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James E Howell
March 6, 1928 - March 29, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Professor James “Jim” E. Howell, 91, passed away on March 29, 2019, at Palo Alto Commons after a short illness. Jim was born in 1928 in Sterling, Colorado, to James and Lois (Brown) Howell. He graduated from high school in San Francisco and spent several years in the Armed Forces. He graduated in 1950 from Fresno State College, received a master’s degree from University of Illinois in 1951, and his doctorate in economics from Yale University in 1955. He joined the faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1958, where he served for 60 years, teaching in the MBA program as well as directing the Stanford Executive Program. He was Director-General and Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute of Management Science in Berlin; National Science Foundation senior postdoctoral fellow at the London Business School; postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics; visiting professor at Harvard University, University of Hawaii, Stanford-in-Austria and -Berlin, and INSEAD (France); and staff at the Ford Foundation’s Program in Economic Development and Administration. He was the first recipient of the Robert T. Davis Faculty Award for lifeti...

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Erna N. Daley
May 15, 1925 - March 24, 2019
Redwood City, California

Erna N. Daley 5/15/1925 ~ 3/24/19 Erna Daley, 93 a long-time resident of Woodside and Redwood City passed away peacefully at home on March 24, 2019. Born to Carl and Marjorie Lassen of Piedmont, Erna was the youngest of two girls. A Piedmont High School graduate, she married and had three children, Cher, Gary, and Shirley. As a homemaker she was an incredibly talented seamstress who fashioned entire wardrobes of clothing, gowns, and even swimwear. She was also a terrific cook and had a penchant for baking all sorts of treats for family and friends. Her altruistic nature led her to a lifelong dedication to serving others both in her community and her church. During the early 60’s she helped campaign for the Republican Women’s League. As a woman of strong faith, she volunteered a great deal of time to her church serving in various positions spanning over 65 years. She was involved in the Atherlon’s for many years and even in her 90’s she volunteered for the Altar Guild in setting up for morning church services. She played in a bowling league for the “Hot Shots” and later “Marg’s Girls” for nearly 50 years and could knock down a mean strike. Erna was also a fa...

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Carmel Lena Triska
Nov. 26, 1925 - March 23, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Carmel Lena Triska died peacefully in her home on Saturday, March 23, 2019. She was 93 years old. Carmel was born in Oakland on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1925, the only child of Italian immigrants Eugene and Mary Burastero from Liguria, who operated a produce stand in the old Oakland Wholesale Produce Market. Curious and bright, Carmel loved learning and impressed her teachers, as well as her parents, who themselves had been unable to attend school beyond 3rd grade. At Oakland High School, Carmel excelled in English literature and writing, and also enjoyed the arts, singing in the school choir, performing in theatre, and playing violin in the orchestra. She graduated in 1943, accepted to Mills College. At Mills, Carmel majored in English and minored in Music, and in June of 1947, graduated with an AB and a teaching credential. She began teaching English and co-directing the choir at Salinas High School. While attending a visiting lecture on post-war Europe, Carmel introduced herself to the speaker, Jan Triska, a recent emigre from Czechoslovakia. They fell in love, and were married in Oakland on August 26, 1951. The young couple spent the next few years purs...

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Mischa Nee
Aug. 1, 1998 - March 22, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Mischa Nee (Mikhail Erickson Nee) of Palo Alto, Calif., died on March 22, 2019 in a hiking accident in Deià, Spain, on the island of Majorca. He was 20 years old. He is survived by his parents, Tekla (Perry) Nee and Eric Nee of Palo Alto, and his siblings, Nadya Nee and Alex Nee of Los Angeles. Mischa was kind, loving, and happy, with a unique gift of connection and a talent for finding and nurturing friendships with a wide variety of people. He never let himself be limited by labels or definitions. Mischa was born in Palo Alto on August 1, 1998. Since early childhood, he embraced the circus arts, quickly excelling in juggling, unicycle, aerials, and slackline. He was a proud alumnus of Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp in Laytonville, Calif. He was also an avid skimboarder, a skill nurtured during summers with extended family at the Jersey Shore. At Palo Alto High School (Paly), where he graduated in 2016, Mischa spent much of his time in the Media Arts Center, serving as editor-in-chief of The Campanile, the Paly newspaper, and assisting with other publications. In 2014, he co-founded Camp MAC, a journalism program for rising eighth and ninth gra...

