Feb. 18, 1944 - Dec. 5, 2019
Mountain View, California
Herb Moore, a songwriter, musician, gardener, and friend who embodied the idealism of Palo Alto’s creative community, died on Dec. 5. He was 75. Thoughtful and poetic in an increasingly fast-paced valley, Herb stayed true to more durable values, building community and creating music that was his own blend of bluegrass traditionalism, Grateful Dead reverie, and homespun eccentricity and humor. He also crafted videos, hosted parties, revered nature, and grew luscious tomatoes and greens. Ever curious, Herb taught himself computer animation during his final year of life, even as his health failed due to the daily demands of dialysis. Herbert Brooke Moore was born on Feb. 18, 1944, in Washington D.C., to Charles Lansdale Moore and Mary (Brooke) Moore. His father was an aeronautical engineer with the U.S. Navy; his mother was a homemaker. But World War II was raging, so he didn’t meet his father, who was serving overseas in the Army Air Corps, until he was almost age two. He grew up in Northern Virginia, playing football and running track at McLean High School. He discovered music at age 15, teaching himself guitar in his bedroom, his rhythmic foot-tapping so loud it c...
Aug. 8, 1939 - Dec. 2, 2019
On Monday, December 2nd, 2019, Ellis Joseph Alden, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away at the age of 80 following a brief illness. Ellis was born on August 8, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Westchester County, New York, and graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia University Law School. Between college and law school Ellis served in the army. Ellis had a deep love for his country and a particular interest in constitutional law. Ellis had a profound passion for life, work, and family. His pioneering spirit brought him to California in 1965, where he was a founding partner of a law firm. After he left the law practice, his entrepreneurial drive fueled two successful businesses, both labors of love for him: the Woodside Hotel Group, a collection of gracious, independent hotels located in beautiful northern California settings, and Alden Vineyards, one of the first mountain wine estates in the Alexander Valley. Ellis inspired the people in his life with his vibrant energy, optimism, ideas, and talent for creating beautiful spaces. He was a lively storyteller and creative writer who won the Robe...
Abdul Majid Qureshi
March 25, 1946 - Dec. 2, 2019
Menlo Park, CA
Majid Qureshi, a resident of Menlo Park for over 30 years, passed away on Dec. 2. He was 73. Majid lived much of his early childhood in Iran. He went to England for secondary and high school, before returning to Pakistan and obtaining degrees in Pharmacy from FC college in Lahore and Punjab University. After working for two years in Pakistan he immigrated to the US in 1971. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Rutgers University, NJ in 1979. He worked in R&D for various pharmaceutical companies, including Schering-Plough and Pfizer before making the move out West with his family, settling in Menlo Park and working for over twenty years at Alza Corporation (later Johnson and Johnson). He rose to a position of Senior Director of Process Development/Technology Transfer for oral dosage before retiring in 2006. Post retirement, his life-long passion for classical and traditional Eastern arts blossomed, including Hindustani classical music, Mughal & Persian miniature paintings, and Urdu & Farsi poetry. He was a devoted collector of recordings, manuscripts, and collectible art books and maintained an extensive and well-catalogued library. A true pol...
Mark Andsworth O'Leary
Oct. 28, 1925 - Nov. 24, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Mark A. O’Leary, who lived in and around Palo Alto for over 70 years, passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital on November 24, 2019, following a short illness. He was 94 years young. Mark was born in Olympia, Washington on October 28, 1925, the son of Daniel and Hope O’Leary, and the brother of Patricia. Mark grew up in Olympia, where his father Dan was the general manager of the Mud Bay Logging Company, and he spent his childhood among a very large extended family which included nineteen first cousins. Mark attended Stanford University starting in 1943, but after completing one quarter World War II and the US Army called. After completing basic training in Missouri, Mark served for the remainder of the war in various locations in Brazil, as part of a military intelligence unit which acted as a communications hub for encrypted messages sent between Washington DC and the military forces in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. After the war he returned to Stanford, where he graduated in 1949. Following college, Mark gravitated toward a career as an investment banker. He spent over twenty-five years with the Harris Trust and Savings Bank, where he rose to become...
