Wilmer Nyholm Larsen
Aug. 7, 1926 - June 28, 2015
Santa Rosa, California
Wilmer Larsen, a resident of Palo Alto for 54 years, passed away peacefully June 28, 2015, just five weeks shy of his 89th birthday. He was surrounded by his loving family at home in Santa Rosa where he lived the past five years with his wife of 64 years, Inger. He kept healthy his entire adult life because of Inger's nutritious meals, their active lifestyle and service to others. They enjoyed entertaining friends and family. He and Inger loved to travel to Europe and on road trips around the U.S. in their Honda Odyssey, golfing and hiking along the way. Over the past several months Wil's health took a decided decline due to congestive heart failure. He was born in Junction City, Oregon, to Lars and Sigrid Larsen, the third of six children. His parents were born in Denmark and the Danish traditions were very important to him throughout his life. In 1944, at age 18, Wil joined the U.S. Navy and served as a radioman. He participated in the occupation of Japan. He served in both WWII and the Korean War. Wil attended Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, from 1946 to 1948. It was there in 1947 that he met the love of his life, Inger Jensen. They were married in Pasadena, Cal...
Oct. 12, 1928 - June 21, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Andrew Griscom, 86, of Palo Alto, California, and Chatham, Massachusetts, died on Father's Day, June 21, 2015, of cancer. A true Renaissance man and enthusiastic lifetime learner, Andy was born on Oct. 12, 1928, in Boston, to Ludlow Griscom, a famous ornithologist and naturalist, and Edith Sumner Sloan, a lifelong volunteer for the Grenfell Mission. He attended the Dexter School, Milton Academy (1945) and received a B.A. in geology from Harvard University (1949). After completing coursework at Tufts University, he then continued graduate work at Harvard, receiving a Ph.D. in geophysics for his thesis on the bedrock geology of Maine. Raised in a privileged and intellectually active household in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his early childhood offered opportunities that encouraged his brilliant curiosity: music lessons at Longy School, Boston concerts and birding trips with his father. As a very young child, Andy read widely, both from his family's large library and from the old Chatham library. He taught his younger sister, Joan, to read when he was 4 and she was 3. Together, they discovered the two volume, "Through the Dark Continent" (1878) by H.M. Stanley, perhaps the inspirat...
Deborah D. Potash
Jan. 22, 1940 - July 4, 2015 Menlo Park, CA
Deborah D. Potash, beloved wife of Roger L. Potash of Menlo Park, California, died on Saturday July 4th, 2015. Deborah Dana Dunnavan was born in Portland, Oregon on January 22, 1940, to Floyd L. Dunnavan, M.D. and Dana Oldham Dunnavan, and raised in Vancouver, Washington. Deborah graduated from ...
Greta E. Goth
March 17, 1928 - June 29, 2015 Portola Valley, California
Greta Elizabeth Goth died in her home June 29, 2015. She was the loving wife of O.A. Goth, who preceded her in death in 2006, loving mother of Ted Goth and his wife Eivor, loving grandmother of Michael Goth and his wife Kristina, and loving great-grandmother of Grant and Saxon Goth. Greta worked...
Esther C. Paddleford
July 2, 1912 - June 21, 2015 Carefree, Arizona
Longtime Midpeninsulan Esther Cameron Paddleford passed away peacefully with her family by her side in Carefree, Arizona, just two weeks shy of her 103rd birthday. Esther joins her two husbands, the late David Cameron Sr. and the late Palo Alto icon George S. Paddleford. She is survived by her daugh...
March 14, 1931 - June 19, 2015 Portola Valley, California
On June 19, 2015, Allen Inhelder passed away in his Portola Valley home with his family at his side, after a courageous battle with lung disease. He was 84 years old. Allen was born in New Jersey on March 14, 1931. He was the younger of two brothers. Allen moved to Fallbrook, California, as a...