April 11, 1946 - May 14, 2015
Portola Valley, California
Robert Bondy, known to most by “Bob” passed away on May 14th unexpectedly. Survived by his wife, Karol, they spend 32 of their 47 married years in Portola Valley, which they both adored. Since 2000, they spent a great deal of time outside of Santa Fe New Mexico in their second home, which was a place that they cherished together. Born in Cleveland Ohio in 1946, Bob left there at an early age and came to California via Seattle. He was awarded a football scholarship to Cal Poly where he spent his freshman year under the coaching tutelage of John Madden. Word has it that if he were able to remain at school, the Cleveland Browns may have drafted him. Bob was number 11 on the draft list while in college. About to be recruited, he elected to join the Marine Corp with pride as a reservist where he served six years for his country during the Vietnam War. Bob joined PG&E in 1966 and worked for the company for 45 years as first responder to outages and later as a construction supervisor in Colma where he ran his own PG&E service center. He was a top gun in his field and set the bar of excellence for others in his field. Prior to his retirement, Bob was asked to run the pro...
Edwin Cole Daly
June 14, 1936 - May 11, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Edwin Cole Daly died of lung cancer at the Palo Alto Commons on Monday, May 11, 2015. Born in Pittsburg to Edwin Philip and Gertrude Cole Daly on Sept. 14, 1936, Ed grew up in the small southern Illinois town of Marshall. While still in high school, Ed began writing fiction at the well-known Handy Writers Colony in Marshall, where James Jones was completing "From Here to Eternity." Ed studied for two years at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, before transferring to Yale University, where he graduated as a senior scholar in 1958. While at Yale, he became the first undergraduate to publish a novel. "Some Must Watch" came out with Scribner's in 1956 to a favorable review in The New York Times. A second novel, "A Legacy of Love," appeared in 1958. After finishing at Yale, Ed began graduate work in philosophy at Stanford University. He left the program to teach at Menlo School in Menlo Park, California, becoming head of the lower school and then moving up to headmaster in 1975. Ed retired in 1986, living in his beautiful Woodside home with a series of beloved dogs -- Ralph, Chloe and Noah. In addition to being a lover of all things furry, he was an avid reader. His former st...
Aug. 8, 1922 - May 20, 2015 Menlo Park, California
Nancy Graff, 92, a 45 year resident of Menlo Park, died May 20, 2015. She was born in San Francisco. After retiring from her tax preparation business, she traveled the world and was an avid card game player and reader. She is undoubtedly watching Jeopardy tonight as she did every night-religiously. ...
June 20, 1934 - May 9, 2015 Palo Alto, California
Ron Olmstead, a fifth generation Californian, passed away peacefully on Saturday, surrounded by family members. Born in San Jose in 1934, Ron was proud of his heritage as a member of one of Santa Clara Valley's pioneer farm families. He was a graduate of Palo Alto High School where he played foot...
Thomas N. Cootsona
Dec. 12, 1923 - April 29, 2015 Menlo Park, California
Thomas Nicholas Cootsona started his life in Tacoma, Washington, on December 13, 1923 and was soon to survive the Great Depression, serve in World War II, and become part of the "Greatest Generation." His father, Nicholas, emigrated from Greece in 1912 (at the age of 12), and his mother, Elizabeth...
March 6, 1938 - April 28, 2015 Palo Alto, California
Beverly James was a graphic designer who dedicated her life to art and artists. She served as trustee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for nearly 20 years, and as trustee of the San Francisco Art Institute, serving a term as chairman of the board. She earned an A.B. in fine arts at San Fra...