Nov. 15, 1963 - Nov. 20, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Craig Jurney, 56, died unexpectedly on November 20, 2019 at Stanford Hospital surrounded by his family. He was a resident of Palo Alto, CA. Craig graduated from Stanford University in 1987, having majored in public policy with a focus on economics. He was a scholar, an art lover, a follower of politics and culture, and a world traveller. He loved museums of all kinds, and discovered new ones wherever his wide-ranging travels for work and vacation took him. A devoted husband, he relished date nights with his wife Erika, and together they loved carefully planning their annual family vacations. He regularly shopped for the family groceries and often cooked the family meals. When he shopped at the farmers market on Saturdays, he came home with flowers. He was a loving father who devoted many of his after work and weekend hours to coaching the boys’ soccer and baseball teams, attending every play, and every band performance. He was a fan of the San Francisco Giants and enjoyed watching games with his boys. Simply put…he was the smartest and kindest person his wife ever met. Craig worked for 15 years at HighWire Press in Los Gatos, CA as Chief Solutions Architect and Princip...
Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Feb. 1, 1931 - Nov. 16, 2019
Mountain View, California
Nancy Bloomer Deussen was born February 1st, 1931 in the Bronx, New York City, NY, and died November 16, 2019 at El Camino Hospital, in Mountain View, CA, at age 88. She was a long time resident of Palo Alto, CA, and more recently Mountain View, CA. Nancy was a pianist and composer through and through, studying music composition at both Juilliard and then Manhattan School of Music, where she earned her degree in composition, and later getting her degree in music education from University of Southern California. She wrote melodic classical music, with a talent for writing music that was accessible to the listener. She was one of the most prolific composers in recorded history, composing music up until this very year for musical groups of all sizes. She was also a music educator, arts organizer, nightclub pianist, piano tuner, and piano accompanist for many years. She considered herself a "vintage pianist" and was hired by many in the peninsula to play her smooth piano arrangements of popular tunes. She was a leader in the community, heading up the first Bay Area chapter of a composers organization (NACUSA), as well heavily involved in the National Pen Women's Association, and...
Michael Edward Duffy
Sept. 21, 1928 - Nov. 7, 2019
Palo Alto, CA
Michael Edward Duffy Jr., a 55-year resident of Palo Alto, died November 7, 2019 at 91 years young. He was born September 21, 1928 in Jersey City, NJ to Michael and Lillian Duffy. During high school Michael demonstrated a talent not only for academics, but also sports, particularly in gymnastics, where he was a member of the “flying rings” team. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army and served in Japan. After completing his service, he enrolled in National Technical Institute where he studied mechanical drafting and machine design. After graduation he spent 5 months working as a Senior Draftsman with Arabian American Oil Company, where he did field work on various petroleum plants in Saudia Arabia. After a few years in Old Bridge and Jersey City NJ, he moved the family to Palo Alto and began his career with Standard Oil Company, which later became Chevron. As a member of the drafting and design group, he worked his way up from a Senior Draftsman to a Senior Designer. He worked directly on a variety of local and international projects from California, the Gulf Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, and Wyoming, as well as the Bahamas and the Sudan. Upon retirement Michael enjoyed time travel...
Robert W. Hermsen
April 25, 1934 - Nov. 3, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Robert Hermsen passed away suddenly on November 3, 2019 at the age of 85. He was born in Baker City, Oregon to William Henry Hermsen and Alphia (Busick) Hermsen. He attended St. Francis Academy in Baker, JF Hutchinson School in Union, and Baker High School, graduating in 1952. Bob earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State College where he was an active member in the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. After college, he served in the US Army and then for many years in the US Army Reserves. In 1957, Bob married Janet Marie Grexton. They started their family while he returned to college, earning a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961. Bob worked over 31 years in the aerospace industry for United Technologies where he was considered an expert in solid rocket propellants. He continued to work as a consultant in his field for several years after his retirement in December 1992. For over 50 years, Bob and Jan made their home in Palo Alto, California where they raised four daughters. A supportive family man, he shared with them his love of the outdoors, music, sports, cooking and wine. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Janet. H...
