, Tom, and Steven; 12 grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters.

Helen Ingersoll Gaylord Townsend, ’52 (speech and drama), of Falmouth, Maine, December 24, at 91. She participated in the Ram’s Head Theatrical Society and modern dance. After graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater and dance. She later started her own dance studio, Dance Adventures, while continuing to act in local theater productions. She rode horses until age 86. Survivors: her husband of 62 years, David; daughters, Lila and Sheila; and two granddaughters.

John Abbe, ’53 (history), of La Jolla, Calif., October 30, at 95, of cancer. He served in World War II and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He worked for the California State Employment Development Department and earned a master’s degree at Sacramento State. He loved cycling, scaling major passes in the Swiss Alps, and was an active member of the Sacramento Wheelmen. He was a committed conservationist who devoted time to Southern California’s coastal cleanup. He was predeceased by his daughter Karen. Survivors: his wife, Carol (Seymour, ’51); daughter Sandra; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two half-sisters.

Ronald George Boyer, ’53 (economics), of Portola Valley, Calif., November 15, at 90, after a long illness. He was a member of Kappa Sigma and was on the baseball team. He earned an MBA from Columbia University and, after serving in the Army Finance Corps, sold commercial real estate. He rose to senior vice president of Coldwell Banker & Company. He was an avid outdoorsman, tennis player, and swimmer. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Loriene. Survivors: his daughters, Rhonda Lukich, Karen, and Cathy; and granddaughter.

Henry Ernest Gundling, ’53 (geography), of Philo, Calif., September 12, at 90. He served in the Air Force. He was a PaineWebber investment adviser and president of the Napa County Land Trust. He helped start the Redwood Forest Foundation to purchase and restore more than 50,000 acres of cutover forestland. He played in the Napa Symphony. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy (Huntley, ’52). Survivors: his wife, Heidi Knott; children, Ernest, ’76, Henry Jr., ’78, and Katherine, ’79; grandchildren, including Daniela, ’02; and great-grandchildren.

Lloyd Hinkelman, ’53 (economics), of Fair Oaks, Calif., November 12, at 94. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He served in the Marine Corps. He graduated first in his class at Hastings Law School and spent most of his career at Kronick, Moscovitz, Tiedeman & Girard. He appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and provided countless hours of pro bono legal advice. He enjoyed playing cribbage and was rarely seen without a book or newspaper. Survivors: his wife of 65 years, Patricia; children, Susan Meyer, Karen Hendry, Eric, and Andrew; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donald Guthrie Jr., ’54, PhD ’58 (statistics), of Bainbridge Island, Wash., November 18, at 89. He earned a master’s degree from Columbia. He spent most of his career at Oregon State University and UCLA, pioneering the use of modern computing in statistics and contributing to research on, among other things, child psychiatry and early childhood development. He was an avid runner, traveler, and baseball fan. Survivors: his wife of 68 years, Janet; children, Donald and Sarah; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister.

Frederick William Mimmack, ’54 (basic medical sciences), MD ’57, of Foxfield, Colo., November 10, at 89, of degenerative heart disease. He was in a barbershop quartet on campus. He spent most of his career in private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He was an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was predeceased by his son Robert. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Barbara; sons Kenneth, Richard, and Christopher; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Alice Mary “Gabrielle” Middlekauff James, ’55 (humanities), of Lakewood, Calif., December 22, at 88. She participated in Gaieties and student drama. Under Garry Marshall’s tutelage, she became a script supervisor, writer, and director, and spent 40 years working on shows including The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Cheers, and Frasier. She persevered as the sole provider for her children, always with a positive attitude, and brought grace to the lives of everyone she knew. Survivors: her children, Joshua, Mary, and Jeremy; five grandchildren; and great-grandson.

Mary Karen Simmons Brown, ’57 (speech and drama), of Bainbridge Island, Wash., August 1, at 87, after a fall. She contributed to the KZSU radio station. After marrying, she lived in a Basque fishing village in Spain until returning to the United States in 1978. The family settled in Seattle and she worked for the University of Washington’s School of Nursing. In her 50s, she obtained a master of divinity from the Claremont School of Theology and became an ordained pastor. She was predeceased by her husband, William. Survivors: her children, Mirén First and Piers; and four grandchildren.

