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Community - January 25, 2012

Obituaries: John Inglis, community activist and volunteer

A memorial service for John Inglis, part of Menlo Park community life for more than 55 years, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Courtroom A at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. Mr. Inglis died Dec. 6 at the age of 82.

Growing up on the Peninsula, Mr. Inglis graduated from Burlingame High School, as did his future wife, Joan. The couple was married in 1955.

Mr. Inglis attended the College of San Mateo and served in the Korean War. After his service, he was employed by Wells Fargo Bank and helped open its first branch in Redwood City. He also worked as a stockbroker for many years.

A former board member of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce and onetime president of the board of the West Bay Sanitary District, he was "very involved in the life of our hometown, Menlo Park," says Ms. Inglis.

The Inglises moved to Menlo Park in 1955. Mr. Inglis helped out at the first Friends of the Library Book Fair and continued volunteering every year through 2010.

He was a member of the Menlo Park men's club, the Jolly Boys Club, co-founded by Cab Burley of the old Menlo Park Recorder newspaper, whose "members continue to this day having lunch together," says Ms. Inglis.

She recalls when he served as a juror on a "particularly sensational murder trial way back in the late 1950s when murder was most unusual." He also was appointed to the grand jury.

Mr. Inglis was a domino player at the Sequoia Club in Redwood City for many years. The 50th and final Children's Health Council Domino Tournament in February will be dedicated to him. He was also an avid stamp collector and a member of the Sequoia Stamp Club.

Watching his five grandchildren take part in sports and other activities at Woodside and Sequoia high schools brought him great joy, even though he was co-chair of the United Menlo-Atherton High School Bear Bench athletics support group, say family members. He also served on the Burgess Gymnasium committee, the board of the San Mateo County Historical Society, and was instrumental in the revival of the old San Mateo County Courthouse.

Mr. Inglis is survived by his wife, Joan; sons Christopher Inglis of Menlo Park and James Inglis of San Carlos; and five grandchildren. His sister, Marcia Inglis Sayre, preceded him in death.

Donations in Mr. Inglis's name may be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085; or to the San Mateo County Historical Association, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063.

Opal Henney

Opal Wages Henney, who lived in Woodside for nearly 50 years, died Nov. 20. She was 90.

Ms. Henney was born in Taylor County, Florida, and grew up in Perry, Florida. She earned her degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, where she was enrolled in the Cadet Nurse Corp. At the university she met her future husband, James Edward Henney. They were married in 1949.

After the couple moved to Woodside in 1954, Ms. Henney earned her California nursing license by completing refresher courses at Stanford University. A member of the California Nurses Association, she was employed by Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City for 26 years.

Ms. Henney was active in the Woodside Village Church's rummage sales, where she was noted for her expertise with donated jewelry. One of her greatest joys was her grandchildren and being able to participate in their lives, say family members. In 2002, she sold her Woodside home and moved to San Mateo.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Hamann and Joan Tornai; sisters Ruth and Martha, brother Norman; and three grandchildren.

Memorial services have been held. Donations may be made to a favorite animal charity or charity of choice.

Myrna Robinson

Myrna Robinson of Menlo Park, a psychotherapist who practiced in Palo Alto for 41 years, died Dec. 21 of advanced melanoma. She was 64.

Ms. Robinson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Vassar College in 1969. After college, she moved to the Bay Area, where she knew no one, as a way of changing her life, say friends. She went on to receive a master's in social work from UC Berkeley in 1974.

During her practice as a psychotherapist, she pursued many interests including individual, couple and collaborative divorce counseling, say friends. In 2011, she received an honorary doctorate from the Sanville Institute in Berkeley, which offers a Ph.D. program for mental health professionals. She married in 1981 and was divorced in 1998.

Ms. Robinson served as chairman of the board of the Cleo Eulau Center in Mountain View. The center works to support caring and emotional interaction between teachers and students, especially those who are at risk, say friends.

Ms. Robinson also enjoyed interior design, helping friends redecorate their homes, and bridge. She is survived by her son, Eric.

A memorial service has been held. Contributions in Ms. Robinson's name may be made to the Cleo Eulau Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 208, Mountain View, CA 94303.


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