Obituaries

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Writes Menlo-Atherton High School  principal Simone Rick-Kennel in a special edition of the school newsletter, BearNotes:

“It’s unusual to deliver sad news mid summer, however, with a heavy heart I want to let you know that beloved teacher and coach, Rick Longyear, who has been part of the M-A community for 36 years, passed away this week after a short battle with cancer. As a longtime Biology teacher, many freshmen (and possibly even some parents of freshman) learned about cells and genetics from Rick. Additionally, he coached M-A swimming for many years and worked at PAL swim meets.

“Last week, a small group of us were able to honor Rick with his induction into the M-A Athletic Hall of Fame. The image of him holding his certificate is one we can all cherish and remember as we think about his contributions to our school community. He will be honored [along with other inductees] at the M-A Athletic Hall of Fame banquet on October 13, 2018.

“Our thoughts are with his wife Sally and son CJ. Once we know the family’s wishes to honor Rick’s memory, we will pass that on to our community.”

The Daily Journal profiled Rick in May, three months after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver, bone and esophagus cancer. His widow, Sally, is participating in the upcoming Relay for Life to be held at Burgess Park on August 11 & 12, raising funds in Rick’s memory.

Photo by Simone Rick-Kennel; pictured in back row from left M-A co-athletic director Steven Kryger, good friend Paul Besse, Rick Longyear, M-A teacher Chris Rubin, M-A teacher Pam Wimberly; front row from left just retired M-A Latin teacher Madeleine Besse and co-athletic director Paul Snow

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Nobel Prize-winning SLAC physicist Burton Richter dies at age 87

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Burton Richter, the Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Emeritus, former director of the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, and winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in physics, died July 18 in Palo Alto. He was 87. Richter’s Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the J/psi subatomic particle, shared with MIT’s […]

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Lurline Matson Roth Coonan passes away at age 97

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Lurline Matson Roth Coonan, who grew up at Filoli, passed peacefully with her family at the age of 97 on August 13, leaving a deep and enduring legacy to the estate. Lurline first came to Filoli in 1937 as a 17-year-old when her parents, Lurline Matson Roth and William P. Roth, purchased the estate. She often […]

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Long time Menlo Park resident Arthur Flegel passes away at age 100 years, seven months

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Arthur E. Flegel, who brought furniture to downtown Menlo Park with the opening of Flegel’s Home Furnishings on Santa Cruz Avenue in 1954, passed away in his sleep on March 16. The longtime Menlo Park resident was 100 years, seven months old. There will be a memorial service for Mr. Flegel on May 4, 2018, […]

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Pioneering SLAC physicist Richard Taylor, who won a Nobel Prize, passes away at age 88

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Richard Edward Taylor, one of the pioneering particle physicists working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, died at his Stanford campus home on February 22 at the age of 88. Taylor was an early user of the 2-mile-long linear accelerator at SLAC and carried out experiments that revealed subatomic particles called quarks […]

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Three-time Menlo Park Mayor Billy Ray White dies at age 81

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Billy Ray White, a community activist in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park and three times the city’s mayor, passed away on Jan. 26 at age 81. Services have been held. Many of the people Mr. White worked with salute him in an obituary that appeared in the AlmanacNews. Photo courtesy of the Menlo […]

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Art collector and philanthropist Harry “Hunk” Anderson dies at age 95

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Philanthropist and art collector Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson died on Feb. 7 at his Atherton home surrounded by his family. He was 95. Anderson was the founder of food services company, Saga Corporation,  and with his wife, Mary Margaret “Moo,” and daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter,” a devoted art collector. In 2011, Stanford University announced that […]

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Kató Mendelssohn Reis passes away at age 98

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Kató Mendelssohn Reis, the great-great granddaughter of composer Felix Mendelssohn, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2017, surrounded by family and the sounds of her own piano recordings of the music of Chopin, Liszt, and of course Mendelssohn. Born in Budapest, Hungary, on January 29, 1919, to Gabor and Klari Mendelssohn Székely, Kató demonstrated her […]

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Teacher and active volunteer, Anne Flegel passes away at age 74

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Anne Hartwig Flegel, a former first-grade teacher at St. Joseph’s School in Atherton, an active member of Peninsula Volunteers, and a longtime Atherton resident, died June 26 at age 74. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Aug. 4 at Menlo Church (950 Santa Cruz Ave). Ms. Flegel suffered from dementia since 2011, and […]

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Ed Dobbs, local business owner and mentor to many, passes away at age 68

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Edward Francis Dobbs, 68, passed away on February 22 at his home in Redwood City after a short and aggressive battle with brain cancer. He will be missed for many reasons, but most certainly for his warm smile and his love of life. A memorial service for Ed will take place at Peninsula Bible Church (3505 Middlefield Rd) […]

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Florence Detlor, resident of Menlo Park for 62 years, passes away at age 105

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Florence Audrey Davidson Detlor died peacefully in her beloved Menlo Park home on January 4, 2017, at the ripe young age of 105 years old — just one month shy of her 106th birthday. With a lifespan that bore witness to the sinking of the Titanic, women’s suffrage, World Wars I and II as well […]

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