Obituaries — September 2021


Richard Arthur Greene, of Larkspur, Calif., May 21, at 84, of T-cell lymphoma. He was a clinical professor of pediatrics. He completed his residency and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Stanford. Over his 48-year career at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, more than 500 of his patients were children of previous patients. He also served as president of medical staff and on the board of directors at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Survivors: his wife, Lynda; children, Bradley, Shelley Siechen and Amy Thacher; seven grandchildren; and sister.

Leonard M. Horowitz, of Portola Valley, Calif., November 11, 2019, at 82. He was professor emeritus of psychology. He originally studied verbal learning and memory, but after clinical training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at Mt. Zion Psychiatric Clinic, he shifted to interpersonal relationships and the social and motivational foundations of psychopathology. He served as president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research and received lifetime achievement awards from both organizations. Survivors: his wife, Suzanne, MA ’62, PhD ’65; sons, Jonathan, ’92, MBA ’97, and Jeremy; six grandchildren, including Hailey, ’23; and brother.

P. Herbert Leiderman, of Stanford, April 1, at 97. He was professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. His research on infant and child development paved the way for hospitals across the country to allow parents closer contact with their newborns, even in neonatology intensive care units. He was also field director of a research project in Kenya and held a Rockefeller fellowship in Italy. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Gloria, and daughter Andrea. Survivors: his children Deborah, MD ’86, Erica Rex and Joshua; two granddaughters; and sister.

John F. Manley, of Sunnyvale, Calif., September 5, 2020, at 81, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was professor of political science and department chair from 1977 to 1980. His scholarship focused on presidential power, public policy and the function of Congress. He was a Guggenheim fellow and taught American politics as a Fulbright scholar in Italy. He also advocated on behalf of low-wage workers, including a campaign that gained housing improvements and higher wages for workers at Webb Ranch in Portola Valley. Survivors: his wife, Kathy Sharp, ’80, JD ’85, MBA ’85; and children, Cole, ’15, John Jr. and Laura.

Jack S. Remington, of Menlo Park, April 8, at 90, of complications of an injury sustained in a fall. He was professor emeritus of infectious diseases. His research on toxoplasmosis led to diagnostic tests and treatments used on newborns today. He published more than 600 research papers and 11 patents, held a wide array of professional leadership roles and received numerous professional recognitions. He was also an extreme-sports enthusiast with a penchant for mountain climbing. Survivors: his wife, Francoise Perdreau-Remington; children, David and Lynne; stepchildren, Matthias Schumacher and Geraldine Strunsky; and five grandchildren.


Gwendolyn Walta Miller Kerner, ’44 (education), of San Francisco, April 24, at 97. After raising her children, she worked in the cancer program at Mt. Zion Hospital’s medical education department. She excelled at badminton, golf, swimming and snorkeling, but her lifelong passion was traveling the world with her husband. Survivors: her husband of 74 years, John; children, John Jr., ’69, James, ’74, and Jan Adrienne Harper; three grandchildren, including Lisa, ’09; and great-grandson.

Donald Tyler Elliott, ’47, of San Mateo, Calif., March 13, at 94. He served in the Navy during World War II. He spent his civilian career as a self-employed manufacturers’ representative and manufacturer of electric motor controls. He served as senior warden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, Calif., and as trustee of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco but became an observant Catholic later in life. He also enjoyed golf and had a passion for opera. Survivors: his wife of 73 years, Janice; children, Christine, Elizabeth, Frank, Jeanne, Linda and Lisa; and 12 grandchildren.

John Arnold Jamison, ’47 (economics), MBA ’49, of Carmel, Calif., July 1, 2020, at 95. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He returned to Stanford after serving in the Navy in World War II. After working as a manager for agriculture companies, he earned his PhD in agricultural economics from UC Berkeley. He returned to Stanford again to teach at the Food Research Institute and conduct research on agricultural policy and food marketing. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf. Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Barbara; children, Thomas and Nancy, ’77, and four grandchildren.

Brewster Lee Arms, ’48 (political science), JD ’51, of Carlsbad, Calif., March 9, at 95. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his Army service in World War II. At Stanford, he pledged Chi Psi, played basketball and was a cartoonist for the Daily. In his legal career, he was general counsel of Signal Oil & Gas as it grew to become the diversified aerospace and manufacturing conglomerate AlliedSignal. He was an early enthusiast of surfing and beach volleyball. Survivors: his wife of nearly 60 years, Shirley; children, Emily, Stephen and Andrew; and granddaughter.

Priscilla Alden Townsend Long, ’48 (political science), of Mercer Island, Wash., May 21, at 94. She was on the basketball team. After earning her JD from the U. of Washington, she became the first woman to clerk for a Washington Supreme Court justice and was later appointed as a lower court judge. After raising her children, she became a public affairs officer and lobbyist for PACCAR and worked as legal counsel for a series of banks. Survivors: her children, Susan, Michael, Molly Espey and Stephen; and 11 grandchildren.

