Community - March 31, 2010


Ann Marie Wilkinson

Ann Marie Wilkinson, a longtime resident of Atherton, died peacefully on March 18 at her home in Redwood City. She was 62.

Ms. Wilkinson was born in New York City. She grew up in a household, where her father was an obstetrician and her mother a registered nurse. Ms. Wilkinson also devoted much of her life to medicine.

After receiving a bachelor of science degree in nursing in New York, Ms. Wilkinson moved to the Bay Area in 1969. She married George Wilkinson in 1974. She and her husband, a forensic psychiatrist, shared an office in Redwood City.

In 2006-2007, Ms. Wilkinson served as president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, California chapter, and in 2009 received the Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. For nearly 40 years, she maintained a psychotherapy private practice, in addition to teaching and supervising psychiatric physicians and advance practice nurses.

Committed to serving the community, Ms. Wilkinson served on the Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County and, more recently, on the Grants Committee of the Sequoia Healthcare District. She was a Girl Scout leader and active with the Menlo Park City School District's PTA. An avid reader, she was a member of a women's book club for more than 20 years.

Ms. Wilkinson enjoyed neighborhood walks with her family and dogs, spring wildflower walks in Edgewood Park, strolls through Filoli's gardens, vacations and getaways with her husband, including frequent visits to a Hindu temple in Kauai, say family members. She was a role model for all who knew her, they say.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. George Wilkinson; three daughters, Lauren, Ashley, and Meredith; and her brother, Michael DeGiorgio.

The family welcomes donations in Ms. Wilkinson's name to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties (, Save the Bay (, and Pathways Hospice Foundation ( This summer the family is planning a Save the Bay workday to honor Ms. Wilkinson by taking part in a local outdoor volunteer activity.

Martha Brown

Martha Brown, a 30-year resident of Menlo Park, died March 23 after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. She was 74.

Ms. Brown was a hairdresser and worked in the family business, the William Brown Salon, in San Mateo.

She is survived by her husband, William, and two children, Maria and Ryan Brown.

Family friend Sam Yelland called Ms. Brown "a punk rocker. She rocked and we all loved her very much," he said.

Howard F. Fletcher

Howard F. Fletcher Jr. of Atherton died peacefully at home March 23 following a long illness. He was 85.

Mr. Fletcher grew up in Berkeley, where he attended Berkeley public schools and was an Eagle Scout in Troop 7. He graduated from Tamalpais School for Boys in 1942.

After induction into the U.S. Army, he was sent to Pomona College to study meteorology, then to officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Georgia, receiving a commission as a second lieutenant.

Eventually stationed in Japan after World War II as a first lieutenant, he was special counsel for the Eighth Army special court martial board.

After the war, he graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley in 1948. He then spent two years at Harvard Business School, earning an MBA.

Mr. Fletcher worked for the Container Corporation of America for seven years, first as assistant to the president, then as a sales manager.

After spending the next seven years at Bank of America in San Francisco, he worked in investment management, eventually becoming West Coast partner for Tiedermann, Karlen, and Boltres, until the last few years of his life.

Mr. Fletcher loved horses and horseback riding, was a beautiful skier and had a passionate fondness for dogs, say family members. He was a member of the ski team at Berkeley.

A member of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco and the Menlo Circus Club, he served as western chairman for the U.S. Equestrian Team and was a member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness.

His family remembers his wry sense of humor, which was present to the end of his life, they say.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Olmsted Fletcher of Atherton; daughters Mallory Fletcher Price and Brooke Leigh Fletcher; sister Joan Fletcher Lane; caregiver Joaquin Jacome; and two grandchildren.

A family service will be held in April.


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