Barbara L. McCall

Long time resident of Los Altos, Barbara L. McCall, 79, passed on December 8, 2018, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Barbara was born December 23, 1938, in Long Island New York, to Robert and Anna Leonard. She graduated from High School in Amityille, New York in 1956. She married Thomas M. McCall on September 18, 1959, in New York City. They had two children. Nicholette (Nikki) born in 1960 in Merced, California; Linda born in 1962 at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. After traversing the United States several times they settled in Los Altos in 1975, where Thomas and his long time friend, Donald Andersen, started the very successful technical sales representative, Manco, in Santa Clara. Tom and Barbara were active in the community belonging to many clubs and groups. Tom was the President of the Instrument Society of America in 1980. They square danced monthly for many years. Barbara was active in a local book club, and was a member of the Chapter OZ PEO. Barbara also worked at the Sunset Garden’s Hospitality House in Menlo Park, in the 1980’s and 90’s. In October of 2018, she was recognized for forty years of service from the Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children of the Luicile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Scouting News: Camp Taylor benefits from Scout's project


Courtesy of Craig Pampeyan
Eagle Scout candidate James Pampeyan meets with Camp Taylor Executive Director Kimberlie Gamino.

James Pampeyan, a Boy Scout from Troop 33 in Los Altos, last summer led a team of volunteers in building an archery range for Camp Taylor, a Modesto camp for children with congenital heart defects.

Pampeyan, who was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, a condition where the heart only has one ventricle, has attended Camp Taylor for the past 13 years.

Scouting News: Local Scouts programs now enrolling girls

As of early November, more than 148 girls registered to join more than 20 local Cub Scout packs, or approximately one-half of local Cub Scout units.

The numbers should rise, as more packs are currently transitioning to the new Family Scouting model and recruiting girls ages 5-11.

Dorothy Theresa Guest Benes

Dorothy Theresa Buest Benes 012319 onlineDorothy Theresa Guest Benes died peacefully on November 19, 2018 at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, Illinois after a long illness. She was born on November 7, 1932 in the mining town of Montreal, Wisconsin and was the fourth of five children born to Arthur and Evelyn Guest. After graduating from high school, Dorothy attended community college in Ironwood, Michigan. In 1956, she visited California on vacation. She loved it there so much that she moved to Los Altos, California and continued her education at Foothill College. Following college, she worked at the Philco Ford Corporation as an executive secretary and administrator for over forty years.


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