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Alan Henderson
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 brother Richard until age 6, when his father's insurance company fell victim to the Depression. The family moved to Sacramento, where Alan's father joined his grandfather at Henderson's Delicatessen. After graduating from C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento in 1943, Henderson entered Stanford University and was drafted into the Army a year later. He served in Okinawa in 1945 and was transferred to General MacArthur's headquarters in Tokyo in August 1946. "We were the first Americans to appear in the city following the war," he wrote in an autobiography for family and friends. "I will always remember my walk down the Ginza. . . . The street was crowded with people, and I stood out like a sore thumb at 6'3"." In Tokyo, he volunteered at a Methodist orphanage and at a local school, and he sang in the chorus for several performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Tokyo Symphony Orche...

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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...

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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....

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Fernando G. Vescia
Nov. 1, 1926 - Sept. 2, 2014 Palo Alto, California

Dr. Fernando Vescia, dear husband, father, grandfather and treasured friend, passed away at his Palo Alto home on Sept. 2, 2014, at the age of 87. Fernando was deeply loved by his family, who were with him when he died. During his long life, Fernando was always fascinated by history and had a pr...

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Greg Brown
Oct. 23, 1951 - Aug. 29, 2014 Palo Alto, California

Gregory Douglas Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 23, 1951. The son of KRON News Anchorman Art Brown, he was moved to Palo Alto at an early age, and at age 13 began an apprenticeship with Italian painter Roberto Lupetti, who taught him techniques of tromp l’oeil ("trick of the eye"...

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