Robert Spencer Symons

RobertSpencerSymons onlineRobert Spencer Symons passed away on May 10, 2020, at the age of 94, in Los Altos, California. Robert was born in San Francisco on July 3, 1925, the son of the late Spencer Wesley and Avesia (Atkins) Symons. He graduated from Palo Alto High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University in 1946 and a Master of Science, also from Stanford University, in 1948. He was a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. As an undergraduate, he was the editor of The Chaparral, the Stanford humor magazine. Following graduation, Robert served as a Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He married Alice Faye Smith, the love of his life, in North Carolina on December 21, 1960. They enjoyed spending time with friends and traveling the world together. During his career as an electrical engineer, he worked as senior engineering manager at Varian Associates in Palo Alto from 1950-1983 and then as technical director of Litton Industries in San Carlos from 1983 until his retirement in 1995. After his retirement he was often requested as a consultant in his areas of expertise. He was a fellow and associate editor of the IEEE.

Volunteer Ann Coombs: Author of book on Los Altos trees

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Mrs. Coombs

Longtime Los Altos resident Ann Kleerup Coombs was the ultimate community volunteer. She was active in many organizations, conscientious and thorough in virtually every task she took on. Mrs. Coombs, 86, died April 4 after a prolonged struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Thomas Adam Rohrer

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Resident of Cupertino November 24, 1926 - May 23, 2020 Thomas Adam Rohrer was great man with a big heart, very charming and gentlemanly with a unique sense humor. Thomas Rohrer was born on November 24th, 1926, he entered the world with as much zest and an expediency for life. Tom spent his days milking cows, cascading and sheering sheep on the family farm. Hard work was in his genes, which later proved to be a great strength during the Depression. Tom loved to travel to many new and exciting places with his companions while speaking several languages. He broke bread all across his travels, while enjoying the countries wine and culinary flavors.

Carol May Kramer

Carol May Kramer onlineCarol May Kramer passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the age of 90, in Sunnyvale, California. Carol was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on December 23, 1929, the daughter of the late Gustave and Flora Belle (Harrison) Kramer. Carol grew up in Weston, Connecticut, with her three sisters on their family apple farm. She graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1948, and attended the University of Connecticut from which she graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. Always stylish and energetic, Carol was an independently successful businesswoman before it was fashionable. After graduating, Carol moved to New York City where she worked as a lab technician in the hematology department of Cornell Medical Center before embarking on her career working in Research and Development for major fragrance companies, blazing a trail for younger women in a male dominated industry.


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