Mary Kiki Wilcox
April 2, 1928 - Aug. 4, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Mary Kiki Wilcox, born in San Francisco in 1928, died on August 3, 2020, in Palo Alto, CA. She was predeceased by her dearly beloved husband, Wally (Wallace) Wilcox in 1999. She was a teacher and principal in the San Francisco Unified School District for twenty years, and a senior researcher at SRI International for ten years. Her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. In her later years she experienced the continuing gifts of music in her life, as a violinist in small chamber music groups, including Fiume de Musica and the Channing House Trio. Also, to her delight, she found joy and purpose in her volunteer music program in the Health Center of her senior community, Channing House. These experiences were published in her book, A Song Just For Me: Stirred by Music to Conversation and Compassion. Survived by stepchildren, Lee Wilcox (Carol), Timothy Wilcox (Jana), Wendy Wilcox (Harry); grandchildren Bradford (Jessica), Ellen, Morgan, Nicholas (Amanda), Stephanie (Daniel), and great grandchildren (Emily, Addison, Abigail, Tye, Boden, Mavric, Otis and Rowyn); by siblings Chrisie Koras Kuno, Bess Kerhoulas, Gus Anastole, the late Antho...
Susan Allain Miller
Sept. 18, 1941 - Aug. 4, 2020
Susan Allain Miller died peacefully in her home in Atherton on Tuesday August 4, 2020 with her husband Dean at her side. She had been dealing with cancer since the diagnosis and surgery in 2016. Susan was born to Paul and Edna Allain in Holyoke Massachusetts on September 18, 1941. She was educated in public schools in Holyoke and Northampton Massachusetts and graduated from Conrad High School in West Hartford Connecticut. She received a BA Magna Cum Laude, with an art major from College of New Rochelle and an MA in Art History from Indiana University. She taught school after college and then moved to Southern California where she worked in the movie industry. She came to Northern California and for many years was the office manager for an electronic manufacturers rep. firm in Silicon Valley. In 2005 she became the manager of a small Menlo Park manufacturing firm serving the medical device industry. In 2010 she was named CEO of that firm and continued in that role until retirement in 2015. Susan was trained as a Spiritual Director at Mercy Center in Burlingame. She led a women's spirituality group at Christ Church Portola Valley for 16 years. She was also active in the chapel com...
Maureen Patricia Kenney
Feb. 9, 1949 - Aug. 1, 2020
Palo Alto, CA
Maureen Kenney (Nook) passed away peacefully August 1st, 2020. She was born in raised in Palo Alto, CA, the daughter of Josephine & Edward Nook and was the second of five children. She attended Palo Alto High School and after graduating in 1967, went on to become a flight attendant for Trans International Airlines where she traveled the world and built lasting friendships and wonderful memories. She married Michael Kenney in 1975 and settled down to raise her two children. Besides traveling, Maureen loved animals, especially her many cats, swimming in the ocean, waterskiing at her lake house, being with friends, sharing stories and having a good laugh. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Nook, mother, Josephine Nook and her brother, Gary Nook. Her remaining years were spent surrounded by her loved ones. She is survived by her two children, Allison Jones (Jon) and Jason Kenney (Serena), her grandson, Benjamin, her brother Doug, two sisters Marianne & Kathy and all her grand-fur babies, Sadie, Cheddar, Coco & Puff. In loving memory, Maureen will be forever missed and cherished by her friends & family. She will be laid to rest at Alta Mesa Cemetery and a me...
Ray Simpson Stewart
Dec. 16, 1926 - Aug. 1, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Ray Simpson Stewart, a pioneer in the development of the Silicon Valley electronics industry, passed away on Saturday, August 1st at his home in Redwood City, CA due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 93. Ray first came to the Palo Alto area in 1953 when he was asked by his employer, Convair, to participate in the testing of Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft at Moffett Field in Mountain View. From there, he became involved with the development of the video recorder at Ampex Corporation. He and several colleagues from Ampex formed Datamec Corp., which was sold to Hewlett Packard in 1965, and he then became President of Data Memory, Inc., a company that produced instant replay for television. Ray continued to engage in entrepreneurial endeavors in the electronics industry in Silicon Valley for the remainder of his career. Born in Honolulu, HI on December 16, 1926, Ray was the second son of Col. William Robert Stewart (USA, Ret.) and Mary Agnes Simpson. His father was a career Army officer, which led the family to live in numerous places around the world, including Alcatraz Island, where Col. Stewart was the last military warden of the prison prio...
