April 13, 1958 - March 4, 2018
Nancy passed away on Sunday, March 4, at her home in Inverness, after a brief battle with cancer. A fourth generation Californian, Nancy was born on April 13, 1958 in Coronado, CA to Marilyn Rhoades Hoffman and Ralph Hoffman, Jr. The eldest of three daughters,she grew up in Menlo Park, attending Hillview Elementary and Castilleja School. She headed to Stanford University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1980 and a Masters of Arts in Education in 1984. Nancy discovered her gift for working with young people through her summers spent as a camp counselor at Four Winds * Westward Ho on Orcas Island,WA . She began her career in education at Crystal Springs School in Hillsborough. Over the next 30 years, she served as a history teacher, coach, Academic Dean, Assistant Head of School, Department Chair, Dean of Students and in various other roles at Castilleja, Marin Academy and Sonoma Academy. She was a gifted educator, bringing an innate understanding of young people to her work. She treasured her students and was beloved by many in return. Nancy was an avid reader and a deep thinker with interests in Native American culture, children's literature and Russian ...
Sept. 4, 1925 - March 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Margaret Feng-ya Chang Ma, a retired science librarian beloved by her family and friends, died on March 3 in Palo Alto. Margaret, 92, and her late husband, Dr. James Ma, were long-time residents of Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Born in Changsha, China on September 4, 1925, Margaret was the granddaughter of Louise Van Arnam and Rev. Huie Kin, founder of the First Chinese Presbyterian Church in New York City. Her father, Fuliang Chang, and her mother, Louise Huie Chang, worked on China’s rural reconstruction, her father serving as General Secretary of the National Christian Council of China. Her parents’ example led Margaret to a lifetime of compassion, faith and service. Margaret overcame the hardships of war and revolution to pursue an education and a career, successfully combining a family and professional life. She graduated from the esteemed Ginling College in 1947 and emigrated to the U.S. In 1948, she received her M.S. in Biochemistry from Ohio State University, and she and James married. James earned his Ph.D. and they moved to Pennsylvania. They lived in West Chester and Yardley, PA, where they were active in the Quaker community, whose values of equality, simplicity...
Bernice Marie D'Arcy
Jan. 19, 1918 - March 1, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Bernice D'Arcy, 100, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and San Jose, died peacefully at Sequoia Hospital on March 1 after a brief stay. Mrs. D’Arcy was a native San Josan, born and raised in Sunol-Midtown at Race St. and Auzerais Ave. She spoke of her days at Notre Dame High School and the friends she made there. One of Bernice's first jobs was at Hart’s Department Store in San Jose. A graduate of San Jose State University, Bernice's teaching skills brought her to an immigrant elementary school in Madera as well as the Pinnacles, and then several elementary schools in San Jose. Upon marrying James C. D’Arcy she retired from teaching, though worked for a couple of shops at nearby Stanford Shopping Center. Jim and Bernice loved traveling to Reno, the Holy Land, and throughout Europe. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Raymond Parish and creating the centerpieces for the annual Christmas meal at Vallombrosa Center. Bernice was very social, claiming her favorite scenic view was “people!” The daughter of Jacob and Emily O'Neill, one of the pioneering families of the Santa Clara Valley, Bernice was stepmother to Anne D’Arcy and Maureen Reichmuth (Frank), grandmother of ...
Oct. 1, 1937 - March 1, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Ruth Rosenbaum passed away peacefully in her sleep due to complications from ovarian cancer on March 1, 2018. She was 80 years old. Ruth was a resident of Palo Alto for over 57 years and was predeceased by her loving husband, Dick. She is survived by her children, Amy and Dan; daughter-in-law, Jayne; grandchildren, Kathryn, Grant and David; and brother, Fred. Ruth was born in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Simmons College in Boston. She completed a masters in Education at Framingham State University, and taught elementary school in the Boston area while Dick completed his doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering at MIT. They married in 1958 and moved to Palo Alto in 1960 upon Dick’s graduation. Ruth resumed teaching in Sunnyvale and Dick began his career at Lockheed. Ruth took a sabbatical from teaching to devote herself to her children when they were young. She later returned to the classroom as a Special Education Teacher’s Aide in Palo Alto. She specialized in reading instruction, and was deeply committed to her students. She celebrated their interval progress and encouraged them to have confidence in their ability to learn. Ruth contributed to the development a tuto...
