Community - April 21, 2010

Obituaries: Dr. William Tevis dies at 87

Dr. William Wade Tevis, who served on the staffs of Sequoia Hospital and Stanford Medical Center, died quietly April 11 at his home in Atherton. Dr. Tevis, who suffered from Parkinson's Disease, was 87.

Born in St Louis, Missouri, he was raised in Wichita, Kansas, where he attended public schools and Wichita State University.

From 1944 to 1947, he served in the U.S. Navy and studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Veterans Hospital in McKinney Texas. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served as a captain in the Air Force, heading the medical department at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas.

Dr. Tevis practiced privately in Palo Alto for 30 years, where he served on the staffs of Stanford and Sequoia hospitals. The last 14 years of his career were with the Menlo Park and Palo Alto veterans hospitals. He was a Mason, a member of the Menlo Park Rotary Club, and a regular visitor to the Rotary Club in Dillon, Montana.

A few years ago, Dr. Tevis and his wife of 34 years, Dr. Cynthia Lacy Tevis (also a physician), began ranching in Montana. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed visiting garage sales and collecting antiques, say family members.

In addition to Dr. Cynthia Lacy Tevis, he is survived by his first wife, Susan Moreton Tevis of Atherton and their children, Melinda, Robert and Martha; daughter Susan Quesada and her son; stepson Dr. Thomas Harrison Lacy and his two children; and brother Daniel Tevis of Wichita, Kansas.

According to Dr. Tevis' wishes, no service is planned, but there will be private memorial gatherings in California and Montana. The family prefers memorials be made to Washington University at St. Louis School of Medicine, Campus Box 1193, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, or the Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

Barbara Heine

Barbara Heine, a former executive director of the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT) in Woodside, died March 30 at her home in Australia.

Ms. Heine and her husband, John, moved to Woodside from Australia in 1988. An excellent horsewoman and physical therapist, she began volunteering at NCEFT, eventually becoming executive director, then board president.

During her tenure at NCEFT, she oversaw the growth of the program from four to six patients a week to almost 80, and established the center as a nationally recognized therapy and educational center. She joined the board of the American Hippotherapy Association and in 1997 became president, a position she held for three years.

The Heines returned to Australia in 2000, where Ms. Heine continued her involvement in the field of hippotherapy, along with such philanthropic ventures as providing college scholarships to at-risk youth, say family members.

Jack Newcome

A memorial service will be held for Jack Newcome at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, in Woodside. Mr. Newcome died March 6, following a brief illness. He was 89.

Mr. Newcome was born in Princeton, Indiana. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 19 and served on Peleliu Island in the South Pacific as a technical sergeant during World War II. He received the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon for outstanding heroism.

After the war, he joined his father in the building trades in Oakland. In 1947 he married Betty Rae Buchanan.

They moved to Woodside in 1960 when Mr. Newcome went to work for his father-in-law as a supervisor with the Wellmade Company in Redwood City. Mr. Newcome retired in the mid-1980s and began his second career as a member of the gate guard crew at Filoli, finally retiring in 2009 at age 89.

Mr. Newcome was a member of the bass section of the Woodside Village Church choir and sang with the Woodside men's group known as the Quackateers. He and his wife participated for many years in the Woodside community productions directed by George Sellman. One of his favorite roles was as a member of the quartet in "The Music Man." He also loved golf and playing tennis with his wife, say family members.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty, of Woodside; son Wayne Newcome of Bend, Oregon; and sister Ada Fry of Boise, Idaho.

Memorial donations may be made to the Woodside Village Church.


Posted by Lorraine Bailin, a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I just learned of the passing of a dear, sweet man named Jack Newcome. My deepest and sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Betty and the family. Jack will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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