Junior "Jim" Leung
Jan. 29, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Palo Alto, California
On Friday, July 31, 2020, Junior (Jim) Leung passed away at the age of 90. Junior (Jim) was born on January 29, 1930, in Palo Alto, CA to Hing Leung and Chew Shee. As the youngest of three children, he went to Jordan Middle School and graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1949. He married Elaine K. Gee on March 22, 1957, and had no children. He worked for many institutions including Stanford University, Sacred Heart as lead cook for the students and boarders for over 18 years. Once the boarding school closed, he transferred as main cook to the Oakwood Retirement Center, cooking for the sisters for over 15 more years. After he retired, he volunteered for 15 more years at La Comida, where he prepared meals and food service for the senior community. He continued his volunteering endeavors for many years with Bread Barron, delivering bread and food to diverse groups in the community. He was so generous with his time in taking his friends to doctor's appointments and errands. He would never accept money for his time, but he would enjoy their company over a meal and pleasant conversation. He was known for his quick wit, fun-loving attitude, his infectious smile, his kind, outg...
June 27, 1932 - July 28, 2020
Los Altos, California
Grant Spaeth, a former Palo Alto city councilman and past president of the United States Golf Association, died on July 28 at 88 years old. His wife, Lori Spaeth, said the cause was from complications of Parkinson's disease. Born on June 27, 1932, in Oxford, Spaeth came to Palo Alto when his father, Carl Spaeth, was appointed dean of Stanford University's Law School in 1946. He attended Palo Alto High School, where he would gain the nickname "Biggie," a name some of his closest friends continue to know him by. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, he played for an NCAA championship winning golf team in 1953. He then pursued a law degree at Harvard University. When he returned to Palo Alto, Spaeth co-founded the law firm of Spaeth, Blase, Valentine & Klein, where he practiced business law, according to Lori Spaeth. During his time as a lawyer, he also served on the Palo Alto City Council from 1967 to 1971. "The council at that point was very split," said Larry Klein, a former Palo Alto mayor who worked with Spaeth at the firm for about a decade. "(In the) classic Palo Alto debate between who wanted to see more development versus less development, Grant was down the mi...
Jose Manuel Ramirez
Jan. 7, 1929 - July 27, 2020
Mountain View, California
On Monday, July 27th, 2020, Jose Manuel Ramirez, loving husband and father of five, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Mountain View. He was 91. Jose was born on January 7th, 1929, in Texas, to Juan and Maria Del Refugio. He moved to Mountain View, CA, in 1944 and became a carpenter, and he was known for his skill and work ethic. He was drafted during the Korean War and served two years in the United States Army, from 1952-1954. He then returned to the US and began building his home, completed in 1955, where he raised his family and lived for the rest of his life. He married Gloria on January 10th, 1959, and that year also completed work helping construct St. Athanasius Church on Rengstorff Ave. Jose had a passion for fishing, camping, and cooking, and was known for his amazing home-cooked meals. He lived a life of service, volunteering for his church on the building and maintenance committee, hospitality committee, and as an usher. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2356, and the Knights of Columbus, and was often seen by his grandchildren serving food or helping coach basketball free throws at St. Joseph Mountain View Catholic School. A prou...
Phyllis Bird Roth
June 20, 1930 - July 26, 2020
Phyllis Bird (Iskowich) Roth was born to Samuel and Lillian Iskowich in McKeesport, PA. Residing in nearby Versailles Borough and graduating from McKeesport High School in 1948, she attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After college, Phyllis and her husband moved to San Luis Obispo, CA, where she worked as an elementary school teacher until her return to Versailles Borough, at which point she gave birth to the first of two sons, David, in 1953. Two years later, she resumed teaching in Pittsburgh, appearing once as a guest on the Mister Rogers Neighborhood show, on WQED-TV. In 1961, the family returned to the West Coast, stopping for a year at Fort Lewis, Washington, before settling in Palo Alto, CA, in 1962. Phyllis taught at Herbert Hoover Elementary School in Palo Alto. In 1967, she retired to devote herself to her family, which then included a second son, Scott. In 1970, the family relocated to Atherton, CA, where she lived for more than 40 years before moving to an assisted living home in San Mateo, CA. Phyllis retained her passion for teaching and helping others. She devoted her time to such e...
