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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Obituaries Obituaries (June 16, 2004)

George Cleland
Former assistant fire chief

George Alfred Cleland, who had lived in Menlo Park for his entire life, died May 26 in the house where he was born. He was 90.

After graduating from Sequoia High School, Mr. Cleland joined the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, a volunteer position at that time. He and Kathryn Pierce were married in 1930. In 1932 the department began paying employees and Mr. Cleland was hired as a full-time firefighter.

Mr. Cleland was a member of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District for 42 years. In 1955 he became assistant chief, and retired from the department in 1973.

On his days off, Mr. Cleland worked for the East Palo Alto Water and Sanitation District for 30 years.

When his children were growing up, the family spent summers in Santa Cruz at a family home, camped at Yosemite and spent time at South Lake Tahoe, say family members.

After retiring, the Clelands moved to South Lake Tahoe and lived there for 16 years before moving back to their house in Menlo Park.

Kathryn Cleland died in 2000, three days after she and her husband celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Mr. Cleland is survived by his children, Alyce Mae Goodman of Huntington Beach, Donald Cleland of Hamilton, Montana, and Ann Cleland of Mesa, Arizona; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

At Mr. Cleland's request, no services were held. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller Hapgood & Tinney.

Alan Bostwick

Friends are invited to Redwood Chapel, 847 Woodside Road, Redwood City, from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 20, to remember Alan Middleton Bostwick. Mr. Bostwick died May 28 of congestive heart failure at The Sequoias in Portola Valley. He was 93.

Mr. Bostwick served as director of adult education and summer school administrator for the Sequoia Union High School District from 1952 until retiring in 1975.

Born in Laton, California, he graduated from Fresno State College in 1934. He received a doctor of education degree from the University of California in 1959. Mr. Bostwick taught at Yuba City High School, and served as superintendent of the Corning Union High School District and principal of Corning High School before coming to the Sequoia district.

Mr. Bostwick was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, an educators' professional fraternity, the Commonwealth Club of California, and the San Mateo County Grand Jurors Association.

He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Redwood City and in 1997 achieved 50 years of perfect attendance with the club. In 2003 the Rotary Club staged an "Alan Bostwick Day" in recognition of his achievements. A Dr. Alan M. Bostwick Scholarship Foundation has been established in his name by the club.

During his first year of retirement, he served as foreman pro-tem of the 1976-77 San Mateo County Grand Jury.

Mr. Bostwick is survived by son Paul Bostwick of San Jose, daughters Susan Spears of Visalia and Lynda Silva of Belmont; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Thomas Sturges
Mechanical engineer

Thomas Beck Sturges, who lived in Ladera for 45 years, died May 21 in Los Altos. He was 85.

Mr. Sturges was born in the copper-mining town of Clifton, Arizona. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941 with a degree in mechanical engineering. At Cal he met Faith Franklin, whom he married and with whom he raised five children in Belmont and Ladera.

Mr. Sturges worked in engineering design, sales, manufacturing, management and installation, spending the most years with Crown Zellerbach Corp. He held many patents on packaging equipment.

Mr. Sturges was happiest when surrounded by his large family as they shared food, wine and conversation, say family members.

He is survived by his children, Tom Sturges of Orinda, Nancy Caffo of St. Helen, Sylvia Work of Portola Valley, Dan Sturges of Sacramento, and Cindy Butler of Portola Valley; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

His wife of 56 years, Faith, died in 1997. A granddaughter, Lisa Caffo, also died previously.

The family expressed gratitude to the Pilgrim Haven community where Mr. Sturges lived for the past two years.

Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to Pathways Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 94040; or Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside 94062; or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller Hapgood & Tinney.

Harry Lynch
Bechtel Corp. executive

Harry C. Lynch, a resident of Atherton for 43 years, died June 6 at home. He was 85.

Mr. Lynch was born in Mansfield, Ohio, and graduated from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in industrial engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. After the war, he worked for Otis Elevator Co. in Cleveland.

In 1961 he moved his family to California. He was employed for 23 years with Bechtel Corp. in San Francisco. His career in mining and metals business development allowed him to travel around the world. He retired in 1984.

Mr. Lynch enjoyed gardening and was proud of his tuberous begonias and rose garden. His booming Irish baritone voice was his trademark and he especially loved Irish melodies, say family members.

A longtime member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Mr. Lynch is survived by his daughter Holly, son Loring, and four grandchildren. His wife of 49 years, Betty, died in 2000.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., c/o Mary Ann Sprinkle, Director of Development, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave./Bob Hope Road, Miami FL 33136-1494.

Margaret Rusteen
Real estate agent

Margaret S. (Peg) Rusteen, a longtime resident of Atherton and member of the real estate community, died June 6 at home. She was 82.

Ms. Rusteen was born in Illinois and attended Northwestern University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. At Northwestern she met Milton (Rusty) Rusteen, whom she married. He died in 1987.

During her married life, she lived in Western Springs, Illinois, Manhasset, New York, and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, before moving to California in 1964.

In 1967 Ms. Rusteen became a real estate agent with August Associates in Menlo Park. Through the years she was also affiliated with Fox & Carskadon and Coldwell Banker before completing her career at Cashin & Company. She became a member of the Million Dollar Club in 1971 and an honorary member for life of the California Board of Realtors in 1997.

She is survived by her children, Cynthia Louis of Paradise, Shelley Connors of Foster City, and Jeff Rusteen of Redwood City; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held June 11 at Roller Hapgood & Tinney, Palo Alto.

H. Reid Whiting
Attorney and teacher

H. Reid Whiting, who lived in Menlo Park for 40 years, died May 20 in Belmont after a long illness. He was 90.

Mr. Whiting received a law degree from Hastings School of Law in San Francisco and practiced law in San Francisco for more than 50 years. He retired from the practice of arbitration in 1994. For many years, he also taught law at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Mr. Whiting is survived by his children, Ann Whiting of New York City, Tom Whiting of El Granada, Kendall Whiting of Jackson, and Jerry Whiting of Half Moon Bay; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

His wife of 51 years, Mary Ann Whiting, preceded him in death. Ms. Whiting was, for many years, the children's librarian at the Menlo Park Library.

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