Marie Michaels Ogren
Menlo Park electrologist
Marie Michaels Ogren, a deacon for Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for many years, died January 29 at the age of 91.
A native of Selma, California, Mrs. Ogren was an electrologist in San Mateo and Menlo Park for 40 years.
Mrs. Ogren was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Vernon Ogren. She is survived by her son, Stan Ogren of Menlo Park; daughter, Jean Findlay of San Mateo; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held January 31 at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. The family prefers that donations be made to the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Foundation, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park 94025.
Arthur Burcham (Burch) Boone
Former Atherton resident
A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 6, in Menlo Park for Arthur Burcham (Burch) Boone, who died January 28 at the age of 62. Mr. Boone was a longtime resident of Atherton until moving to Idaho.
The services will begin at 1 p.m. at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave.
Mr. Boone is survived by his wife, Mary Boone of New Meadows, Idaho; daughters Lisa Burcham Boone of San Francisco and Wendy Warren of Danville; a sister, Carole Stokes of Arlington, Texas; and a granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorial contributions for pancreatic cancer research be sent to the Burch Boone Memorial Fund, UCSF Regents, 400 Parnassus, Suite A-655, San Francisco, CA 94143, or a charity of the donors choice.
Dr. Robert Jamplis
Former president, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford University, for Dr. Robert W. Jamplis. Dr. Jamplis, the first president and chief executive officer of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, died February 3 in his Woodside home after a lengthy illness.
Dr. Jamplis devoted his medical career to the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, which became the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in 1981. As its first president and chief executive officer, he led the development of the new Palo Alto Medical Foundation complex, which was completed in 1999.
"Jamp" as he was known by his friends, was born in Chicago, where he was educated from kindergarten through college at the University of Chicago, where his father was a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics. He was the University of Chicago's quarterback and received the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-American Award in 1965.
He moved from football hero to thoracic surgeon, attending the University of Chicago School of Medicine for his doctor of medicine degree, then the Mayo Clinic for advanced training in general and thoracic surgery.
Dr. Jamplis served two tours of duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater, from 1944 to 1946, and was recalled to service for the Korean War from 1952 to 1954.
During the Korean War, Dr. Jamplis served at the Naval Hospital on Treasure Island. During his 18-month assignment at Treasure Island, he was contacted by one of the early partners of the Palo Alto Clinic and he "moonlighted" there.
After completing his military service, Dr. Jamplis stayed in the Bay Area and joined the Palo Alto Clinic. He became the executive director of the clinic in 1965. In the late 1970s, Dr. Jamplis began pursuing his vision of the clinic becoming "the Mayo (clinic) of the West." In 1981 he and others founded the nonprofit Palo Alto Medical Foundation, of which the original Palo Alto Clinic is a component. He retired in 1999 when the foundation moved onto its new campus.
Dr. Jamplis served as clinical professor of surgery at Stanford, where he took part in the surgery teaching program. He wrote two books and more than 50 papers on the subject of thoracic surgery.
He received numerous honors and awards including serving as president of the San Francisco Surgical Association, president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. In October, 2002, he received the John W. Gardner Visionary Award from Pathways Hospice Foundation.
Dr. Jamplis was a member of the Menlo Country Club, Menlo Circus Club, Bohemian Club, Pacific-Union Club, and Rancheros Visitadores.
Dr. Jamplis is survived by his second wife, Cynthia Soles, of Woodside; son, Mark Jamplis of Atherton; daughter Elizabeth Bluestone of Pacific Palisades; three stepsons, Ewing, James and Cavin Philbin; and five grandchildren. His first wife, Roberta, whom he married in 1947, died in 1995.
Memorials in Dr. Jamplis' name may be made to Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Office of Philanthropy, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Former Portola Valley resident
Kevin Fidge, 30, who was looking forward to his marriage to Wendee Johnson of Los Gatos on May 30, died February 1 in Denver. He was the innocent victim of gun violence while attempting to help diffuse a domestic altercation, family members said.
Mr. Fidge lived in Portola Valley from 1989 until 2002 and attended Woodside High School and Canada College. A graduate of the University of California at Davis with a degree in rhetorical communications, he was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fly fishing, golf, snowboarding and mountain biking, the family said.
Mr. Fidge is survived by his mother Claudia Ludwig of Keizer, Oregon; sister Korrie Fidge of Denver; a grandmother and a great-grandmother of Keizer; his fiancee Wendee Johnson; stepmother Marilyn Fidge of Portola Valley; half-brothers Matthew and Jonathan Fidge of Portola Valley; and step-grandparents Alma and Arnold Tudal of St. Helena. He was the son of the late Timothy Fidge.
A memorial service will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos; the date is pending. Memorials in Mr. Fidge's name may be made to Ronald McDonald House; or the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Box 8731, Missoula, Montana 59807.
Janet Anne Duggan
Active in the community
A celebration of the life of Janet Anne Duggan of Woodside, who died February 1, will be held Saturday, February 15, at the Mounted Patrol Grounds in Woodside. Friends are asked to call 329-0779 for more information.