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Dolores (Dodie) Alexander
March 28, 1930 - March 20, 2019
Penn Valley, NV

Dolores "Dodie" Alexander died March 20, 2019. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She served as a co-founder, and then Executive Director, for the Community Health Awareness Council in Mountain View, California from 1973 to 1992. In 1982 she was awarded the Community Service Award, and in 1997 she was named by the Town Crier to the Honor Role of 50 Who Made a Difference. She is survived by her 5 children, her 8 grandchildren, and 1 great grand child. She was recognized by the California State Legislature for her many contributions to youth....

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Dana Horner
Aug. 18, 1928 - March 15, 2019
Atherton, California

Dana Turkington Horner, of Atherton peacefully joined the angels in her home on Friday, March 15, at the age of 90. Dana was born, August 18th, 1928, in San Francisco to Ed and Elaine Turkington. Dana grew up in San Francisco, attended Miss Burkes School for Girls and graduated from Stanford University earning a BA in Education and a minor in Botany. While at Stanford, Dana lived at Roble Hall and Story House and became a huge football fan. She was one of the original Stanford Dollies, cheering her team on to victory, and was a season ticket holder for years. Dana became a full time home maker raising 3 children, Blair, Ward and Kendall. She also modeled for Saks 5th Ave and I Magnins, volunteered with the Junior League, the SF Symphony, Stanford Children’s Hospital and most recently, as a board member of the Merola Opera in San Francisco. Dana was an avid Opera lover. She sponsored numerous singers, hosted events at the Menlo Circus Club, and attended rehearsals, galas and many opera events. Along with German Shepherds, (all renamed with musical names) and her 3 children, Dana loved the Opera. Dana lived life to the fullest. She traveled the world, played ...

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Gilbert L Draper
March 8, 1929 - March 12, 2019
Woodside, California

It is with heavy hearts that the children of Gilbert L. Draper announce his passing on March 12, 2019, at the age of 90. Gil was a remarkable, self-made man, who came a long way from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, N.Y. Gil was born Gilbert Laurance Dropkin, the only son to Minna and Buff Dropkin. He lived with his parents through his college years. His favorite past time was playing his saxophone which he practiced in his parents apartment basement for hours at a time. He met and married Terry Rudolph in 1953 and had his first child the following year. Gil was offered a good job, working in his father-in-law's real estate business, but declined. Craving independence and adventure, Gil moved his new family to California where he took to the road as a traveling salesman. A passionate man, Gil enjoyed life's big and little pleasures. He played saxophone and clarinet with various bands, including a steady gig at the Lamp Light in Sunnyvale. Gil spent as much time as he could outdoors with his camera photographing the world around him. An artist in every sense, he fine tuned his skill by reading, studying and participating in workshops and local photography clubs, winning m...

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Edwin Maxwell Bridges
Jan. 1, 1934 - March 7, 2019
Stanford, California

Edwin Bridges, 85, passed away of heart failure on March 7, 2019 in his home on the Stanford campus with his loving family present. Prof. Bridges was born Jan. 1, 1934 in Hannibal, MO, son of E. Otto Bridges and Radha Maxwell Bridges. After graduating from the University of Missouri and marrying his college sweetheart, Marjorie Pollock of Baytown, Texas, 20-year-old Bridges worked as a high school teacher, and by age 26 was principal of a high school in Griffith, IN. Bridges earned Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Chicago before beginning an academic career that included professorships at Washington U, U of Chicago, UC-Santa Barbara, and Stanford University. He was noted for his books and articles on low-performing teachers and a teaching method called Problem-Based Learning. Bridges is survived by his wife Marjorie, sons Brian of Stanford and Bruce Bridges (Cynthia Gaertner) of Los Altos, daughter Rebecca Bridges Altman (Rick) of Pleasanton, granddaughters Erica and Jamie Altman, grandsons Anson and Nolan Bridges, and dozens of former students who were an important part of his life. He was preceded in death by his oldest son Richard Bridges in 2016. C...