Arline Alexandra Anderson Vogel, ’57, MA ’58 (education), of Bay Village, Ohio, November 30, at 87, of coronary artery disease. She was a member of the choir and of the Guthrie House Sorority. She worked as a legal assistant at Pickands Mather, Benesh, and Squires Sanders & Dempsey, and as a substitute teacher. She was a member of PEO and volunteered at the Hospice of the Western Reserve. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, John, ’60. Survivors: her children, Dianne Boucher and John Jr.; two grandchildren; and two siblings.

Susan Malkas Gessford, ’58 (art), of Newport Beach, Calif., December 16, at 86, of dementia. She obtained a master’s in art, an interior decorator’s license, and a real estate license. She was a talented watercolorist and was jury-selected as a member of the California Art Club. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, John, ’53, MS ’54, PhD ’57. Survivors: her children, Elizabeth Kennedy, ’83, Louise Nixon, and John; seven grandchildren, including Victoria Kennedy Reel, ’13, Raymond Kennedy III, ’15, and Grace Kennedy, ’17; and sister, Miriam McCarthy, ’49.

Roger Manuel Gertmenian, ’59 (history), of Pasadena, Calif., November 24, at 85. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta, earned a varsity letter in boxing, played the clarinet in the Stanford Concert Band, and participated in student drama. He served three terms on the Pasadena City College board of trustees and was appointed to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He was a member of the Los Angeles County Drug and Alcohol Commission and supported the Pasadena Symphony for 47 years. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Sylvie; children, Greta and Daniel; and sister, Cindy Kaloostian, ’68, MA ’69.

Pamela Anne Spear Ramos, ’59, MA ’60 (education), of Napa, Calif., November 12, at 85, of cancer. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Vichy Elementary School, retiring in the late 1990s. She loved gardening, traveling, mosaics, music and dancing, and playing Bunco. She had a positive, adventurous spirit and a love of nature and the outdoors. She was predeceased by her husband, John. Survivors: her daughters, Kathie Goldberg and Nancy MacGregor; stepchildren, Avedano and Renee; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and step-great-granddaughter.

John David Wallin, ’59 (chemistry), of The Woodlands, Texas, December 30, at 85, of cancer. After graduating from Yale Medical School, he was a naval medical officer for 32 years. He retired as a captain after 22 years of active duty. He served as the head of nephrology at Tulane Medical School for 10 years and at Louisiana State University Medical School for another 10 years. He and his wife wrote an organic gardening column for papers in Tahoe and Texas. Survivors: his wife, Carolyn Pearce; children, John Jr., ’87, and Nancy; three grandchildren; and former wife, Karen.


Mary West “Molly” O’Conor Hauser, ’60 (sociology), of San Francisco, December 4, at 84. She served on the boards of directors of Heritage House and Children’s Hospital of San Francisco, and helped establish the California Pacific Medical Center in 1991. She was a director for the Cardinal Buck Club and sponsored the Stanford women’s golf team. She was a patron of the San Francisco Symphony and the ballet. She was predeceased by her son, William. Survivors: her daughters, Victoria Hauser Winnick and Robin; and seven grandchildren.

Marka Marie Davis Hemphill, ’60 (biological sciences), of Susanville, Calif., December 7, at 84. She earned a master’s degree in botany at the University of Wisconsin. She and her husband built a veterinary clinic in Lassen County, Calif., and managed the Lassen 7-D Ranch. She taught kindergarten for 27 years and, once retired, volunteered at the Lassen County Museum. She was predeceased by her son Eric. Survivors: her husband of 63 years, Jerry; children Audrey Gold, ’87, MA ’88, Sonja, and Craig; four grandchildren; and three siblings, including Dorothy Mason, ’57, and Bonnie Ozaki-James, ’69.

Carolyn Raye Wood Kneedler, ’60 (social science/social thought), MA ’61 (education), of Sacramento, Calif., November 14, at 84. She was on the women’s tennis team. She spent two years in the Peace Corps, teaching in Ethiopia. She later became a library administrator and retired from a long humanitarian career as a volunteer coordinator of RSVP. She loved to work in her garden and championed care for stray animals. Survivors: her son, Chris; and former husband, Peter, ’56, MA ’72, PhD ’75.

