Harry Hann-yi Lee
Nov. 25, 1997 - Jan. 24, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Harry Hann-yi Lee, age 17, passed away on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at his residence in Palo Alto. Harry was a high school senior at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, and was a talented cyclist, artist and musician, among many other things. Harry is survived by his father, Tsu-Chang Lee, and mother, Salina An, both of Palo Alto; and twin sisters, Jennifer Lee of Los Angeles and Teresa Lee of New York City. Born at El Camino Hospital on Nov. 25, 1997, Harry lived in Los Altos until 2004, and Palo Alto for 11 years after that. He attended schools in both districts, including Montclaire Elementary, Palo Verde Elementary, JLS Middle, and Henry M. Gunn High. From an early age, Harry provided a light to those around him and always found a way to make people laugh. He was creative, energetic and had a great sense of style, specifically when it came to his hairstyles. He was an artist, taking classes since 5 years old, and has had his work displayed at the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. He enjoyed music thoroughly, both making and listening to it. He played the violin for eight years, the clarinet for seven, and also was skilled at ukulele an...
Berhane Hiwot Azage
Sept. 14, 1987 - Jan. 8, 2015
Our beloved Berhane Hiwot Azage unexpectedly passed away in Hong Kong on Jan. 8, 2015, at the age of 27. He is survived by his mother and father, brothers Adane and Manny, and sister Selam. Berhane was born on Sept. 14, 1987, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He attended Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Terman Scholar) and a M.S. in Management Science & Engineering. Stanford was his second home and a place where he touched many minds and hearts with his boundless intellectual curiosity, thirst for excellence and compassion for all. Whether studying in the library with friends or dancing at Dance Marathon and beyond, his infectious smile and laughter brought joy to those around him. He loved sharing his Ethiopian culture with everyone and built many friendships around introducing people to Zeni Ethiopian restaurant in San Jose. Exceptionally brilliant, he was a model of efficiency and negotiation; he figured out that running rather than walking saved him 15 minutes a day and could be heard engaged in fierce debate, followed by joyous laughter. A global citizen, Berhane h...
Aug. 8, 1927 - Dec. 27, 2014
Menlo Park, California
Computer Science Pioneer Dr. Ned Chapin passed away on December 27, 2014. He was born on the Olympic Peninsula and grew up living in various locations in Washington, Oregon, and California. After graduating from Eureka Senior High School in 1945, he attended Stanford University where he played percussion in the Symphony Orchestra. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers during the Korean War. Upon graduating with a doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1959, he moved to Menlo Park, California, where he lived for the rest of his life. Although he worked at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) for 10 years, for the bulk of his career he was an independent consultant operating InfoSci Inc. At age 60, he took a job as Professor, and later Professor Emeritus, of Information Systems in the California State University system. Dr. Ned Chapin was a leader in the field of computer science, particularly the discipline of software maintenance, from its infancy. Over his 61-year career, he published more than 250 papers and conference proceedings and wrote 8 books includ...
Marilyn J. Smithson
Sept. 21, 1927 - Jan. 21, 2015 La Selva Beach, California
Marilyn Jean (Anderson) Smithson died peacefully surrounded by her family on Jan. 21. She was 87. Born in Walla Walla, Washington, she grew up in Tacoma and graduated from the University of Washington in 1950. She married Luther (Bud) Smithson in 1956 and moved to California where she raised her fam...
Feb. 8, 1925 - Jan. 11, 2015 Menlo Park, California
Joan Agnes O'Grady Leaver, 89, entered into God's loving embrace on Jan. 11, 2015, from her home in Menlo Park, California. She was born on Feb. 8, 1925, in Palo Alto (then known as Mayfield.) Her parents, Thomas and Delia Finn O'Grady, were immigrants from County Roscommon in Ireland. Joan grew up ...
Norman S. Coplon
June 19, 1937 - Jan. 11, 2015 Portola Valley, California
Dr. Norman S. Coplon, the pioneering founder of Satellite Healthcare Inc. (San Jose, California) and a committed husband, father, physician, professor, businessman and volunteer, passed peacefully Sunday morning, January 11, 2015, at home with his family by his side, after a long illness. He was 77....
Michael M. Meyer
Aug. 19, 1947 - Jan. 10, 2015 Menlo Park, California
Michael Mansfield Meyer, 67, died on January 10th in Menlo Park, California. (Photo is of Michael Meyer with his granddaughter, Sarah Meyer of Menlo Park.) Michael was born in Brawley, California, the son of Eloise Grace Latham and Richard Vincent Meyer. He grew up on military bases around t...