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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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ROBERT EMMETT "BOB" CUNNINGHAM

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Long-time Los Altos resident Robert "Bob" Cunningham will be remembered Thanksgiving weekend at a funeral Mass on November 30, 11:00 a.m., at St. Nicholas Church in Los Altos. Mr. Cunningham passed away peacefully on September 5, 2013, at his home at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio, after spending time with all five of his children and many of his grandchildren. He was 89 years old.

For more than 30 years, he was a highly regarded human resources executive at a biotechnology firm in the Silicon Valley, Beckman Instruments, before retiring in 1988. Having served with distinction in the Navy and Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War, his remains will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, alongside his wife of nearly 50 years, Mary Lou (Stueck) who predeceased him in 1999.

Bob Cunningham was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1923. He was the second son of Barbara Dorn and Bernard Cunningham, brother of Bernie Cunningham and is survived by his sister, Madge Marten of Florida.

A true Renaissance man, he began taking art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago at age 10 and continued to paint and enroll in community art classes until his death. Bob attended high school at the downtown Chicago campus of Loyola Academy, and remained active in their Bay Area alumni association. When his parents moved further up the North Shore, he transferred to New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. At New Trier he had the opportunity to share the stage with the young actor Charlton Heston. Bob would fondly recall his own one line in the play, “It is only a rumor.”

Upon graduation, Bob attended the University of Illinois. As the U.S. entered World War II, Bob enlisted in the Navy in the hopes of being a fighter pilot. Instead he was sent to electronics school and was deployed to the South Pacific. As a radio operator, he landed on the shores of New Caledonia and the Philippines to signal Japanese troop status to nearby ships. He recalled being issued winter gear, in anticipation of the invasion of Japan, but his tour ended in the South Pacific with the Japanese surrender.

Bob returned to Chicago and joined the Marine Corps Reserves. With a long-time interest in architecture, he re-entered college at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and studied under legendary Bauhaus architect, Meis Van de Rohe, earning a B.A. degree in 1948. Named “Man of the Year” his senior year, he was offered a position on the faculty as Assistant Dean of Students upon graduation.

Soon Uncle Sam came knocking and Bob was called back for active duty in the Marine Corps for the Korean War. He attended officer candidate school at Quantico, Virginia, and was deployed to Camp Pendleton, in Southern California, where he led a tank commander-training unit as a First Lieutenant. He never crossed the Pacific during the war, but did travel to Los Angeles where he met his future wife, Mary Lou Stueck. 

After a short courtship, they were married on July 5, 1951. They spent their first year of marriage in Chicago, where Bob remained on the Illinois Tech faculty. With their first child on the way and the lure of more temperate California climate, Bob and Mary Lou returned to Southern California where he accepted a job in human resources with Fullerton-based Beckman Instruments.

His 30-year career took him from Southern California to offices in Northern California, Geneva Switzerland, and back to Palo Alto where Bob headed up human resources for the medical instrument company’s Spinco Division, retiring in 1988.

They settled in Los Altos in 1966, where Bob lived until moving to the Forum at Rancho San Antonio last year. He and Mary Lou were active in St. Nicholas Church, Villa Sienna, and their children’s schools, including Stanford University’s Committee for Art. They were also passionate about travel and their unique experiences included bowing to the King of Thailand, audiences with the Pope, exploring flea markets in Europe, safaris in Africa, volunteering for Mother Theresa in India, boat rides down the Nile and riding public buses in Damascus, Syria. He continued his travels, after Mary Lou's death, with his close friend and companion, Janis Black of Los Gatos.

Bob enjoyed playing some of the world’s greatest golf courses, yet equally enjoyed playing at the local Shoreline Golf Course as a Shoreline Senior. But nothing mattered more to him than family, friends and colleagues. All will remember his Irish charm and signature smile. He is survived by his adoring children Kathleen Matthews (Chris), Maureen Cunningham, Ann Kauffman (Jim), Robert Jr. (Sherri), and Carol Seitz (Tom,) as well as his 11 grand children and one great-granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, where his wife was an active volunteer.

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