Lynne A. “Chat” Chatterton, ’61 (statistics), of Palo Alto, April 8, 2021, at 81. She participated in the Ram’s Head Theatrical Society. As a programmer, she helped develop the Stanford School Scheduling System, a modular computer program to schedule classes using IBM computers. In addition to performing arts, she was interested in life coaching and the Wild Dolphin Project. She was a class correspondent for 43 years, and in 2019 she received the Governor’s Award honoring her exemplary and long-standing service to Stanford.

Roger “Rod” Gilman Sears, ’61, MA ’63 (education), of Boise, Idaho, January 2, at 82, of prostate cancer. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and played rugby, football, and basketball. Upon graduation, he was hired as an assistant football coach at Stanford and then became head football and rugby coach at UC Santa Barbara. Later, he held the same position at Napa Junior College and retired as head coach at the College of Idaho. In 2022 he was inducted in the UCSB Rugby Hall of Fame. Survivors: his stepdaughter, Chelsey Newton; and sister, Sherry Bull.

Clifford Brian Gillman, ’62 (psychology), of Williamsburg, Va., November 23, at 81, of lung cancer. He earned a master’s degree and a PhD in experimental psychology. As an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he established a minicomputer-based laboratory. He became the director of academic computing at Montclair State University. Later, he was a tax adviser and became an IRS enrolled agent and a master tax adviser for H&R Block. Survivors: his wife, Constance Willett; children, Gail Shepler, Joshua, M. Elizabeth Humphries, and John Humphries; two grandchildren; and sister.

Carol Ann Singer Peltz, ’62 (French), of Sausalito, Calif., January 7, at 82. She contributed to the Stanford Daily. She taught sixth grade at the John Swett School in San Francisco. In coordination with the NAACP, she ran a mentoring program for gifted African American students. In 1979, she became the first woman elected to the Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District board of directors. She served two terms as mayor of Sausalito, launching the city’s first curbside recycling program. She was predeceased by her husband, Morris. Survivors: her three children, including Maxwell, ’89; and four grandchildren.

Allan Morey Park, ’63, MS ’64 (geology), of Spokane, Wash., June 11, at 81. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda. He was an exploration geologist and worked for mining companies. He engaged in mineral exploration in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. He was involved in the discovery of a major cobalt deposit in central Idaho at a remote location that now bears the name “Cobalt.” Survivors: his wife, Barbara; children, Tricia Hatch and Paul Toth; and brother.

Jeffrey Lewis Trefftzs, ’ 63 (Chinese), of San Miguel, Calif., June 1, at 80, of a heart attack. He spent most of his working life as a computer programmer. He was described by a co-worker as the key engineer in his company’s special approach to text processing and retrieval, implementing ingenious storage algorithms with flare and style. He played guitar and had a great effect on the country and folk music scene in northern San Luis Obispo County. Survivors: his wife, Sally, and son, Kenneth.

Gloria C. Pogson Olsen, ’64 (psychology), of Phoenix, September 12. After earning a master’s degree and a PhD in psychology from Northwestern University, she worked as a psychologist. She then earned an MBA from Arizona State University and became the director of the behavioral health division at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was later the superintendent of a Texas state hospital and, after retiring, an officer of the Orangewood Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her brother, Stephen Pogson, and his family.

Gary Ellis Eastman, ’65 (anthropology), of Fort Collins, Colo., May 1, 2022, at 78. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, followed by two years in the Air Force. He moved to Colorado and got a job at the Fort Collins Nursery. Eventually he and a co-worker bought the business, which he proudly ran as a self-professed “tree nerd” until his retirement. He enjoyed running, singing with his Parkinson’s group, and yoga. Survivors: his wife, Kathy Reid; children, Anna, Jesse, and Alice; three grandchildren; and great-grandchild.