John “Jack” Murphy
May 18, 1946 - Nov. 1, 2019
Menlo Park, California
John “Jack” Murphy was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts to John Patrick and Catherine Marie Murphy. “Little Jackie” was a bright boy who started kindergarten at age four and was known to take the bus around Boston by himself at a young age. At school, he sometimes caused trouble with the nuns for being “too clever”. Jack loved telling stories and one of his favorites was the time his teacher nun put him in the corner with a dunce hat on. Jack went on to study at Tufts University in Boston, but left before graduating to join the workforce at Honeywell working in the stockroom until he got his first big break in sales. Jack met the love of his life and wife of 50 years, Lee at the age of 22 when they met on a blind date and Lee was a stewardess for TWA. Jack loved to “check out” of work on a Friday and fly with Lee to tropical locations and was proud of his tan when he returned to snowy Boston on Monday for work. Jack went on to have a great career in sales at Wang Laboratories and eventually made his way to the West Coast. Jack joined Apple Computer in 1984 and knew that they were destined to change the world! After an almost 10 year run at Apple, Jack lef...
Yvonne Alma Damele
April 23, 1928 - Oct. 31, 2019
Menlo Park, California
(Alma) Yvonne Damele 1928-2019 Yvonne Damele passed away peacefully from ovarian cancer on October 31, 2019 at her home in Menlo Park. Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband Joseph John Damele and her parents Fredrick and Alma Steinmetz. She is survived by her brother Charles Steinmetz, sister Mary Morris (Cal), children Mark Damele, Michele McMillan (Gordon), Catherine Damele (Chris Steckel) and John Damele, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Yvonne was born on April 23, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the middle of three children. She graduated from Marymount University in Los Angeles and worked for TWA as a flight attendant. She met Joseph Damele in San Francisco at a fraternity mixer for UCSF dental students. They moved to the San Francisco Peninsula where they raised their five children. Yvonne worked at Sunset Magazine for decades in the test and entertainment kitchens and later as an educational tour guide for school children. She thrived there because she enjoyed cooking, decorating and entertaining. Yvonne learned how to swim later in life and swimming with her friends at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park brought her so much joy. She was very involved at Na...
July 2, 1943 - Oct. 29, 2019
Mountain View, California
Mike Fischetti, MD, MPH (Dr. Pesto) passed away on October 29, 2019, at the age of 76 years. Born in the Bronx and living in Mountain View for the last 30 years, Mike spent his life advocating for those in underserved communities. He was as comfortable carrying anti-war protest signs as he was testifying before city council about equal rights. People will remember him as smart, generous, empathetic, funny, and willing to stand up for what is right. The caring and concern he showed for others inspired those around him. Mike met his wife of 31 years, Dr. Marilyn Winkleby, at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. He attracted her by sharing his biostatistics homework. Watching him play Santa and sweep the floors at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, Marilyn was convinced that she had found a man with a sense of humor and humility. Mike was a devoted father to his three “above average” children, Diana Fischetti and Desirae Moison of Bend, OR, and Chris Yoshida of Santa Clara. He extended his fatherly love to countless others. Mike cherished his grandchildren, Logan and Olivia. As a first generation child of a close-knit Southern Italian immigrant family living in the Bronx,...
Janice Eve Bray Didriksen
March 12, 1935 - Oct. 23, 2019
Portola Valley, CA
Jan Didriksen, age 84 from Portola Valley, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on October 23rd in Palo Alto. Jan immigrated to the USA in 1956 and began a career in Botany before obtaining a Master’s in Biochemistry at Columbia University. She moved to California and met Neal during a hike with Sierra Club. Jan and Neal were married in 1969 and raised their three children in the Bay Area. The family enjoyed traveling, outdoor activities, and managing rental properties together. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Neal Didriksen; her children Erik Didriksen and wife Susan, grandchildren Hart, Landen and Yale; daughter Karin and husband Simon North, and grandchildren Lachlan and Callum. Jan was preceded in death by her son, Ian Didriksen, and her parents John and Florence Coomber. Please join us for a celebration of life on December 6th at Valley Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. with a reception immediately following at Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club in Portola Valley....