Joseph Fowler Pickering, ’48 (economics), MBA ’50, of Ojai, Calif., March 26, at 93. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta and the football team. He ran insurance businesses for 65 years in Palo Alto and was a leader and participant in many community activities in the Santa Clara Valley. He especially loved traveling the world to scuba dive in tropical oceans. He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Helen (Dietz, ’47), and son, Joseph Pickering II, ’89, MA ’90. Survivors: his daughters, Julia Warner and Amelia; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Gerald G. Jampolsky, ’49 (basic medical sciences), MD ’50, of Sausalito, Calif., December 29, at 95. He specialized in psychiatry, served as an Air Force staff psychiatrist and taught at UCSF. Influenced by A Course in Miracles, he founded the Center for Attitudinal Healing in 1975 and directed its growth into a network operating in 37 countries. With his wife, he authored several books and undertook efforts to support children facing life-threatening diseases, HIV/AIDS patients and others. Survivors: his wife of 40 years, Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky; sons, Gregory and Lee; four grandchildren; and brother, Arthur Jampolsky, MD ’44.


Willard B. Hansen, ’50 (history), MA ’54 (education), of Los Angeles, May 18, at 96. He was awarded a Bronze Star as well as knighthood in the French Legion of Honor for his Army service in World War II. He earned a master’s degree in history from Harvard. He was the principal of several middle schools and retired in 1989 as principal of Hollywood High School after 35 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Gloria. Survivors: his son, Joseph.

Jack Henry Sheen, ’50 (psychology), MD ’55, of Santa Barbara, Calif., April 19, at 96. He served in the Navy during World War II. After advanced training in plastic surgery, he developed new approaches to nasal surgery, for which he received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and other professional honors. He also taught surgery at UCLA and published numerous articles and a definitive textbook on nasal surgery. In retirement, he enjoyed golf and portrait sculpture. Survivors: his wife, Anitra; children, Joan Welch, Matthew and Michael; and three granddaughters.

Arthur Ellery “Zeb” Burgess Jr., ’51 (English), of Falmouth, Mass., May 16, at 91, of cardiac arrest. He was a member of Chi Psi. After serving in the Coast Guard, he undertook a career in publishing sales and editing with Houghton Mifflin, Alfred Knopf and Harper. He was a self-taught electrician, plumber, carpenter and joiner. He especially enjoyed traveling to the national parks of Utah and the region around Lucca, Italy. He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Francesca Greene. Survivors: his son, Max; three grandchildren; and three brothers.

Monte Jay Hellman (formerly Himmelbaum), ’51 (speech and drama), of Palm Desert, Calif., April 20, at 91. His 1971 road movie, Two-Lane Blacktop, flopped at the box office, but was praised by French critics, who named it one of the greatest American films of the 1970s. He directed biker films, Westerns and horror movies and also worked on such films as RoboCop and Reservoir Dogs. He won a Special Golden Lion for Road to Nowhere at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. Survivors: his children, Melissa and Jared; and brother.

John C. Henderson, ’51 (biological sciences), MD ’55, of San Francisco, May 14, at 92, of cancer. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda. He specialized in internal medicine and maintained a private practice for over 60 years. One of the last doctors in San Francisco to make house calls, he also served as medical director at the Heritage on the Marina retirement community. He loved trail rides through the Sierras with his family. He was predeceased by his wife, Johanna (Bartky, ’52), and daughter Janet. Survivors: his daughter Susan.

Thomas Thole Williamson, ’51, MA ’55 (architecture), of Point Loma, Calif., April 26, at 93. He served in the Army in the Philippines after World War II and was called back during the Korean War. His architectural career took him from San Francisco to San Diego, where he opened his own firm in 1978. He was predeceased by his first wife, Sally (Smith, ’50); second wife, of 46 years, Jerry Jackson Waterman Williamson, ’50; and daughter, Tabi Kapple. Survivors: his children, Hildy Hammer, Stephen Waterman, ’73, and Michael Waterman, ’75; 12 grandchildren, including Andie Waterman, ’16; and nine great-grandchildren.

Joan Everett Dayton, ’52 (education), of Grass Valley, Calif., April 12, at 90. She co-directed a nursery school and taught elementary grades, including many years as a first-grade teacher at Holbrook Elementary School in Concord, Calif. She also taught high school Latin and at an art school for children she founded in Palo Alto. She loved traveling to Europe with her children and, in later years, visiting them overseas. She was predeceased by her daughter Maggie. Survivors: her husband of 65 years, Al, MBA ’57; children Jonathan, Jennifer and Peter; six grandchildren; and great-grandson.

Sharon Lee Edwards Girdner, ’52 (pre-nursing), of Pasadena, Calif., April 28, at 91, of congestive heart failure. As a Democratic activist and grassroots organizer, she promoted women’s rights, school and housing desegregation, gay rights, support for people with AIDS/HIV and the environment. She loved travel, visiting parks and public lands and embracing challenges. She was predeceased by her former husband, Peter Lee, ’44, MD ’47. Survivors: her children, Martha Lee, ’75, Susan Lee, MS ’84, Catherine Lee and Peter Lee; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert A. Teitsworth, ’52, MS ’53 (petroleum engineering) of Laguna Beach, Calif., March 21, at 90. He served in the Army. At Stanford, he was a member of the golf team and Kappa Alpha. He retired as CEO of Occidental Oil and Gas and director of the Occidental Corporation. He later founded and led other petroleum, agriculture and property development companies. He also served in leadership roles for the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp and the Hoover Institution. Survivors: his wife of 49 years, Sandra; children, Susan Comisar, Stephen, ’79, and Flint; and two grandsons.