Sheila Jeanne Dorman Graham, ’65 (biological sciences), of San Clemente, Calif., November 20, at 78, of Alzheimer’s disease. She was a member of the choir. She was a statistician and engineer for Bell Telephone Company and did accounting and quality assurance audits for her husband’s radiation oncology medical practice. She ran a financial planning business for two decades. She was a life member of Girl Scouts of America. Survivors: her husband, Geff, ’64; children, Alan, Marcia Brauchler, and Michele Silverman, ’93; eight grandchildren; and sister.

John Robert deCourcy, ’66 (psychology), of Santa Rosa, Calif., November 24, at 78, of cancer. He participated in student drama. He served in the Navy before taking a job as the building official for Santa Cruz County and later as building division manager in Sonoma County. He had a long and happy retirement as an avid fisherman, outdoorsman, and Cardinal football fan. Survivors: his life partner, Gale Conley; children, Kimberly DeRego and Sean; six grandchildren; and brother.

Richard Stephens Odom, ’66 (mathematics), JD ’69, of Lake Sherwood, Calif., November 16, at 78. He was on the wrestling team and was managing editor of the Law Review. He served in the Army. He was a trial lawyer for San Francisco firm Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison for 32 years. He later joined Morgan Lewis. He served on the Board of Reappraisers for the Committee of Bar Examiners for many years. Survivors: his wife, Jane, ’66; children, Ron and Nancy; four grandchildren; and brother.

Jack Byron Owens, ’66 (history), JD ’69, of Modesto, Calif., November 21, at 78. He was a member of Sigma Chi, played football, ran track, and contributed to the Law Review. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, served in the Air Force, and taught at UC Berkeley School of Law. He went on to serve as the executive vice president and general counsel of Gallo Winery for more than 25 years. He raised horses and was chair of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Survivors: his wife, Barbara; children, John, JD ’96, David, James, and Alexandra; four grandchildren; and brother.

Joan Porta Warnshuis, ’66 (history), of Lawrence, Mass., December 26, at 78. After graduation, she served in the Peace Corps, where she met her “king of hearts” and future husband; they married while serving in Ghana. When the family moved to Massachusetts, she became a technical support engineer under the tutelage of her twin sister. In retirement, she quilted, hiked, sailed, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and was a devoted grandmother. Survivors: her husband, Ed; daughters, Jill Chow and Jennifer Meagher; and four grandchildren.

Laurie R. Harrison, ’67 (psychology), of Nevada City, Calif., December 20, at 77. With a master’s degree from UC Berkeley, she became an educational researcher at the American Institutes for Research, and later for the California Community Colleges, working to expand educational access and career opportunities for underrepresented groups. She and her husband visited more than 50 of America’s national parks and more than 50 countries. Survivors: her husband of 44 years, Charles Dayton; children, Elizabeth Dayton, ’03, MA ’04, and William Dayton, ’07; and three grandchildren.

Samuel Jay Wells Jr., ’67 (psychology), of Los Angeles, November 1, at 77, of congestive heart failure. He was a member of Delta Upsilon. He started his legal career at Latham & Watkins but found his calling as an employment lawyer in private practice. He made the front page of the LA Times in 1994 after winning a $1.5 million settlement against the LADWP for a female security officer. He was a proud member of the California Employment Lawyers Association. He loved surfing in the Pacific. Survivors: his wife of 43 years, Donna Cox, and daughter, Julia.

Arlen Rolf Holter, ’68 (chemistry), of Vail, Colo., November 14, at 76, of congestive heart failure. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi and played on the rugby team. With a master’s in immunology and an MD from the University of Chicago, he became a cardiac surgeon in private practice. After years of running marathons, he became an Ironman triathlete in his 50s. He was predeceased by his son Andrew. Survivors: his wife, Betsy; sons Matthew and Peter; three grandsons; and sister.

Miley “Lee” Wesson Merkhofer, ’69 (physics), MS ’71 (electrical engineering), PhD ’75 (engineering economic systems), of Evergreen, Colo., July 10, 2019, at 74, of heart failure. He was a well-known author, researcher, and practitioner in the field of decision analysis. He worked in industries that included electric power, health care, high tech, manufacturing, oil and gas, and pharmaceuticals. He served on advisory panels for many organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy. Survivors: his wife, Jean; and children, Lisa and Matthew.


