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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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GLEN GORDON HALLIDAY, M.D

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On the afternoon of September 1, 2013, Gordon passed away after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease, while being tended by familiar and caring staff at The Terraces nursing home in Los Altos, California. He was 87 years old.

Gordon Halliday was born in the town of Pittsburg, Kansas, on May 27, 1926. He was the first child, and the first of three sons, of Amy Brandenburg and Dr. Glen Halliday. Gordon knew at an early age, as he proclaimed to friends and family, that he would someday be a doctor. After graduating from Pittsburg High School in 1943, he attended Pittsburg State Teachers College, in Pittsburg until late 1945 when Uncle Sam came calling. In the Army, he was first trained as an Infantryman at Fort Hood, Texas, and then as a Cryptanalyst Technician for the Signals Intelligence Service. While at Arlington Hall, Virginia, he was involved in the deciphering of captured German communications. Upon discharge from the Army he quickly completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and moved to Wyoming (to be near famed fly fishing rivers) and taught high school Science for a year. Following that, he attended medical school at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he met Donna Beth Clark.  On November 7, 1952 Gordon and Donna were married, in the campus chapel in Lawrence. Upon Graduation from medical school in June, 1954, Gordon participated in a medical internship, followed by an Internal Medicine residency in Portland, Oregon. Gordon and Donna moved to Los Altos in 1960, with their three children, John, Rich and Beth, where Gordon and his brothers Roger and Arthur set up an Internal Medicine practice. Gordon and Donna’s family grew by two additional sons, Chris and Tom, after the move to Los Altos. These last two sons continue the Halliday tradition as medical professionals.
In 1964, Gordon, Roger and Arthur moved their medical practice to 778 Altos Oaks, where they continued to practice together until Gordon’s retirement in the early 1990’s. During the Vietnam War he also found time to care for wounded soldiers recently returned from Vietnam. Following retirement from private practice, he again practiced medicine part time at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, until he fully retired.
In addition to family and the profession of medicine, Gordon’s interests were diverse and included a love of well written novels, especially by Hemingway, fly fishing on the streams and rivers of the western United States, traveling with family and friends, driving his Porsche 911, taking evening walks in his Los Altos neighborhood, befriending every dog he ever met, playing tennis, and listening to classical music. Until declining health prevented him from doing so, Gordon was especially fond of outdoor adventures, particularly to mountainous locations and to the coast of northern California.  The town and beach of Carmel was his favorite.
Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Donna, and children John (Linda), Rich, Beth, Chris and Tom (Lisa), as well as grandchildren Rachel, Clayton, Paul and Allison. Gordon is also survived by brothers Roger (Kay) and Arthur (Judy) as well nieces in nephews in California, Missouri, Texas and Florida.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos. The address is 399 South San Antonio Road. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a contribution to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
Special gratitude is expressed to family members and the staff at The Terraces of Los Altos who helped to tirelessly and expertly care for Gordon in his later years. 

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