David Hunt Bruce, ’53 (basic medical sciences), MD ’56, of Los Gatos, Calif., April 28, at 89. A taste of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg 1954 as a medical student set the course for his future life. His dermatology practice provided the financial backing, while he provided the labor to clear the land and plant 45 acres of grapes for his pioneering vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. His Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines caught the attention of connoisseurs in the 1970s. Survivors: his wife of 37 years, Jeannette; sons, Karli, Dana, Dale and Barry; and grandchildren.

Diana Elise Davis Menkes, ’54 (communication), of Pasadena, Calif., March 17, at 88. She worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and then at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. As an editor for scientific and academic journals, she spent most of her life in Washington, D.C., and Luz, Portugal, with shorter stays in Tokyo, Boulder, Colo., and London—not to mention travels to more exotic destinations. She was predeceased by her husband, Joshua, and former husband, Newman Porter, ’53, LLB ’55. Survivors: her sister.

Janet Silvia Albertoli Paige, ’54 (psychology), of San Francisco, May 7, at 89, of ovarian cancer. With her husband, she raised children, ran the family business and traveled the world. He taught her to appreciate football and she taught him to enjoy opera and the symphony. Survivors: her husband of 66 years, Michael; children, Michele Schurman, John and Yvonne; and seven grandchildren.

Louis Andre Pujalet, ’54 (communication), of Kailua, Hawaii, March 24, at 89. After writing for the Daily, he continued his career in journalism as general manager of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. After working for Honolulu Publishing, Xerox and Pitney Bowes, he started his own print shop in Honolulu. He was active in Jaycees and Lions Club and served as president of Rotary chapters in Honolulu and Snoqualmie, Wash. He was predeceased by his son Paul. Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Rita; children Marc, Michele Devitt and Lou Jr.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two siblings.

John Paul Rohrer Jr., ’54 (geography), MBA ’56, of Lafayette, Calif., March 24, at 88. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi. He spent his career with Kaiser Aluminum in New Orleans and Kaiser Cement in California, retiring as vice president of marketing. He then founded an international consulting company and ran it until 2015. Survivors: his wife of 67 years, Sally; children, Michael, Kevin and Melissa; and four grandchildren.

William Edward Zidbeck, ’54 (biological sciences), of Imperial Beach, Calif., March 14, at 88. Navy ROTC led to a career as an aviator, NROTC instructor at USC and two command posts. He also completed a master’s degree in international relations at USC. In civilian life, he earned his teaching credential from San Diego State and taught biology at Castle Park High School in Bonita, Calif. He co-founded a branch of the Optimists Club in Imperial Beach. He was predeceased by his wife, Jo Ann (Hill, ’56). Survivors: his children, Scott and Suzy; and four grandchildren.

Eugene M. Pepper, ’55 (history), of Glendale, Calif., May 5, at 88. He was junior class president and a member of Phi Delta Theta. After graduation, he was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer and retired at the rank of captain. He spent his civilian career in real estate in the Bay Area. He was also vice president of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, founding chair of the Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation Board and president of Glendale Kiwanis. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; children, Mike, Dana and Tracy; and six grandchildren.

Charlene Phebus Betts, ’56 (political science), of Claremont, Calif., January 31, at 86. After graduation, she earned a teaching credential at the University of La Verne and taught elementary bilingual education classes for 25 years. She loved working with underprivileged children and was a member of the Children’s Home Society and a 50-year supporter of West End Auxiliary of Children’s Fund. Survivors: her husband of 64 years, Douglas, ’56; children, Karen, Gregory, ’82, and Cynthia; four grandchildren; and great-granddaughter.

Carole Jean Rosenthal Hemingway, ’57 (international relations), of Los Angeles, April 28, at 85, of a stroke. Her student involvement with speech and debate led to a career in media. She launched her radio career in Phoenix, then relocated to Los Angeles, where she had a nationally syndicated column on political and social issues. She was also a television talk show host, CNN guest commentator and media consultant. Survivors: her husband, Fred; sons, Dan Himelstein and John Himelstein; and seven grandchildren.

Jean Marie McCarter Leonard, ’57 (social service), of San Mateo, Calif., March 29, at 84. She was a member of Cap & Gown. She raised her sons in San Mateo, where she also served as PTA president. When her sons were older, she earned her master’s degree in education from the U. of Michigan and worked for the Stanford Alumni Association as a leader of travel/study groups to Italy, China, South America and other destinations. Survivors: her husband of 64 years, Fred; sons, Russell, ’85, and Gary; and three grandchildren.

John R. Morrison, ’57 (French), of Eureka, Calif., April 25, at 88. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. At Stanford, he pledged Phi Delta Theta. After earning his JD at UCLA, he joined the family law practice. He served for 37 years as a judge on the California Circuit Court and Eureka Municipal Court. He also served as Rotary president and on numerous civic boards. Survivors: his wife of 61 years, Beverly; children, Sharon Hunter, Andrée Johnson and Marc; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, James, ’55, JD ’60.

