June 21, 1935 - Dec. 7, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Lynn Torin, a longtime Palo Alto resident whose many leadership roles included chairing the city's Human Relations Commission and its first Parks and Recreation Commission, died on Dec. 7 at Channing House. She was 79. Torin, who was born in Spain and spent her childhood in Chile, came to the United States in 1946 and later studied at the University of California, Berkeley. She married Dave Torin in 1956, and the couple moved to Palo Alto in 1965 when Dave joined the Palo Alto Medical Clinic. Torin, who taught English as a Second Language at the Palo Alto Adult School for 19 years, chaired PTAs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, earning an Honorary Service Award and later a Continuing Service Award from the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. She chaired the Santa Clara County Advisory Commission on Consumer Affairs as well as the board of the Committee for Green Foothills, a nonprofit group that works to protect open spaces, farmlands and natural resources in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Torin was president of the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and co-chaired the Tinsley Advisory Committee, which advised the Palo Alto Unified School District on...
Virginia R. O'Hagan Herbert
Jan. 3, 1919 - Dec. 4, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Virginia Rezek O'Hagan Herbert, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died suddenly but peacefully at home after a short bout with pneumonia. She would have been 96 years old next month. Teaching and inspiring young people was her passion, and she dedicated her life to communicating her vibrant love of literature, drama and the arts. Intellectually and emotionally engaged until the very end, Virginia is deeply mourned by many friends and former students for her true gift for friendship, and the delight with which she pursued life. She was born in Roanoke, Virgina, and was primarily raised there as well. In 1938, she and her mother moved to California, and Virginia finished college by graduating with a major in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1940. She then trained as a teacher, and her first job was teaching English and drama at Elk Grove High School. About 40 percent of her students that first year were Nisei whom she sadly watched be forcibly interned after Pearl Harbor. They brought her boxes of wonderful strawberries which had to be harvested early before they left for the camps. She taught English and humanities for 38 years at various schools in severa...
Esther M. Pfeiffer
June 14, 1931 - Dec. 14, 2014 Palo Alto, California
Esther passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, in her home in Palo Alto. She was 83. Esther was one of two daughters of John and Clara Pfeiffer. Her sister, Helen, passed away in 1998. Her longtime companion, Denny Kelly, died earlier this year. Esther was lovingly cared for in her final days...
Jan. 30, 1938 - Dec. 8, 2014 Portola Vallley, California
Diana Halprin passed away after a six plus year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and in 1959 received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College in Boston, where she met her husband, Steve. In 1963, they moved to the Bay Area, where they raised thei...
Philip W. Arcuni
Oct. 9, 1958 - Nov. 23, 2014 Menlo Park, California
Philip W. Arcuni died of a sudden cardiac arrest on Sunday, November 23, 2014, while bicycling up Old La Honda Road with his niece, Alix Wicker, on his way to the ocean. Phil was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1958, the son of a Naval officer, and the family moved frequently around the country,...
Patrick C. Suppes
March 17, 1922 - Nov. 17, 2014 Stanford, California
Dr. Patrick Colonel Suppes, the Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stanford University, died peacefully in his campus home surrounded by family on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. He was 92. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 17, 1922, Pat quickly distinguished himself as a gifted and charming ...