Gertrude Mary Dowden died Jan. 16 at Channing House in Palo Alto. Born in Harwich, England, in 1914, she moved with her family to the Isle of Wight, where she married Percy "Bunny" Dowden in 1940.
The young couple worked in aircraft production during World War II. They moved to Montreal in 1952 before locating in Menlo Park in 1956. Ms. Dowden was employed in the geophysics department at Stanford University from 1956 to 1979.
Ms. Dowden was an avid golfer and a longtime supporter of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital as a member of the Roth Auxiliary.
Ms. Dowden is survived by several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Percy Dowden, died in 1993. No services will be held, at her request. Contributions may be made to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.