Mary Katherine Dybdahl
Sept. 28, 1939 - July 25, 2020
Mountain View, California
Mary Katherine Dybdahl passed away peacefully on July 25, 2020 at the age of 80. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Harlan Dybdahl. She will be deeply missed by her son David Dybdahl, daughter Tracy Everson, son-in-law Bryan Everson, grandsons Cameron Everson and Reece Everson, sisters Carolyn Chapman and Janice Berndt and brother Larry Lee. Mary was born in Valley City, ND to Harold Lee and Katherine Lee(Jenkins), the youngest of five children. She went to high school in Aberdeen, SD and graduated from nursing school with her RN in Huron, SD. She married Harlan Dybdahl in 1960, creating a partnership that spanned 47 years full of laughter and family adventures with their children David and Tracy. Mary and Harlan lived in Europe and Japan for many years, and traveled the world building lasting friendships and wonderful memories. They moved to San Carlos after returning from Japan, where she worked as a Physician Liaison for Stanford Hospital. She moved to Mountain View after Harlan passed in 2007, where she worked at El Camino Hospital until she retired. Mary loved to beautifully decorate her homes and create the most wonderful gardens. She was a voracious reader, lov...
Janet Wright Barrett
Oct. 30, 1932 - July 20, 2020
Janet Lorene Wright Barrett, age 87, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Kobacker House in Columbus Ohio. Janet was born on October 30, 1932 in Columbus to the late Fred and Belinda Lorene Wright. Also preceding her in death was her beloved husband Raymond Barrett. Janet graduated from the Columbus School for Girls in 1950 and attended Denison University. She relocated to Palo Alto, California with her first husband Donald Cope, and completed her undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley in 1954. She received her teaching certification from San Jose State University and began teaching as a Special Ed. teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Ultimately, she received her MA in Special Education from Santa Clara University in 1980. Janet spent her teaching career as a valued member of the Palo Alto Unified School District. She loved teaching, especially teaching reading. She particularly enjoyed working with the most needy and challenging students. Janet continued to teach, and mentor other teachers until the age of 75. Janet enjoyed hiking and backpacking in the High Sierra, and in later years, traveling the world with her beloved Ray. Jan and Ray loved the San Francisco ...
Mary Ann Hayward
March 9, 1936 - July 14, 2020
Hanover, New Hampshire
Mary Ann Hayward died on July 14 in Elkins, NH. She was a resident of Palo Alto from 1989-2018, moving here with her husband, Dr. Edward Harris (Ted) when he became Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford. Their marriage ended in divorce. During her years in Palo Alto she was a professional fundraiser. She worked as Associate Director of Youth and Family Assistance where she raised money for runaway and homeless teenagers, a job she called “endlessly rewarding.” With Rich Gordon, Executive Director of YFA, she initiated the first Starting Line Breakfast, an event that has become an important and popular annual fundraiser. Later she worked as Senior Associate at American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, a premier program whose purpose is to promote community, philanthropy, and leadership in Silicon Valley. While managing the Senior Fellows program for graduates of ALFSV, she wrote the newsletter, led the annual fund drive and wrote major grants. She was also a member of ALFSV’s Class X and participated in the yearlong program as well as the one-week hike in the Sierras. Working at ALF and participation in the Class X year was “transformative,” she said, as...
Nov. 4, 1934 - July 14, 2020
Los Gatos, California
Sherri Auchard, a long time Peninsula resident, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 14th. She was attended by her family in her final hours, including her sister Jani, her son and daughter Evan and Melissa, her nephew Jeff Clarke and her granddaughter Melissa. Mom was a fighter. Until the last few days, she was pushing herself to walk, reading her Bible, asserting her strict standards for bed-making with her caregivers and resisting pallitive medications, as she had for all her 85 yesrs. Sherri was well loved by her family and many friends, travel buddies, bridge and domino partners and church congregation. Besides her faith in the Lord, she loved family, people, places, music and pets, in that order. Classical music formed the soundtrack of her life: She was a devoted aficionado of the San Francisco Opera and Symphony. She saw the world in countless trips to every continent except Antarctica. Her apartment was adorned with bric-a-brac, photos and art works from her travels. She spent the past year battling interstitial lung disease that gave her increasing trouble with her lungs and heart. For her, the recent lockdown prevented her from visiting her m...