Donald Merritt Murchison, ’58 (history), of Sacramento, Calif., June 18, at 84. He was a member of Theta Chi and the football team. He was an avid flyer and member of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Air Squadron. As a licensed flight instructor, he helped friends and family members obtain pilot’s licenses and also flew medical personnel to clinics in Mexico. He especially loved traveling the world with his wife, children and grandchildren. Survivors: his wife of 63 years, Sue (Hardgrove, ’58); children, Tim, Allison Malecki, ’82, and Andrea; six grandchildren; and brother.


Edwin Herbert Porter, ’60 (electrical engineering), of Grass Valley, Calif., May 2, at 82. He worked in Silicon Valley in the computer technology field for 45 years. He was active in numerous community endeavors and had many interests, including woodworking, fishing, photography, watercolor, cooking and travel. Survivors: his wife of 40 years, Lucinda; children, John, Timothy, Michael, David, James and Amelia; and four grandchildren.

Margery Ann Melnik Gould, ’61 (English), of Los Angeles, April 28, at 81. In her career with the government of Los Angeles County, she helped develop one of the first telecommuting programs in the country and was later executive director of the Commission for Children and Families. She was an enthusiastic mentor of young women, supporter of Democratic politics, advocate for social justice and world traveler, but her greatest happiness was spending time with family and friends at home or on the beach in Cambria. Survivors: her children, Jill Franklin and Adam, ’94; grandson; and brother.

John Bingham Hurlbut Jr., ’61 (political science), JD ’64, of Tustin, Calif., June 15, at 82. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and named MVP of the baseball team. During his 56-year legal career, he specialized in business litigation at Rutan & Tucker, where he was head of the litigation and trial section, managing partner and co-general counsel. The Orange County Bar Association recognized him with its highest honor, the Franklin G. West Award, as well as its Harmon G. Scoville Award. In 2010, he received the Anti-Defamation League Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award Survivors: his wife, Suzanne (Goode, ’60); and children, Norman and Vicky.

Mary Joanne Pewters Micklitsch, ’61 (English), of Bethesda, Md., December 17, at 81, of Alzheimer’s disease. She raised her children in Maryland, where she was a dedicated volunteer at her children and grandchildren’s schools, chair of the Landon Mothers Association and Brownie troop leader. She loved reading, collecting antiques and summer trips to Montana with her family. Survivors: her husband of 58 years, Max; children, Catherine Micklitsch Poston, ’86, MA ’86, Mary Micklitsch Mulligan, ’88, and John; seven grandchildren; and sister.

Robert Franklin Smayda, ’61 (psychology), of Walnut Creek, Calif., January 24, at 81, of inclusion body myositis. He rowed crew, pledged Delta Chi and studied abroad in Germany, an experience that drew his interest to social work. Following graduate study at the U. of Michigan, he had a 50-year career in social work for Contra Costa County. He enjoyed participating with his sons in Indian Guides and Boy Scouts and socializing with his fraternity brothers. He was predeceased by his son Anthony. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Patricia; son Alex; and brother.

Gerald B. Rankin, ’62 (communication), of Oakhurst, Calif., May 16, at 80. Winning a Hearst Journalism Award as an undergraduate presaged his career to come. He worked for the Associated Press in San Francisco, took a year off to travel in Europe, and returned to California to cover politics for the San Diego Evening Tribune and work as city editor for the Santa Barbara News-Press. In retirement, he was a full-time reporter for the Mariposa Gazette and Miner. Survivors: his wife of almost 50 years, Anne-Jeannette; stepchildren, Jack Bischof and Sarah Bischof; three grandsons; and two sisters.

Norman Clement Stone, ’62 (economics), of San Francisco, April 2, at 81. He embarked on a career in venture capital, but changed course to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute. While working as a staff psychotherapist at Bayview Hunters Point Foundation, he began what became a significant collection of works by young artists. He served on the boards of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Tate International Council. He was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Norah, and son Norman. Survivors: his children Bryan, Mark and Amy; and five grandchildren.

Judith Anne Cleary Dowling, ’64 (nursing), of Fresno, Calif., May 13, at 79. She was in Cap & Gown. She worked as a public health nurse in the Bay Area, then raised her children in Fresno, where she was active in Junior League. She was an accomplished cook and gardener, loved tennis and enjoyed spending time with her family at their second home in Cambria, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Mike, ’63. Survivors: her children, Michael and Kathleen; four grandchildren; and two siblings.

Robert Charles Friese, ’64 (international relations), of Sonoma, Calif., May 13, at 78, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was class president and a member of Kappa Alpha. After earning his JD from Northwestern, he joined the Securities and Exchange Commission and battled pyramid schemes. He co-founded Shartsis Friese, a law firm in San Francisco where he specialized in securities law and chaired related American Bar Association committees. He enjoyed playing pickup basketball, opera and the outdoors, and he led San Francisco Beautiful for more than a decade. Survivors: his wife, Chandra; and children, Mark, ’11, Matt and Laura.

