June 23, 1947 - Jan. 16, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Lori Luft, longtime psychotherapist, active member of Congregation Beth Am, wife of Hal Luft, mother of two, grandmother of three and friend to many, died peacefully at home in Palo Alto on Jan. 16. She was 68. Diagnosed with an aggressive cancer one year ago, Lori wrote a blog throughout her last year, describing her journey and using it as a vehicle for teaching over 200 others about feeling having had a "life well lived." She communicated with hundreds, but by having each respond to her totally privately, they shared deeply and learned from her. Her greatest regret -- other than not having more time with family and friends -- was closing her clinical practice. She immediately realized cancer treatment would not allow her to be fully attentive to her patients. Within 10 days of her diagnosis she identified other therapists for each of her patients and met one-on-one with each, yet she offered insightful advice at weekly meetings with professional colleagues up to two weeks before her death. In her last year, Lori took care of grandson Sol Monday afternoons, attended a Midwest reunion of first cousins, and danced all night at her daughter Jana's wedding. She continued to ...
George Hollister Hogle
April 10, 1915 - Nov. 28, 2015
Dr. George Hollister Hogle, humanitarian, mentor and Jungian analyst, was born in Salt Lake City to Mary Copley and James A. Hogle on April 10, 1915, the youngest of three children. He lived 100 years of a fully engaged life and passed away peacefully at his home in Woodside on Nov. 28, 2015, with his wife at his side and family nearby. A fifty year resident of Woodside, George was honored by the town with an official proclamation, celebrating his 100th birthday and recognizing him for a life of service and adventure. George attended St. Paul’s Boarding School in New Hampshire and went on to Yale University. At his father's insistence he majored in metallurgical engineering. He became interested in liberal causes and politics during his college years and graduated from Yale in 1936. Following Yale, George worked briefly as a gold assayer in his family’s small mine before heading to New York to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. However, he realized he was searching for a deeper meaning in his life and around 1939 joined the Quakers and became a member of the War Resistors League. He was classified 4E as a Conscientious Objector. While training on th...
Mary R. Ripley
March 19, 1915 - Jan. 27, 2016 Portola Valley, CA, California
Mary Ripley has been a resident of The Sequoias in Portola Valley for over 25 years. A graduate of Marlborough School in Los Angeles, she dedicated her life to volunteering around the world. Mary was the 1959 Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year. She was a founding member of the International Ass...
Dec. 28, 1954 - Jan. 24, 2016 Grover Beach, California
Michael Jacob, 61, passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2016. Mike was born in San Francisco and grew up in Mountain View. Mike graduated from Awalt High School in 1973. He married in 1982 and moved to Fresno and then recently to Grover Beach. He had a love for nature and music, but most of all he had...
R. Hewlett Lee
May 19, 1926 - Jan. 20, 2016 Palo Alto, California
R. Hewlett "Hewey" Lee, M.D., a leader for decades in medical affairs in Palo Alto, Stanford University and statewide, died Wednesday after several years of declining health. He was 89. Dr. Lee was known for his skill as a surgeon, his warmth with patients and others, and his sense of humor. He h...
Elner M. Copeland
March 20, 1916 - Jan. 20, 2016 Palo Alto, California
Born in Plainview, Iowa, March 20, 1916, Elner Marie Copeland, affectionately known by her family as "Grandma Bug," will surely be missed. She passed away peacefully Jan. 20, 2016, eight weeks shy of her 100th birthday. An avid hiker, she loved to cook, sew, bake and share her wisdom with friends...