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Emmett MacCorkle
Feb. 10, 1942 - March 2, 2019
Menlo Park, California

San Francisco Peninsula Insurance Executive, Business, Community Leader Mac MacCorkle MacCorkle, a man with a common touch, yet an uncommon generosity of spirit, died March 2 in Montecito Emmett Wallace “Mac” MacCorkle III, a respected businessman, insurance executive, Marine Corps veteran, and former president of the Bohemian Club, died March 2, 2019, in Montecito, Calif. He was 77. An insurance broker for 50 years, Mac was the founder of MacCorkle Insurance Services in Burlingame, Calif. He was a Chartered Life Underwriter, the profession's oldest standard of excellence for practitioners who provide clients with the security of life insurance and risk management. Mac was named “Man of Year, Peninsula Association Life Underwriters,” in San Mateo County in 1980. He sold the respected and popular insurance company that bears his name to his dedicated employees. He retired to Santa Barbara in June 2018. Mac was a larger-than-life figure, in spirit, personality, and physique. He bore a physical resemblance to Daddy Warbucks but possessed the warmth and charm of a spirited parish priest. He was a man with a common touch, yet an uncommon generosity of s...

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Whit Newton
April 20, 1936 - Feb. 27, 2019
Menlo Park, California

Whit Newton passed away at Stanford Hospital on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, surrounded by his large and loving family, who had watched him face his declining health with his trademark buoyancy and strength. He was and is incredibly loved by his wife, Marcia, his four children and their families including his nine grandchildren, and all the many other people (and animals) he nurtured and loved throughout his interesting and exuberant life. Whit was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School. He also lived in the Philippines, Guam and Hong Kong, moving to “the mainland” for college. He attended Oregon State and then University of California, Berkeley, where he met his wife Marcia. They lived in Hong Kong for 16 years, where Whit, his brother, John and his father, Robert founded the company American Marine, Ltd., which became best known for Grand Banks yachts. From 1975 on Whit and Marcia lived in Los Altos and Menlo Park. Whit ran several businesses including Newton Office Furniture, Data Storage and Silk Dynasty. Most recently, Whit continued his life-long passion for boating by brokering yachts under Richard Boland Yachts in Alameda. Whit’s prima...

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Beverly Merle Leggett
Jan. 8, 1930 - Jan. 30, 2019
Atherton, California

BEVERLY MERLE LEGGETT January 8, 1930 – January 30, 2019 Palo Alto, California Beverly Merle (Merchant) Leggett, age 89, died January 30, 2019, in Palo Alto from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Her daughter, Christine Leggett Triska, and niece, Cathie Merchant Peterson were by her side in the final days of her illness. Born January 8, 1930, to a ranching family in Winters, California, Beverly demonstrated early on a talent for just about everything: academics, classical piano, and of course the ranch work that filled her days. By age 14 Beverly was driving a truck, preparing for college, and playing the organ on Sundays at Winters’ First Baptist Church. After graduating valedictorian from Winters High, Beverly attended UC Berkeley and UCSF where she earned her RDH in dental hygiene. There she met and married the love of her life, Richard Leggett. In short time they relocated to Seattle for Richard’s military duty in the army dental corps. Beverly found employment teaching dental hygiene at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry and co-authored a textbook. When the Korean War ended, the couple moved to Menlo Park where they established Ric...

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Peter Fenerin
April 22, 1951 - March 16, 2019 Redwood City, California

Peter Fenerin, 67, passed away on March 16, 2019 from metastasized prostate cancer with his loving wife Rene Cortinaz by his side. Peter was born and raised in Palo Alto and lived most of his life in the Bay Area. Peter attended parochial school at St. Albert the Great in Palo Alto through gra...

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Nina C. Ohlmann
Jan. 6, 1932 - March 16, 2019 Palo Alto, California

We sorrowfully announce the death of Nina Catherine Ohlmann, a 51-year Palo Alto resident, on Saturday March 16. Nina was born to Thomas and Nina O’Connell on January 6, 1932 in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, NY. Her mother was a teacher and her father a school engineer. She graduated from Qu...

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Beverly Bogart
Jan. 3, 1925 - March 15, 2019 Palo Alto, California

Beverly Bogart, a longtime area resident, died on March 15 at her home in Palo Alto; she was 94. Beverly was born in Buenos Aires in 1925, the daughter of Solomon and Pauline Sokolow, who had recently emigrated from Russia along with their young son Samuel. Following the death of her father, she cam...

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Susan M. Hall
Oct. 19, 1940 - March 14, 2019 Palo Alto, California

Susan Marie Hall passed away on Thursday March 14 at her Palo Alto home from complications of Multiple System Atrophy (a form of Parkinson’s disease). She was 78. Susan was born in Bakersfield, CA. to Jeanette and Eric Stone and spent her childhood years in Delano. She was a member of Chi Omeg...

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