Nancy Francis Jones
Former AAUW president
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 22, 2005, at the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., for Nancy Francis Jones of Atherton. Ms. Jones died December 29, 2004 after a long battle with Alzheimer disease. She was 73.
Ms. Jones was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and grew up in Woodbury, New Jersey. She majored in textiles and apparel at Cornell University, where she met her future husband, Paul. They were married following her junior year and moved to San Diego, the homeport of her husband's ship. She graduated from Cornell in 1954.
The Joneses moved to San Francisco in 1952 and moved to Atherton in 1963. She was active in the parent-teacher associations at Encinal School and Menlo-Atherton High School.
She served two terms as president of the Menlo-Atherton chapter of the American Association of University Women and edited the newsletter of the League of Women Voters for many years. She was an elder of the Presbyterian Church, serving one term on the session and three terms as a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto.
Ms. Jones was an artist, gourmet cook and gardener, say family members. She studied Japanese brush painting for many years. She and her husband, Paul, largely rebuilt their Atherton home, incorporating many of her design ideas. She visited all 50 states and 60 foreign countries.
In addition to her husband of 53 years, she is survived by daughter Lucy E. Jones of Hartwick, N.Y.; sons Richard L. Jones of Atherton, Peter D. Jones of Auburn, Alabama, Philip K. Jones of Orefield, Pennsylvania, and Andrew D. Jones of Richardson, Texas; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 104, Mountain View, CA 94040; the AAUW Education Foundation, 1109 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025; or the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto.
Stanford professor of business and law
Memorial services for Stanford business and law professor emeritus Bill Lazier of Menlo Park will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, January 6, 2005, in Stanford's Memorial Church, followed by a reception at the Faculty Club.
Mr. Lazier, an entrepreneur and teacher in both the Graduate School of Business and the Law School, died December 23, 2004 in Newport Beach. He was 73.
A wide-ranging business career -- from accountant, to manufacturing manager, to entrepreneur, to arranging Prudential's first leveraged buy-out on the West Coast -- equipped Mr. Lazier to teach at Stanford, starting in 1983.
"He was fabulous," said Paul Brest, the former Stanford Law School dean, who hired Mr. Lazier away from the business school to teach lawyers the basic principles of business.
In 1993, Mr. Lazier moved from being a lecturer in the business school to becoming the first Nancy and Charles Munger Professor of Business, named after the vice chairman of Berkshire-Hathaway and his wife.
Mr. Lazier loved teaching and cared tremendously for his students, Mr. Brest said. "He was always available to any student."
At the Business School, Mr. Lazier wrote two books with his colleague, Jim Collins: "Beyond Entrepreneurship," and "Managing the Small to Midsized Company: Concepts and Cases."
Mr. Lazier was born in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of a traveling salesman. He earned an AB from Grinnell College and an MBA from Stanford. In 1959, he received his CPA certificate, and began his career as a tax manager for Arthur Anderson & Co.
From 1964 to 1969, Mr. Lazier was executive vice president of Lightcraft, which produced decorative lighting fixtures, and then became executive vice president of U.S. Filter. In 1971, he founded Bristol Corp., which grew through acquisition of businesses and development of industrial real estate. In 1975, the Southern California chapter of the Stanford Business School Association named him "Entrepreneur of the Year."
Mr. Lazier loved ballet, golf, swimming and Stanford sports, say family members. He was a trustee of Grinnell College since 1986, and chairman of the board for six years. He also served on the boards of Yes Reading, BUILD, Interplast and the Stanford Book Store.
Mr. Lazier is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 47 years; a son, David of Glendale; two daughters, Linda Escalera of Newport Beach and Ann Mahowald of Dallas; and nine grandchildren.
The family suggests donations to the Stanford Law School, Crown Quadrangle, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305.
Dental X-ray expert
Stephen J. Loring, who lived in Portola Valley for 50 years, died November 30, 2004 at his home in Los Olivos. He was 87.
Mr. Loring was born in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, and spent some of his teen years in Massachusetts and Long Island, New York.
Mr. Loring studied radio engineering at the RCA Institute of New York City and attended the University of California at Berkeley. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 and served as a radio communications officer in the United States before going to the South Pacific, where he was attached to the 13th Air Force. He took part in campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines, and was discharged as a captain. He continued serving in the Army Reserves until retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1977.
In 1948 he became an X-ray technician at the University of California College of Dentistry. Beginning in 1952, he operated his own dental X-ray business, Associated Roentgenographers, in San Mateo for 20 years.
For the next 10 years he worked at Bruce Bauer Hardware Store in San Carlos selling various types of hard woods. In his spare time, he remodeled his Portola Valley residence from a summer vacation house into a family home.
