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Berhane Hiwot Azage
Sept. 14, 1987 - Jan. 8, 2015
Stanford, California

Our beloved Berhane Hiwot Azage unexpectedly passed away in Hong Kong on Jan. 8, 2015, at the age of 27. He is survived by his mother and father, brothers Adane and Manny, and sister Selam. Berhane was born on Sept. 14, 1987, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He attended Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Terman Scholar) and a M.S. in Management Science & Engineering. Stanford was his second home and a place where he touched many minds and hearts with his boundless intellectual curiosity, thirst for excellence and compassion for all. Whether studying in the library with friends or dancing at Dance Marathon and beyond, his infectious smile and laughter brought joy to those around him. He loved sharing his Ethiopian culture with everyone and built many friendships around introducing people to Zeni Ethiopian restaurant in San Jose. Exceptionally brilliant, he was a model of efficiency and negotiation; he figured out that running rather than walking saved him 15 minutes a day and could be heard engaged in fierce debate, followed by joyous laughter. A global citizen, Berhane h...

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Marilyn J. Smithson
Sept. 21, 1927 - Jan. 21, 2015 La Selva Beach, California

Marilyn Jean (Anderson) Smithson died peacefully surrounded by her family on Jan. 21. She was 87. Born in Walla Walla, Washington, she grew up in Tacoma and graduated from the University of Washington in 1950. She married Luther (Bud) Smithson in 1956 and moved to California where she raised her fam...

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Joan Leaver
Feb. 8, 1925 - Jan. 11, 2015 Menlo Park, California

Joan Agnes O'Grady Leaver, 89, entered into God's loving embrace on Jan. 11, 2015, from her home in Menlo Park, California. She was born on Feb. 8, 1925, in Palo Alto (then known as Mayfield.) Her parents, Thomas and Delia Finn O'Grady, were immigrants from County Roscommon in Ireland. Joan grew up ...

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Norman S. Coplon
June 19, 1937 - Jan. 11, 2015 Portola Valley, California

Dr. Norman S. Coplon, the pioneering founder of Satellite Healthcare Inc. (San Jose, California) and a committed husband, father, physician, professor, businessman and volunteer, passed peacefully Sunday morning, January 11, 2015, at home with his family by his side, after a long illness. He was 77....

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Michael M. Meyer
Aug. 19, 1947 - Jan. 10, 2015 Menlo Park, California

Michael Mansfield Meyer, 67, died on January 10th in Menlo Park, California. (Photo is of Michael Meyer with his granddaughter, Sarah Meyer of Menlo Park.) Michael was born in Brawley, California, the son of Eloise Grace Latham and Richard Vincent Meyer. He grew up on military bases around t...

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