OBIT DonaldSlichter

Donald Allen (“Duke”) Slichter passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2015 while vacationing in Florence, Italy with his wife of 30 years, Victoria. Duke was given his nickname by his father with whom he shared a birthday. Born on February 18, 1932 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Duke was raised in White Fish Bay and attended Milwaukee University School. Upon graduation, Duke proceeded on to Princeton University where he played football for his beloved Tigers, becoming a Life Member of the Princeton Football Association. He also became a member of Cannon Club and the Nassau Club. After graduating Cum Laude in 1954, he joined the U.S. Navy as an ensign, serving as a supply officer. Duke achieved the rank of Lieutenant before leaving the Navy in 1958.



OBIT WallaceSampson1

OBIT WallaceSampson2

Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Rita (nee Landry) Sampson, brother Sandy, sons Robert, Paul (Suzanne), Buck (Kathryn), Dan (Dolores), and David, and grandchildren Peter, Rachel, Julia, Annie, Lorenzo, Lila, Rebecca, Maya, and Rylan.



Charlotte Boutz and Erik Connell

Charlotte Boutz and Erik Connell

Charlotte Boutz and Erik Connell were married Sept. 13. The ceremony and reception took place at Beacon Hill in Spokane, Wash.

The bride is the daughter of Richard and Maureen Boutz of Spokane. She graduated from St. George’s School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College.


Scouting News

Daniel Beatty, left, and Julan Prasad earned their Eagle ranks.

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 37 members Daniel Beatty and Julan Prasad will celebrate earning their Eagle Scout ranks at a ceremony scheduled 3 p.m. June 7 at the American Legion, 347 First St., Los Altos.

For his Eagle project, Beatty, a senior at Los Altos High School, organized and coordinated the renovation of a scoring booth at the Los Altos Little League field, including installing a concrete floor and a wind break. Beatty has been active in Scouting since the age of 7 in Tiger Cubs. He is the son of Dave and Diane Beatty.


Longtime Egan language teacher passes away

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Miss Prescott at her wedding in 2008.

Often described as challenging but fair, Susan Hope Prescott Kavinoky left a lasting impression on the students she taught during her 40-year career as a language teacher in Los Altos. Known as Miss Prescott – and referred to as Señorita Prescott or Fräulein Prescott by some of her students – she died May 15 after battling cancer.



Guy Wilson Shoup, 80, died on April 28, 2015, at his Palo Alto apartment, after a long period of ill health. Born on November 22, 1934, to Margaret Owen Shoup and to Jack Wilson Shoup (the second son of Paul Shoup, widely considered the founder of Los Altos), Guy spent his childhood in California and graduated from Deerfield (MA) Academy, Stanford, and the Yale Law School, with a stint as a US Navy officer between college and graduate school. He practiced intellectual property law for more than forty years, largely in the field of electronics. His career, based for many years in New York and afterwrds in San Jose, was international, with especially close ties in Japan.  Guy was a warm supporter of Stanford athletics, often traveling far to cheer the Cardinal football team on at even its remotest away games. He leaves two brothers, Fred and Tom, and many long-time, widely scattered friends who were heartened by his resilience and enlivened by his wit, enthusiasm, and imagination.



OBIT JoyceMcDonald

A. Joyce McDonald, a former resident of Los Altos, passed away on May 6, 2015. Joyce, daughter of Mabel Young Bernson and Albert Bernson, Sr., was born in Canadian, Texas in 1929. She graduated from Canadian High School and attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma.

Joyce married William R. McDonald in 1953 (divorced 1986). She was an active member of numerous Newcomers organizations, creating homes in Evanston, IL; Niles, MI; Glen Ellyn, IL; Troy, OH; Des Moines, IA; Encino, CA; and Northbrook, IL before moving to Los Altos in 1970.



newlyweds, center, with friends, from left, Marc Oman, Sarah Boster, Charisse Balance, Paddy Sullivan, Alyce Boster, Morgen Newman, Kayti Sullivan and Dave Boster.

Kimberly Morris and Verdine Baker

Kimberly Morris and Verdine Baker were married June 4 on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

After a week of snorkeling, hiking and a barbecue hosted by the groom’s family, guests gathered at a remote beach on Mahé island for the wedding and a night of music and feasting, highlighted by traditional Seychellois dancers and a “Happy” flash mob.


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