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Robert T. Schimke
Oct. 25, 1932 - Sept. 6, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service, teacher/educator, arts/media, veteran

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 He...

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Fernando Giuseppe Vescia
Nov. 1, 1926 - Sept. 2, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service, teacher/educator

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 prodigious memory for dates and details; he loved the written word, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the fragran...

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George Kenneth Butts
May 2, 1921 - Sept. 2, 2014
Mountain View, California

Tags: veteran

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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Greg Brown
Oct. 23, 1951 - Aug. 29, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: arts/media

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") painting. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1969, and at age 24 became Palo Alto's first ...

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

Tags: public service

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 her two older sisters. In 1941, her mother bought a five-bedroom home on Seattle's Beacon Hill. The...

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Robert C. Burnes
July 6, 1920 - Aug. 25, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: teacher/educator, veteran

Robert Cameron Burnes died on Monday, Aug. 25, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Robert (Bob) was born on July 6, 1920, the youngest of eight children of George M. and Dorothy B. (Hartig) Burnes of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A graduate of South High School in Minneapolis, he attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, for some time before enlisting in the Air Force in 1942. Fo...

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Gary Kenneth Eiger
May 28, 1954 - Aug. 24, 2014
Mountain View, California
Gary Eiger passed away on Sunday, Aug. 24 at the age of 60. He is survived by the love of his life, Nancy Eiger, whom he met in the 7th grade and was married to for 21 years, and his stepchildren Talya Yaakov of Israel and Daniella Mizrahi of Menlo Park. He is also survived by his sister Lee Goines of Los Altos, his brother Howard Eiger of Santa Barbara, and his mother-in-law Miriam Brandstatter. ...

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Bernard Roth
Jan. 21, 1923 - Aug. 23, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran

Bernie Roth was born to Kalman and Miriam Roth in Brooklyn, New York. Bernie was 91 years old. He married his high school sweetheart, Toby Gartman, and they had a wonderful life together for 70 years. She preceded him in death two years ago. Bernie served in WWII in the Army/Air Force, with the 447 squadron in a B-17 as a bombardier, and flew 80 missions. Upon his return from the war, he manage...

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Daniel H Goodman
Aug. 11, 1916 - Aug. 23, 2014
Menlo Park, California

Tags: business, veteran

Daniel H. Goodman, 98, died at his home on August 23, 2014. Dan was born on August 11, 1916, to Samuel and Rae Goodman in El Paso, Texas. After high school, Dan worked at various jobs in El Paso before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in May 1941. He was already on active duty when the United States entered World War II. He rose from seaman to the commissioned rank of Lieutenant JG. Dan married H...

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Peter Louis Pavlina
Oct. 17, 1925 - Aug. 22, 2014
Los Altos Hills, California
Community leader Peter Louis Pavlina passed away Aug. 22 at his home after a short illness. He was born Oct. 17, 1925 in Mountain View, California. His father Luka immigrated in 1913, and his mother Kate Grcich in 1920. Both entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. They met in Mountain View and married in 1921. They were orchardists raising apricots, cherries and prunes in the Santa Clara Valley...

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Cortlandt Van Rensselaer
Jan. 13, 1924 - Aug. 22, 2014
Portola Valley, California
Cort Van Rensselaer, 90, passed away peacefully on August 22 after battling prostate cancer for many years. He was our beloved father and grandfather and spent his last few weeks surrounded by family and close friends. Cort is survived by his children Steve Van Rensselaer (Judy), Amy Scrivner (Dan) and Rick Van Rensselaer (Missi), and his grandchildren, Eric and Matthew Van Rensselaer, Karen an...

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Julia Henderson
1919 - Aug. 21, 2014
Portola Valley, California
Julia Henderson died August 21, 2014. A longtime resident of Portola Valley, she was 94. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Arvin Henderson, a pediatrician who cared for local children for more than 35 years, until his retirement in 1990. Mrs. Henderson graduated from Indiana University, where she received her bachelor of arts degree in business. After raising her children, she worke...

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Matilda MacNaughton
Aug. 6, 1940 - Aug. 19, 2014
Mountain View, California
Matilda "Tildie" MacNaughton, the daughter of Boyd and Roberta MacNaughton, was born and grew up on Oahu, Hawaii, with siblings Trudie, Boyd Jr., Duncan and Robin. She was a member of the Outrigger Club, crewed on the barkentine, The California, and sometimes beat her brothers in tennis. She graduated from Punahou School in 1958. After attending Connecticut College, she received a master's degree ...

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Murle Ranney Rack
Feb. 26, 1918 - Aug. 16, 2014
La Jolla, California

Tags: teacher/educator

Murle Ranney Rack wife, mother of four and retired teacher and musician, passed away in La Jolla, California, surrounded by her loving family on Aug. 16, 2014 at the age of 96. Murle was born in Dodge, North Dakota, on Feb. 26, 1918. She was the first of four daughters born to Cecil and Ruth Ranney. A graduate of Minot Teachers College, she had a fulfilling career as a English, math and band te...

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