In 1997 the Lorings moved from Portola Valley to Buellton, then settled in Los Olivos five years later. They were charter members of the Portola Valley Presbyterian Church, where Mr. Loring served as an elder on the first Board of Sessions. He was also a member of the National Association for Amateur Radio.
Mr. Loring is survived by his wife, Josephine, of Los Olivos, sons Stephen M. of Westlake Village and Calvin of South Lake Tahoe; a sister, Celia E. Sopko of Kingston, Pennsylvania; a brother, Albert C. Sopko of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren.
A military burial was held at the Riverside National Cemetery December 8.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Loring's name to the following: Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley 94028; American Patriot Scholarships, Department 889, Alexandria, VA 22334; or Stanford Center for Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial Disease Research, c/o Pulmonary Division, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-5236.
Longtime Menlo Park resident
Winona T. Waites, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died at her home in Palo Alto on December 26, 2004. She was 97.
Ms. Waites was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She graduated at the age of 19 from the University of British Columbia with a degree in mathematics.
During World War II, she and her husband came to California and became U.S. citizens.
She was active in the Stanford Mothers' Club and the American Association of University Women.
She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Bergeson; a son, Robert Waites; siblings Byron Straight and Norma Straight of Vancouver, British Columbia; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Her husband, G. Frank Waites, preceded her in death.
At her request no services were held.
A memorial service for Alfred Seip Schuchard will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 8, 2005, at his Atherton home. Dr. Schuchard, a longtime Menlo Park dentist, died at home December 26, 2004. He was 83.
Dr. Schuchard was a member of the California Dental Association, the American Academy of Golf Foil Operators and the American College of Dentists. He was a retired professor emeritus at the College of Dentistry, University of California at San Francisco, and had a practice in Menlo Park. He had lived in Atherton since 1952.
Dr. Schuchard is survived by his wife, Marjorie Schuchard of Atherton; his children, Marilee Schuchard of Atherton, Debra McLarty of Grass Valley, and Alfred Schuchard II of Florida; his siblings, Kenneth Schuchard of Palos Verdes and Barbara Sanders of Mountain View; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Mountain View Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.
Maria Loretta Dallas
Born in Italy
Maria Dallas died May 22 in Menlo Park. She was 96.
Born Maria Loretta Ricci on December 26, 1907 in the Abruzzi region of Italy, she spent most of her early years in Rome, where she attended college and had her own business as a dress designer.
She left Rome in 1938 to travel to America with her family, and on the boat trip met her future husband, Thomas, who "wooed her with his beautiful voice singing opera," said son Thomas Dallas Jr.
They married and lived in Boston, where they started their family. In 1948 they drove across the country with their two sons and eventually settled in Menlo Park.
She loved life, family, song and her church, family members said.
She was preceded in death in 1986 by her husband of 45 years, Thomas Dallas Sr.
She is survived by her sons, Paul of Clements, and Thomas of Woodside and Del Mar; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family prefers donations to the Nativity School Endowment Fund, 1250 Laurel St., Menlo Park; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Animal health technician
Robin Johnson, a former Menlo Park resident, died May 17 from respiratory complications arising from esophageal carcinoma. She was 41.
Ms. Johnson was born in Redwood City and grew up in Menlo Park, attending Menlo-Atherton High School. She moved to Burney, California, in 1992.
She was an animal health technician at Altawood Animal Hospital in Redwood City, Aragon Veterinary Clinic in San Mateo, Companion Animal Hospital in Redding and Burney Veterinary Hospital in Burney. She had a reputation for the love and care she gave to animals, with clients following her from clinic to clinic, say family members.
Ms. Johnson is survived by her mother, Betty Johnson of Menlo Park; brothers Gary of Sunnyvale and Kevin of Palo Alto; sister Karen Groppe of Modesto; and fiance Dennis Cravens of Burney.
Private graveside services were held May 22 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park. A celebration of life was held June 5 at Flood Park in Menlo Park. A memorial will be held in Burney on Saturday, June 12.
The family prefers donations to Children's Cancer Research Fund, 2410 Clay St., San Francisco,CA 94115; an animal rescue group of choice; or a favorite charity. Arrangements were under the direction of the Menlo Park Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.
S. Christian of Copenhagen founder
Jesper Erhardt Petersen, a businessman and entrepreneur, died May 28 in Woodside. He was 89.
Born in Copenhagen, Mr. Petersen was founder of S. Christian of Copenhagen. The company, which specialized in Scandinavian furniture and household furnishings, operated a store at Town and Country Village in Palo Alto for many years.
