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Obituaries: Alberta Martin, longtime M-A teacher, dies at 96

Alberta Martin, who taught business classes at Menlo-Atherton High School from 1951 to 1980, died Feb. 16 after a brief illness. She was 96.

Born in Marshall, Missouri, Ms. Martin moved to San Jose with her family in 1925. She graduated from San Jose High School and State Jose State College. In 1939 she married Richard H. Martin.

During World War II, Ms. Martin accompanied her husband to his U.S. Navy postings throughout the country. In 1949, she joined the faculty at Sequoia High School and later taught at the brand-new Menlo-Atherton High School. She taught both night school and summer school year after year, in addition to her regular teaching duties.

Ms. Martin was a member of the Menlo Park Garden Club for many years. A member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church since 1956, she was also a member of Theta Alpha Delta Sorority for businesswomen.

She is survived by her sons Joseph of Manassas, Virginia, and Richard of San Jose; sisters Irvina Fammatre and Janice Petrinovich, both of San Jose, brothers Leland Jones of San Jose and Gayle Jones of Fremont; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Richard H. Martin, died in 1960.

Ms. Martin will be interred with her husband at San Joaquin National Cemetery. The family welcomes donations to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Marts Edward Beekley

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Christ Episcopal Church, 815 Portola Road in Portola Valley, for Dr. Marts Edward Beekley, who died at his Atherton home, surrounded by family and friends. He was 80.

Born in Glendale, Ohio, Dr. Beekely grew up in Sharonville, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University, where he was an All-Star defensive back for his lifelong mentor Woody Hayes. At Ohio State, he met and married Mary Suzanne (Sue) Griffin.

Following his father's footsteps, he graduated from Cincinnati Medical School in the class of 1957. For the next four years, he was stationed with the Public Health Service in El Centro and the San Francisco Presidio. In 1963 he completed his medical training and chief residency at Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

In 1963 Dr. Beekley began his lifelong career with Kaiser Permanente. He served as assistant chief of pediatrics at the Santa Clara Medical Center and chief of pediatrics at the Redwood City Medical Center.

Following his father's teaching to "make the most of life in work and play," he devoted himself to winemaking, say family members. He was a member of the Society of Medical Friends of Wine, the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, and the Peninsula Wine Group. He pruned every vine by hand and made a yearly celebration of the harvest with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sue; sisters Jane Foulser and Barbara Bachman; son Bruce Beekley, daughters Sarah Hahn and Ellen Page; and eight grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the JW House ( or the Christ Church of Portola Valley Outreach Charities.

Eleanor Rubin

Eleanor Rubin, a resident of Menlo Park for more than 40 years, died peacefully Feb. 17 at the age of 98.

Ms. Rubin had a long career with the federal government, including positions with the Department of Agriculture and the National Archives.

Born in Warwick, Rhode Island, Ms. Rubin grew up there and in Washington, D.C.

After graduating from Trinity College in Washington in 1934, she began her career in government. In 1941, she became the 26th employee of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) under William J. Donovan.

She moved to San Francisco in 1945. After a brief time at Doubleday, she returned to the OSS, which became the Central Intelligence Agency. She was with the CIA until retiring as a research analyst in 1969.

That year she married Jerome R. Rubin, whom she had known and worked with for many years. They enjoyed a wonderful life together, say family members.

Ms. Rubin, a lifelong Catholic, was a parishioner at St. Raymond Church in Menlo Park.

She is survived by her stepsons Dick and Dan Rubin; a grandson; sister-in-law Betty Rattigan; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome R. Rubin.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to her caregiver and companion, Sela. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Mitchell Dean Confer

Mitchel Dean Confer, whose illustrations and photography appeared in publications, including Time magazine and the New York Times, died peacefully Feb. 20 at his Menlo Park home after battling melanoma.

Mr. Confer grew up in Fullerton. He attended Fullerton High School, Fullerton College, and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, earning his bachelor of arts in illustration.

His studio was in San Francisco's Hunter Point Shipyard. His work was diverse, with more than 30 years of painting, printmaking, photography, digital art and illustration. His subjects were as diverse and included cityscapes, freeways, landscapes and patterns from nature, say family members. He also taught art.

Mr. Confer lived in New York City, Palo Alto, and Hong Kong before becoming a resident of Menlo Park in 1999. He enjoyed golf, fly fishing, and other outdoor activities.

Surviving are his son, Jackson; and sisters Sally Confer and Nancy Cassillias.


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