Richard William Cahill

Richard Cahill onlineRichard William Cahill, III, a long-time Los Altos resident, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2021 nearly two weeks after his 89th birthday, at Stanford Hospital.  The cause of death was heart disease complicated by COVID-19.  He fought a long battle against vascular dementia.  Richard (Dick) was born in Utica, New York on December 30, 1931 to the late Richard William Cahill, II and Gertrude Irene Biel.  After graduating from St. Francis de Sales high school in Utica, he attended Utica Tech and received a business degree.  In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. military and served in the Korean War before being honorably discharged in September, 1954.  He served and participated in combat with the 1st squad, 3rd platoon, Item Company, 65th Infantry Regiment in the 3rd Infantry Division.  After the war, he attended Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, graduating in 1958.  He then went on to study at Purdue University where he earned his doctorate in chemistry in 1963. After graduation, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area of California to start his long career in the defense industry.  He joined Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Palo Alto as a physical chemist in 1963. As the Cold War winded down, he left Lockheed after nearly 30 years to begin a second career as a chemistry professor at various junior colleges, most notably at De Anza College for 18 years, with stints at both Evergreen and Mission Junior Colleges in the late 90’s through the early 2000s. He retired from teaching in 2012. 

Frank D. Berry, MD

Frank Berry onlineFrank D. Berry, MD, died Feb. 2 in his Los Altos home. He was 101 years old. He died peacefully, in his sleep, after a very brief illness. He was born during the pandemic of 1919. He died during the pandemic of 2021 (although not of Covid).

Born in Worcester MA, and raised in Milford MA, Frank went on to graduate from Holy Cross College, and the Tufts University school of Medicine. After Pearl Harbor, Frank enlisted in the army where he met and married his wife, Jean J. O’Neill, both in uniform at their wedding. They married Nov. 6, 1945. Frank did his residency, in Ophthalmology, at the Illinois Eye and Ear Institute.

In 1953 Frank and Jean settled in Los Altos, where they raised their four children. Frank practiced medicine there for more than 40 years, as an ophthalmologist. In 1955, Frank was the first chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for the El Camino Hospital District. That committee began the work that led eventually to the creation of El Camino Hospital, in Mt. View, CA. In the 60s and 70s he was known all along the west coast as one of the best eye surgeons in several states. Patients flew from as far as Seattle and Los Angeles to have him do their surgeries.

Diane Elizabeth Finch

DianeFinch onlineFINCH, Diane Elizabeth, died Jan 12, 2021.  Born in San Francisco, raised in Palo Alto she died of COVID-19 at the age of 87 in Santa Cruz, CA.  A life well-lived by a woman well-loved.

A San Francisco Bay Area native with a strong connection to Los Altos and the Los Altos School District, Diane will be remembered for her sharp wit, creative sensibility and commitment to education.

Diane loved learning.  Her education included Palo Alto High School, the University of Colorado, UC Berkeley majoring in Criminology and Stanford University for her graduate education program in administration.

Diane worked in the Los Altos School District for almost 35 years, as a classroom teacher and a principal.  For a time, she was the only woman administrator, working with 19 men.  She taught sixth grade and served as vice principal at Purissima and Loyola Schools.  She served as the principal of Oak, Covington, Almond and Loyola Schools, where she was known for infusing art into every aspect of the curriculum and for her high expectations for both students and staff members.  Her love for the arts led to the creation of the Arts Guild for the LASD which became part of the recommended guides that the State of CA adopted. 

She retired from the LASD in 1995.  Following her retirement, she worked as a consultant in the district and served as an interim principal at Bubb School in Mountain View.

Julia Diane Price

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANovember 22, 1961- February 16, 2020

Throughout 2020 the family and friends of Julia Diane Price have mourned her loss and celebrated her life. Julia passed away in San Francisco on February 16, 2020 following a short illness. 

Julia was an extraordinary person: gentle, generous, sensitive, kind and intelligent. She was a blessing to her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Many noted that after meeting Julia Price, their lives and luck improved. 

Born in Redwood City, California, Julia spent her childhood and youth in the same house in Los Altos. She was educated at Almond elementary, Covington Jr. High and Los Altos High School. Julia graduated from CalPoly in San Luis Obispo with a degree in journalism. While at CalPoly she met and later married, at twenty-two, John Hitchcock, whom she described as her best friend during the years they were together. 


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