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Community - August 31, 2011


Hazel Macaulay, 87

Hazel Macaulay, a resident of Menlo Park and a longtime sales representative with the Palo Alto Lions Club Concours d'Elegance car show, died Aug. 11. She was 87.

In her earlier life, she had a long career as an executive secretary in the fields of advertising and broadcasting, beginning with NBC in New York and San Francisco, and moving to other enterprises.

Born in Winchendon, Massachusetts, she graduated from Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1942. In 1943, she completed a secretarial and administrative skills course at the Katherine Gibbs School in New York.

She continued her secretarial career after moving to California, subsequently partnering with her husband, Edward, to form Gomac Enterprises, an independent television sports production firm in the early 1970s.

From 1981 to 2006, Ms. Macaulay was one of the top advertising salespeople for the program of the annual Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance.

"Mother was known for her famous hugs, her warm smile and loving, kind heart," her daughter, Robin Polastri, said.

A member of Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley since 1979, Ms. Macaulay frequently served as a deacon, providing comfort and care to members of the congregation, the family said.

For decades, she and Edward — who died in January 2011 and was the public address announcer at Stanford Stadium for 39 years — coordinated Stanford tailgate parties for their many friends.

Ms. Macaulay is survived by her daughter, Robin of Half Moon Bay, step-sons Gordon Macaulay of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Duncan Macaulay of Cave Creek, Arizona; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ms. Macaulay's life will be held at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 16. The family prefers memorial donations to Valley Presbyterian Church.

Tessa Bunny Walton

Tessa Bunny Walton — 6 pounds, 7 ounces and 19.5 inches long, with dark-brown hair — was born Friday, Aug. 19, to parents Georgia Walton and Michael Walton of Menlo Park.

Within hours, she experienced complications that led to surgery on Sunday, Aug. 21. "Tessa struggled valiantly for her life over the next 24 hours as she received expert and caring treatment at Kaiser's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Santa Clara," the family said.

She died Monday afternoon, Aug. 22, in the arms of her parents.

"She is survived by Michael, Georgia, and a vast, loving and supportive family. She will always be remembered," the family said.

Donations (marked "in memory of Tessa Bunny Walton") may be directed to: Kaiser Permanente Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Dept. 302, 700 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95051.

Peter J. Wong

Peter J. Wong, 70, a resident of Menlo Park for more than 40 years, died peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 19 surrounded by family at his home in Menlo Park. He was 70.

Born in Los Angeles, he attended U.C. Berkeley and received bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering, with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He then earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

After a 20-plus-year career in engineering, he earned his J.D. from Boalt Hall at U.C. Berkeley and practiced law from 1993 to 2006. After retiring, he co-founded Micah's Call and dedicated his free time to researching and writing about social justice issues, the family said.

Mr. Wong and his wife Evelyn lived in Menlo Park for more than 40 years, spending weekends at their condominium in San Francisco to attend opera, ballet and theater. He spent his free time with his children and grandchildren or traveling extensively all over the world, the family said.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Evelyn; his daughters, Kristin Baker and Alison Wong-Huchard; and four grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Aug. 27 at the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto.

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