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William Bonner, October 1, at 87. He was professor emeritus of chemistry. He earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1941 and a doctorate from Northwestern U. in 1944. He was an instructor at Northwestern before joining Stanford's faculty in 1946. His research centered on organic chemistry, particularly how amino acids develop the consistent structural asymmetry that enables proteins to fold themselves into the living structures that are the basis for life on Earth. After scrutinizing theories regarding why some asymmetric molecules (characterized as either left-handed or right-handed) are almost exclusively left-handed, in 1983 he and Professor Edward Robenstein introduced a new theory: that circularly polarized radiation could preferentially destroy molecules of one type of “handedness” over the other. The theory will be tested when the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft lands on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. He was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1952 and was the author of more than 200 scientific publications. He became professor emeritus in 1983. Survivors: his second wife, Norma; four children, R. Nelson, Dwarka, and Jay Bonner and Terra Miller; two stepdaughters, Constance Mosley and Candace Lublin; and his first wife, Cyrena Nelson.

Duncan Eben Govan, of Portola Valley, September 28, at 84. He earned his medical degree at the U. of Manitoba and a PhD in surgery at the U. of Chicago. In 1961, he joined the department of urology at Stanford Medical Center. He twice received the Henry Kaiser Award for outstanding and innovative contributions to medical education, and earned the Alwin C. Rambar Award for excellence in patient care. The Rotary Foundation recognized him as a Paul Harris Fellow for his humanitarian efforts in establishing the Roto Care clinic, which provided free patient care regardless of citizenship status. Survivors: his wife of 57 years, Eileen Patricia “Paddy”; four sons, Douglas, Duncan, Reginald and James; two daughters, Jennifer Carey and Patricia McGuire; and 15 grandchildren.

C. Peter Rosenbaum, of Menlo Park, September 17, at 76, of pulmonary disease. He was professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the School of Medicine. He was an expert on schizophrenia who co-wrote one of the first textbooks to include a particular focus on hospital psychiatry, Psychiatric Treatment: Crisis, Clinic, and Consultation. He earned his medical degree from the U. of Chicago in 1956 and did his internship and residency at Mt. Zion hospital in San Francisco. He completed a two-year fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health before coming to Stanford in 1961. He was director of Stanford's Adult Psychiatry Clinic for 11 years and director of the residency training program for one year. He was on numerous academic committees, was an American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Life Fellow, and was author of many scientific articles and books as well as several nonscientific publications, including Italian for Educated Guessers, A Glossary of Basic Yiddish and A Psychiatrist's Guide to San Francisco. He taught in the Stanford in Italy program in 1975 and 1982, and retired in 1993. He was honored by Stanford residents with the 2005 Clinical Faculty Teaching Award. Survivors: his wife of 45 years, Eva; his son, David; his daughter, Sarah Gaeta, '86; four grandchildren; and a brother.

Edward G. Seidensticker, of Tokyo, August 26, at 86, of complications from a head injury. He was an eminent translator of Japanese who brought the work of ancient and modern writers to the English-speaking public. He earned his bachelor's degree from the U. of Colorado in 1942 and attended the Navy's Japanese Language School. During World War II, he was a language officer with the Marines, and at war's end worked as a translator in occupied Japan. He earned a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia in 1947 before returning to Japan as a foreign-service officer and student at Tokyo U. He lived in Japan from 1948 to 1962. Upon his return to the United States, he taught at Stanford and the U. of Michigan before joining the Columbia faculty in 1978, where, at his death, he was professor emeritus of Japanese literature. He was most widely known for his translation of The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu and works by novelists Yasunari Kawabata. He won a National Book Award in 1971 for his translation of Kawabata's The Sound of the Mountain. He wrote several nonfiction books about Japan, including a memoir, Tokyo Central, published in 2002.

1930s

Homer V. Hartzell, '30 (political science), of Kihei, Hawaii, May 6, at 98. He graduated from the U. of Oregon Medical School in 1936 and trained in radiology at the U. of Oregon and UC-San Francisco. He was chief of radiology at King County Hospital in Seattle before joining the Army as a lieutenant colonel during World War II. After the war, he practiced radiology until 1980 at Seattle General Hospital and Doctors Hospital. He was a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Radiological Society. He later served as president of that group and of the Washington State Radiological Society. He was active in many professional organizations and served as a clinical professor of radiology at the U. of Washington Medical School. Survivors: his wife, Adele; one daughter, Claire Hartzell Richards; three sons, John, William and Robert; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

George K. Wyman, '35 (social science/social thought), of Fairfield, Calif., October 1, at 93. He was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. Survivors include a daughter, B.F. Hammon.

