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Publication Date: Wednesday, December 04, 2002


Robert Foley

Former Portola Valley educator

A memorial service for Robert Foley, a Menlo Park resident and former administrator in the Portola Valley School District, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto. Mr. Foley died after emergency heart surgery at Stanford Hospital on October 18. He was 67.

Mr. Foley grew up in Nevada City, near Sacramento, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned two masters degrees from Stanford University, relatives said.

Mr. Foley was with the Portola Valley School District for 10 years, starting in 1965 as a German teacher and later becoming principal of Corte Madera School, said his colleague and friend Roger De Dera. "He was passionate with kids. Kids loved him," Mr. De Dera said.

His father was a gold-mining engineer and his mother a teacher and historian and the namesake of the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research in Nevada City. His father died when he was 2 years old.

At the time of Mr. Foley's death, he was principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Newark. A memorial held for Mr. Foley at Lincoln school was packed, friends said.

"Everyone loved Bob for his warmth, sense of humor and for the help and inspiration he gave," relatives said.

Mr. Foley is survived by his wife Barbara of Menlo Park; his daughter, Dr. Paula Rubio; his son, David Mayer of New Hampshire; and three grandchildren.

The Lucie Stern Community Center is located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Donations may be made to the Robert Foley Scholarship Fund at Lincoln School, 3611 Bettencourt St., Newark, CA 94560.

Kenneth McCarthy

Educator, reading specialist

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, at St. Denis Catholic Church, 2250 Avy Ave., Menlo Park, for Kenneth Edward McCarthy of Menlo Park, who died November 29. A complete obituary for Mr. McCarthy will appear in the December 11 issue of the Almanac.

Harlan K. Veal

Retired Superior Court judge

Harlan Kenneth Veal, a Woodside resident and retired San Mateo County Superior Court Judge, died November 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 79.

Born in Berkeley, he received his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and earned his law degree from Stanford University's law school in 1951.

He practiced law for 32 years in San Carlos with the firm Truce, Veal, Jackson, Taylor, Bolgard and Mittlestead, and was appointed to the Superior Court by Gov. George Deukmejian, where he served until his retirement in 1997.

After he was retired, he continued to take assignments for the judicial council, as well as arbitration and mediation services.

Judge Veal was a member of the American Bar Association, the California State Bar and the California Judge's Association. He served as president of the San Mateo County Bar Association and the San Carlos Kiwanis Club.

He also served on the board of visitors at the Stanford law school and was an instructor in the intensive advocacy programs at Stanford and the University of San Francisco.

He was a big fan of Stanford football, said the family, and could often be seen driving his bright red 1957 Thunderbird around Redwood City. A believer in the law as a noble profession, he was often called a "lawyer's lawyer" and a "judge's judge," family members said.

Judge Veal is survived by Anne, his wife of 37 years; his children, Chris Veal, Rory Veal, Victoria George and Candyce Veal; his stepchildren Kevin O'Meara, Megan O'Meara and Ellen O'Meara; and four grandchildren.

The family said it plans to hold services in January.

Memorial donations may be made to Pathways Hospice, 2001 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 94040; Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside CA 94062; or a cancer society or charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were by Redwood Chapel.

Donald E.White

USGS geologist

Donald E. White, a geologist who lived in Portola Valley, died November 20. He was 88.

A native Californian, Dr. White earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and completed his doctorate in geology at Princeton University.

He began his 54-year career at the U.S. Geological Survey in 1939. He was well-known for research about the origin of ore-forming metals. Another major focus was geothermal processes, particularly the hot springs system at Yellowstone National Park.

Because of his research and theoretical contributions to geology, Dr. White was named to the National Academy of Science in 1973. He also earned two of the most distinguished awards in geology: the Geological Society of America's Penrose Medal in 1984 and the Society of Economic Geologists' Penrose Medal in 1992.

He is survived by his wife, Helen (Jo) White; three daughters, Margaret Matlin, Eleanor Cannan and Catherine White; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held November 23 at The Sequoias in Portola Valley. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Crosby-Gray & Co. Funeral Directors of Burlingame.

Colleen Batistina Bellomi

53-year Menlo resident

Colleen Batistina Bellomi, who lived in Menlo Park for 53 years, died November 23 in Mountain View after a long illness. She was 75.

Mrs. Bellomi was born in Oakland and graduated from Technical High School there. She moved to Menlo Park in 1949 with her husband, Louis V. Bellomi, a fire captain with 33 years of service in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Primarily a homemaker, Mrs. Bellomi also worked as a retail specialist for J.C. Penney for about 10 years. "Her family was her whole life -- her children and her grandchildren," said her daughter, Janelle A. Armstrong of Santa Clara.

Mrs. Bellomi is survived by her husband, Louis of Menlo Park; a brother, Eugene Proietti of Mariposa, California; her daughter, Janelle Armstrong; a son, Victor L. Bellomi of Cupertino; and four grandchildren.

Services have been held at St. Raymond's Catholic Church, and interment was at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park.

The family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 4040 Moorpark Ave., Suite 105, San Jose, CA 96117;

Hussain Ali Abuel-Saud

Computer consultant

Hussain Ali Abuel-Saud, a Menlo Park resident, died November 26. He was 44.

A native of Qatif, Saudi Arabia, Mr. Abuel-Saud move to the Bay Area 26 years ago in pursuit of an American education. He attended the College of San Mateo and the University of California at Riverside, then transferred to San Francisco State University, where he earned a degree in international relations.

He was an active participant in Stanford University's continuing studies program, and at the time of his death was preparing to begin the MBA program at Santa Clara University.

Mr. Abuel-Saud worked as a senior computer consultant at Object Focus in Cupertino.

He was a member of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, belonged to the Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club, and volunteered as a soccer referee for AYSO for seven years. He enjoyed playing soccer with his children and was an incredible cook, said family members, who added that he was cherished for his generous nature and goodness of heart.

Mr. Abuel-Saud is survived by Gay, his wife of 13 years; their four children, Sarah, Sophia, Sonia and Zachary; his mother Fatimah Nasrullah; and six sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service was planned for December 3 at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for his children through Washington Mutual bank in Menlo Park. Funeral arrangements were by the Woodside Chapel of Crippen and Flynn.


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