ROBERT Louis ANDERSON
Feb. 22, 1932 - Feb. 28, 2018
palo alto, ca
Robert Louis Anderson, 1932-2018 An inspirational human, Bob Anderson transformed himself from an angry man to a gentle, fun-loving, (mostly) patient, always smiling guy. And he transformed himself from an alcoholic to a non-alcholic who didn’t drink alcohol for 51 years. He was a positive life force for struggling kids at Menlo-Atherton, for dying clients of hospice, and for many friends and family. After surviving a massive heart attack and quintuple bypass in 1984, he learned to reduce health-threatening stress. He retired in 1988 and, with Mickie, led an adventurous and active life, teaching conversational English in Russia, China, Turkey and Thailand, traveling world-wide, mostly by bike, until he died peacefully in his sleep , at age 86. Bob was a Ph.D scientist. He figured out that management wasn’t his forte or his love and rejected the typical path of becoming a manager in order to remain, as he said, “at the research bench.” He worked mostly on mechanisms of carcinogenesis for the Proctor and Gamble Company for 28 years, published 38 peer-reviewed articles, and was well known and honored in his scientific community. Bob was born in Oak Park, Illino...
Warren Hastings Goodnow
Aug. 3, 1937 - Feb. 22, 2018
Palo Alto, CA
Warren Hastings Goodnow passed away on Feb. 22, 2018 at the age of 80, in Palo Alto after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. Warren was born in Washington D.C. to Charles and Margaret Goodnow. The family, including his brother Bud and sister Mary, moved to Winchester, Massachusetts where he attended Winchester High School. He was president of his senior class and earned varsity letters in three different sports. Warren graduated from MIT with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. He joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he made life-long friends. Warren played on the MIT baseball team for four years and was the team captain his junior and senior years. The famed broadcaster and Boston Globe reporter, Bud Collins, covered MIT baseball and described Warren as a baseball player who carried three gloves: one for pitching, one for catching, and one for playing on the field. Despite offers from major league baseball teams, he married his college sweetheart, Judith Mansfield (graduate of Wellesley College), and took a job in the Ice Lab at MIT. In 1962, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Warren’s ...
Jan. 22, 1955 - Feb. 13, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Mallory (Marc) Schoen, 63, of Menlo Park, California, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, after a tenacious five-year battle against metastatic colon cancer. Born January 22, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York, to Harold and Leona Schoen, Mal was raised, along with his younger siblings Gary and Amy, in New York, Colorado, and California. Mal attended Jordan Junior High and Palo Alto High in Palo Alto, California, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from SUNY at Stony Brook, in New York, in 1976. Until his illness led him to retire several years ago, Mal had been a long-time employee of Stanford University. Mal enjoyed meals out with friends, movies, and shopping for bargains. He was a voracious reader, journal-writer, and gadabout walker. He was long a fixture in his neighborhood, book in hand, as he sought out a quiet, sunny spot in which to read. Mal was predeceased by his father, Harold, and is survived by his mother, Leona, and brother, Gary, both of Portland, OR, and his sister, Amy, of Rohnert Park, CA....
Paul Burt Clarkson
Sept. 16, 1938 - Feb. 12, 2018
Paul Burt Clarkson (9/16/38-2/12/18) in Ashland, Oregon, son of John F. Clarkson, DC, and Mary Elizabeth Wood (Clarkson) Duckworth. Survivors include sons Peter Winn Clarkson and Daniel Wood Clarkson; grandchildren Cyrus, Sarah, Reilly, Lila and Stella; sister Marcia Raven, stepsisters Janet (Stewart) Wilson and Gail Morris, half-brother Robert (Fredrique) Duckworth; niece Karen, nephew Sean; ex-wife Susan B. Winn. Paul taught high school history and international relations in Hayward, Menlo Park, San Mateo, East Palo Alto, San Carlos, and Sacramento. He was a member of Sunburst Brotherhood of the Sun in Gaviota, California, and in Northeastern Nevada. He attended Menlo Atherton High School, College of San Mateo where he was president of the student body, and UC Berkeley, S’60, where he was a member and president of Tau Kappa Epsilon. His ashes were scattered at sea. Donations to local public school appreciated....
Carol Bird Cutting
May 14, 1930 - Feb. 10, 2018
Orange County, California
Carol Bird Cutting, a 60 year resident of Menlo Park, passed away at her home in Orange County, California on February 10th, 2018. Her three daughters were by her side. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Carol graduated from Marlborough School for Girls and went on to graduate from UCLA where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduation, she moved to Palo Alto, where as “Miss Bird” she spent 5 years teaching 5th graders in the Palo Alto School District, which earned her a lifetime California teaching credential. Through a blind date, set up by their mothers, Carol met Lester Cutting who was working in San Francisco at the time. They were married in June of 1956. The newlyweds built a home in West Menlo Park and raised their three daughters with the values and qualities they admired most: kindness, generosity, and a positive outlook on life. Carol participated in a variety of volunteer activities and worked at what she loved. She was a Girl Scout Brownie Leader, Las Lomitas School District PTA President for 2 years and later worked as a substitute teacher at La Entrada School. In Peninsula Volunteers, she helped with the senior housing apartments on Partridge ...
