- Published on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:01
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff
1941 - 2014
On April 30, 2014, Beverly Gorley was 73 when lung cancer took her from this life. Her husband Tom was at her side during home hospice care when she peacefully took her last breath.
She was born in New Jersey in 1941 and spent her childhood in upper NY state. Beverly was a graduate of Kathryn Gibbs secretarial school In New York City and also studied art for a short while at Rhode Island school of Design.
She spent her early adult years as a secretary to executives in Eastern U.S., and then in 1973 moved to Palo Alto. She was working at the Hal Lawrence advertising agency when she married Tom. For the next 38 years she was active in managing her husband's piano tuning business. Their clients loved her sense of humor, and often described her as a listener who is fully engaged.
For 3 years during the 1990's she was president of the Institute for the Advanced Studies of Health, a non-profit organization that researches effective ways to use NLP in promoting mental and physical health. She never stopped striving to improve herself.
Beverly made a huge contribution to those whose lives she touched. She loved to paint with oils and loved animals. She found that walking 3 1/2 miles in one hour every day was a great way to begin the day. She was a regular at the Smuin Ballet, and was a donor to preserving the great outdoors. While always the fiery redhead, Beverly managed to balance her artistic nature, her business sense, and her desire to assist others. She had a contagious laugh and an irreverent sense of humor.
She leaves her husband, Tom, a sister Bonnie Martin Fowler, brother Bill Martin, a nephew Don Fowler, and niece Lynn Fowler Grande.
A memorial is to take place on Aug. 16 at the Creekside building of the Los Altos United Methodist church at 11 AM.