Irene L. Brown, PhD

Irene Brown 112719 onlineIrene L. Brown PhD passed away November 14, 2019, she was 87. Irene was born in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1932 and moved to Los Gatos, California when she was 16. She graduated from Los Gatos High School and subsequently received her BS and MS in Biology from San Jose State University where she met Robert Brown who she married in 1955. She received her PhD in Biology from Stanford in 1971. Irene touched the lives of many in the community and inspired generations of colleagues and students with her scientific knowledge, scrupulous writing and editing, quick wit, warm heart and joy in spending time outdoors. Everyone who knew Irene can recount organisms she identified for us, mysteries she explained, homegrown apples and figs she shared, or life lessons she imparted; most of us can recount all four.  She did all of those things with a chuckle and a twinkle in her eyes.  We knew she was sharing the things she loved, and we were inspired to love them, too. Irene was a profoundly rigorous scientist. 

Harold F. (Hal) Schoenborn

Harold Schoenborn 112719 onlineHarold F. (Hal) Schoenborn,age 92, passed away peacefully among family on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Formerly of Hebron North Dakota he had resided in Los Altos California since 1962. Born on November 8, 1927, in Hensel North Dakota to Mary Anna (Mayme) and William Schoenborn , Harold grew up in Hebron North Dakota and graduated from Hebron high in 1945. After attending the Wahpeton state school of science, He joined the Air Force in 1946 and became a radio operator on the B-17 flying Fortress. Following his service he graduated from Spartan school of Aeronautics, worked as an aircraft mechanic for Frontier Airlines, began as a flight engineer for United Airlines in 1951. He Married Liane Crawford in 1954 and had a 44 year career as a pilot, attaining the rank of Captain, for United Airlines, flying the Convair, DC -6, DC-7, DC-8, DC 10, Boeing 727 and Boeing 747. His hobbies included light airplanes, camping, fishing, river rafting, boating, skiing, SCUBA diving, traveling, handyman(handled all the home repairs), gardening :known for his most amazing tomatoes, and finally his computer.

Grete Santucci

Grete Santucci 112719 onlineGrete Santucci (Gullikstad), loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at age 62. Preceded in death by her Pappa Magnus Gullikstad, Grete is survived by Joe, her husband of 40 years; children Kristoffer, Monika and Andreas; mother Inger (Solli) Gullikstad, sisters Berit and Anne Marie and their families. Grete was born on Lille Julaften ‘Little Christmas Eve’ December 23,1956, in Sandvika Bærum, Norway. She attended elementary and secondary schools: Evje, Gjettum and Hauger. In 1978 she traveled to New York, and met her future husband on a blind date with friends. Some months later, Grete returned to Oslo to work for a television station. Joe visited a few times and at Christmas gave her a ring. They were married on March 17,1979, in a tiny church built in A.D. 1111 in Tanum, Norway, and returned to New York to start their life together.

Claire Elizabeth Bell Eber

Claire Ebers 112719 onlineDecember 24, 1922 – October 30, 2019 Born and raised in Papillion Nebraska, Claire moved with her best friend Barbara to the big city of Los Angeles after the war. As young women, they had both held jobs at the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha during wartime. When World War II ended, returning soldiers were given the jobs back that Claire and Barbara had filled while these men were away. As a perk from the railroad, the women, now jobless, were given two railroad tickets to anywhere in the continental United States. They hopped on the train and headed west to Los Angeles, California. It was in Los Angeles, that Claire met her future husband of 69 years, Lloyd. They were married and moved to San Luis Obispo where she worked to help put Lloyd through Cal Poly. Engineering degree in hand and a job awaiting at United Air Lines, they moved to the Bay Area.

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