Basil Peter Fthenakis

OBIT Basil Peter Ethenakis onlineOctober 1, 1955 – September 27, 2018 Basil passed away at the age of 62 following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, Debbie and children, Alex and Christy at his home in Nipomo, California. Basil was born in Long Beach, New York to Polyxeni Fthenakis and Emanuel John Fthenakis. The family, including Basil’s older brother John moved to Los Altos, California in 1962. Basil earned a B.A. in economics from UC Davis in 1976 and a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University Law School in 1979. He practiced and specialized in commercial litigation in Silicon Valley for twenty years, and then transitioned into technology related corporate work as a sole practitioner. Basil and Debbie met at Central Peninsula Church in Foster City and were married in 1984, eventually settling in Mountain View where they raised their two children, Alex and Christy. Basil and Debbie made Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto their spiritual home for over thirty years. Basil had a passion for studying God’s word and teaching and mentoring others.

Scouting News: Troop 103 Boy Scouts earn Eagle rank


Courtesy of Janet Corrigan
Troop 103’s new Eagle Scouts include, from left, Alfred Chang, Thomas Corrigan, Chetan Choksi and Austin Paige.

Boy Scout Troop 103, chartered by St. Simon Catholic Parish of Los Altos, held an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony Aug. 11 at Fremont Hills Country Club to recognize four new Eagle Scouts.

Eagle Scout is the highest recognition in Boy Scouting.

Lois Noel, 95: Los Altos Hills resident 'always there for you'

Mrs. Noel

Lois Noel, a longtime resident of Los Altos Hills and wife of former Cupertino mayor Clyde Noel, died Sept. 27, just three months after her husband’s death. Mrs. Noel was 95.

Mrs. Noel, a native of Philadelphia, was born Lois Peck to a banker father, William, and mother, Anna. She had a middle-class upbringing with two sisters. A no-nonsense personality, she nonetheless exhibited a sense of fun throughout her life through her love of dancing, travel, gardening, cooking and hosting parties for family and friends.

Miriam Wolff: LAH resident was pioneer for women in legal profession


Mrs. Wolff

Miriam Wolff, a longtime Los Altos Hills resident and a trailblazer who broke the glass ceiling for women in the legal profession, died Aug. 27 at age 102.

Mrs. Wolff was one of only three women in Stanford Law School’s Class of 1940. She became the first woman director for the San Francisco Port Authority in 1970 and was named the first woman to serve as judge on the Santa Clara County Municipal Court in 1975.


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