Violet M. Tesszary
Left native Hungary
A memorial Mass for Violet M. "Bogar" Tesszary, who left her native Hungary in 1948, was held at the Woodside Priory Chapel on January 17.
She died January 5 in her home in Portola Valley.
Miss Tesszary left Hungary with her companion Elizabeth Dioszeghy and immigrated to New Zealand. With the assistance of Vassar College and the sponsorship of Elizabeth Chamberlain of Woodside, they came to the United States in 1959.
She was employed by Stanford University for many years and lived in Ladera for many decades.
Miss Tesszary is survived by her half-brother Jozsef Makrai Jr. of Hungary and her close friends, Park and Elizabeth Chamberlain of Woodside and Marcie Singhaus of Ladera.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Hungarian Catholic Mission, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028.
Marjorie "Midge" Brown, a homemaker and native of Rumsey, California, died January 17. Family members said she was an avid golfer and an active member of the Atherlons.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Edward Brown of Menlo Park; son Stephen Brown of Mt. Shasta; and brother Chester Lloyd of Fremont.
Services have been held.
Maunie (Mary) D'Arezzo
Retired Laurel School secretary
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 30, at a Redwood City residence for Maunie D'Arezzo, who died January 19. She was 69 years old.
Mrs. D'Arezzo lived in Redwood City and Menlo Park for 41 years before moving to Aptos in 1994. She worked for the Menlo Park Elementary School District as a secretary at Laurel School for 14 years and, later, retired from the law firm of Brobeck, Phelger and Harrison in 1993 after many years of service.
She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and in-laws: Rob, Linda, and Jamie D'Arezzo; Judy and Antoinette Evans; Betsy D'Arezzo and Stephen, Dillon and Beau Baiocchi; Ken D'Arezzo and Beth Davis; and Jim, Kevin, and Kendal Roach. She is also survived by her brothers Richard, Lane and Bruce; and sister Dolorous King.
The service will be held at the home of Carol Moore at 1921 Kentfield Road in Redwood City from 2 to 5 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Cuddler Program at Stanford Hospital, the National Scleroderma Foundation, or to the MidPeninsula Hospice.
Rosamond Clarke Bacon
Well known at Stanford
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, for Rosamond Clarke Bacon, who died January 20 at Sharon Heights Convalescent Hospital in Menlo Park. She was 90.
The service starts at 4 p.m. at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.
A longtime resident of Stanford, she was affectionately known to generations of students as the "dean of the Lower Row," and was admired for the collection of roses she tended along the circular driveway in front of her white Classical Revival home on Mayfield Avenue. She was the widow of mathematics Professor Harold M. Bacon.
Born in Ventura, Calif., she spent much of her childhood in Los Angeles, where her father served as a judge. She enrolled at Stanford in 1926, and quickly became involved in women's activities. As president of the Women's Athletic Association, she helped persuade the men's athletic board to build the Roble Gym for women. To win their case, the women paraded around campus with signs and attached them to cars, impressing some and annoying others.
After eaming her bachelor's degree in history in 1930, she taught elementary school in Lindsey in the San Joaquin Valley, then returned to Stanford as the first graduate student of history professor Thomas Bailey.
She earned her master's degree in 1932, then taught in Ventura for three years.
In 1938, she returned to Stanford and over the next eight years served a director of several women's dormitories.
After her marriage in 1946, she left the university payroll, but remained active in campus life and organizations.
A member of the Cap and Gown women's honor society, she is one of only three women who have been honored with a named Cap and Gown scholarship fund (Sandra Day O'Connor is another).
Her deep interest in campus history led her to suggest creation of the Stanford Historical Society, which was formed in 1976. She was particularly interested in pioneering women scientists, and in her later years extensively researched the life of early 20th-century biologist Nettie Stevens.
Mrs. Bacon is survived by her son, Charles; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Dusel Bacon; and grandson, Ian, all of Menlo Park.
Jane E. Bubb
Nursery school director
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 6, for Jane E. Bubb, a longtime resident of Menlo Park who died in her home January 21. She was 85.
The service will start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 6, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park.
Mrs. Bubb and her husband, Charles, had celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 19, 1998.
Mrs. Bubb graduated from Mills College with credentials for teaching nursery school children. After her children were grown, she returned to teaching and became the founder and directress of the Holy Trinity Nursery School in Menlo Park.
She is survived by her husband Charles R. Bubb Jr.; son Charles R. Bubb III; daughter Susan Larson Hickman; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by the Neptune Society.
Daniel B. Mulholland
Daniel B. Mulholland, a Woodside resident for 34 years, died January 23. He was 78.
