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Gertrude Elizabeth Duffie
Jan. 30, 1928 - Sept. 19, 2017
Palo Alto, CA

Gertrude was the ninth of 15 children of Cornelius Kingston and Katherine O’Shea. She was born in Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada, and raised near the village of Trout Brook on the Northwest Miramichi River. After Teacher’s College, she taught school in Black’s Harbour and later married Darrell Duffie in 1951. They settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where they raised four children. Gertrude was a respected member of the local art community and studied painting under Molly Lamb Boback and Fred Ross. Her oil paintings and tapestries are part of numerous public and private collections throughout Canada. She received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the City of Fredericton in 1986, and an honorary degree from St. Thomas University in 2004. Starting in the 1990s, she and Darrell wintered in California to spend time with family. After Darrell’s death in 2000, she moved permanently to Palo Alto, where she continued painting occasionally and became an active member of the local duplicate bridge community. She is survived by four siblings: Cornelius, Kitty, Terry, and Suzanne; by her four children: Frances, Darrell, Jr., Malcolm, and Kingston; daughters-in-law ...

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Dale Flint Dickinson
Oct. 11, 1933 - July 23, 2017
Menlo Park, CA

Dale Flint Dickinson of Menlo Park, California, passed away on July 23, 2017, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Dale was born October 11, 1933, in Galveston, Texas, the only child of Andrew Flint Dickinson and Leona Minnie Warner Dickinson. Dale graduated from Ball High School in 1950, and then spent one year at Schreiner University before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated in 1955 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. While at Texas, Dale decided that Mathematics and Physics were his true loves. He entered the Physics graduate program at the University of California Berkeley but was quickly drafted. Dale spent two years in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician, and then re-enrolled at Berkeley in 1957. Dale completed his Ph.D. in nuclear physics in December 1964 and spent the next 10 months traveling around the world with his first wife, Leslie Bryan, with whom he later had two daughters. Dale's early interest in Astronomy was re-kindled after he returned to Berkeley, and in 1967 he accepted a position with the Radio Astronomy group at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dale's research a...

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Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...

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Frank Foti
July 19, 1931 - Sept. 12, 2017 Woodside, California

Frank Foti passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the age of 86 at his home in Woodside, surrounded by family. He was born in San Francisco on July 19, 1931, to immigrant parents Dominick and Antoinetta Foti, from Reggio Calabria, Italy. He graduated from Balboa High and afterward bega...

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William H. Aberth
Jan. 4, 1933 - Sept. 10, 2017 Palo Alto, California

William Henry Aberth passed away at Stanford Memorial Hospital on Sunday, September 10, 2017. His death was the result of long-standing complications due to Parkinson’s disease. His brother Oliver Aberth of College Station, TX and his loving wife of 22 years, Alice Aberth, and four beloved ste...

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George P. Knapp
June 19, 1927 - Sept. 1, 2017 Menlo Park, California

George Phillip Knapp, a long time resident of Menlo Park, died on Friday, Sept. 1, surrounded by his family at his daughter's home in Kauai, Hawaii. George was born in San Francisco to Phillip and Helena Knapp on June 19, 1927. He moved to Burlingame with his family in 1940. He attended Bu...

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