Community volunteer, artist Laura Pool Huber dies at 47


Laura Pool Huber of Menlo Park died peacefully at her home Nov. 10 of complications from advanced cancer. She was 47.

Laura Spruance Pool was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Shady Side Academy, where she was salutatorian of her class, and made her society debut at the Cinderella Ball, the oldest charity event in Pittsburgh.

She graduated cum laude from Colgate College in 1990 with a degree in English literature. After college, she moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in graphic design. She worked at Miller Freeman as a designer and art director of several magazines.

In 2000, she married Jeff Huber, an executive at Google. The couple moved to Menlo Park, where they had two children. As the children grew up, she was a volunteer in her children's schools. At Oak Knoll she chaired many volunteer committees and organized the after-school sports program.

Her work in the community included the University Club of Palo Alto's scholarship program and she was a volunteer coordinator for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Circle of Friends ambassadors.

A gifted artist and talented chef, she was an avid tennis player competing in the Women's USTA League at the University Club in Palo Alto.

She is survived by her husband, Jeff Huber of Menlo Park; son Max, 14; daughter Grace, 12; parents Linda and Henry Pool of Pittsburgh; sister Heather Pool; and brother Russell Pool.

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