Harry W. "Hunk" Anderson
Oct. 5, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2018
San Francisco Peninsula, California
Harry W. "Hunk" Anderson was born on October 5, 1922 in Corning, NY. His father and mother immigrated to the United States from Sweden and Norway, respectively. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Hunk enrolled at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, where he played varsity tennis, fell in love with his wife Mary Margaret “Moo,” and co-founded Saga Corporation in 1948 with lifelong friends. During his 30 years as co-CEO of the company, Hunk lived by “The Saga Way” – to treat others as you would like to be treated. This mentality was shared by the thousands of employees, students, and customers that Saga served in universities, hospitals, retirement homes, and restaurants across the country. After a transformative trip to the Louvre, Moo and Hunk began learning about art and collecting “the best of the best” of post-war American works. In between visits to galleries and artists’ studios, the couple raised their only daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter,” in the San Francisco Peninsula. Hunk approached life with a can-do attitude and a big smile, especially when it was time for dessert or a Hendrick’s gin martini. He often imparted wisdom like “I...
May 12, 1927 - Feb. 3, 2018
Los Altos, California
Barbara Benedict Woods passed away in her sleep on February 3rd at the age of 90, on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. Just a few days prior she had enjoyed a dinner out with a few of her grandchildren. She was born May 12, 1927 to Wilbur and Ruth Benedict in Philadelphia, PA. Barbara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. Her first job was at the Philadelphia office of N. W. Ayers & Sons advertising agency. Soon thereafter, she was greeted one morning in the elevator by a cheerful, youthful-looking man she mistook for a summer intern. Joe Woods was actually an account executive, and the two were married in April of 1952. As was the nature of the times, numerous relocations followed, to Boston, where Wendy and David were born, and Northbrook, Ill, where Suzanne and Thomas were born. Moves to Chatham, New Jersey and Menlo Park, California followed in later years. In addition to raising her children, Barbara was an active member of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and in many other areas. She was involved in Bible Study Fellowship for many years. Barbara is pr...
Jean Thelma Ohme
May 19, 1928 - Feb. 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Jean Ohme lived her 89 years to the fullest. Even during her last few years when she was battling dementia, she remained positive and supportive with the help of the wonderful staff at Palo Alto Commons. She was one of the kindest, compassionate and most determined people the world has ever known. She made Muhammad Ali and Mother Theresa look like light weights. She fought for every individual she cared for, especially her grandchildren and other family members. If you needed encouragement, go talk to Jean. She would enthusiastically tell you to "do it," that you would be great and to give it your all. She didn't just say it, she believed it. She was also determined to succeed in her own life. Her father was an immigrant from Latvia who believed that you make your own successes and he didn't believe in going to college. He ridiculed people who wasted their time sitting in classrooms. She didn't listen to her father, she was determined to go to college and she didn't give up until she succeeded. She worked in a shoe store, she did surveys, she found scholarships and somehow she managed to get her Bachelor’s Degree in English from UCLA and later a Master’s degree in Special ...
Dorothy Ann Ross
March 1, 1926 - Jan. 17, 2018
Palo Alto, California
Dorothy Ann “Dot” Bauer Ross passed away peacefully on January 17, 2018 in Palo Alto. She was 91 years old. She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Nancy Ross Ryde and Magnus Ryde of Atherton, CA; Carolyn Ross and Don “Chip” Hill of Leesburg, VA; two grandchildren, Nancy Hill of Seattle, WA and Erik Ryde of Boston, MA; her younger brother, Dr. Richard Bauer of Glendale, AZ; and countless friends and extended family members. Her husband of 53 years, Harry Robert “Barney” Ross and her older brother, Carl Elmer Bauer predeceased her. Dot was born in Los Angeles on March 1, 1926 to Anna Louise Geib Bauer and Elmer Lawrence Bauer. She graduated from Compton High School in 1944 and from Occidental College in 1948. She taught 2nd and 3rd grades at La Canada Elementary School for two years. In 1950, she enrolled in the USC Graduate School of Management, receiving her MBA in Finance in 1952, the first woman to receive this distinction from USC. Following graduation, she worked at Standard Oil for a year, and left to teach school at the American School on the Army base in Giessen, Germany. There she met the love of her life, Barney, a captain in the Army. T...