Frederick Paul Romero, ’64 (history), of Lacey, Wash., March 26, at 78, of prostate cancer. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. After Peace Corps service in Peru, a master’s degree from the U. of Arizona and a Fulbright year in Tübingen, Germany, he earned a PhD in German literature from the U. of Oregon. He served in numerous roles over more than 30 years in Washington state government. He loved annual sailing adventures with his fraternity brothers. Survivors: his wife of 39 years, Sandra; daughter, Zoe; stepson, Noel Marshall; two grandchildren; and brother.

Edward Charles Friedrichs III, ’65 (architecture), of Reno, Nev., May 13, at 77, of heart disease. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. After earning his master’s degree from the U. of Pennsylvania, he spent his career with Gensler, where he served as president and CEO. In retirement, he formed a strategic consulting group. He served as a member of numerous boards, including the U. of Pennsylvania’s graduate school of architecture, planning and design. Survivors: his wife, Margaret; children, Gillian Ockner and Edward Friedrichs IV; two stepsons; three granddaughters; two stepgrandchildren; and brother, Jay, ’68, MBA ’72.

Philip Martin Humphreys, ’65 (economics), of Portola Valley, Calif., April 14, at 78, of congestive heart failure. He was a member of the football team and Phi Delta Theta. He was a systems analyst for several Silicon Valley companies. He enjoyed hiking, bicycling, competing in triathlons, playing bridge and traveling with his wife. Survivors: his wife, Sharon; daughters, Robyn Soden and Lisa Miller; and four grandchildren.

Joseph Anthony “Jay” Belloli IV, ’66 (art), of Pasadena, Calif., May 21, at 76. He grew up in Palo Alto, and his father was a Green Library librarian. After earning his MA in art history from UC Berkeley, he worked as a writer and museum curator, most recently at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts. He was a curator at the Detroit Institute for the Arts, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston and Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. He also served on the vestry at All Saints Church. Survivors: his stepdaughter, Sabina Aran-Dinsmoor; and grandson.

John Maynard Holley Jr., ’66 (political science), of Salernes, France, April 29, at 76, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta and the track team. He earned his MBA at Columbia, served in the Peace Corps in Colombia and taught business management in the Netherlands. After he earned a master’s degree in public health from the U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his career took him to Barbados, Bolivia, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala and Washington, D.C., where he worked for WHO, the Gates Foundation and other organizations. He retired to his olive farm in southern France in 2018. Survivors: his wife, H.H. Holley-Beerman; and children, Karin Ann and Justin.

Craig Callen Baise, ’67 (history), of Glenbrook, Nev., April 14, at 75, of multiple myeloma. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the tennis team. He spent his career in financial printing as vice president of sales at Bowne and president of Pandick Los Angeles and the owner of Sutter Printing in Sacramento. He enjoyed tennis, golf, hunting and cooking, but found deepest peace while fishing on Lake Tahoe in late fall after most fishermen had left for the season. Survivors: his wife of 53 years, Cynthia (Hart, ’67); children, Brian, Susan Warburg, JD ’06, and Christopher; seven grandchildren; and two siblings.

Suzy Elizabeth Schroeder Chapman, ’67 (economics), of Hilton Head, S.C., April 30, at 76, of cancer. She earned her MBA from the U. of Houston and spent her working life as an investment portfolio manager, principally in Houston with additional years in Tulsa, Okla., Dallas and San Francisco. She loved hosting dinner parties and attending art and theater events with friends and family. Seeking a change of pace in retirement, she moved to Hilton Head, where she enjoyed golf and being involved in her community. Survivors: her daughter, Elise; and sister.

Raymond Gregory Rodeno, ’67 (psychology), of Napa, Calif., March 16, at 75. He was student manager for the football team and a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He never took off his Block S ring. He practiced law after earning his JD from UC Davis, but his true passion was all things Italian, including a series of Alfa Romeos and especially winemaking. He introduced Sangiovese grapes to Napa Valley and established a family-run vineyard that sold wines under the Villa Ragazzi label. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Michaela; children, Kate Harland and John; grandson; and three siblings.

Leo C.H. Soong, ’67 (history), of Walnut Creek, Calif., March 26, at 74, of cancer. A nephew of Chiang Kai-shek, he served in the army of the Republic of China. He gave lectures on his uncle’s diaries after they were made available by the Hoover Institution. After earning his MBA at Harvard, he co-founded Crystal Geyser Water and served on numerous corporate boards. He later earned a graduate certificate from Multnomah Biblical Seminary and traveled widely to spread the gospel. Survivors: his wife, Shirley; children, Shumin, Katherine, Shirley-May, Charles and Abigail, ’11, MS ’12; and brother, Ronald, ’66, MBA ’72.

Becky Lorette Brinegar Gill, ’68 (biological sciences), of Gainesville, Fla., January 25, at 73. She was a member of Cap & Gown and played on the tennis team. After earning her MD at the U. of Arizona, she served for 28 years in the Navy, where she wrote manuals on addiction and established addiction recovery programs. After retiring at the rank of captain, she traveled widely and served her community in Bronson, Fla., by promoting women’s fitness, rescuing cats and dogs, and serving on the boards of Haile’s Angels, Another Way and Helping Hands. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim. Survivors: her two siblings.

