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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Obituaries Obituaries (March 09, 2005)

Vance Miller

Engineer and financial planner

Vance Edward Miller of Ladera died November 21, 2004, of multiple myeloma and primary amyloidosis. He was 75.

An event remembering him will be held Friday, April 8. Contact the family for details.

Mr. Miller spent much of 2004 learning about and determining treatment for the rare diseases he was diagnosed with. He chose treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where he received a stem cell transplant. His family was able to stay with him at the nearby Gift of Life Transplant House. All was proceeding as expected until an infection progressed rapidly into septic shock.

Mr. Miller was born in Groton, South Dakota. He was a descendent of three pioneer families who homesteaded there in the early 1880s.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1951 from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, where he was student body president.

Graduating first in his class from Naval Officer Candidate School won him assignment to San Francisco Naval Shipyard in Hunter's Point in 1955.

Attending a meeting of the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, he met Jacquelyn Harris. The couple was married at Stanford Memorial Church in 1957.

Out of the Navy, Mr. Miller took a job at Ampex. He decided to pursue an MBA at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, graduating in 1963.

In 1965 he joined Stanford Research Institute, working as a consultant all over the world. He was the principal architect of the U.S. Postal Service Bulk Mail Center. The scheme centralizes processing of all parcel post mail in a small number of automated, truck-oriented facilities across the country.

He also helped design coin and currency processing systems for San Francisco's new Federal Reserve Bank. He was involved in the conception of the "Super Train," a futuristic proposal for a U.S. national railroad network devoted to rapidly moving large volumes of containerized freight over long distances.

The Millers built their home, a hexagonal house designed by his cousin, Hobart Wagener, in Ladera in 1969.

In 1978 Mr. Miller turned to a new career in retirement planning. He became a certified financial planner and IRS enrolled agent, assisting clients with investment, tax and retirement planning.

Drawing on his boyhood scouting experiences, Mr. Miller helped lead Ladera Troop 163 on hiking and camping trips. He worked with other community activists to maintain a neighborhood elementary school in the face of declining enrollment.

He was a member of the San Mateo County Committee on School District Organization and a director of the Ladera Recreation District. He was honored with outstanding citizen service awards by the Ladera Community Association in 1976 and 1980.

His knowledge of many subjects earned him the title of "walking encyclopedia," say family members. He enjoyed visits to libraries, county courthouses, historic sites and natural wonders. He was a descendant of Thomas and Joseph Rogers, father and son Pilgrims, who were settlers in Plymouth Colony in 1620.

Mr. Miller was a past president of the Transportation Research Forum in Northern California, a member of the Mayflower Society, Stanford Historical Society, Stanford Business School Alumni Association, California Native Plant Society, Committee for Green Foothills, Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Yellowstone Trail Society, and the Theta Tau engineering fraternity.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jacquelyn; children Darrell Miller of Saratoga, Kerstin Miller of Anchorage, Alaska, and Trynne Miller of San Francisco; sister Marilyn Schornack of Des Moines, Iowa; and five grandchildren.

Betty Anne Lohman


Betty Anne Lohman of Menlo Park died at home February 23. She was 83.

Ms. Lohman was born in Zion, Illinois. After spending her childhood in Long Beach, she graduated from the Stanford University School of Nursing. She worked briefly in San Francisco before marrying John Holt Lohman.

The Lohmans lived on a 60-acre ranch in Los Altos Hills that later became the site for Foothill College. The couple developed Carmel Valley Golf and Country Club and the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley.

Their philanthropic endeavors extended to the John Holt Lohman music building at Menlo College, the Meditation Garden at El Camino Hospital, Peninsula Volunteers Inc., and the Lohman Theatre, soon to be built at Foothill College on the site of their original home.

She enjoyed attending the Celebrity Forum Series through Foothill and DeAnza colleges and taking theater tours to London and New York, say family members.

Ms. Lohman is survived by her daughters, Jeanette Lawrence and Meg Young, and three grandsons. She was preceded in death by her husband John and son Holt.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Lohman Theatre Building Fund, through Foothill College, or the Pathways Hospice Foundation. Arrangements were under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

A memorial service was held March 2 at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

Grace Haid

Garden volunteer

Grace Folger Haid, a longtime volunteer at Filoli Center and Gamble Garden, died March 1 at her home in Menlo Park. She was 88.

Ms. Haid was born in San Francisco. She was known as the "Herb lady" and "Lavender queen" for working with other volunteers drying and packaging herbs and lavender for sale in the Garden Shop at Filoli.

She created many of the herb blends that are sold at the shop, say family members. She was also known for the mystery trips she planned for members of the St. Raymond Mothers' Club alumni group, of which she was a past president.

She was devoted to her family, church and community, say family members.

Ms. Haid is survived by children Charles M. Haid III and David T. Haid, both of Los Angeles; Thomas R. Haid of Menlo Park, Marian Haid-Harper of Alameda, and Michael B. Haid of Monte Sereno; sister Mary Barrett of Palm Desert and Betty Erlin of Palo Alto; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials in Ms. Haid's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2065 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040, or Pathways Hospice Foundation, Suite 135, 104201 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040.

Arrangements were under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.
Mariella Unnevehr

Mariella "Scotty" Unnevehr, a resident of Menlo Park for many years, died March 5 in a Los Altos retirement community. She was 87. Private family services will be held. An obituary will run in a future issue of the Almanac.
Lillian Fishman

Private services will be held for Lillian Fishman who died March 3. A resident of Menlo Park for 45 years, she was 78. An obituary will run in a future issue of the Almanac.

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