Mary Margaret "Moo" Anderson
Nov. 1, 1926 - Oct. 22, 2019
Bay Area Peninsula, CA
Mary Margaret “Moo” Ransford Anderson was born on November 1, 1926 in Boston, MA. Moo died peacefully at home on October 22, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. The family has planned a private memorial mass in her honor. Originally an East Coast gal, Moo (then nicknamed “Murma”) attended D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY and met her future husband Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson at the Seneca Yacht Club in the summer of 1948. The couple was married on July 1, 1950 in Geneva, NY and spent the early years of their marriage growing Hunk’s business, Saga Corporation. In the late 50s, they lived happily in Oberlin, OH, where their first and only daughter Mary Patricia “Putter” was born. In 1964, the Anderson’s moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Moo embraced her love of philanthropy and golf (she had three hole-in-ones!). She liked to say she was a professional volunteer, becoming a champion of Sacred Heart Schools, St Francis Center, and Stanford Hospital for many years. Later in life, she enjoyed teaching kids through Art in Action in Menlo Park. Moo was also an entrepreneur and part owner of 3EP LTD, an art publishing workshop in Palo Alto, with Paula Kirk...
Faith Victoria Mack
April 27, 1941 - Oct. 21, 2019
Faith Victoria Mack passed away in Woodside, CA, on October 21, 2019, at the age of 78. She was born at Cottage Hospital in San Rafael, CA, on April 27, 1941, to John L. Peoples and Sybil Charlton Peoples, and spent her childhood in the north bay towns of Larkspur and San Anselmo, attending Wade Thomas School and Sir Francis Drake High School before graduating from Wilkins Private High School in San Francisco in 1960. After working at Fairchild Semiconductor, she settled in Belmont in the early 1960’s to raise her family, and in a lifelong pursuit of the study of art, particularly painting, received a Bachelor in Arts from the College of Notre Dame in 1981. In 1984 she moved to Woodside and spent the remaining 35 years of her life there, continuing her painting, traveling the world, and spending time with family and friends. Predeceased by her parents, sister Joan Wachowiak, and brother John Peoples, she is survived by her three children Stephen (Lori), Gregory, and Hope, the father of her children Dean Mack, her three grandchildren Caroline, Colin, and Thomas, her sister Fran Morissette (Gilbert), brother Philip Peoples (Ellen), and many nephews and nieces. A cancer survivor sin...
Barbara Lee Siegal
Dec. 26, 1940 - Oct. 20, 2019
Menlo Park, California
Barbara Siegal passed away at 10:15 on the morning of Sunday, October 20, 2019 just shy of her 80th birthday. She met the challenges of ALS head on and remained true to her joyous and loving spirit until the end. Lovingly remembered by her husband Bernie, her children Jack and Nicole and their families. Barbara was a business woman and owned a number of restaurants, the last one being Gourmet Franks at Stanford Shopping Center. She served on a number of non-profit boards and embraced the ALS community that works so hard to find a cure. When Barbara was not working she sang with Scholar Opera and California Coast Opera. She loved to travel the world with Bernie, her family and friends. Barbara will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and community....
Irene Griffith Schwab
Feb. 25, 1919 - Oct. 13, 2019
Irene Griffith Schwab passed away peacefully at home on October 13, 2019 surrounded by those whom she loved and who loved her. She was approaching the age of 101. Irene was born at home in Scott City, Kansas on February 25, 1919. She had a sister and four brothers. Her husband, Larry Schwab, died in 1994, after 45 years of marriage. Irene is survived by her two children, Dede Barsotti of Atherton and Lawrence Schwab of Portola Valley, as well as their respective spouses Michael Barsotti and Pamela Schwab, with whom Irene shared a special relationship. She leaves three granddaughters, Melissa Perkovich and her husband Brano Perkovich of Menlo Park. Deidra Geraghty and her husband Joseph Geraghty, and Stephanie Schwab of San Carlos. She loved her four great grandchildren: Katarina Branka Perkovich 5, Emilia Diane Perkovich 3, Mackenzie Olivia Geraghty 2 1/2 and Clark Joseph Geraghty, 5 months. She was “Grammie” to her grandchildren and the great-grandchildren who loved her. Her caregiver Ludy Railey, and Ludy’s devoted and wonderful family, made Irene’s advancing years pleasant. Smiles, singing and trips to the beach were regular parts of her lifestyle. Lud...
