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Herb Wong
March 18, 1926 - April 20, 2014
Menlo Park, California

Easter Sunday this year saw the passing of Herb Wong, 88, a long-time Menlo Park resident renowned internationally as a jazz expert and educator. A mysterious box sparked Mr. Wong's lifelong fascination with jazz. As young boys, he and his brother Elwood had just moved with their parents to Stockton when a package arrived on the doorstep, addressed to the former occupant. "As any boys would, they opened it up," said Paul Fingerote, a colleague and friend for more than 30 years. "They found jazz (records) and Herb said, 'This is my music.'" The two men were collaborating on a compilation of Mr. Wong's liner notes and recollections, a project Mr. Fingerote intends to complete. "Herb was a living history of jazz... his writing was so exquisite, so sharp. It wasn't just the music he captured, it was a sense of the times." Dubbed a "Renaissance man" because of talents that spanned multiple career fields, Mr. Wong wrote about and produced jazz shows for decades, and spent more than 25 years sharing his musical passions with others. "Before they called it jazz education, this is what Herb was doing," Mr. Fingerote said. He served as president of the International Associa...

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Mary S. Brabant
June 24, 1931 - April 17, 2014 Pinedale, Wyoming

Mary Sullivan Brabant passed away peacefully on April 17. She was born Mary Teresa Sullivan on June 24, 1931, in Detroit. Her parents, Michael Joseph Sullivan from Lacca, County Kerry, and Cecelia Elizabeth Moran from Roskeen, County Mayo, had emigrated from Ireland in the 1920s and settled in Detro...

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Jerry A. Romano
April 22, 1933 - April 10, 2014 Palo Alto, Calif., California

Jerry A. Romano (80) of Palo Alto, Calif., passed away on April 10 from heart failure. He grew up in his never-to-be-forgotten Monkey Corner neighborhood in Malden, Mass. His affection for this area led to his authorship in 2006 of the book "Monkey Corner: Life on the Outside Looking In." He wrot...

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Leta S. Miller
Sept. 30, 1923 - April 9, 2014 Palo Alto, Calif., California

Leta Skaug Miller, a resident of Palo Alto, passed away at Stanford Hospital on April 9, 2014, with many of her family at her bedside. She was born on Sept. 30, 1923, in Fargo, N.D., the second of three sisters. She spent her childhood and young adulthood in Rio Linda, Calif., at that time a small ...

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Ruth A. Donnelly
June 25, 1931 - April 7, 2014 Palo Alto, California

Ruth Ann Donnelly, a resident of Palo Alto, passed away on April 7, 2014. She was 82. Ruth was born in Worchester, Mass., on June 25, 1931, graduated from Norwood High School in 1948, and finished her education at Bridgewater Teachers College, earning a bachelor's of science degree in Education. ...

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