OBIT CaroleMacKay

July 10, 1942 - January 15, 2015

Kitty passed away peacefully on January 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm with her husband at her bedside. She was born in Albuquerque, NM on July 10, 1942, the second daughter of Delos and Precious Warner.

Kitty is survived by her husband of 45 years Bruce, her son Jason (Santa Rosa), her son Sean and grandson Jalil (San Leandro), brothers Eric (El Cerrito), Alatra (Las Vegas) and nephews Marque (Berkeley) and Evan (Palo Alto), Eric Jr. (Vallejo) and numerous relatives from Richmond, CA to Richland, MS.



OBIT Irene-Danielson


Irene Clement Danielson, RN, passed away peacefully shortly after her 93rd birthday.

Born on January 15, 1922, Irene was the youngest of seven children in a large and loving Augusta, Kansas family. She thrived on the attention, lessons and influences of her five older sisters (especially Mabel), who modeled a longed for career in the medical field. Following a move to California in 1940, Irene became a Registered Nurse in 1945. Two years later, she joined the US Navy at the School for Aviation Medicine, in San Antonio, Texas, studying under Dr. Werner Von Braun. In 1949 she met and married her beloved “Danny,” Dr. Robert Danielson, while working as a Navy flight nurse. Blessed with two sons, Robert Jr. in 1950 and John in 1953, during her 62 years of marriage, Irene worked hard at the office and at home. While raising two active boys, she helped to build a busy general practice in Coronado. After moving to the Bay Area in 1957, the family lived in Westlake, and then Mountain View, before settling in Los Altos for 26 years. She always found time for friends and traveled with Danny to Europe, the British Isles, China, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The couple moved to the Terraces of Los Gatos in 1999.



Courtesy of Gretchen Stroud
Scott Cmiel, center, teaches guitar to Chase Onodera, from left, Nicholas Padmanabhan, Ashwin Krishna and Alexander Stroud.

Local guitarists perform on NPR’s ‘From the Top’

Four young guitarists – Ashwin Krishna, a junior at Los Altos High School; Alexander Stroud, a senior at Mountain View High; Nicholas Padmanabhan, an eighth-grader at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto; and Chase Onodera of Sacramento – are scheduled to perform on the NPR radio show “From the Top” 8 p.m. Saturday.



OBIT JosephHalliday

Rich Halliday, 65, of Grants Pass died Monday, January 26, 2015 at his home. He was born October 14, 1949 in Pittsburgh, PA to Joseph R Halliday, Sr. and Elenora (Coppler) Halliday. He grew up in Los Altos, CA.

Rich proudly served 4 years in the Marine Corps as a sergeant, and was stationed in North Carolina and Japan. He later became a Design Engineer in corporate construction for Hewlett-Packard, and supervised projects in many foreign countries. After retiring from HP, he worked for Josephine County as a Property/Facilities Manager.



OBIT MaryTrowbridge

Mary Jane Hill Trowbridge passed away January 20, 2015 at Villa Fontana in San Jose, California.

Born December 23, 1916 in Columbia, Missouri, she was the daughter of Gertrude Lyon Hill and Robert E. Lee (Bob) Hill. Her father was the Director of Alumni Activities at the University of Missouri from 1921-1944. 

She was educated in the public schools of Columbia, attended Stanford University one year, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1939. As an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority she was awarded the Amy B. Onken Award. Following graduation she established a new chapter of Pi Beta Phi at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. 



Marjorie Olsen Cray passed away peacefully on January 18, 2015. Margie will be remembered for her radiant smile, her gracious manners, and her service to others.

Marjorie was born on September 9, 1924 in Passaic, New Jersey to Esther Cutting Olsen and Oscar Olsen. She attended grammar and secondary school at Passaic Collegiate, and then studied at Wellesley College from which she graduated in 1945, majoring in Sociology. Days later she married the love of her life, Gordon Cameron (“Cam”) Cray. Margie and Cam fell in love with California after moving to the Long Beach area where Cam was stationed before serving in the Pacific on an Army medical ship.  During this time Margie attended the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Southern California.



Musicians inspire Silicon Valley League of SF Symphony

Three Los Altos-area musicians have provided leadership to the Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony by supporting the musicians and outreach efforts of the world-renowned orchestra.

Past presidents Charlene Archibeque, Eileen Shelle Birnbaum and Sue Larson said they support the Silicon Valley League because of their devotion to the symphony and its conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas.



Ruby Doshim Lai was born on July 26, 1929 and passed away at home on January 10, 2015. A resident of Los Altos for over 50 years, Ruby is survived by her husband Bill; children Gwen, Tracy and Allyn; and grandchildren Kiyoshi and Misa.

Born on Mott Street in the heart of New York City's Chinatown, Ruby spent several years in the Ming Quong Home for girls in Oakland, CA, and graduated from Oakland High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, received her teaching credential from San Francisco State College and completed a Masters degree in Librarian Studies at San Jose State University.


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