July 3, 1933 - Oct. 8, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Ed Cray, a prolific author of non-fiction whose work included biographies of folk singer Woody Guthrie and Chief Justice Earl Warren, died Tuesday (Oct. 8) in Palo Alto, CA. He was 86. The cause of death was congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s dementia, said his daughter, Jennifer. In a long writing career that began in the early 1960s, Cray wrote more than 18 books that examined social, legal and corporate issues and was considered an expert in American folklore. His most recent work was Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, an unvarnished 2003 look at the Depression-era folk singer. For 35 years, Cray was a professor of print journalism at the University of Southern California. He retired in 2012. Reviews of Cray’s books consistently noted his eye for detail and balanced, honest treatment. Cray’s 1995 book, Chief Justice, a biography of Earl Warren, won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for best book on the law of that year. Some of Cray’s other books include General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman, a biography of the World War II general and namesake of the Marshall Plan; Burden of Proof, a 1973 account of...
John Vasiharan Arulanantham
Oct. 1, 1971 - Oct. 5, 2019
Palo Alto, California
John Vasiharan Arulanantham passed away peacefully at his home in Palo Alto, CA on October 5, 2019. John was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka and lived in Burma, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Pakistan as a child before moving to Southern California in the 1980s and attending the Harvard school in Los Angeles, while living with his cousins in Studio City. John retained a lifelong attachment for Harvard-Westlake and it’s alumni community. He was an avid tennis player and in his one and only year at the school, made the Varsity team. Following high school John entered U.C. Berkeley as a Chancellor’s Scholar, where he graduated with a degree in Economics. He then spent a few years in consulting and banking in Los Angeles and San Francisco before walking away from the corporate world. He also worked for a short while at Stanford University in the years after his time at Berkeley. Closer to the end of his life, John lived a more simple existence - particularly after a serious heart attack in 2009 compromised his health. He enjoyed playing chess, discussing religion and politics and entertaining his four nieces and nephews who were very fond of him. Over the years, he also enjoyed frequen...
Dec. 30, 1929 - Oct. 3, 2019
Palo Alto, CA
Marilyn Miles Maffly passed away peacefully on October 3rd at Stanford University Hospital, with her daughters and son-in-law at her side. Marilyn was born December 30, 1929, the third of three children of Joseph and Mabel Miles, in Compton, California. She grew up surrounded by extended family on both sides, including 28 first cousins in the Los Angeles area. She and her siblings, Dorothy and Dale, enjoyed summer outings to a cabin built by her father in Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains, where she and her cousins hiked and fished. Marilyn attended Compton Community College, and then moved to San Francisco for nursing school at UCSF. There she met Roy, a medical student, and they married in 1952. Theirs was a partnership of dedicated and skilled healers that lasted nearly 68 years. After a brief venture in Boston for Roy’s postdoctoral research, they moved to Palo Alto in 1961, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Roy began his career at Stanford Medical School, while Marilyn raised their children and volunteered in the community. Through her longtime membership at the First United Methodist Church, Marilyn helped set up a tutoring program for kids from E...
Richard F. Shirley
Nov. 6, 1947 - Nov. 20, 2019 Medford, Oregon
Rick lived in Palo Alto for 50 years. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1965 and San Jose State with a BFA. Rick was an artist and clay was his medium. He made large beautiful vases with lifelike lizards winding themselves around them as well as sculptures. He had a great sense of humor whi...
Charles A. Everson
Oct. 11, 1925 - Nov. 1, 2019 Palo Alto, CA
Charles A Everson passed away November 1 in Palo Alto, California. He had just turned 94 years old on October 11 and was celebrated by family and friends as a wonderful father, grandfather, friend, and patriot. Charles was raised in Shelley, Idaho, a place he always remembered fondly. At age 18, he ...
Timothy A. Kennedy
Oct. 1, 1926 - Oct. 24, 2019 Menlo Park, CA
Timothy Kennedy, 93, a 44-year resident of Menlo Park, died October 24, 2019. He was born October 1, 1926, in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from Queens University Belfast with a degree in philosophy. He moved to California in 1962 to study for the priesthood at St. John Seminary in Camarillo. He was...
Jan. 1, 1957 - Oct. 18, 2019 Atherton, California
Silicon Valley tech executive Mark Hurd, who served as CEO for Redwood City-based Oracle and Palo Alto-based Hewlett-Packard, has died at the age of 62, according to a statement from co-founder Larry Ellison posted on Hurd's website. A business visionary who turned around the fortunes of the corp...