Mr. Petersen moved from Denmark to the Bay Area in 1948. An active clubman, he was a member of the Woodside Mounted Patrol, Shack Riders, Frontier Boys, Trail Blazers, Olympic Club, Rotary Club, Elite Club and the Danish Club. He completed eight Tevis Cup rides, in which riders travel by horseback 100 miles from Lake Tahoe to Auburn in one day, say family members.
Mr. Petersen was a charter member of San Francisco's World Trade Club. He was well known in Palm Desert where he spent a great deal of time playing polo and ranching, say family members.
He is survived by his wife, Ulla of Woodside; daughter Kirsten Petersen; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held, Sunday, June 6, at Woodside Chapel of Crippen & Flynn.
The family prefers donations to the Peninsula Humane Society, 12 Airport Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94404.
Gary S. Goss
Forty-year resident of Portola Valley
Gary S. Goss died May 28 in Portola Valley. He was 69.
Mr. Goss was a native of San Francisco and a resident of Portola Valley since 1964.
A graduate of San Jose State, he was a member of the San Mateo Civil Service Commission, a founding board member of the Bay Area Bank, past president of the Carlmont YMCA, past president of the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the San Carlos Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife, Chrystel; daughter, Chari; brothers, Bick Goss of New York, Blaine of New Mexico, and Dean of San Carlos; and two grandchildren.
A service was held June 4. The family prefers that donations be made to the San Carlos Rotary Endowment, P.O. Box 515, San Carlos, CA 94070. Arrangements were by White Oaks Chapel in San Carlos.
Mamye Oshman, a 20-year resident of Menlo Park, died June 3 after a lengthy illness. She was 95.
Ms. Oshman was born in Louisiana and raised in Louisiana and Texas. She attended the Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville, Texas, where she earned a degree in education. While teaching in south Texas, she met and married Dr. Peter Oshman in 1937.
The couple moved to Rosenberg, Texas, in 1943, where Ms. Oshman owned Libby's, a women's dress shop, and, later, taught school. After Dr. Oshman died in 1966, she moved to Houston, then to Menlo Park in the 1980s.
Ms. Oshman was a voracious reader and enjoyed duplicate bridge, entertaining, traveling and being with her grandchildren and family, say family members.
She is survived by her sons, M. Kenneth Oshman of Atherton, and Rick Oshman of Houston, Texas; sister Louise Collier of Houston; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family expresses gratitude to her caregivers, Lily Rodezno, Pilar Rodriguez Resendiz, Ana Lopez and Luz (Nikki) Amaya.
Burial was June 6 at Emanu El Memorial Park in Houston. The family prefers memorials be sent to the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center Seniors Program, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto CA 94303. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller Hapgood & Tinney.
Memorial service Friday for Justin Hilligoss, 15
A memorial service for Justin Cleary Hilligoss will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow at the church.
Justin died May 28 after a three-year battle with a rare form of cancer known as alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. He was 15.
Born at Stanford Hospital, Justin graduated from St. Raymond School in Menlo Park last year. He was a freshman at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton.
Last week, students and teachers from St. Raymond School attended a Mass for him at St. Raymond Church. Another Mass, attended by classmates and teachers in the Sacred Heart Prep community, took place June 4. At June 3 graduation ceremonies for Sacred Heart Prep, Justin was posthumously awarded the Blue Ribbon, the school's highest honor.
Before his illness, Justin was an avid skier and skateboarder, and played tennis, baseball, soccer and basketball. He mastered video games and continued to play them during his long illness. When he was no longer able to play sports, he became a great cook and enjoyed watching cooking shows, says his mother, Kate Cleary Hilligoss.
During the past three years, his father, Tom Hilligoss, kept family and friends informed about Justin's progress through his Web site: www.justin-info.com. Mr. Hilligoss recounted the many treatments and hospital stays, including a visit to the Children's Hospital in Denver, but also shared the good times. There was a trip to Disney World and a Disney cruise for the whole family, provided by the Make-a-Wish Foundation in 2003, and a vacation in Maui this past February. In March, Justin donned a tuxedo to attend the Ronald McDonald House "Denim-to-Diamonds" party at Bay Meadows.
Justin is survived by his parents, Tom and Kate Hilligoss of Redwood City; brothers Spencer and Patrick; sister Caitlin; his grandmother, Prudence Cleary of Menlo Park; aunts Cece Cleary of San Carlos, Candace Oulette of Cave Junction, Oregon, Amity Cleary Evans of Eugene, Oregon, and Stephanie Henon of Sebastopol; and uncles Mansfield Cleary of Cave Junction, Oregon, Coalter Cleary of Menlo Park, and Gregg and Robert Hilligoss of Capitola.
