Jean San Juan: LA dance instructor taught generations of students

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Jean San Juan, founder of the San Juan School of Dance in Los Altos, touched the lives of countless young dancers.

Jean San Juan, founder of the San Juan School of Dance in Los Altos, died Nov. 9. An icon on the local dance scene who taught and inspired generations of young dancers, Mrs. San Juan was 86.

Dance was Mrs. San Juan’s lifelong passion. She started dancing in her native England at age 4 and began attending a boarding school for ballet at 9. She earned an advanced degree in ballet from the Royal Academy of Dancing in London when she was just 15. She opened her first school at 18 before moving to the United States.

Helen Gualtieri

Helen Gualtieri 112019 online9/9/1919-11/11/2019 Helen Gualtieri, 100 of Los Altos Hills, passed away gracefully on November 11th. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she met her husband, Virgil. They married during the war in 1943 and were married for 72 years.  They moved to California, where they raised their boys.  Always a strong and passionate woman, she had a successful 21-year career as a Supervisor at Kaiser, where she retired from in 1986. In retirement, she volunteered, gardened, was an avid traveler, and attended art classes at the Los Altos Senior Center.  She enjoyed mediums of oils and watercolors. “A rainy day turns into a sunny day when I’m painting.” Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; and sons Lee and Randy.  Survived by daughter-in-laws Kathy and Debbie; grandchildren Lee Michael, Kevin, Sarah, and Ryan; great-grandchild, Haylee.

Dave Grometer

Dave Grometer onlineDave passed away peacefully at the age of 89 years. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to George and Hulda Grometer. Dave was an Electrical Engineer at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. Dave had a passion in life for volunteering, serving both the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary Road Runners program and as an outreach and homeless program coordinator at Los Altos Untied Methodist Church. He loved fishing and hunting with his friends and family and was a devoted father in raising his three children. Per the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s honor may be made to Los Altos United Methodist Church 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos, CA 94024 or online at (please denote or select “Outreach Connection” Fund).

Gordon Dent Collins

Gordon Dent Collins, 95, long time resident of Los Altos, CA, passed away peacefully November 4, 2019, among family in Newnan, GA. He was born in Berkeley, CA on March 27, 1924 to parents Edward Everett and Dorothy Janet (Doyle) Collins. He married Louise Norma Krivicich July 23, 1960. He earned a BSEE from Univ. of Washington 1948 and performed postgraduate work at Stanford 1963. He served as an officer in the US Army Signal Corps 1943-48 in the Africa theater. He was an electrical engineer in the atomic energy division of GE 1948-1984. Achievements include project engineer on the USS Seawolf SSN-575, development and patents in the field of nuclear power, liquid sodium technology, fast breeder reactors, and electromagnetic pumps. He was a member of the following professional honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Society of Engineers and Scientists of France (ISF), and Elfun Society (Man of the Year 1980 for community service). He was founder and CEO of Collins Recording Co. serving student and professional musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1962.

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