Dec. 30, 1916 - July 11, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Margaret Weissbluth died on July 11, 2020 at her home at Palo Alto Commons. She was a well-loved member of the Stanford and Palo Alto community, having lived there for the past 70 years. Margaret had many friends who admired her cheerfulness and kindness and who shared her love of hiking, swimming, gardening, scrabble and crossword puzzles. Margaret graduated from Brooklyn College and worked as a nutrtion aide before marrying and having children. While her husband Mitch taught in the Applied Physics Department at Stanford, Margaret became an elementary teacher in the Whisman School District. Together they traveled extensively throughout the world. Following Mitch's death in 1982 and after her retirement, Margaret continued her travels with her sister Vivian. She also stayed in touch with hiking friends that she had met through the Sierra Club and her regular walks at the Dish. Margaret enjoyed dining at the Faculty Club and participating in Stanford Women's Club groups, senior exercise and tai chi classes. She was able to remain in her campus home until her 102nd birthday with the caring, generous, dedicated support of close friends. Her family is very grateful to the wonde...
April 10, 1938 - July 8, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Aina (Bumanis) Hewitt passed away on July 8, 2020, following her beloved husband Harry by four months. Aina was born on April 10, 1938 in Riga, Latvia and lived there until she was six, when she and her mother were forced by the Soviets to flee their country. Her father was not permitted to accompany them, but was eventually able to leave on the very last ship out before the Soviets closed the borders. The family was only able to bring their silver teaspoons (used to trade for food) and Aina’s toy stuffed dog. They lived with other Latvians in what was then Czechoslovakia, where the refugees were required by the Germans to work in factories. As the Soviet front moved forward, they had to flee again on foot. Eventually, they were relocated to a Displaced Persons Camp in Oldenburg, Germany, where they lived for five years in a room in a barrack. In 1950, when Aina was 12, the family was lucky enough to get sponsorship by the Lutheran Church. Aina’s father quickly found a job as an electrical engineer (in spite of not yet knowing any English) with Westinghouse in Sunnyvale, and the family settled in Palo Alto. Aina quickly learned English as she attended Palo Alto High School. ...
Jeanne Marie Sliney
March 3, 1931 - July 6, 2020
Santa Rosa, California
Jeanne Marie Sliney, a resident of Palo Alto from 1968 to 2000, passed away on July 6 in Santa Rosa, CA, from complications following a stroke. She was 89. Retaining her brave and independent spirit to the last, she is survived by eight children, all of whom grew up in Palo Alto under her loving roof. Jeanne was born Jeanne Marie Deloskey on March 3, 1931, in New Jersey. Later, her family moved near Boston, and she graduated from Cambridge City Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. Jeanne married her high school sweetheart (John Leo Sliney, d. 1997), and the family relocated to California, settling in Palo Alto in 1968. The family lived in Southgate, on Miramonte Avenue, a short walk to Paly High. The house was famous for the streams of children seen coming and going. Thoughtful conversations were a hallmark of the home as Jeanne actively supported a number of social causes, including the rights of the United Farmworkers in the 1970s. She inspired her children to volunteer at the Palo Alto Recycling Center when it first opened. A sight to behold was the family and friends serenading the neighborhood with Christmas carols each December. The children attended one or more of...
Oct. 23, 1922 - July 3, 2020
Redwood City, California
Louise Fleener passed away peacefully on July 3, 2020 after suffering multiple strokes. Named Theda Louise but always called Louise, she was the fifth of six children born to Claude and Maude (Ewoldsen) Smith. She grew up on the Smith family farm and graduated from Woodburn High School in 1941. Louise married Merrill Fleener in 1946; they were parents of two children, Gary and Tana. Merrill and Louise moved from Iowa to Oregon and then settled in San Jose, CA. Louise had twinkly eyes, deep dimples, and a sweet nature. But she was highly competitive in sports and card games. A golfer and bowler in her younger years, she excelled at Wii bowling in her senior living complex. She played bridge, poker and cribbage as long as her eyesight allowed. And she was a champion pie baker. Louise was preceded in death by son Gary in 1967 (a student at Stanford University while studying abroad), and husband Mel in 2002. Survivors include daughter Tana (Bob) Budelli, 3 grandsons Bobby (Sierra), Mikie (Brooke), and Christopher (Naomi), 6 great grandchildren, brother and oldest friend Wilbert (Rosalie) Smith, and numerous nieces, nephews and family members. Louise Fleene...