His humor, humility and grace was an inspiration to all who knew him, say family members.
The family prefers memorials in his name be made to the Children's Fund at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.
Former assistant fire chief
George Alfred Cleland, who had lived in Menlo Park for his entire life, died May 26 in the house where he was born. He was 90.
After graduating from Sequoia High School, Mr. Cleland joined the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, a volunteer position at that time. He and Kathryn Pierce were married in 1930. In 1932 the department began paying employees and Mr. Cleland was hired as a full-time firefighter.
Mr. Cleland was a member of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District for 42 years. In 1955 he became assistant chief, and retired from the department in 1973.
On his days off, Mr. Cleland worked for the East Palo Alto Water and Sanitation District for 30 years.
When his children were growing up, the family spent summers in Santa Cruz at a family home, camped at Yosemite and spent time at South Lake Tahoe, say family members.
After retiring, the Clelands moved to South Lake Tahoe and lived there for 16 years before moving back to their house in Menlo Park.
Kathryn Cleland died in 2000, three days after she and her husband celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Mr. Cleland is survived by his children, Alyce Mae Goodman of Huntington Beach, Donald Cleland of Hamilton, Montana, and Ann Cleland of Mesa, Arizona; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
At Mr. Cleland's request, no services were held. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller Hapgood & Tinney.
Friends are invited to Redwood Chapel, 847 Woodside Road, Redwood City, from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 20, to remember Alan Middleton Bostwick. Mr. Bostwick died May 28 of congestive heart failure at The Sequoias in Portola Valley. He was 93.
Mr. Bostwick served as director of adult education and summer school administrator for the Sequoia Union High School District from 1952 until retiring in 1975.
Born in Laton, California, he graduated from Fresno State College in 1934. He received a doctor of education degree from the University of California in 1959. Mr. Bostwick taught at Yuba City High School, and served as superintendent of the Corning Union High School District and principal of Corning High School before coming to the Sequoia district.
Mr. Bostwick was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, an educators' professional fraternity, the Commonwealth Club of California, and the San Mateo County Grand Jurors Association.
He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Redwood City and in 1997 achieved 50 years of perfect attendance with the club. In 2003 the Rotary Club staged an "Alan Bostwick Day" in recognition of his achievements. A Dr. Alan M. Bostwick Scholarship Foundation has been established in his name by the club.
During his first year of retirement, he served as foreman pro-tem of the 1976-77 San Mateo County Grand Jury.
Mr. Bostwick is survived by son Paul Bostwick of San Jose, daughters Susan Spears of Visalia and Lynda Silva of Belmont; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Thomas Beck Sturges, who lived in Ladera for 45 years, died May 21 in Los Altos. He was 85.
Mr. Sturges was born in the copper-mining town of Clifton, Arizona. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941 with a degree in mechanical engineering. At Cal he met Faith Franklin, whom he married and with whom he raised five children in Belmont and Ladera.
Mr. Sturges worked in engineering design, sales, manufacturing, management and installation, spending the most years with Crown Zellerbach Corp. He held many patents on packaging equipment.
Mr. Sturges was happiest when surrounded by his large family as they shared food, wine and conversation, say family members.
He is survived by his children, Tom Sturges of Orinda, Nancy Caffo of St. Helen, Sylvia Work of Portola Valley, Dan Sturges of Sacramento, and Cindy Butler of Portola Valley; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
His wife of 56 years, Faith, died in 1997. A granddaughter, Lisa Caffo, also died previously.
The family expressed gratitude to the Pilgrim Haven community where Mr. Sturges lived for the past two years.
Services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to Pathways Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 94040; or Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside 94062; or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Roller Hapgood & Tinney.
Bechtel Corp. executive
Harry C. Lynch, a resident of Atherton for 43 years, died June 6 at home. He was 85.
Mr. Lynch was born in Mansfield, Ohio, and graduated from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in industrial engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. After the war, he worked for Otis Elevator Co. in Cleveland.
In 1961 he moved his family to California. He was employed for 23 years with Bechtel Corp. in San Francisco. His career in mining and metals business development allowed him to travel around the world. He retired in 1984.
Mr. Lynch enjoyed gardening and was proud of his tuberous begonias and rose garden. His booming Irish baritone voice was his trademark and he especially loved Irish melodies, say family members.
A longtime member of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Mr. Lynch is survived by his daughter Holly, son Loring, and four grandchildren. His wife of 49 years, Betty, died in 2000.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., c/o Mary Ann Sprinkle, Director of Development, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave./Bob Hope Road, Miami FL 33136-1494.