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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

Los 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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JOHN J. (JACK) STROUD

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John J. (Jack) Stroud, age 86, passed away on Sunday December 8th, 2013 at the Forum in Cupertino California. Jack fought a valiant battle against cancer for the past 6 months. Jack was born on March 15, 1927 in Highland Park, Ill to Fred J. Stroud and Helen Graham Stroud. Jack had an older brother, Fred who was killed during the Second World War - and a younger sister, Carol who predeceased Jack.

Jack attended Highland Park High School and was a very talented athlete – lettering in baseball and basketball. Following high school, Jack joined the Navy and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and later served in the reserves.

Following the war he returned home and attended the University of Illinois. Jack joined the Kappa Sigma House and was elected President of the fraternity. He graduated with a degree in business in June of 1950. It was there he met Nancy (on a blind date) and they were married in September of 1950.  

Jack took much pride in his alma mater following the Illinois football and basketball programs. Finding fellow Illini throughout his life brought him great joy as he so enjoyed meeting fellow alums around the country.

Jack joined Gould Battery and later the White Cap Co. where he went on to spend the next 30 years of his career.

The early years were spent in Winnetka, Ill. This is where Jack & Nancy started their family and Jack was proud to be a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church.

After an 8 year stop in Pittsford, NY, Jack & his family moved to Los Altos, California where he established a home and a west coast offices for White Cap.

Jack became a leader in the packaging industry – with many customers and peers calling on him for his in-depth understanding of the industry. Jack worked hard and was passionate about his work and the customers he serviced. Jack retired in 1985 as the west coast Regional Sales Manager.

Following his retirement, Jack was able to focus his energy on the sport and passion he truly loved – golf. Jack spent many years leading the Senior Golf Association at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, organizing tournaments against the many fine clubs in No. California. He also served in several capacities, including President, of The Northern California Golf Assn. This provided Jack the pleasure of playing some of the best courses in California while testing his skills and competing against the other golfers in the area. Jack did this for many years endearing himself to so many other golfers in the area that shared his passion for the sport.

Throughout his life journey was Jack’s wonderful wife of 63 years – Nancy. Nancy was often by his side at so many events – from business conventions to Sundays at the golf course. They were a wonderful couple with many life-long friends. 

Jack had a wonderful sense of humor. People gravitated toward him as his demeanor was one of inclusion – never poking fun at others. His wit, integrity and genuine caring of others were obvious and greatly appreciated by all. 

His leadership qualities could never stay hidden for long as he was usually the center of the conversation, providing thoughtful insights, while welcoming others participation.

Jack had a remarkable knack for remembering everyone’s name and always made it a point to greet them as such. Just one of many ways he endeared himself to others and made friends so easily.

Jack was also a wonderful family man, helping raise three children – Tom, Susan and Steve.

His grandchildren brought the most joy.  

Jack would spend hours on end with the kids – taking them to the park, the movies, buying ice cream – or just playing together in the pool. They kept him young and he could re-live his childhood with each of them. He was a wonderful grandfather and truly admired and beloved by his grandkids.

He is survived by his wonderful life partner, Nancy of 63 years. 

Son, Tom and fiancée Lori Arthur of Menlo Park, CA; daughter Susan of Los Altos, CA; and son, Steve and wife, Cathy of San Antonio, TX.   

Grandchildren Allison and Charlie Carnegie of Greenwich, CT; Jennifer Sovey of Seattle, WA, Jaclyn Stroud of New York, NY and Daniel Stroud of San Antonio, TX.

A celebration of life is scheduled on Sunday December 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Sierra Room at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino, CA.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting tax-deductible donations be made to either: The Cancer Center Survivorship Program at El Camino Hospital Foundation, El Camino Hospital Foundation, 2500 Grant Road PAR 116, Mountain View, CA 94040

Or The Northern California Golf Association (N.C.G.A.), NCGA Foundation - PO Box 1157, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. Kindly note the donation that the donation is in memory of Jack Stroud.

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