Mrs. Duggan moved to Woodside with her family in 1964 and spent the early years raising her three children, Shellie, Charles and Susan, all of whom attended Woodside Elementary School and Woodside High School.
She and her husband, Lowell, participated in many school and community functions. They belonged to the San Mateo County Mounted Patrol, the Shack Riders, the San Mateo Horsemen's Association, the Air Squadron and the Woodside Village Church.
After her children had completed college, Mrs. Duggan earned her associate degree from Canada College. She excelled in watercolor and oil painting and collected a shelf full of tennis trophies, say family members. She earned entry into the Guiness Book of World Records by taking part in the longest line dance on record as part of a Redwood City Fourth of July parade.
Mrs. Duggan is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Lowell Duggan; children Shellie, Charles, and Susan; and two grandsons.
Lawrence C. "Laurie" Mattison of Menlo Park died of cancer February 1 at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs hospital. He was 88.
Mr. Mattison was a native of Beloit, Wisconsin, and grew up in Rockford, Illinois. He attended the Mercersburg Academy, the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley. He married Ada Dean "Trim" Ramsey in 1944.
During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps and maintained a lifelong interest in flying. He worked for more than 40 years as a manufacturer's representative for Mattison Machine Works of Rockford, the family business.
After moving to California, Mr. Mattison became a member of Rotary No. 2 in San Francisco and the Palo Alto Elks Lodge. He also had a summer home at Fish Lake, Utah.
Mr. Mattison is survived by his wife Trim of Menlo Park; his children, C. Lawrence "Laurie" Mattison of Los Altos, John Mattison of Salt Lake City, Mary Courtney of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Richard Mattison of San Francisco; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held February 7 at Spangler Mortuary in Menlo Park. Memorials in Mr. Mattison's name may be made to the VA Hospice Care Center, 3601 Miranda Ave., 100-2C, Palo Alto, CA 94304; or to a charity of choice.
May Stauffer Gravenhorst-Brouwer
Former Menlo Park resident
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 15, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for May Stauffer Gravenhorst-Brouwer. A reception will follow.
Mrs. Gravenhorst-Brouwer, who lived in Menlo Park off and on from the 1940s, died January 28 at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara at age 85. She had lived in Soquel for the past 12 years.
A native of San Francisco, Mrs. Gravenhorst-Brouwer was a top fashion model in San Francisco during the 1930s, and often modeled at the Palace Hotel, says her daughter, Martha Brouwer. She also had a beautiful singing voice, and was an artist creating wearable art, according to her daughter.
When living in Menlo Park she enjoyed going on mission trips with Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. She was also a real estate investor.
Mrs. Gravenhorst-Brouwer is survived by her children: Martha Brouwer of Menlo Park, Peter Gravenhorst of Menlo Park, and Paul Gravenhorst of Soquel; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Former Menlo Park resident
Dorothy G. Campbell, 89, who moved from Menlo Park to Oregon 10 years ago, died February 3 in a San Jose nursing home. Mrs. Campbell returned to the Bay Area five years ago.
She is survived by her daughter Angel-Marie Treadaway of Scottsdale, Arizona; son Dr. Mark F. Campbell of Redwood City; and four grandchildren. She was the widow of the late Floyd W. Campbell. At her request there will be no funeral services.
Charles Merrill Halverson
Menlo Park resident
Charles Merrill Halverson, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died on January 31, at the age of 88.
A native of Oregon, Mr. Halverson was a captain in the U.S. Army and a World War II veteran. He worked in advertising and public relations for American Standard in New York City.
After moving to Menlo Park, Mr. Halverson was self-employed in marketing and advertising in San Francisco.
He was proceeded in death by his wife, Stephanie V. Halverson, and many nieces and nephews.
Private services were held at Alta Mesa Cemetery. The funeral arrangements were handled by Roller, Hapgood & Tinney of Palo Alto.
Garden designer and contractor
Bill Derringer of Atherton, whose garden designs were often featured in local garden tours, died February 1 after a fight to recover from multiple surgeries after breaking his hip in a fall. He was 76.
Mr. Derringer was born in Southern California and moved to the Peninsula in the mid-1940s with his parents. He attended Menlo College.
For more than 20 years he worked with his father, building contractor George Derringer, designing and building many homes and remodeling projects locally.
After his father retired, Mr. Derringer worked at Roger Reynolds Nursery in Menlo Park, then ventured into landscape design and contracting. His second career made use of his construction experience, as well as his love of plants and trees.
Mr. Derringer is survived by his wife of 44 years, Corinne Cooley Derringer. A future gathering of friends in remembrance will be held.
Memorial donations may be made to Town of Atherton, Bill Derringer memorial fund for the Atherton Library, 91 Ashfield Road, Atherton, CA 94027; or to Pathways Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 94040.
The Rev. Robert J. Giguere
Teacher, professor at St. Patrick's Seminary
The Rev. Robert J. Giguere, a Roman Catholic priest who taught at St. Patrick's Seminary until he was 82, died of cancer February 10 at his residence in Mountain View. He was 85.