Howard Handthorne Frederick Jr., ’71 (psychology), of Chapala, Mexico, August 22, 2021, at 72. He was a member of Kappa Sigma. He earned a PhD in international relations and earned a Fulbright fellowship to Austria, where he completed a textbook on global communications and international relations. He was fluent in Spanish and German and taught communications, and later entrepreneurship, in the United States, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico. Survivors: his wife, Hanna; daughter, Carrie; stepchildren, Kinga and David; and sister.

Marion Jean Rowe Hare, ’71 (communication), MA ’80, PhD ’85 (art), of Waterloo, Ontario, November 16, at 89. She was a longtime docent at the Stanford Museum. She was considered the world’s leading authority on the portraiture of Auguste Rodin and completed a lecture tour on the subject in South Africa. She passed on her love of nature to her children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill. Survivors: her children, Tom, Dave, Sharon Holzscherer, and Janice Holzscherer; 13 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Kirk Beverley Broaddus, ’74 (economics), of Austin, Texas, August 1, at 70, of cardiac arrest. Following a career selling real estate, he earned a master of social work. His most rewarding position was working as a clinician at Psychiatric Emergency Services in Austin, where his kindness and empathy improved countless lives. He was a devoted husband and father, sharing his love of travel with his family on epic adventures around the world. Survivors: his wife, Jacqueline Muir-Broaddus; children, Payton, ’16, MS ’17, and Ellen; and sister.

Janet E. Raudenbush Phillips, ’74 (economics), of Reno, Nev., December 28, at 70, of cancer. She was a member of Alpha Sigma. With a master’s in engineering from UCLA, she became an official with Sierra Pacific Power Co., working in water resources along the Truckee River. In retirement, she envisioned creating a trail from Tahoe to Lake Pyramid and worked with two states, several counties, and other stakeholders to create the 114-mile scenic Tahoe-Pyramid Trail. She was chair of the Truckee River Fund and was named Reno-Sparks Citizen of the Year in 2019. She was predeceased by her husband, Mike. Survivors include her brother.

Donovan Paul Yeuell III, ’74 (English), of Mount Vernon, Wash., December 20, at 70. He was co-captain of the lacrosse team and went on to earn an MBA from UCLA. He was a master storyteller who spent many years in Los Angeles as an actor and writer. In 2018, he dedicated himself to building a commercial heirloom tomato business. He never missed an opportunity to swim or paddle in the ocean. He loved his Belgian Tervuren named Harley. Survivors include his sisters, Sherry Craven, Susan, and Michel.

Suzanne E. McCarroll, ’78 (communication), of Denver, October 12, at 66, after a long illness. After working at IBM as a speech writer, she joined KIDK in Idaho Falls, followed by KCGR in Cedar Rapids, CBS News Colorado, and KCNC-TV, where she worked for 35 years. She was a gifted storyteller with a penchant for human interest stories and a seasoned reporter who excelled at daily news reporting, political coverage, and government. She guest-lectured at DePauw University and the Poynter Institute. Survivors: her children; grandchildren; and siblings, Steven, ’93, Michael, ’95, MS ’96, and Christina, ’00, MA ’04.


Susan Elizabeth Sandler, ’86 (English), of San Francisco, December 16, at 58, of glioblastoma. She was a social justice philanthropist and leader in education reform. She co-created a national education think tank; co-chaired the Sandler Foundation; and founded the Susan Sandler Fund, which donates $10 million in grants each year to organizations dedicated to racial, economic, and social justice. In 2018 she and her husband launched the Sandler Phillips Center to make strategic investments to improve the effectiveness of progressive politics. Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Steve Phillips, ’86; and brother, Jim.


George Louis Malone III, ’92 (history), of Sammamish, Wash., January 9, at 52, of esophageal cancer. He was a sportswriter for the Stanford Daily and met his wife while covering the women’s golf team. After graduation, he wrote for newspapers in California, Idaho, and Washington. He worked as a sports editor for MSNBC.com and later worked at Microsoft. He and his wife enjoyed many trips back to the Farm for games and reunions Survivors: his wife of 23 years, Stephanie (Davis, ’92); mother, Mary Anne; and brother.

