George LaRose Reid
Oct. 12, 1918 - April 18, 2016
George LaRose Reid passed away peacefully Monday, April 18th in Cupertino at the age of 97. George was born in Berkeley, California but was raised in Santa Rosa. After graduating from Santa Rosa High School in 1936, he entered Stanford University. While at Stanford he wanted to play Polo. However, only the ROTC Field Artillery had Polo horses, so he joined the ROTC. While at Stanford he met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth “Mizi” Hinds and they married in 1941. He was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. After graduation from Stanford in 1940 and WWII just around the corner, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 76th Field Artillery at Ford Ord on Monterey Bay. Consequently, he became one of the last horse soldiers in the US Army. After Ford Ord, he was soon assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to teach equestrian skills to Army officers. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was sent to Cold Bay, Alaska, where he spent two long, cold miserable years with his troops, defending against a possible Japanese invasion. He was then sent to Italy to join General Mark Clark’s 5th Army unit to fight German soldiers back northward to the Austrian borde...
Meredith Lee Warren
July 13, 1941 - March 26, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Meredith Lee Warren, former Palo Alto High School teacher, died on March 26 at the age of 74. Meredith was born in Salem and raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Marblehead is known for its beautiful sailing and rich American history, both passions that Meredith enjoyed all her life. She graduated from Smith College before moving to California. Meredith earned a master's degree in education from Stanford University and taught history at Jordan Junior High in Palo Alto from 1964 to 1971. In 1970 she began team-teaching a history/English class at Jordan with her future husband, John Warren. Meredith moved to teaching European History at Palo Alto High School in the mid-'70s and eventually taught Advanced Placement U.S. History for nearly 15 years before she retired. She also signed up to be one of the first teacher advisors at Paly when that program was initiated in 1992, a role that she continued until her retirement. Meredith had a deep love for history and politics and loved passing on her enthusiasm and knowledge to her many students at Paly as well as family and friends. After retiring, Meredith spent her summers in her childhood home in Marblehead. She traveled extensi...
Alfreda G. Stavn
July 20, 1937 - April 22, 2016 Palo Alto, California
Alfreda Gladys Stavn, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, California, born in Lashburn, Saskatchewan in Canada, has died. She passed peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2016 with her daughter and son by her side. She was born on July 20, 1937, the second youngest of four children. She was 78 and is surviv...
Diana J. Pearce
Oct. 10, 1949 - April 22, 2016 Mountain View, California
Diana Jane Pearce, age 66, passed away peacefully at her home on April 22, 2016, from cancer. She was born on Oct. 10, 1949, in Zebulon, North Carolina, to the late Jane Baker Pearce and C. E. Pearce Jr., LCDR USN ret. After graduating from Wakelon High School in Zebulon, North CArolina, Diana went ...
Sarah M. Longyear
May 13, 1996 - April 22, 2016 Palo Alto, California
Sarah Marie Longyear, age 19, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016. She was born on May 13, 1996, in Palo Alto, California, where she was raised. She graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School in 2014. Sarah was a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), majoring in global health with mi...
Virginia H. Gertridge
Jan. 11, 1925 - April 21, 2016 Menlo Park, California
Surrounded by family, Virginia (Ginny) Gertridge peacefully took her last bow in this life at her home in Menlo Park on April 21st. She was 91. Born in Hollywood, Virginia was the second of four children. Her childhood years were spent in Ontario and Napa, CA. Graduating from Napa High School...