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Obituaries: John Ralston Schilling, engineer, outdoorsman Obituaries are based on family information

A celebration of the life of John Ralston Schilling will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road in Woodside. Mr. Schilling, a member of a prominent Woodside family, died unexpectedly at his home in Denver on Nov. 7. He was 69.

Born in New York City, Mr. Schilling was a graduate of the Cate School in Santa Barbara. He received his engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965. He also held an MBA from the University of Kentucky.

A member of the MIT varsity crew team, he was selected as a member of the 1966 World Championship Crew team that competed on Lake Bled in Yugoslavia.

Early in his business career, Mr. Schilling was recruited by Bechtel Corp., which moved him to the Bay Area. He lived in Woodside from 1967 to 1984. In 1980 he founded Vortec Inc. around his patented diverging vortex separator, designed to solve extraction issues in the geothermal energy space.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Schilling loved fly fishing and duck hunting, say family members. Early on he was active with his young children and helped coach AYSO soccer in Woodside.

In 1997 he moved to Colorado to be closer to family and to manage his second company, an accounting software firm. He loved the West and spent vacation time in the Rockies and the Sierras in search of the perfect river, say family members. He also enjoyed attending MIT reunions and rowing once more on the Charles River.

He is survived by his children, Morgan Schilling, Christian Schilling, Anni Schilling, and Kate Schilling; his mother, F. Tracy Schilling; sisters Tracy P. Schilling, Jessie Schilling and Sandra Santos; and six grandchildren.

Charitable donations may be made in honor of his grandson to support the fight against juvenile diabetes: Christopher's Foundation, P.O. Box 82, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

Visit to see Mr. Schilling's memorial on the Almanac's Lasting Memories website and to leave remembrances.

Allen I. Krizelman

Allen I. Krizelman of Atherton died Dec. 28 at Stanford Medical Center surrounded by his family. A dedicated cancer patient advocate, he battled his bladder cancer for more than six years and devoted much of his later life to helping others who shared his illness, say family members. He was 73.

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Mr. Krizelman served in the U.S. Army. He moved to California in 1967 to join Raychem in Menlo Park. He had more than 30 years of service there and a successful career in business, say family members.

Mr. Krizelman helped establish a support group for bladder cancer patients at the University of California, San Francisco, and worked closely with the oncology team at Stanford.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan Krizelman; children Jill and Todd Krizelman; brother Sheldon Krizelman of Nashville, Tennessee; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services have been held. Donations may be made to either the UCSF Bladder Cancer Education and Support Group or the Stanford Cancer Center/Bladder Cancer Research.

Visit for Mr. Krizelman's obituary on the Almanac's Lasting Memories website and to leave remembrances.

Pierino "Paul" Robbiano

Pierino "Paul" Robbiano of Menlo Park died Jan. 6 surrounded by his family. He was 91.

Mr. Robbiano was a native of Palo Alto and a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in electronics engineering. From the age of 16 he was an active ham radio operator, "W6PKM." He worked for Varian Associates in Palo Alto for 33 years. After retiring, he was active serving in the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann; children Kathleen, Paul and Angela; two grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

Remembrances in Mr. Robbiano's memory may be made to Oakwood Religious of the Sacred Heart, Atherton; Society of Vincent de Paul; or St. Raymond Church in Menlo Park.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Raymond Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller & Hapgood & Tinney of Palo Alto.


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