George Harmon Knoles
Feb. 20, 1907 - Aug. 27, 2014
Palo Alto, California
George Knoles passed away on Aug. 27 at the age of 107. His last days were peaceful and he enjoyed the visits of many friends. Born and reared in Los Angeles, George was the fifth of the eight children of Tully and Emily Knoles. After receiving B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of Pacific, George earned his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1939. He taught history at Stanford from 1935 until his retirement in 1972 and served as chairman of the history department his last ten years. In addition to his teaching duties at Stanford he was a visiting professor at six other colleges or universities and was a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1956. He particularly enjoyed teaching at the Stanford Overseas Campuses and retained friendships with many of those students to the end of his life. George married Amandalee Barker in 1930. She died in 1994. They are survived by two daughters, Ann Knoles Nitzan of Portola Valley and Alice Laurane (Laurie) Knoles Simmons of Monterey; grandchildren, Daniel Nitzan, Rebecca Nitzan (Quick), Benjamin Nitzan, Jeannette Hankins and Eric Simmons; and by eight great-grandchildren....
Alfred Hemingway Truesdell
Sept. 10, 1033 - Aug. 23, 2014
Menlo Park, California
Alfred Hemingway Truesdell, one of the pioneers in the application of geochemistry to exploration and development of geothermal systems, passed away peacefully after a long illness, in his Menlo Park home on Aug. 23, 2014. Alfred was born in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 10, 1933. As a youngster, he became interested in geology and natural phenomena, which led to a B.A. in geology and chemistry from Oberlin College in 1955. After a few years working at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on uranium mineralogy, he continued his studies at Harvard University, receiving a Ph.D. in geochemistry, petrology and mineralogy in 1962. After graduation, he returned to the USGS. He left the Survey in 1991 to become a consultant to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the geothermal industry. He retired about five years ago to spend time with his grandchildren, to maintain his great collection of photographic cameras, to bird watch and to read; Alfred was an avid and tireless reader. Early in his scientific career, Alfred did experimental and modeling studies on low- and high-temperature mineral-solution and isotope equilibria. Between 1962 and 1971 he was part of the USGS scie...
June 20, 1925 - Sept. 13, 2014 Palo Alto, California
Alan Henderson, former mayor of Palo Alto, World War II veteran, accountant and business manager, died Sept. 13, 2014, of complications related to stroke. He was 89. Paul Alan Henderson, known as Alan, was born in San Francisco on June 20, 1925. He lived in Burlingame with his parents and elder b...
July 15, 1917 - Sept. 7, 2014 Redwood City, California
Our dear mother Elsie Nahmens passed away September 7 at 97. Elsie was born in Nuremberg, Germany and moved to the U.S. in 1927. She graduated from Commerce High in San Francisco and attended SF State. She took a summer job as a nanny for the daughter of James Rolf, the former governor of California...
Robert T. Schimke
Oct. 25, 1932 - Sept. 6, 2014 Palo Alto, California
Robert Tod Schimke, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Stanford University, died on Sept. 6, 2014, at age 81, following several months of declining health. Born in Spokane, Washington, he received A.B. and M.D. degrees from Stanford University, followed by residency training for two years at the Mas...
George K. Butts
May 2, 1921 - Sept. 2, 2014 Mountain View, California
Ken Butts, 93, a Naval Pearl Harbor survivor, died September 2, 2014. Memorial services will be held September 20th at Christ Community Church of Milpitas at 11:00am. He is survived by his daughter and 2 grandchildren....