A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Mulholland was a member of the Clipper Pioneers and Phi Delta Theta.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Clara Mulholland; children Nancy C. Conroy of Fairfield, Connecticut, Janice Mulholland of Portola Valley, Cynthia L. Warden of Menlo Park, Amanda L. Schroeder of Redwood City, and Daniel B. Mulholland Jr. of Redwood City; and grandchildren Daniel Williams, Charlie Conroy, Christopher Mulholland, Preston, Abigail, Ben, and Kelly Warden, Dillon D. and Devon M. Mulholland, and Charlotte Claire and Baylee Danielle Schroeder.
Donations may be made to the Baptist Children's Village Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MI, 39060; or to Operation Dignity Memorial Fund c/o Robert McCracken, 12907 Charter Oak Way, Bayonet Point, FL 34667.
Memorial services were held January 28 at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were made by Redwood Chapel in Redwood City.
James M. Lambert
Menlo College graduate
James Michael Lambert, a 35-year resident of Menlo Park, died at home January 21 after a long illness. He was 56.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. Lambert came to Menlo Park to attend Menlo College. While a student, he met his future wife, Susan Morey of Menlo Park. They were married in 1965 and continued to make their home in Menlo Park.
Mr. Lambert was self-employed as an avocado grower in Southern California.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Jeffrey M. Lambert of Redwood City; daughter, Micaela E. Eller of Boston; and brother William Lambert of Chico.
A memorial service was held January 25 at Menlo Park Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.
The family prefers donations to Mid-Peninsula Hospice, 65 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025-5232.
Luverne M. Roosli
After a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, Luverne M. Roosli died in her Woodside home January 17, accompanied by her family.
Mrs. Roosli grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota. Shortly after moving to the Bay Area, she worked as a laboratory technician at the Peninsula Hospital before devoting herself full-time to married life and raising a family.
Family members said she enjoyed a very active lifestyle and used her artistic talents to create unique gold and silver jewelry.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Walter; son Roger of Woodside; and daughters Mimi of Palo Alto and Suzanne Baxter of Aspen, Colorado.
A gathering of close friends to celebrate Luverne Roosli's life will be held some time in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 400 Channing Ave., Palo Alto; or to the Parkinson's Support Group, 1170 Morse Ave., Sunnyvale, CA.
Vera D.M. Ressel
Retired apartment manager
Vera Ressel, who lived in Menlo Park for 33 years and managed a series of apartment buildings there with her husband George, died January 25 in Salt Lake City. She was 92.
Born in Chadwich, Illinois, she married George Ressel in 1925. The couple were married for 67 years before Mr. Ressel's death in 1990.
The couple moved from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, to San Francisco and later to Menlo Park. Mrs. Ressel was an active member of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Menlo Park until 1995, when she moved to Utah to be with her family.
She is survived by two daughters, Marilynn Garner of Salt Lake City and Merrilee Bailey of Danbury, Connecticut; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Ival Heaton, of Sacramento.
Services were held in Salt Lake City.
Robert F. Ingham
Retired service station contractor
Robert F. Ingham, a resident of Menlo Park for 36 years, died at Stanford Medical Center January 21. He was 81.
Family members said he was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Mr. Ingham is survived by his wife of 32 years Margaret Ingham; step-children Daniel Stafford of Eureka and Diane Schmidtke of Santa Clara; and three grandchildren.
Private interment at Alta Mesa Menorial Park was under the direction of Crippen & Flynn chapel.
Elizabeth Griffin Farrar
Elizabeth Griffin Farrar, a resident of The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley since 1977, died January 27. She was 95.
A native of Grant Park, Illinois, she graduated from the Frances Shimer School for Girls in Mount Carroll, Illinois. Later she attended the University of Illinois, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority.
She married Henry King Farrar in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, in 1930. The couple lived there for 10 years before moving to San Marino, California. They lived in Palo Alto from 1951 until 1977, when they moved to The Sequoias.
Mrs. Farrar was a member of the First Methodist Church, the University Club, and the Alpha Club in Palo Alto. She belonged to the Stanford Hospital Auxiliary for many years and to the Esther Clark Auxiliary of the Children's Health Council, where she served as a president.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Martie and Harlow Rothert of Portola Valley; three grandchildren, Jennifer Rothert Piercey of Mountain View, Steven Rothert of Gaborone, Botswana, and Bruce Rothert of Monrovia, California; and one great-grandson.
Arrangements were made by Roller, Hapgood, & Tinney in Palo Alto.
Roy B. Cohn
A memorial service to honor retired Stanford surgeon Roy Barnett Cohn of Atherton will be held Thursday, February 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Stanford University Medical Center's Fairchild Auditorium.
Dr. Cohn, an emeritus professor of surgery who Stanford officials described as an internationally renowned pioneer in transplantation, died January 11 at Stanford Hospital. He was 89.
