Scouting News

Courtesy of Vishnu Bachani
Vishnu Bachani, left, receives his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor ceremony at Egan Junior High School.

Vishnu Bachani, senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 37 of Los Altos, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest title. He accepted the award at a Court of Honor ceremony at Egan Junior High School Aug 16.

Mountain View City Councilman John Inks attended the ceremony to deliver a proclamation from the city of Mountain View, and Los Altos Mayor Jan Pepper issued a proclamation.



OBIT FlorenceEckert

Oct. 2, 1916 – Aug. 13, 2015

Florence Sands Devenport Eckert died on August 13 at Sunny View Retirement Community in Cupertino. From 1954 to 2009 she lived at 361 Sunkist Lane in Los Altos. Florence was born in Dallas, Texas, the elder daughter of Ernest and Rachel Devenport. She graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas. In 1937 she married Roy F. Eckert. She worked for Sun Oil Company in College Station, Texas to support Roy’s studies at Texas A&M University. After his graduation in 1941 they lived in Pittsburgh; LeMars, Iowa; and San Diego.



OBIT LoisWalles

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event, which would ultimately end with her playing the piano and having everyone sing along. She was kind and generous and had an open heart, and rarely had an unkind thing to say, and was never short of friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother and her absence will be greatly felt.


Benson McGann, M.D.: ECH founder, dedicated physician, family man

Courtesy of the McGann family
Dr. Benson Richard McGann was married to his wife, Nancy, for 62 years.

Benson Richard McGann, M.D., co-founder of El Camino Hospital and a physician recognized for his dedication to patients and family, died Aug. 11 with family members at his side. Dr. McGann was 91.

According to family members, Dr. McGann was known for his appreciation of hard work and love of the outdoors and the simple pleasures in life.



LAH resident honored for supporting wounded Israeli soldiers

Members of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces’ San Francisco Bay Area Region honored outgoing board chairwoman and Los Altos Hills resident Ricki Alon at an event in Palo Alto Aug. 9.

The organization appointed Alon its first regional chairwoman four years ago. During her time with Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, she turned it into one of the leading pro-Israel organizations in the Bay Area.


Engagement: Whitney Heil and John Abramo

Whitney Heil

Whitney Heil and John Abramo have announced their engagement to be married June 25 in Santa Ynez. A reception for the couple is scheduled at Sunstone Winery.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Nancy Heil of Santa Barbara. She graduated from Flint- ridge Preparatory School in La Cañada and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s in education from USC.



OBIT BruceMeyer

Bruce Charles Meyer, 81, died Wednesday, August 5th at his home in Carmel, California. He leaves his wife Valda Cotsworth and her daughter Katie Roos; his sons, Bruce and Joseph Meyer from his first marriage and his brother Gordon Meyer; four grandchildren, and many close friends. 



Murray Harold Kuperman of Los Altos lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 20, 2015. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Mary Truitt Kuperman and his son, Scott. Murray was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 29, 1937, the only son of Joseph Kuperman and Nettie Gewurtz Kuperman. He moved to Ontario, California where he completed high school and then went on to UCLA and California Berkeley graduating with a degree in metallurgical engineering.

Upon graduation he entered the Navy as an Ensign thanks to NROTC. His assignment was an engineering officer on the USS Embattle, a minesweeper. Murray and Mary, who had met at Berkeley, were married in April 1961.


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