Robert Allen Loehr II, ’68 (biological sciences), of San Jose, May 16, at 74, of multiple myeloma. He was a member of Kappa Alpha. He earned his LLB from Santa Clara U. and was the in-house attorney for the San Jose and Great Oaks water companies. He loved to play bridge and golf, travel with his family, grow vegetables and cook. He especially enjoyed the family vacation home in Pacific Grove. Survivors: his wife of 32 years, Claire; stepsons, David and Darren; granddaughter; and three siblings, including Mary, ’69, and Jim, ’75.

Mary Carter O’Connor, ’68 (English), of Colorado Springs, Colo., July 20, 2020, at 75, of pancreatic cancer. She was marketing director at the United States Air Force Academy, College Board office director and owner of an admissions consulting practice. She was president of the Higher Education Consultants Association, served on the National Admissions Practices Committee and was the first female president of the Broadmoor Rotary Club. She was also a lifelong equestrian known for her mentorship and love of her sport. Survivors: her husband, Michael; children, Erik Nickerson and Kitren Nickerson; stepdaughters, Katy O’Connor and Kelly O’Connor; two grandchildren; and brother.

Margaret S. Ishiyama Raffin, ’68 (English), of Palo Alto, April 3, at 74. An early career in medical social work led to a master’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara U. and work as a therapist. She was a trustee of the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, president of the Ishiyama Foundation, board member of the National Parks Conservation Association and supporter of the African Leadership Academy. She also helped found the Stanford Medicine Community Council and held numerous other board positions. Survivors: her former husband, Tom, ’68, MD ’73; daughter, Elizabeth, ’04; two grandchildren; and two siblings. 

John Douglas Hazelton, ’69 (sociology), of Charleston, S.C., and Melvin Village, N.H., December 28, at 73. He was a member of Theta Chi. He served in the Air Force as a pilot and simultaneously earned his MBA from Golden Gate U. He spent his corporate career with Conoco, DuPont and MBNA. He had a lifelong passion for reading, loved golf and croquet and took particular pleasure in driving his Chris Craft Launch across Lake Winnipesaukee. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Joan; children, Jennifer and Christopher; two granddaughters; and three siblings.

Sydnee Lee McEnerney Tyson, ’69 (English), of El Cerrito, Calif., May 3, at 73, of cancer. Her time in Florence set her path: She earned a master’s degree in teaching from Yale before spending most of her career as a Foreign Service officer in Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Belgrade, with additional family postings in Managua, Moscow and Sydney. She also worked at the Departments of State and Labor. She drew comfort in Anne Lamott’s essays but found a better reflection of her joys and sorrows in Ludovico Einaudi’s “Life.” Survivors: her husband of 49 years, Donald, ’69; daughters, Jessica, ’04, and Elizabeth; granddaughter; and sister.


Catherine Jo Gilbertson, ’71 (English), of Bellingham, Wash., May 4, at 72, of surgery complications. She earned a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine from Washington State U. As a female pioneer in her field, she was a respected veterinarian and business owner of The Cat Clinic in Bellingham. Her personal life was dedicated to rescuing pitbulls and thoroughbred horses. She won many awards for her Staffordshire bull terriers. She was an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners. Survivors: her two siblings.

John Marshall Sayre Jr., ’74 (history), of Denver, March 20, 2020, at 68, following a long illness. He earned his MBA at Columbia and pursued a career in finance with a focus on banking and financial planning. His passions included skiing, gardening, reading history and the Broncos. Survivors: his children, Julia Donnelly, Joseph and Charles; former wife, Jannett Downer McIntyre, ’74; five grandchildren; and two brothers, including Henry, ’70.

Lauren Siok Ing Oei Shak, ’77 (chemistry), MS ’86 (biochemistry), of Saratoga, Calif., April 21, at 65, of cancer. She facilitated health education programs at Stanford Hospital in the Office of Community and Patient Relations. She moved to Saratoga to raise her family (and a few lovable dogs). Survivors: her husband of 34 years, Dennis, ’80, MS ’81; children, Christina and Ashley; mother, Tien Oei; and brother.


Ethan Findley Diehl, ’94 (art), of La Quinta, Calif., March 26, at 49, of complications from diabetes. He worked as a software developer and database administrator at the U. of Texas. An art history class taught by Jody Maxmin and mentoring by Nathan Oliveira led him to explore his artistic interests and understand his colorblindness not as a barrier but as a way to express himself through the visual arts. He exhibited widely, including a solo show at the Hespe Gallery in San Francisco. Survivors: his significant other, Amanda Ward; parents, Paul and Dedra; and sister.


Adam Lowell Johnson, ’13 (engineering), of Anacortes, Wash., September 26, 2020, at 29, in a hiking accident. He wrote for the Daily, played piano and guitar, performed in operettas, taught science for the Education Program for Gifted Youth and was proud of bridging the fuzzie-techie divide. After working as a ski instructor, he joined the Navy, earned his Wings of Gold in 2018 and served on the USS Harry S. Truman as an EA-18G Growler pilot. Survivors: his parents, Joni and Brian, ’81; grandmother, Janice Goldstein; brother; and sister, Rebecca, ’11, MA ’12.