Courtenay W. L. Dawson-Roberts
Sept. 30, 1930 - June 29, 2020
Courtenay Warner Lewis Wurts was born in East Orange New Jersey. When she was 4 years old her father found work overseas in South Africa and moved the family there in 1935. In 1950 she married William Dawson-Roberts who was a mining engineer and they moved to England for a year. Next it was a move across the pond to Toronto, Canada for a few years. 1954 brought her return to the U.S. and the next move to Denver, Colorado where her two children were born. The family moved to San Mateo California in 1961 and made Palo Alto their home in 1963 where Courtenay lived for the next 48 years. She spent the first years in Palo Alto leading groups of Camp Fire Girls. Courtenay then pursued her interest in Environmental Education volunteering for Environmental Volunteers and The Hidden Villa Environmental Education Program. During this time, she was also an active member of Santa Clara Audubon Society. The late seventies found her volunteering for Wildlife Rescue where she quickly became adept at raising young, parentless birds to adult hood. When she was not volunteering, she pursued her art in the form of watercolor and etching. Her favorite pastime was to hike in Foothills Park. She ...
Lucius Jefferson Barker
June 11, 1928 - June 21, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Lucius Jefferson Barker grew up in Louisiana decades before the civil rights movement during a time when "everything" was separate in the South, said his daughter Tracey Barker-Stevens. He was even discouraged (unsuccessfully) from trying to vote. After attending segregated public schools and Black-only churches, Barker would go on to become a revered expert on race in American politics, mentoring Black political leaders and becoming part of many trailblazing moments along the path to breaking racial barriers: He was the second African American to be named president of the American Political Science Association, worked as a delegate for Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign, volunteered for Barack Obama's campaign and witnessed his inauguration as U.S. president in-person in 2009, and was appointed the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at Stanford University. Barker died at his Menlo Park home on June 21 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease, Barker-Stevens confirmed. A virtual celebration of his life on July 11 brought together a wide circle of family, friends and colleagues — including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, ...
Ilse Hertha Hanna Friedel Mede
May 30, 1924 - June 16, 2020
On Tuesday June 16th, Ilse Hanna Mede, dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away unexpectedly at her home at the age of 96. Ilse was born in the beautiful village of Polle, Lowersaxony Germany, in May of 1924. She first immigrated with her husband Alfred to Montreal Canada in 1953, where they began to raise a family, build a house in the countryside and where they lived for 10 years. Since 1963 Ilse lived in Woodside California, which was her home until her death. She was the youngest of four children, and was preceded in death by her sisters Mathilde and Minchen, brother Wilhelm, and parents Wilhelm and Wilhelmina (Minna) Winter, and her husband Alfred. Ilse traveled widely across Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. She was a talented designer/seamstress who enjoyed the creative process, sewing and knitting. A wonderful cook and gardener, Ilse created a warm and rich home for her family. She loved animals, with a life filled with dear pets and a love of all the wild creatures. As a young woman, Ilse and Alfred, as part of a theater group in her home village, took part in performances of plays by Shakespeare and Goethe among others. Ilse was the ...
Albert Joseph Keicher
May 30, 1935 - June 12, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Albert (Al) Keicher, beloved and loving husband, father and grandfather, was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Joseph and Lydia Keicher, recent immigrants from Erlenbach, Germany. Shortly after, the family moved to St. Albans, New York, where Al grew up. He commuted to Manhattan to attend La Salle Academy and Manhattan College, where he received a degree in microwave engineering. During this time he was an avid member of The Sons of Liberty, a performing fife and drum corps where he played fife. He was employed for three years by Sperry Gyroscope in Great Neck, New York, relocating to California in 1962 to join the Accelerator Structures Program at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He became one of the original Accelerator Operators, later becoming a Chief Operator. In 1975 he moved on to the PEP program and later was involved with the SLAC Linear Collider program. In 1963 he married Patricia Hoffman, whom he met through the Stanford Catholic Graduates Club. Together they established a family home in Palo Alto where they raised their three daughters. He was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community. Upon retiring, Al fulfilled his lifelong dream of enjoying country ...