Father Giguere was associate Catholic chaplain at St. Ann's Newman Center in Palo Alto and at Stanford University Memorial Church from the early 1950s until 1981.
A member of the Sulpician Fathers for 58 years, Father Giguere was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts. He graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and received a master's degree in literature from Boston University.
He was ordained a priest in 1945 at Catholic University. He studied at the Sulpician Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he received a doctorate in philosophy from Catholic University in 1950.
During his years as a priest, Father Giguere taught at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Colleges, St. Patrick's Seminary, Santa Clara University, and University of Notre Dame at Belmont.
A memorial Mass was offered at St. Patrick's Seminary on February 15. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home, Palo Alto.
Native of Canada
Patricia Jean Ketter of Menlo Park died February 5. She was 84.
A homemaker, Mrs. Ketter was a native of Wolseley, Saskatchewan, Canada. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Ketter, and sons Terence and Kenneth Ketter. Private family services were held.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Menlo Park Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.
Robert Y. Griswold
Robert Y. Griswold, a graduate of the Stanford University School of Engineering, died February 8 in Menlo Park. He was 82.
Mr. Griswold was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and moved to Santa Monica as a child. He graduated from Stanford in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He was employed in the refinery division of Bechtel Corp. from 1946 to 1983.
Mr. Griswold was a former member of the Stanford Golf Club and the Pioneer Radio-controlled Model Airplane Club.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betsey; children Lee Crane, Beth Hindman, Jack Griswold, Mary Mosier and Ann Ostermann; sister Elizabeth Kendall of Asheville, North Carolina; and eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Private family services have been held. Memorials may be made to the Stanford School of Engineering or a charity of choice.
Charlotte Barnett Cramer
Former Atherton resident
A memorial service for Charlotte Barnett Cramer will be held at noon on Friday, February 28, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 1 Mrs. Cramer was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, in 1920. She was the daughter of Latter Day Saint pioneer Edna Merle Richardson and Harry Thompson Barnett. Raised in Los Angeles, Mrs. Cramer attended Alhambra High School, where she was the editor of the school paper and an honor student.
In 1941, she married Glen E. Hummer, who died in a plane crash in 1962.
In the late 1950s Mrs. Cramer worked for industrial designer Henry Dreyfus and was later recruited to be the personal secretary to William Pickering, top scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. She was the only non-scientist with a "top secret" clearance at J.P.L. during the Cuban missile crisis and the Mariner and Apollo space missions, a family member said.
In 1964, Mrs. Cramer married prominent builder-developer Ward H. Cramer of Atherton. For the next 16 years, they lived in Atherton, where they raised four of six children. During this time, Mrs. Cramer volunteered at the Children's Health Council in Palo Alto.
In 1980, the Cramers built their home on Scenic Drive in Carmel. Mr. Cramer died in 1994, and Mrs. Cramer remained there until last December, when she moved to Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto.
Mrs. Cramer had a terrific sense of humor, and a great appreciation for music and the performing arts, a family member said.
Mrs. Cramer was preceded in death by two sons. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Earley of Washington; three stepdaughters, Kathy Mortensen of Danville, Sally Taqi-Eddin of Amman, Jordan, and Theresa Cramer Whitney of Menlo Park; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family prefers that contributions in her name be made to the Children's Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, 94304.
Arrangements are being handled by Roller Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Chapel, Palo Alto.
A memorial service for Kevin Fidge will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, in the Chapel at the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive in Los Altos.
Mr. Fidge, who died February 1 in Denver, lived in Portola Valley from 1989 to 2002 and attended Woodside High School and Canada College.
He was the stepson of Marilyn Fidge of Portola Valley, owner of Timothy Fidge Jewelers in Menlo Park; half brother of Matthew and Jonathan Fidge of Portola Valley; and son of the late Timothy Fidge.
Dr. Sergius Bryner
A memorial Mass to celebrate the life of Dr. Sergius Bryner, a 70-year resident of Portola Valley, is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Ave.
Dr. Bryner died February 10 of a heart attack at age 87.
Born in Vladivostok, Russia, in 1915, he immigrated to the United States as a child and settled on the Peninsula. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and Stanford University, receiving his medical degree from Stanford University Medical School in 1941.
After graduation he enlisted in the Army and served as a captain in World War II. He was assigned to the 59th Evacuation Hospital Unit and cared for soldiers in Africa, Sicily, France and Germany. While in France, he met his wife, Ann.
Dr. Bryner joined the Palo Alto Medical Clinic in 1948, becoming the 25th member of the clinic. After serving as a visiting physician in Geneva, Switzerland, he took his cardiology exam and scored the highest mark in his class.
Upon returning to the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, he became chief of cardiology and filled that role until retirement. During his retirement he served as chief of electrocardiology at Stanford Medical Center and attending cardiologist for the Medical School teaching program.
His family remembers his love for the natural world, his compassion and his dedication to his patients, family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Ann; children Carol, Marget, Kitty, James and Suzanne; brother Cyril; and one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in his name to Save-the-Redwoods League, 114 Sansome St., Room 1200, San Francisco, CA 94101.