John Franklin McNiff, MBA ’66, of North Palm Beach, Fla., May 5, at 78, of cancer. During his business career, he served as CFO of the Allen Group and later of the Dover Corporation. He was an excellent tennis and bridge player and enthusiastic wine collector. Survivors: his wife of 52 years, Veronica; son, Duncan; and two grandsons.

Ellen Carol Barreto, MBA ’80, of Chicago, April 7, at 71, of heart disease. She worked for CBS News and the New York Public Library before turning her attention to raising her children. She was an enthusiastic volunteer and enjoyed needlepoint, travel and reading, but her greatest passion was pursuing lifelong learning through the U. of Chicago, Hebrew U. of Jerusalem and Newberry Library. She supported progressive causes through Invest to Elect and had recently become a certified Pilates instructor. Survivors: her husband of 39 years, Jonathan Copulsky, MBA ’80; and children, Alexander Copulsky and Elizabeth Copulsky.


Elouise Wanger Conte Sutter, MA ’53, of Oakland, April 13, at 96. She taught school in Palo Alto and Oakland and later earned a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the Wright Institute. She served as president of the Oakland YWCA and on the boards of the Center for Human Development and Lincoln Child Care Center. She enjoyed learning about the history and culture of places she visited with her husband of 64 years, John, LLB ’54, who passed away on May 10. Survivors: her children, Susan Hultgren, Maria and Sally; and three grandchildren.

Robert Thomas Titlow, MA ’54, of San Francisco, May 12, at 90. He served in the Army. He later earned a master’s degree in drama from San Francisco State. He taught theater at Carlmont High School and then at Notre Dame de Namur University, where he also held administrative positions. He directed more than 100 university and community productions and also served as president of the California Educational Theatre Association. He was predeceased by his longtime companion, Diana Fee. Survivors: Diana’s sons, Joseph Fee and Charlie Fee; and her granddaughter.

Vincent A. Amendola, MA ’60, of St. Helena, Calif., March 3, at 97. He served in the Army during World War II. He taught high school in St. Helena and San Mateo, Calif., then spent the rest of his career with the California Teachers Association, eventually becoming executive director for a region stretching from San Jose to the Oregon border. In retirement, he returned to St. Helena to tend his vineyard and garden and traveled with his wife to Europe. Survivors: his wife of 73 years, Claire; children, Michèle, Steve and David; two grandsons; and brother.

Judith Ann Rusch Book, MA ’64, of San Mateo, Calif., March 16, at 80, of Alzheimer’s disease. At Stanford, she taught classes on rhythmic gymnastics, jazz dance, bowling and archery and coached the field hockey team and the Dollies. She retired to focus on her family, with a week reserved each summer for Stanford Sierra Camp. She also attended Bible Study Fellowship and eventually became the teaching leader of the Peninsula chapter. Survivors: her husband of 56 years, Norm, LLB ’64; sons, Norman, ’91, and John; three grandchildren; and three siblings, including Martha Rusch Mertz, ’67, MLA ’97.

Norton W. Thornton, MA ’65, of Moraga, Calif., April 22, at 87. From 1974 to 2007, he was head swim coach at UC Berkeley. His teams won the NCAA championship twice and included numerous individual champions and future Olympic medallists. He also led several national swim teams in international competition. He was awarded National Coach of the Year honors twice and was selected four times as Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Survivors include his son Marc.

George James Michel, EdD ’72, of Albany, Calif., April 9, at 86, of Alzheimer’s disease. He served in the Army. He was a professor of education at South Carolina State College for 17 years and the author of a book and numerous scholarly articles in the field of education administration. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Jane. Survivors: his daughter, Martha; and two grandchildren.


John Ross Middleton Jr., MS ’64 (industrial engineering), of Newport Beach, Calif., February 1, at 81, of respiratory failure. He served as an Air Force officer, retiring at the rank of captain. In civilian life, he spent 27 years with Eastman Kodak in New York, California and Illinois and retired as vice president, followed by four years with CB Richard Ellis in Singapore. Both during his career and in retirement, he loved traveling the world with his wife. Survivors: his wife of 56 years, Betty; sons, John Middleton III, ’89, Robert and Matthew; and six grandchildren.

William Alton Drewry, PhD ’68 (civil engineering), of Fayetteville, Ark., June 23, 2020, at 83. In an academic career spanning four decades, he taught at the U. of Arkansas, U. of Tennessee and, for 32 years, at Old Dominion U. in Norfolk, Va., where he was chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean of the college of engineering. Survivors: his wife of 39 years, Nancy Miller; children, Christopher, William, Benjamin, Leslie Currey and Bette; seven grandchildren; and three siblings.

Humanities and Sciences

John M. Spalek, MA ’57, PhD ’61 (German studies), of Haverford, Pa., June 5, at 92. He was professor of German at UCLA and then at the State U. of New York at Albany. His research, including the collection of original sources and publication of multi-volume reference works, documented German-speaking immigration to the United States during the Nazi era. He served as president of the Society of Exile Studies and was awarded the Goethe Medal for his work. Survivors: his children, Frederick and Anne; and two grandsons.