Hilario Antonio Ramos, ’94 (international relations and economics), MA ’95 (food research), of Eastchester, N.Y., August 6, 2021, at 49, of cancer. He was a member of Kappa Sigma and participated in student government. He was a senior vice president at D.E. Shaw & Co. and later became president and chief compliance officer of Athanor Capital. He was a devoted husband and father, huge comic book fan, and history buff. Survivors: his wife, Debbie Solymar, ’93, MS ’94; sons, Antonio and Nicholas; and brother, Alex.


Nick Spiro Vidalakis, MBA ’55, PhD ’61 (business), of Pasadena, Calif., December 5, at 94. He served in the Army. He taught business at the University of Utah before going on to build one of the largest privately held real estate companies, The Family Centers, with shopping centers across several western states. He was a proud descendant of Cretan immigrants, a devoted member of the Greek Orthodox Church, and a major supporter of Stanford. Survivors: his wife, Nancy; children, Perry, ’84, John, ’86, MS ’88, Nicole, PhD ’03, and George, ’94, MS ’95, MBA ’00; and 11 grandchildren.

Robert Edward Gee, MBA ’61, of Atherton, Calif., November 5, at 90. He was a flight test engineer in the Air Force. He worked at IBM and tech start-ups before co-founding Capital Concepts Investment Corporation, Stanford Investment Group, and BRG Petroleum Group of Companies. He loved golf, Stanford football, and Hawaii. Survivors: his wife of 38 years, Jean; first wife, Kathleen Drever; daughters, Kathleen Adams and Melinda Kirkpatrick; stepchildren, Sarah Marcum, Bruce Johnson, and Meg Maloney; seven grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother.

Donald William Cameron, MBA ’66, of Mountain View, August 4, at 70, of multiple myeloma and prostate cancer. He spent 35 years at IBM, where his favorite assignment was in the international technical support group, which involved consulting, teaching, writing, and travel. He later taught for The Princeton Review. He was an active member of Los Altos United Methodist Church for 45 years. Survivors: his wife of 52 years, Carole; children, Elizabeth Cameron Williams, ’01, Chris, and Doug; eight grandchildren; and two sisters.

William F. Meehan III, MBA ’78, of Palo Alto and New York City, January 26, at 70. He was the Raccoon Partners Lecturer in Strategic Management at the Graduate School of Business and a senior partner emeritus of McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 30 years. He was instrumental in establishing the Center for Social Innovation and was a co-director of Stanford Seed when it launched in 2012. Among his many Stanford activities, he advised the Board of Trustees and the president on governance and strategy. Survivors: his wife, Randi; daughters, Courtney, Kelly, MA ’06, and Katie; six grandchildren; and two sisters. 


James William Wilson, MS ’64 (mathematics), PhD ’67 (education), of Athens, Ga., December 20, at 86. He served in the National Guard. He was an educator for 59 years and was a member of the faculty at the University of Georgia for 49 years, 25 of them as math education department head. He had a lifelong passion for music and attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for the past 54 years. He was predeceased by his grandson. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Corene; daughters, Mary Kerr, Nancy Buckler, and Karen Mitchell; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother.

Myer Horowitz, EdD ’65, of Victoria, British Columbia, October 24, at 89. He was on the faculty at McGill University and later served as the ninth president of the University of Alberta from 1979 to 1989. He was instrumental in establishing the faculty’s Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development, which is supported by the Myer Horowitz Endowment Fund. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the U of A in 1990, the same year he was named an officer of the Order of Canada. Survivors: his wife, Barbara; daughters, Carol and Deborah; and sister.


Alvin Howard Sacks, PhD ’57 (applied mechanics), of Los Altos Hills, December 11, at 100. He applied his aeronautical engineering background to medical problems like blood flow and heart issues. He was chief of the Technology Transfer Section, Rehab, R&D Center at the VA in Palo Alto and authored 59 technical publications over 40 years. His first love was inventing and he holds three U.S. patents and 11 foreign patents. He was predeceased by his wife of 75 years, Eve. Survivors: his children, Richard, Melinda, ’74, Randy, and Barry; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

William Patrick Henry, MS ’66 (civil engineering), of Castle Pines, Colo., November 26, at 84, of metastatic brain cancer. He served in the Army. He worked on water projects across the country. He was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers for three years, working to reduce corruption in the engineering construction industry worldwide. He loved the outdoors, traveling, and his family. He played softball until age 83. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Joan; children, Bill and Pegeen; and five grandchildren.

