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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 Massachusetts General Hospital. He served in the Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, from 1960 to 1966, after which he returned to Stanford in the Pharmacology Department in the School of Medicine, serving as chair from 1970 to 73. He then moved to the Department of Biological Sciences which he chaired from 1978 to 82 and became American Cancer Society Research Professor of Biology in 1983. Schimke made pioneering discoveries in the biomedical sciences in four areas. In the 1960s he demonstrated that the rate of protein degradation is regulated, an important mechanism controlling protein levels in cells. He was also a leading early contributor to demonstrating hormonal control of gene expression. Schimke's most unique discovery came in the late 1970s when he and his lab provided evidence for gene amplification, the increase in gene copy...

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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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June E. Lee
Aug. 6, 1922 - Aug. 26, 2014 Seattle, Washington

June was born and raised in the International District of Seattle, Washington. June's family ran a store and restaurant catering to Americans and hosted banquets for the Chinese community. In 1933, June, then 11, and her mom accompanied her dad to China where he soon after passed away. There she met...

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