Feb. 1, 1919 - Dec. 1, 2013
Marie B. Dreyer of Atherton was born in Connecticut and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She attended Hillsdale College in Michigan, where she became a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma, and she recently receiving her 75-year award from the sorority.
She graduated from Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois, with honors in English literature.
Marie's professional life include...
Norman Daniel Olson
Aug. 9, 1940 - Nov. 29, 2013
Palo Alto, California
public service, teacher/educator
“Norm” Olson, loving son of Wendell and Eva Olson, and husband of Elizabeth Macken Olson, passed away on Nov. 29, 2013, at his home in Mountain Green, Utah, after a short bout with cancer. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his siblings, David, Miriam, Alan and Elizabeth; his son Daniel; his daughters Karen and Rebecca; his step-daughter Elisa; and four grandchildren.
Norm practiced as a phy...
Douglas Meier Heller died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at his home in Atherton, California, after a very short battle with cancer. He was 82.
Mary Ehrlich Heller, his wife of 58 years, was by his side when he passed peacefully away. He is also survived by his son Steven (and his wife Rachael, son Matthew, and daughter Sara); daughter Sue Fenley (and her husband Robert, and daughters DJ & Amy); ...
May 6, 1922 - Nov. 23, 2013
public service, business
Frances Bohannon Nelson, family matriarch and Peninsula real estate icon, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 after a brief illness.
Born in Oakland, California in 1922, Frances was the eldest daughter of the late Ophelia Bohannon and legendary real estate developer David D. Bohannon.
Frances graduated from UC Berkeley and began working with the Bohannon companie...
June 4, 1936 - Nov. 19, 2013
Alice Evans Powell, 77, of Rogers, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
She was born to the late George and Elma Evans on June 4, 1936, in Palo Alto, Calif. Alice graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1954. She resided in the San Francisco Bay area until her retirement in June of 1998.
Alice worked for Hewlett Packard, Zack Electronics, and then Storm Products until she retired ...
William Desmond Walsh, Esq., Leader in Business and Philanthropy
William (Bill) Walsh, a man of singular generosity and outstanding leadership in business died at Stanford University Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.
Born in New York on Aug. 4, 1930, Bill was a graduate of Fordham University (1951) and Harvard Law School (1955). He began his career as an Assistant US Attorney for the Sou...
John Henry Pfluke passed away on Nov. 15, 2013, at Stanford Hospital with family by his side.
He was born on June 17, 1931, in Peoria, Ill., to John William Pfluke and Lillian Ann Archer Pfluke. An only child, he had the quintessential 1940s American Midwest upbringing. He met his wife, Sybil Hochguertel, when he was an Air Force Lieutenant at a radar station near to her hometown in Germany in ...
Elisabeth Wilson, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 11 at the age of 89.
Betty (as she is known to her friends) was born in Palo Alto, graduated from PALY High in the class of ’42, attended Mills College in Oakland and was a member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.
She raised her family in Los Altos and had a rewarding career in health care w...
Robert E. (Bob) Peters died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto, surrounded by his family just two days shy of his 92nd birthday.
Bob was born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Champaign, Ill., the eldest child of Rev. Earnest J. and Frances (Kristufek) Peters. The son of a Methodist minister and nurse who had met while serving during World War I, Bob grew up ...
May 9, 1935 - Nov. 4, 2013
Portola Valley, California
public service, business, veteran
Sam Gordon of Portola Valley, Calif., passed away from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 4 at the age of 78. From the beginning, Sam accepted cancer and lived a fuller life because of it. Sam is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Ann O'Hara Gordon of Portola Valley, his brother Joseph Gordon of New York, seven children and four grandchildren.
Born on May 9, 1935, in Larchmont, N.Y., Sam was the ...
Joseph Michael Whelan, innovative developer of Portola Valley Ranch, died November 2, 2013, at the age of 87 in his home at the Ranch.
Born in San Francisco on March 1, 1926, to Harry and Ruth Whelan, Joe was a grandson of Irish immigrants who settled in Yosemite Valley.
He grew up in Atherton and attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School. Joe served as altar boy as a youth and was a man of ...
Beverly passed away peacefully on November 2, 2013. She moved to Mtn. View from Michigan in 1961. Bev will be remembered as a wonderful, joyful woman, loved by family and friends. She had a sparkle in her eye and enjoyed a good laugh. She loved God and the people in her life and always liked hearing what her loved ones were up to. Beverly will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her husband ...
Aug. 7, 1931 - Oct. 21, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Our beloved, gracious and irrepressible mother, Helen (Wear) Ostby passed away peacefully at her home in California due to pancreatic cancer on Oct. 21, 2013. She was born in Madison, on Aug. 7, 1931, to Annie Laurie Mewhinney Wear and Dr. John Brewster Wear. On Sept. 8, 1951, she married Byron C. Ostby in Madison.
Helen is survived by her three children, Helen Signe Ostby who lives in Woodside...