News - April 13, 2011

Obituaries • Obituaries are based on information provided by families and mortuaries.

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Bruce D. Campbell

Bruce D. Campbell, a resident of Portola Valley for more than 35 years, died peacefully in his sleep Feb. 21 after a struggle for several years with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). He was 72.

Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, he attended Lehigh University, earning a degree in engineering.

He was considered a technological innovator, founding Raynet Corp., a subsidiary of Raychem inMenlo Park, CA., along with other companies, having a far-reaching impact in the telecommunications industry and fiber optic infrastructure, the family said.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Campbell of Portola Valley; son Scott Kerr of Fullerton; brother Geoff Campbell of Inyokern, California; and sister Lynn Coates of Agoura Hills, California.

A "Celebration of Life" gathering is planned this spring. Contact Cynthia Campbell for details.

Laurel Crittenden

Laurel E. Crittenden grew up in Portola Valley, taught in Portola Valley schools as a substitute teacher, and helped design gardens there from her outpost at the Ladera Garden Center, where she worked for about 10 years.

Ms. Crittenden died March 18 at her home in Washington state, relatives said. She was 58. A memorial service is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Valley Presbyterian Church at 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Washington, D.C., was Ms. Crittenden's birthplace and the University of California at Santa Barbara her alma mater. She graduated from college in 1973 and lived in Portola Valley from 1985 to 2005, her daughter Roxanne told the Almanac.

Ms. Crittenden was a popular substitute teacher. "She filled up her calendar completely because she was so much in demand," her daughter said.

Ms. Crittenden spent a lot of time outside, whether hiking, long-distance swimming or working in gardens. She swam at the Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club for about 15 years, her daughter said. She also did open-water swimming in San Francisco Bay and occasionally competed in the swimming leg of triathlons.

She was "an especially devoted mother" who knitted sweaters for her young relatives and made stuffed animals for sale, her daughter said. She loved the companionship of dogs, particularly Labrador retrievers.

Ms. Crittenden is survived by her daughter Roxanne of Berkeley; and sisters Beth Schwarzman of Cape Cod, Joan Crittenden of Jackson Hole, and Susan Zoller of Portland, Oregon.

The family is asking that donations in Ms. Crittenden's memory be made to the Sempervirens Fund at 419 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos CA 94022, or to the Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Association at

Artemis Curusis

Atherton resident Artemis (Artie) Curusis died April 4 with her family at her side.

Born in 1924 in New Jersey, she moved to California after her marriage in 1945, and has lived in Atherton since 1972.

She spent many years as an employee of the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City, and was active in the Peninsula Volunteers, the Peninsula Children's Center, her bridge groups, and her china painting class, family members said.

She is survived by Harry, her husband of 65 years; her brother, George Eurotas; her daughters, Patricia Herriott and Donna Bailey; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Sneider Mortuary in San Mateo and a funeral service at the Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont.


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