Aug. 15, 1923 - Jan. 6, 2018
Portola Valley, California
Archaeologist, community volunteer, wife, mother of four and beloved grandmother of six, Agnes Bierman Babcock died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on January 6, 2018. She was 94 years old and had been a resident of Portola Valley for the past 60 years. She loved Portola Valley and felt strongly about how special it was and that it be preserved and protected. She gave back to her home town by serving in numerous volunteer posts in town for many years, leading to the running family joke that she had held every volunteer position in the town but mayor and dog catcher. Ms. Babcock was born August 15, 1923 in Fribourg, Switzerland where her father taught at the University of Fribourg. Both her parents were from the Netherlands, and they continued to speak Dutch at home with their three daughters, a tradition Ms. Babcock continued with her own children. When she was one year old her family moved to Vancouver Island, Canada. It remained her home base for the rest of her childhood. Her father was a professor and she spent each school year living in whatever city he was teaching at the time, but summers were always spent on Vancouver Island. She described it as havin...
Kathryn Elizabeth Martin
Feb. 22, 1917 - Jan. 3, 2018
Menlo Park, California
Kathryn Elizabeth (Springs) Martin passed away on Wednesday evening, January 3rd, 2018 in her home of 71 years in Menlo Park. She was surrounded by family and friends. “Miss Kitty” was born February 22, 1917 in Savannah, Missouri. She was the tenth child of 13, born to Lydia Ann (Fields) Springs and James Monroe Springs. As a young woman, she cherished her education and had a particular fondness for American History. Growing up during The Great Depression Kathryn knew her family could not afford to send her to high school, so under her mother’s direction, she turned to God. At the eleventh hour, the family’s landlords, Albert and Mary Weigant, showed up at her front porch to invite her to live with them in Wathena, Kansas, a move that would allow her to attend school—the answer to her prayer. From that day forward, she would never again question her faith. During her first year of high school (1934) she attended a dance at “The Big Apple”, where she met a dapper dancer, Dorwin Edward Martin. In no time, Miss Springs’ heart had sprung. After courting for two years they eloped on April 25, 1936 and began a marriage and love affair that would span 75 ...
Jeanne Claire Shutes, Ph.D.
Oct. 3, 1924 - Dec. 29, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Jeanne was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1924. Her father, Walter A. Maurer, an immigrant from the Ukraine in the early 20th century, died suddenly when she was four. Her mother, Maude Bennett, from a farm in Michigan, studied at the Kellogg Institute and became one of the first registered nurses in America. Her older brother, Walter Maurer, predeceased Jeanne. She grew up during the Depression and earned money parking cars on her front lawn for attendees at Yale football games. From the age of 8, she was fascinated by photography and photographed schoolmates and pets with a celluloid camera. She went on to own many cameras and more than 90 of her photographs appear in The Worlds of P’otsunu (UNM Press,1996), the biography of a Native American woman artist she would later co-author with Jill Mellick. Dr. Shutes attended Northfield Seminary and Wellesley College, majoring in English and minoring in Greek. During the three-month wartime closure of Wellesley in winter, 1942, Jeanne, who had spent her first semester skipping classes and reading fiction in the library, needed credits so she persuaded Yale to let her take a course -- thus becoming the first woman undergra...
John Harry Jenks
July 20, 1924 - Dec. 28, 2017
Atherton, CA, California
John spent his early childhood in Iowa and North Carolina and at the age of 13 his family relocated to Palo Alto where he remained until moving to Atherton in 1963. He graduated from Stanford with a BA and two masters degrees in Civil Engineering (1948) and played the violin in the Stanford Symphony. In WWII, he served as a Navy Lieutenant in the Philippines. He was an avid athlete who enjoyed skiing, tennis, and basketball. He built numerous small sail boats and sailed competitively, ranking in the top ten nationally for a decade, and three years as the Pacific Coast Champion. He received his pilot’s license in 1949 and owned numerous airplanes, which he mostly flew for business. During his 60-year consulting career in engineering, his firm was involved in the design of 150 wastewater and reclamation projects, 11 of which were recipients of Engineering Excellence Awards, and three judged to be the best environmental engineering project nationally for that year. Merging in 1979, the company is currently known as Kennedy/Jenks Consultants. He’s survived by his wife Laurie (married in 1952), children (Sharon, Linda, David, Nancy), grandchildren (Andrew, Emily, Kelly, Pe...
