Noteworthies: Local attorney named Lawyer of the Year


Daniel S. Gonzales, longtime Los Altos resident, received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association at its 2018 Judges’ Night Dinner Dec. 11.

The association presents the award annually to one of its members in recognition of his or her exceptional contributions to professionalism in setting an outstanding example and embodying the highest standards of practice for lawyers in Santa Clara County.

Erika Nord Richards

Erika Nord Richards 030619 onlineErika Nord Richards never seemed to age. She died Feb. 13, 2019, seven weeks shy of her 103rd birthday, still young in mind, spirit, and body. The most frequent word used to describe Erika is “amazing.” Until December, Erika took twice-daily walks, swam on Sundays, played bridge five times a week, completed Sudoku puzzles every morning, and enjoyed social and cultural events. She was a model of how to live -- with zest, optimism, integrity, and a kind heart. If someone suggested an activity, she enthusiastically answered, “Yes, why not?” Erika was born April 7, 1916 in Berlin, Germany, to Walter and Herta Nord and was raised in Hamburg. She enjoyed field hockey, sailing, and gymnastics. After studying two years in Sweden, Erika came to America in 1936 with $10 in her pocket and settled in Chicago (thanks to a young doctor she had met in Germany, who eventually became her husband). Erika earned a physical therapy certificate from Northwestern University.

(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley

(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley 030619 online(Dorothy) Juanita Nissley, née Reeder, a forty-year resident of Los Altos Hills, California passed away at home with her loved ones caring for her on January 21, 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 87. Juanita was born in Houlka, Mississippi on May 19, 1931 to Robert Elon Reeder and Annie Mae Reeder, née Cockrell, a baby sister for Charles and Nelda. She grew up in nearby Columbus and graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a B.S. in Secretarial Sciences in 1953. Working as a civilian secretary at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi she met her husband, Harold Thomas Nissley, who was stationed there. They married in 1957 and moved to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She was an elementary school teacher in 1958, supporting Harold as he finished at Case Western, and had five children between 1959 and 1966. They moved to Canada in 1969 when an investment of Harold’s began operations in Toronto.

Scouting News: Troop 33 honors 7 new Eagle Scouts

Courtesy of Martha Gomez
Troop 33’s new Eagle Scouts include, front row, from left: Bryan Webb, Nathan MacLeod, James Pampeyan and Nikolas Gibson. Back: Drishaan Jain, Austin Townsend and Kyle Kim.

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 honored seven new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony Jan. 6.

The Eagle designation is the highest achievement in Scouting. To earn the Eagle rank, Scouts must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges, lead a community service project, hold troop leadership positions and perform community service.

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