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Allan A. Harris
Oct. 27, 1923 - Oct. 2, 2018
Menlo Park, California

After almost 95 years of spreading kindness throughout our community, and leaving a wake of smiles and laughter wherever he went, "Big Al" Harris transitioned peacefully in his sleep, just before daylight as the first rains of the Fall quenched the Peninsula. Dad was born in Rockford, Illinois and moved West as a young boy with his mother Margaret Harris Lovejoy and younger brother Louis to start a new life after losing his father Allan Beck Harris in an aviation accident. Dad was 9 years old at the time. He loved planes and trains, and taking after his dad, was an avid pilot. He attended Stanford University, graduating from the Department of Engineering. He also served in the second World War. Sadly, I am only able to recall this part of his distinguished life through stories. Perhaps Dad’s greatest legacy is the number of lives he enriched each and every day. For the last six months, as I chauffeured him to his appointments and helped him run errands, Dad would be sure to introduce me to all his favorite local merchants and the medical assistants at the handful of offices we visited. Each would greet him with a beaming “Hey there, Mr. Harris! So good to see you again!...

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Willis Marie (UpC) Scott
Feb. 13, 1933 - Oct. 1, 2018
Menlo Park, CA

Willis (known as UpC) passed away peacefully in her home on October 1, 2018 aftrer a year-long battle with lung cancer. Originally from Excelsior, MN, UpC moved to Menlo Park in 1954 after completing nursing school at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis. UpC was an emergency room nurse at Stanford hospital when she met Stan Scott in Menlo Park in 1958. They were married in 1960 and enjoyed a full and active life with regular adventures to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada for skiing and backpacking and many days sailing on the San Francisco Bay. UpC raised four boys and was proud as a peacock of each of them. As the boys grew, she continued to work as a nurse at Hewlett Packard. She was an active volunteer her entire adult life, most recently with the Peninsula Volunteers where she continued to serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Rosener house until 2016. UpC leaves behind her beloved husband Stan and sons Jonathan, Kevin, Thomas, Brennan, their spouses, and 10 grandchildren. UpC was a person of great faith for her entire life, attending Catholic school through college and mass regularly at Saint Raymond. The family will have a private church service in the coming days follo...

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Wolfgang O. Eisenhut
Jan. 13, 1929 - Sept. 12, 2018
Woodside, California

Wolfgang passed away last week at his ranch in Gardnerville, NV. He was born in Heidelberg Germany, where he resided until completing his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Heidelberg. At the University, he met his wife of 64 years, Ursula, in the chemistry laboratory. They married in 1954 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Wolfgang and Ursula moved to California in 1955 when Wolfgang was offered a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford. Following the fellowship, Wolfgang worked in R&D for Shell Research in Emeryville for many years until the facility moved to Houston. Later in his career, Wolfgang was VP of R&D at Adhesive Engineering (AE) in San Carlos for many years, when that facility was closed and moved to Cleveland. Instead of retiring in his 60’s, Wolfgang co-founded ChemCo Systems to make advances in the epoxies previously offered by AE. The company, headquartered in Redwood City, manufactures epoxy adhesives used in construction and ultra-durable Epoxy Asphalt (pavement used on the Golden Gate Bridge and the new Bay Bridge) which are used world-wide, including on over 35 long span bridges in China. Wolfgang was a quiet and unassuming brilliant scientist, researche...

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Bettina Pike
June 5, 1966 - Sept. 5, 2018
Woodside, CA

Bettina Unhoch Pike, 52, of Woodside, California, and Marion, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on September 5th, 2018 after a long illness. She was born on June 5th, 1966 in Wareham, Massachusetts to George L. Unhoch Jr. and Dagmar (Scheve) Unhoch. Raised in Marion, Massachusetts, Bettina graduated from Friends Academy in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, The St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, and Yale University, where she studied economics. Athletics were always an essential part of Bettina’s life. She was an avid sailor, and was one of the few women to compete in the Beverly Yacht Club’s Marion to Bermuda race. She excelled at field hockey, squash, and tennis, and in college she played both varsity women’s squash and rowed varsity women’s crew. After graduating from Yale University, Bettina headed to Wall Street where she worked initially for Merrill Lynch. Bettina then spent several years in Paris working for Brown Brothers Harriman and Co., where she was able to put her fluent German to good use serving clients throughout Germany. She returned to New York to work for Hambrecht & Quist and subsequently Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Marriage to entrepr...

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John "Jack" Smart Lynd
Sept. 16, 1929 - Sept. 2, 2018
Palo Alto, California

John "Jack" Smart Lynd, son to Major General William E. and Dotha Farson Lynd passed away quietly in Los Altos surrounded by his family. As son of an Air Force officer, Jack had lived in, or visited, all 48 states by the time he graduated high school. He attended Sidwell Friends School in D.C. and Lowell High School in San Francisco 1944-1948 where he was Student Body Officer and starting quarterback. Jack graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Architecture. He served as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. On June 20, 1952, Jack received his Lieutenant's Commission from his father, attended his Cal commencement ceremonies and married his high school and college sweetheart, Marilyn Hamlyn. Jack served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954 and was stationed in Munich. Jack and Marilyn then settled in Palo Alto where they raised three children Kevan, Dayna and Stacy. Marilyn passed away in 1973. Jack married Jane Butterfield Pringle, mother of Stewart and Douglas in 1974. The Lynd and Pringle families had been friends for many years before the untimely deaths of Ralph Pringle and Marilyn Lynd. Jack's career as an architect began as the only full time employee...