Samuel Schweitzer, PhD ’66 (mechanical engineering), of Falls Church, Va., January 27, at 91, of cancer and kidney failure. He was a pioneering energy and electric utility specialist who worked in many countries around the world. His 40-year career included working for the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Energy Agency/OECD in Paris, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He helped advance renewable energy technologies and their successful use in the marketplace. Survivors: his wife, Theresa Styverlynck; and daughter, Tamar.

Humanities and Sciences

Raymond Thomas Sanders, PhD ’56 (biological sciences), of Logan, Utah, November 24, at 99. He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. He taught at Utah State University for more than 40 years, was the first director of the USU Honors Program, and retired as professor emeritus of cell biology. He loved all kinds of music and built a harpsichord with his son. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Roselena Jensen; son, Raymond; stepchildren, Wenlee Jensen and Lars Jensen; three grandchildren; and three brothers.

William Terry Davis, MA ’57 (communication), of Surfside, Wash., November 16, at 90. He served in the Coast Guard. He was a reporter and copy editor for the San Jose Mercury News. He was president of the San Jose Newspaper Guild and vice president of the International Newspaper Guild. He enjoyed national politics, traveling, and engaging with friends at the Eagles Club in Ocean Park. He was predeceased by his wife of almost 30 years, Dianne Martino. Survivors: his children, Kimberly Davis Chow and Todd; and four grandchildren.

Susan Miller Cornwall, MS ’66 (statistics), of Concord, Mass., October 31, at 79. Her math degree led her to work in the computer industry and as a management consultant. But her true passion was music: She had a lovely soprano voice, performed with many small ensembles, and led a church group that brought music to people who were sick. In recent years, she embraced early music and played the harpsichord. Family was the cornerstone of her life. Survivors: her husband of 42 years, Nick Pappas; daughter, Elizabeth; stepsons, Benjamin Pappas and Matthew Papakipos; four grandchildren; and brother. 


R. Ian Ross, LLB ’63, of Las Vegas, March 9, 2021, at 82, pancreatic cancer. He was a law clerk at the Nevada Supreme Court; the Clark County deputy district attorney; the Las Vegas assistant city attorney; a member of the Nevada State Legislature; and president of the North Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. He received the Achievement in Service Award from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Alumni Association. Survivors: his wife of almost 60 years, Irmalee; sons, Rian and Mark; and three grandchildren.

Michael John Harbers, JD ’69, of Franklin, Tenn., November 16, at 82. He was a member of the Law Review. He practiced corporate and contract law at O’Melveny and Myers; International Multifoods Corp.; Genesco Inc.; and Boult, Cummings, Connors & Berry. He loved reading, camping, hiking, skiing, woodworking, and helping mentor Boy Scouts as they worked to achieve Eagle Scout status. Survivors: his wife of 60 years, Peggy; children, Katrina, ’90; Kirsten, ’92, and Greg; six grandchildren; and two siblings.

Andis Kaulins, JD ’71, of Traben-Trarbach, Germany, October 4, at 75, of prostate cancer. He was a member of the Law Review. He worked for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York before taking a position as a research fellow at the University of Kiel in Germany. He later became a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry while authoring books in his spare time. He was a club champion in golf at age 61. Survivors: his life partner of 25 years, Martha Walker; former wife, Isa; daughter, Cynthia Zwafink; and four grandchildren.


Robert E. Tranquada, MD ’55, of Pomona, Calif., December 4, at 92. He was a diabetes researcher-turned-public health advocate who was instrumental in increasing health care access in underserved communities across Los Angeles County. He was the medical director of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and, while serving as dean of the USC Keck School of Medicine, was appointed to the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department. Survivors: his wife of 71 years, Janet; children, John, Jim, ’79, and Kate; three grandchildren; and sister.

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