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Publication Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Obituaries Obituaries (April 24, 2002)

Richard Muchmore

Co-founder of Raychem Corp.

Richard W. (Dick) Muchmore of Atherton, a Silicon Valley pioneer, died April 14 at Sequoia Hospital. He was 82.

Mr. Muchmore was born in Augusta, Kansas, and moved to Redwood City as a youngster. He graduated from Sequoia High School and Stanford University's School of Engineering.

In 1957 he, together with James Meikle and Paul Cook, founded Raychem Corp. in Menlo Park, based on their belief that high-energy radiation could be used to transform lightweight, inexpensive plastics into high-performance, electrical insulation products.

"Dick was an important contributor to Raychem's new product innovations, but more importantly to the creative methods of manufacture necessary for their commercial success," said Paul Cook.

"Dick was brilliant at taking new product ideas and figuring out ingenious and novel processes to produce them," Mr. Cook added. "Since it was Raychem's strategy to develop and introduce dozens of new products each year, Dick's role was very demanding."

Mr. Muchmore left Raychem in 1973 to start his own venture capital business, Muchmore Enterprises, but remained on the Raychem board of directors for many years. Muchmore Enterprises was one of the first venture capital businesses to locate at 3000 Sand Hill Road. He helped finance and establish several businesses, including Activision video games with his close friend, Jim Levy.

For several years he owned Los Gatos Lodge in Los Gatos, a popular site for weddings and social functions.

Mr. Muchmore was an avid golfer and a member of Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club for many years. He played golf with his parents as a youngster and, as an adult, played most of this country's and Europe's best courses. He was an avid reader and art collector, especially of works by California artists.

In addition to business travel around the world, he and his wife, Bobbie, made frequent trips to Europe. Mr. Muchmore contributed to many charitable causes, especially in India where he traveled several times, according to his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie, and stepchildren Lorrie Gidley of San Francisco and Jeffrey Gidley of Atherton.

A private celebration of Mr. Muchmore's life will be held on the couple's 16th wedding anniversary at their Atherton home later this month. The family prefers memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Shirley A. Burley

Former Menlo Park resident

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Menlo Park, for Shirley Albertson Burley, who died April 19 in Bakersfield. She was 79.

Mrs. Burley, whose late husband Clarence Augustus "Cab" Burley purchased the Menlo Park Recorder in 1949, moved to Menlo Park in 1952 and lived in various locations in Woodside and Menlo Park before moving to Southern California several years ago.

Mrs. Burley was born in Chicago and grew up in Great Neck, New York. She married Mr. Burley in 1946. They moved to California in 1949 and lived in Marin before moving to Menlo Park. Mr. Burley died in 1970 after a six-year battle with cancer.

Mrs. Burley enjoyed traveling, especially to Hana on the island of Maui. She was an avid reader and gardener. She was a member of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid/Peninsula, the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary to the children's hospital at Stanford, and a major contributor to the American Cancer Society, her family said.

She is survived by her children: the Rev. C.A. Burley III of Bakersfield, Mary Cassata Badu of Anderson, Peter Burley of Larkspur, Colorado, and Nancy Bueller of Costa Mesa; sister Barbara Wildman of Menlo Park; cousin Huyler Held of New York; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

Albert Thomas Kieninger

Allied Arts shop owner

A memorial Mass for Albert Thomas Kieninger is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, April 29, at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, 930 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Mr. Kieninger died in Menlo Park on April 21. He was 81.

A native of New York, he was a longtime resident of Menlo Park, where he owned the Barn Wood Shop at the Allied Arts Guild. Mr. Kieninger was also a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine. He is survived by his children, Kim, Thomas, Mary, Matthew, and Marie and Danny; his siblings Richard Kieninger and Joyce Waldeman; and 12 grandchildren.

Arrangements are by the John D. O'Connor Menlo Colonial Chapel.

Dean Brubaker

Financial planner, Navy lieutenant

Dean B. Brubaker, a resident of Atherton for 42 years, died April 15. He was 79.

Mr. Brubaker served in World War II as Navy lieutenant, and in Korea.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in business administration, he was a financial planner for 40 years. He was a Charter Life Underwriter and a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for many years.

Mr. Brubaker was a trap shooter, hunter, golfer, and instructor for California's Hunter Safety Course, said his wife. His sense of humor, kindness and generous spirit will be missed, she said.

Mr. Brubaker is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nadine; three daughters, Linda Markovitch, Donna Funk, and Betsy Brubaker; and his brother, Guy Brubaker.

The memorial service was held April 19 at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were made by Spangler Mortuaries.

Dorothy Eggebrecht

Former Atherton resident

Dorothy A. Eggebrecht, a former longtime resident of Atherton, died on April 11 in Hammond, Indiana. She was 83.

While a resident of Atherton, she taught business and accounting. She was a member of the Little House senior center in Menlo Park.

Ms. Eggebrecht is survived by her brother Edward; four nephews; and four cousins.

Services will be held at the Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home in Lansing, Illinois. Burial will follow at the Concordia Evangelist Lutheran Cemetery in Hammond, Indiana.


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