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Obituaries: Venture capital executive Tracy Lefteroff dies at 59

Tracy Lefteroff of Portola Valley, managing partner of the venture capital practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, died at home June 9. He was 59. He had been the firm's life sciences partner, aiding in mergers and venture capital funding transactions.

Mr. Lefteroff was born in Tucson, Arizona, where he was an athlete at Rincon High School, lettering in football, baseball and wrestling. He graduated at the top of his class and conducted chemistry research at the University of Arizona during his senior year of high school. He enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school and was honorably discharged in 1980.

Mr. Lefteroff graduated from Boise State University with a degree in accounting. He worked at both Dille, Crandall & Co. and Arthur Young & Co. before joining Coopers & Lybrand in 1988, where he met his wife, Jennifer. He was promoted to partner in 1994 and spent the rest of his career at what became PwC LLP after the firm merged with Price Waterhouse.

Well known for his insights on the venture capital and life sciences industries, Mr. Lefteroff served as the primary spokesperson for PwC's venture capital survey, the MoneyTree Report, since 1999. He spoke at numerous life sciences and venture capital industry conferences.

Mr. Lefteroff regularly spent his weekends cheering on his three sons at their basketball and soccer games, and swim meets. He was a wine connoisseur and enjoyed sharing this passion with friends and family, say family members.

He is survived by his wife, sons, parents, brothers and sisters. A private memorial service is planned.

Pete Chow

Pete Chow of Menlo Park died suddenly June 3 with loved ones at his side. He was 52.

Mr. Chow was born in San Francisco and grew up in Portola Valley. He graduated from Woodside High School. His passions included riding motorcycles and mountain bikes, and fishing. He was always ready for a new adventure and family gatherings, say family members.

He is survived by brothers Victor Chow of Torrance, Jeff Chow of Sunnyvale, Tim Chow of Norwich, Vermont, and Vince Chow of Diablo; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends, the Olsen family.

A celebration of his life will be held this summer.