Aug. 5, 1932 - May 9, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Long time Palo Alto resident Anne Christman, artist, mother and gardener, passed away peacefully at her home after a brief illness on May 9, 2020. She was 87 years of age. She was born and raised in Missoula, Montana until she moved with her mother to Palo Alto at the age of 10. She attended Palo Alto Senior High School and graduated with honors from Stanford University in 1954 with a B.A. in Art. She went on to attend Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan from 1954-55, where she met Jan Langdon who would become a colleague and lifetime friend. Their shared love for weaving lead them to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for a summer and then to New York where she worked in the fabrics industry, taught high school and college classes in art, and received an M.A. in Art from the Teachers College of Columbia in 1960. She also discovered the Greenwich Workshop and began her career in ceramics. Moving back to the West coast, she co-founded The Weavers studio in Berkeley, California and from 1960 to 1967 she entered her work in exhibitions and had a number of her pieces purchased by museums. It was also an exciting time for the ceramics studio at Cal, where she met many of t...
1930 - May 8, 2020
Palo Alto, California
Hubert J. Nyser passed away peacefully on May 8, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Born in 1930 in West Hartford Connecticut, Herb was the youngest son in a family of twelve. At the age of five he left West Hartford with his family and traveled cross-country by train, to settle in Santa Cruz. As a boy, he and his brother loved caddying at Pasatiempo Golf Club and would always arrive at the course early in the morning to be the first on the tee. A love of golf stayed with Herb all his life. He competed for the Alameda High School golf team, and throughout his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. After earning his Engineering/Physics BS, Herb served in the US Army during the Korean War. His interest in engineering and Master’s in Math next led him to a career in computer science. In 1955, Herb began working at Bell Labs in New Jersey, returning to California after several years to work at Philco/Ford. In 1966, he married his wife of 53 years, Ann and settled in Palo Alto. Herb founded his own company in 1970, Control System Industries, developing hardware and software to manage water, electrical, and transportation utilities. After sell...
Oct. 25, 1941 - March 16, 2020
Menlo Park, California
Dr. Luis Canales (age 78) passed away due to natural causes this past March 16 at his home in Menlo Park, California. Luis was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, October 25, 1941. He graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1970 and obtained both his MS (1971) and PhD in Geophysics (1975) from Stanford University, where he formed part of the Stanford Exploration Project. He was a cofounder of the Center for Scientific Research and Graduate Studies in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, where he headed the Computer Center and the Master’s program in Geophysics. He held development and research positions in several oil companies including Schulmberger (WesternGeco), Arabian American Company, Mobil Oil and Digicon. He also invented the LUNA technique, which is now recognized as a significant contribution to the analysis of seismic data and has proven highly useful in different areas of scientific research (oil companies and others) in such diverse applications as multiple attenuation, trace interpolation and restoration of missing data. His final contributions to science and technology were as an Associate Researcher at Stanford Univ...
Grace E. Vilez Butcher
June 19, 1931 - July 9, 2020 Menlo Park, California
Grace Vilez Butcher, a long time resident of Menlo Park, CA, at rest July 9, 2020 at Palo Alto, CA. Funeral arrangements through Spangler mortuary full obituary at spanglermortuary.com...
Robert S. Elliott
May 26, 1929 - June 20, 2020 Menlo Park, California
Robert Stevens Elliott passed away peacefully on June 20th at Webster House in Palo Alto. He was born on May 26, 1929 in Melrose, MA. The eldest of three children, Bob was raised in nearby Middleton, RI, the location of St. George’s School, where his father was a science teacher. Rob was gradua...
Ralph E. Townsend
March 6, 1933 - June 17, 2020 Portola Valley, California
Ralph Everett Townsend, Jr. passed away peacefully on June 17th of natural causes. He was born on March 6th, 1933 in Spokane, Washington and spent his childhood in Avery, Idaho. There he developed a fervent love for the railroad that passed through town, and his father worked as Station Master for...
Gordon H. Bower
Dec. 30, 1932 - June 17, 2020 Stanford, California
Gordon H. Bower—who won the National Medal of Science for experimental psychology research at Stanford University—died peacefully with his family in his campus home on June 17. Gordon served as chief scientific advisor to the National Institutes of Mental Health and enjoyed 48 years of continuou...