A resident of Atherton, he retired from Stanford in 1989, ending a 50-year Stanford career. He remained active in subsequent years, serving as an emeritus professor and a teacher and consultant to his colleagues.
Dr. Cohn is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruth Wood Cohn; and five children.
Fairchild Auditorium is located near the intersection of Campus Drive West and Panama Street on the Stanford campus.
Contributions may be sent to the Division of Human Anatomy for the Roy B. Cohn Bioskills Laboratory in Human Anatomy, 1215 Welch Road, Stanford, CA 94305.
Roy B. Cohn
Medical transplant pioneer
Dr. Roy Barnett Cohn of Atherton, emeritus professor of surgery and a world pioneer in transplantation, died of natural causes January 11, at Stanford Medical Center. He was 89.
Dr. Cohn, a native of Portland, Oregon, performed what colleagues described as the first successful kidney transplant procedure on the West Coast in 1960 and is credited with developing the kidney transplantation program at Stanford University Medical Center.
A paper he co-authored in 1964 stands as a landmark in the field of transplantation surgery, said Dr. Robert A. Chase, Stanford professor of surgery and chair of university's surgery department at the time the paper was published.
Dr. Cohn graduated from Stanford University in 1929 and Stanford Medical School in 1933. After serving as chief resident in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Cohn returned to Stanford to join the faculty in 1938. He served as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in 1939-1941, helping to establish a major hospital in Bombay, India.
During World War II, he served overseas, including in U.S. Army medical service at the Dachau Nazi death camp after Allied liberation.
Following the war, he returned to Stanford, where, in addition to transplant research and clinical activity, he developed a number of innovative surgical techniques, including the original experimental method of closing defective holes in the heart.
He once described himself as "one of the last old-time classical professors of general surgery." He published extensively throughout his more than 60-year Stanford career and was highly regarded as a teacher and mentor.
In 1974 he was honored with an endowed professorship, the Walter Clifford Chidester and Elsa Rooney Chidester Professorship in Surgery.
He retired in 1989 but remained active for several years as a teacher and consultant to his colleagues.
Dr. Cohn is survived by his wife, Ruth Wood Cohn of Atherton, and his five children: Jeffrey Wood of Seattle, Stephen Wood of Menlo Park, Warren Wood of Santa Barbara, and Marcus Wood and Annalisa Wood, both of Palo Alto.
A memorial service is pending. Contributions may be sent to the Division of Human Anatomy for the Roy B. Cohn Bioskills Laboratory in Human Anatomy, 1215 Welch Road, Stanford, CA 94305.
Philip A. Sawyer
A memorial service for Philip A. Sawyer, a retired business executive with a love of sailing, will be held on Tuesday, January 19, at 1 p.m. in the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Sawyer, 74, died suddenly January 9 of cardiac arrest at his Atherton home. He was a senior vice-president of Wilson & George Myer & Co., a chemical and raw materials sales organization, when he retired in 1991 from the firm's San Francisco office. Before moving to Atherton 23 years ago, he worked in the firm's Salt Lake City office.
He led a vigorous, active life. Besides enjoying gardening and skiing, he had a life-long love for sailing that began when he was a Palo Alto Sea Scout. He was commodore of the Utah Sailing Association. He and his wife, Helen, were part-year residents of San Juan, Washington, where they enjoyed many summers sailing with friends and family in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands.
"Dad shared his love of fresh powder skiing, sailing, camping, travel and adventure with all of his five daughters. He supported all our pursuits, however unusual, and he learned to accept, love and encourage our independent spirits," according to his daughters.
Mr. Sawyer was an avid fan of the San Francisco 49ers and had a keen interest in Stanford University athletics. His neighbor, Morrie "Oppy" Oppenheim, said the two faithfully attended together all the Stanford football and basketball games as well as most of the home baseball games. An active member of the Page Mill YMCA board of directors, he served on the program and community development committees and annual campaigns.
Born in Buenos Aires to American and English parents, he attended schools in Tartagal, Argentina, before his family moved to Palo Alto in 1935. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1942.
A World War II Navy veteran, he served on a destroyer escort in the Pacific as a signalman. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1949 and began his 37-year career with Wilson & George Myer & Co.
Mr. Sawyer is survived by his wife of 41 years, Helen Sawyer of Atherton; his five daughters, who all chose to keep his name when they married: Carolyn Sawyer of Phoenix, Arizona; Jane Sawyer of Friday Harbor, Washington; Florence Sawyer of Winthrop, Washington; Mary Sawyer of Poughquag, New York; and Kate Sawyer of Brooklyn, New York; 11 grandchildren; his brother Allan Sawyer of Occidental; sisters Mary Louise Keistman of Cardiff, California, and Sylvia Sawyer of Calistoga.
The family prefers that memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor's choice.