Eleanor Anne Gropper passed away November 3rd, succumbing to an especially aggressive form of Lymphoma. At the time of her death, she had been in the care of doctors at Stanford Hospital for less than a week. She was 76 years old.
Eleanor was born August 1, 1936 in Philadelphia, Mississippi to William and Eleanor Buckwalter. Along with her only sibling, Sandra, she was raised in Pacific Palisades. Eleanor graduated from Stanford University in 1958 with a degree in French. That same year, she married Lee Gropper. The couple raised two sons in Los Altos Hills. While they eventually divorced, she never remarried.
Eleanor worked for Stanford’s National Accelerator Laboratory in the 1980’s, but her passions were Astrology and Numerology, about which she wrote extensively and provided personal consultations often focusing on parent-child relationships. Other interests included her gardens, going for walks, and hiking near her second home in Mount Shasta. Eleanor was well known to family and friends as a vibrant, witty and outspoken free spirit. She’ll be missed by all including longtime companion John Sennett.
Preceded in death by her ex-husband, and eldest son, Roger, Eleanor is survived by her sister, Sandra Smith of Germantown, Tennessee, her son, Craig, daughter-in-law, Michelle Tuzee, and grandchildren, Christian William, Theresa Diane and Joanna Eleanor of La Canada Flintridge. A celebration of Eleanor’s life is planned for March.