Ronald Leslie Soble, MA ’62 (communication), of Malibu, Calif., June 20, at 85, of heart failure. During his career as a journalist, he spent more than two decades as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times in addition to other newspapers and wire services. He was twice a co-recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism and also a co-recipient of a National News Emmy Award. He was the author or co-author of several books and a lifelong fan of jazz and baseball. Survivors: his wife, Anne (Schumann, MA ’83); son, Mark, ’86; grandson; and sister.

Barbara Lynn Bostick, MA ’64 (art), of Berkeley, April 17, at 81. After Stanford, she discovered that her planned next step, a teaching credential from UC Berkeley, didn’t suit her. So she focused instead on her art while working as a model and a technician on the Mariner Mars program. Her modeling work allowed her to explore the California coast she loved. Two of her pieces are owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Survivors: her niece and sister-in-law.

Anthony Lacy Gully, PhD ’72 (art), of Tempe, Ariz., March 17, at 83, of heart disease. He taught art history for 36 years at Arizona State U. He also directed the art history component of ASU’s summer program in Florence, Italy, for more than two decades. He was the winner of numerous teaching awards, editor of two art journals, exhibition curator at the ASU Art Museum and Phoenix Art Museum, and author of studies on Ruskin, Blake, Goya and Rowlandson. Survivors: his wife of 59 years, Anne; three daughters; and six grandchildren.

Frank Merritt Ruhlen, PhD ’73 (linguistics), of Palo Alto, January 29, at 76, of Alzheimer’s disease. By advocating for language groupings stretching across the world and deep into human prehistory, he pushed the boundaries of what relationships could be demonstrated between the world’s languages and language families. He was a lecturer in anthropology and human biology at Stanford and co-director of the Santa Fe Institute’s Evolution of Human Languages Program. He also held an appointment as a visiting professor at the City U. of Hong Kong. Survivors: his wife, Anca; sons, Johnny and Ricky; and sister.

Randall Wayne Marcinko, Gr. ’86 (chemistry), of San Francisco, March 27, at 65, of liver cancer. As a graduate student, he saw a need for vastly improved data and document retrieval systems, which he addressed as a serial entrepreneur and business leader. He founded Dynamic Information Corp. and led it until its sale to EBSCO. Soon after, he founded the consulting firm MEI, Information Canada, Digital Learning Space and, most recently, MEI Global. He was also president of NStein Technologies and CEO of Groxis. Survivors: his partner of 41 years, Bob Nelson.


Chalmers W. Smith, LLB ’54, of Palo Alto, May 11, at 92. In private practice, he loved fighting for underdogs and was particularly proud of winning a case against the Social Security Administration in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He also played with the San Jose Symphony and, with his wife, in the Manzanita Piano Quartet and San Andreas String Quartet. He was predeceased by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn. Survivors: his former wife, Alice; daughters, Liz Currie and Sarah; stepchildren, Stephen Rumph, Todd Rumph and Alison Trembly; and five grandchildren.

John Herbert Sutter, LLB ’54, of Oakland, May 10, at 92. He was a deputy district attorney and worked in private practice before being elected to three terms on the Oakland City Council. He served for 14 years as a superior court judge and then for 20 years on the East Bay Regional Park District board of directors, where he continued his lifetime of environmental advocacy by working to preserve open space and access to nature. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Elouise, MA ’53. Survivors: his daughters, Susan Hultgren, Maria and Sally; and three grandchildren.

Geraldine Frances Steinberg, LLB ’63, of Palo Alto, May 22, at 95. She was the first woman appointed to the Santa Clara County Planning Commission and the first woman elected to and to serve as board chair of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. She also founded the East Palo Alto Community Law Project and was a founding member of Congregation Beth Am. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Goodwin. Survivors: her second husband, John Thompson, MBA ’51; children, Joan Laurence, MS ’72, Robert and Thomas, MBA ’82; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Maureen Elizabeth St. John McClain, JD ’74, of Tucson, Ariz., May 17, at 73, of corticobasal degeneration. She practiced labor and employment law with Littler Mendelson, then founded the San Francisco office of Kauff McClain & McGuire. She was a dedicated SPCA volunteer and patron of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the de Young Museum. She donated much of her private collection to the Iris B. & Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford. She was predeceased by her life partner of more than 20 years, Harold Kahn. Survivors: her mother, Anita St. John; and two brothers.


Eli A. Layon, MD ’54, of El Centro, Calif., March 25, at 97. He opened a private OB-GYN practice in the Imperial Valley in 1958 and delivered more than 12,000 babies during his career. He later co-founded the Imperial Valley Women’s Clinic to serve low-income obstetrical patients. He served on numerous professional, county, and state-level medical boards and commissions. He also enjoyed deep-sea fishing, traveling in Baja California and spending time with family. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Aileen. Survivors: his daughters, Linda Watson and Mindy; and two grandsons.

Richard Anthony Zuniga, MD ’88, of San Francisco, January 22, at 60, of lung cancer. He was for many years the director of in-patient psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific Heights campus. As a musician, he enjoyed attending opera, ballet and symphony performances. He also loved to learn languages: He was fluent in French and Spanish, spoke Hebrew and had a working knowledge of Mandarin. Survivors: his husband of 13 years, Sean SeLegue; son, David Vapnek; parents, Tony and Mina; and two siblings.