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News

Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments

Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments


Anne Wojcicki

For the past several years, Anne Wojcicki (Wo-JIT-skee) has been quietly involved in efforts to spruce up downtown Los Altos. She and her husband, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin, helped form Passerelle Investment Co., which own...

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Schools

Foothill fall registration opens Monday

Local residents interested in earning a specialized career certificate, associate degree or updated job skills can enroll beginning Monday when Foothill College opens fall registration.

In addition to its continuing-education courses, the college pr...

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Community

Sports

Stewart accepts job as baseball coach at Los Altos High

Stewart accepts job as baseball coach at Los Altos High


Los Altos High administrators offered Gabe Stewart the job of head baseball coach at Los Altos High even before he could apply for it.

“They approached me – they wanted an on-campus coach,” said Stewart, an AP History teacher at ...

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Comment

A good start – now follow through: Editorial

The recent announcement of a five-year agreement between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School is welcome relief for the entire community. After years of dispute and litigation, the pact is nothing short of a minor miracle.

Among t...

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Business

In the business of fostering business

In the business of fostering business


took over as Los Altos’ new economic development coordinator in May after spending the past two years working as city assistant planner. Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier

Sierra Davis is wearing a slightly different hat these days as a Los Altos cit...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

GORDON E. BRANDT

GORDON E. BRANDT

In May of 2014, Gordon E. Brandt passed away after a one and one half year battle with Lymphoma. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Gordon was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 13, 1930. He graduated from Fremont High School in 19...

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Travel

British Columbia: Richmond, Steveston, Victoria hold surprises

British Columbia: Richmond, Steveston, Victoria hold surprises


Courtesy of Tourism Richmond
Shops, restaurants and museums dot the boardwalk in British Columbia’s Steveston, a great site for strolling.

Picturesque British Columbia has long been on our bucket list, and we recently fulfilled that dream.

We...

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Stepping Out

LA Youth Theatre, LA Stage Company join forces for 'Oz'

LA Youth Theatre, LA Stage Company join forces for 'Oz'


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of “The Wizard of Oz” includes, clockwise from top left, Dana Levy (as Tinman), Rebecca Krieger (Cowardly Lion), Sarah Traina (Scarecrow) and Osher Fein (Dorothy).

Los Altos Youth Theatre and L...

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Spiritual Life

Stanford students study religion through campus artifacts

The inscriptions inside Memorial Church, the death mask of Jane Stanford and the nod to the Egyptian ankh symbol formed by Palm Drive and the Stanford Oval all have one thing in common: Each was a topic of discussion for the students enrolled in a un...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Rosemary McAndrews: Early local business leader, mentor to women


Photo By: Courtesy of PaloAltoHistory.com and Palo Alto Historical Association Archives
Photo Courtesy Of Paloaltohistory.com And Palo Alto Historical Association Archives Rosemary McAndrews oversaw a major overhaul of Stanford Shopping Center beginning in the mid-1970s.

 

Rosemary McAndrews, a self-made woman who emerged as a leader in business in an age dominated by men, died May 17. The Mountain View resident was 92.

Without any formal education beyond high school, the Butte, Mont., native successfully climbed the corporate ladder from the position of secretary at Stanford University to director of Stanford Shopping Center.

Smart, strong-willed and determined, Mrs. McAndrews made a notable impact in her many endeavors. As a property manager, she was integral in updating the name of Stanford Industrial Park to the current Stanford Research Park. At Stanford Shopping Center, she oversaw a major expansion beginning in the mid-1970s with a layout that realized her vision of a European street market. She retired in 1993.

Architect John Field recalled his collaboration with Mrs. McAndrews on the center as “one of the most creative” of his career.

Commenting on the website Paloaltohistory.com, Field said: “At that time (1970s), the center was a major holding of the university’s portfolio, and we were violating every rule used by the big developers. We were even told that without enclosing the center, no major retailer would put a store there. That took courage and conviction on Rosemary’s part.”

Prominent Palo Alto resident Boyd Smith, speaking at her June 6 service, described Mrs. McAndrews as a woman of "pluck and vision." He said she persuaded the men of major department stores in San Francisco to locate branches in a new mall at Stanford.

Mrs. McAndrews served the community in a number of roles. She was president of the Stanford Faculty Club as a nonfaculty member, headed the Stanford Historical Society and was a member of the Mountain View Visual Arts Committee.

“She was a mentor for women,” said her daughter, Lisa. “She was always advocating for women taking on bigger positions and earning better salaries.”

In her free time, she was an avid hiker who enjoyed art history.

“I admired her for creating friendships throughout her life,” said Lisa, who noted friendships that lasted 60 years.

Too poor to attend college, Mrs. McAndrews placed tremendous value on education, her daughter said.

“She made sure I went to college and to grad school,” Lisa said.

Los Altos resident Cathie Perga became friends with Mrs. McAndrews about 10 years ago, when they played bridge together. "I can tell you she was a formidable opponent," Perga said. "She and her partner, Elayne Woulfe, were almost impossible to beat."

Perga added: "Rosemary's wit was well known. Her conversation was such that you wanted more. She could come up with a great quotation, often Shakespeare, that was perfect for the situation!"

Lisa said her mother was in “fantastic shape” until the last six months of her life.

Mrs. McAndrews is preceded in death by her husband, John McAndrews. She is survived by her daughter Lisa McAndrews and three grandchildren: Evan McAndrews Frogley, Laurel McAndrews Frogley and Colin McAndrews McGuirk. Services were held June 6 at Stanford Memorial Church.

Her ashes were scattered last weekend along Waddell Creek north of Santa Cruz.

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