Dec. 3, 1921 - Dec. 28, 2017
Harold Hohbach, a patent attorney and developer whose mixed-use projects and whimsical art helped transform the area around California Avenue, died on Dec. 28 at his home in Atherton, according to various sources. He was 96. Known for his dogged persistence, his irascible nature, his uncompromising style and his deep appreciation for Silicon Valley's legacy of innovation, Hohbach spent more than 50 years working as a developer, focusing on the California Avenue Business District. His recent projects include 195 Page Mill Road, which includes 82 apartments and research-and-development space, and the Birch Plaza project at 305 Grant Ave., which includes eight apartments and office space. Other prominent Hohbach projects include Sheridan Apartments, which he constructed in the mid-1990s and which is perhaps best known for its public art: a fountain sculpture that graces the courtyard of Caffé Riace and features a classical nude lifting a washing machine over her head. Born on a farm in South Dakota, Hohbach was educated in a one-room schoolhouse and rode a horse-and-buggy to school, according to the family's obituary. He then enrolled in South Dakota State University, where ...
Feb. 8, 1938 - Dec. 28, 2017
San Jose, California
Lee Clements, most recently of San Jose, CA, died of complications due to a long-time heart condition, exacerbated by a recent bout of pneumonia, the evening of December 28, 2017, en route to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospital from his loving home of the past several years, the Empress Care Center, San Jose. He was 79 years old. Born Buddy Lee Clements in Texarkana, Arkansas, the son of the late Jesse Lee Clements and the late Melva Anderson Clements Gray, Lee lived in Texarkana, Texas, until the age of eight, when he and his mother moved to Seminole, Oklahoma, with his mother’s second husband and Lee’s stepfather. Lee attended a nearby country school and later graduated from Strother High School, before attending the University of Oklahoma where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Theatre, paying for that education himself with part-time jobs, including one at a local bank. Leaving Oklahoma in the early 1960s, Lee came first to San Luis Obispo, California, and soon thereafter to San Jose, California, where he began his teaching career at Del Mar High School. In 1964, he came to Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, California, where he ...
Adelaide Veronica Iverson
Aug. 17, 1912 - Dec. 20, 2017
Menlo Park, California
Adelaide Iverson passed away at her Menlo Park home on December 20, 2017. She was 105 years old. Adelaide was born on August 17th, 1912 in Oketo, Kansas, the daughter of Paul and Veronica Schmitt. Her parents were educators and every week her father brought home a book for each of his four daughters, fueling a life-long passion for learning that all four sisters shared. Adelaide graduated from Central State Teachers College, now Central Michigan University, in 1933 and received a master’s degree in history from the University of Michigan. She began her teaching career in Grosse Point, Michigan where she met the love of her life, fellow teacher Bill Iverson. Adelaide and Bill married in September of 1942 while Bill was in the army, and though they remained separated for much of World War II, they sustained their relationship through daily correspondence. In one of his letters, Bill wrote, “Sometimes I think that out of trying times may come a timeless purity which we will always hold in our hearts.” In 1946, Bill began graduate work at Stanford University and during those early campus years, the Iverson’s forged lifelong friendships with several Stanford families i...
Sylvia C. Osborne
Dec. 25, 1938 - Feb. 24, 2018 Mountain View, California
Sylvia Kyle was born on Christmas Day, in 1938 in Okolona, Mississippi to the late Luther and Lillie Kyle. Sylvia passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 24, 2018 in Castro Valley, California. She was 79 years old. While in Mississippi, Sylvia met the love of her life, the late Ar...
Aug. 2, 1944 - Feb. 11, 2018 Los Altos Hills, California
Deveda Merrilyn Littauer, 73, of Los Altos Hills, died unexpectedly on February 11, 2018, of cancer. Such a one is rare among us. Decent and true; caring and giving; friendly, thoughtful and kind, her life was an inspiration. Married nearly 50 years to retired Lockheed Vice President Dr. Ernest Litt...
1939 - Feb. 7, 2018 Roseville / Saratoga, California
Preceded in death by beloved husband, John H. Tilton (2000). Survived by three loving children: John Tilton, Mark Tilton and Sarah Tilton, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sue went home peacefully in her sleep....
Andrew F. Kent
Sept. 24, 1957 - Jan. 31, 2018 Mountain View, CA
Andrew Floyd Kent died at home in Mountain View, California on 31 January 2018. He was 60 years old. Born at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland, he was the son of Robert B. Kent and Rosemary Kent (nee Barclay). Andy lived in Arlington, VA; Foster City, HI; Coronado, CA; and Lawrence, KS, befor...