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Yuji Okano
Sept. 4, 1932 - Aug. 27, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Yuji passed away peacefully at home in Palo Alto on Monday August 27 at the age of 85. He was a long time member and volunteer of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple and worked at General Electric. Yuji grew up in Wheatland, California and was valedictorian of Wheatland High School 1950. Yuji graduated from UC Berkeley in 1954 and served as an officer in the army. Yuji was an avid San Francisco Giants fan. Yuji is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Eimi Kimura Okano; his children Cary Okano (Greg), Garett (Maria) Okano, Kim (Mark) Shimazaki; grandchildren Markus, Carlos, Claire, Zackary, Anna and Leah. He also leaves his sister Alice....

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Phyllis Clorinda Cassel
June 13, 1941 - Aug. 14, 2018
Palo Alto, California

Phyllis C. Cassel, who was known for her leadership roles on the City of Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission, League of Women Voters, Stevenson House Board of Directors and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, died Aug. 14, 2018 at home in Palo Alto at the age of 77. She will be remembered for her willingness to care for others, whether family members, friends or communities in need. Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, her parish minister, commented: "Beyond any role, Phyllis has been one of those moral exemplars who are truly the pillars of a congregation." Born June 13, 1941 in Lowell, Massachusetts to Thomas and Clorinda Banks, she graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing with a nursing degree (RN) and from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in community development. She has managed and coordinated family planning programs, worked on fair housing issues and been a charge nurse on an acute care medical unit. Phyllis leaves her husband of 54 years, Richard Cassel; children Christopher Cassel of Boston, Diana Eppstein of Irvine, and Charles (Chaz) Cassel of Santa Clara, and their spouses; grandchildren Sara and Timothy Eppstei...

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Nancy tenDoesschate
June 26, 1930 - June 14, 2018
Roseville, California

Nancy tenDoescchate lived an awesome life. She was full of courage and adventure. From hang gliding in Hawaii, to bungee jumping in Africa, she was an avid skier, gardener and cyclist. Nancy won competitive races into her 80s, winning medals in the senior olympics. She had a lifelong love for animals. Nancy was born in China and grew up in Southern California with her brother Lui. After graduating from Stanford, she was a stewardess for Pan Am, where she began her love of world travel. Most of her adult life was spent in Woodside, raising her four children Debra, Bill, Lori and Randy. She loved her life, enjoyed good friends and a happy life. She was heavily involved in the community and built two new homes with stunning garden design. Nancy moved to Roseville to be near her grandchildren in 1990. Nancy died peacefully June 14, 2018 in her home in Roseville, CA. and will be missed by all....

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James Breedlove
Aug. 28, 1937 - June 12, 2018
Menlo Park, California

James Breedlove passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Menlo Park, on June 12 surrounded by his loving family and close friends after a brief illness. Jim was born on August 28, 1937 in Fort Worth Texas to Charles and Winifred (McShane) Breedlove. He graduated from University of Texas, Austin with a Master’s degree in Latin American History in early 1960s. In 1968 he was recruited by Stanford University to become the Curator for the Latin American & Iberian Collections for the Center on Latin American Studies. He would serve in that capacity for the next 25 years. Upon his retirement he moved to Mexico. First to Chiapas, and then to Oaxaca in 1998, where he resided until his passing in 2018. When asked what he was most proud of in his life, he answered: "Libros para Pueblos." This is the non-profit organization in Oaxaca that he co-founded with his dear friend, Tom Dunham in the 1990s that is still growing and going strong to this day, and that he retired from helping with just a couple of years ago. He truly had a passion for helping others in this particular way, that is giving children, who would not otherwise have it, the opportunity to develop a...

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Pearl S. Christie
Oct. 7, 1920 - Oct. 7, 2018 Palo Alto, California

Pearl (Smith) Christie passed away peacefully on her 98th birthday. Born to Guy and Madeline Faulk in 1920, she was raised in Harrah Oklahoma and she moved to California at the age of 14. At the age of 18 met the love of her life, Gene Paul Smith, and they were married three weeks later. They enjoy...

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John "Jack" Gilbert
July 17, 1929 - Oct. 4, 2018 Sunriver, Oregon

Born July 17, 1929, John Gilbert of Sunriver, Oregon died Oct. 4, 2018 at age 89. John was born in Freeport, Illinois to Harry and Sybil Gilbert. He attended Shattuck/St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota and Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. After serving in the US Army from 1953 to 195...

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Basil P. Fthenakis
Oct. 1, 1955 - Sept. 27, 2018 Nipomo, CA

Basil Peter Fthenakis passed away September 27, 2018 at the age of 62 following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, Debbie and children, Alex and Christy at his home in Nipomo, California. Basil was born in Long Beach, New York to Polyxeni Fthenakis and Emanuel Joh...

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Minnie Jurow
Oct. 5, 1922 - Sept. 23, 2018 Palo Alto, California

Minnie Jurow, a long-time resident of Palo Alto, passed away just shy of her 96th birthday on Sept. 23, 2018. She was born October 5, 1922, the last of seven children, to Jacob Solomon and Brindel (Edelstein) Katz in Chicago, where she grew up. After high school, she and her sister Molly moved...

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