Harry R. Goff, '37 (political science), of Palo Alto, September 10, at 92. He attended graduate school at Harvard and Cambridge U., and served as a lieutenant commander with the Navy from 1941 to 1946. He was a partner with James Dole Corporation, a partner with Post Goff & Associates, CEO of Pacific Scientific & Newport Research Company. He was active in numerous social and civic organizations, including as trustee of the California Historical Society and president of the Book Club of California, Associates of Stanford U. Libraries. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Kathleen “Kay” (Kloster, '38). Survivors: his wife of two years, Mollie Sinclair; three daughters, Karen McNay, Kathi Rittenhouse and Betsi Carey; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Elsa Margaret “Peggy” Titsworth Woolley Martin, '38 (history), of Sarasota, Fla., July 3, at 90. She was captain of the women's archery team. While living in Saudi Arabia, in 1963, she helped start the American International School and was a founding member of the Royal Saudi International Ladies Club. In 1968 she moved to Laos where she taught English and music. At the age of 79, she and her husband were featured in Fitness Over Fifty. She was active in numerous musical organizations and taught piano for more than 40 years. Her husband, Herbert Woolley, '39, predeceased her. Survivors: her husband of 23 years, James; four daughters, Nancy Saija, Dianne Park, Susan Burke and Priscilla Burton; two sons, John and David Woolley; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

1940s

William Cowden, '42 (social science/social thought), of San Francisco, October 17. He was captain of Stanford's NCAA champion men's basketball team during the 1941-42 season. He scored five points in the 53-38 victory over Dartmouth in the final game. He was a member of Delta Upsilon while at Stanford and was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He was director of Pan American Airlines in Southeast Asia for many years. Survivors: his wife, Beverly; three sons, James, Peter and Jack; and five grandchildren.

Dorothy Elizabeth Rea, '42 (biological sciences), of Glendale, Calif., June 7, at 86. She was chief laboratory technician of the hematology lab at L.A. County-USC Hospital for 32 years until her retirement in 1982. She was involved in numerous civic organizations, including the Huntington Library and Project Linus, which supplies children in need with handmade blankets.

John S. Rhoades, '46 (social science/social thought), of Mission Beach, Calif., September 3, at 82, of complications from heart surgery. He served as a U.S. District Court judge since 1985. He served as a Navy pilot and earned his law degree in 1951 from UC-Berkeley's Hastings College of Law. He joined the San Diego City Attorney's Office in 1952 and entered private practice five years later. After 33 years as a San Diego trial lawyer, including serving on the team representing financier C. Arnholt Smith during the United States National Bank trial (at the time the largest bank failure in the nation), he was nominated to the federal bench by President Reagan. In 1995, he became a senior judge. Twice a year he sat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was active in civic organizations, including Casa de Cuña, a Tijuana orphanage. His wife, Carmel, predeceased him. Survivors: five sons, Mark, Matthew, Christopher, John Jr. and Peter; 10 grandchildren; and a sister.

Betty Lou Berzon, '48, of Studio City, Calif., January 24, 2006, at 78. She completed her bachelor's degree at UCLA and earned a master's degree in 1962 from San Diego State U. She worked for Western Behavioral Sciences Institute in La Jolla, Calif., before helping found the country's first social service agency for gays and lesbians, now called the LA. Gay & Lesbian Center, in 1971. She was a leader in the human potential movement of the 1960s and helped organize the first meeting of gays in the American Psychological Association. Later, she wrote bestselling self-help books, including Positively Gay and The Intimacy Dance, as well as an advice column for PlanetOut.com. She also wrote a memoir, Surviving Madness: A Therapist's Own Story, which won a Lambda Literary Award for excellence in gay and lesbian writing. In private psychotherapy practice, she counseled only gay men and lesbians. She was among eight founding members of the Western Gay Academic Union, and served as president of the national Gay Academic Union. Survivors: her partner of 33 years, Terry DeCrescenzo; her stepmother, Trude Berzon; one sister; and one stepsister.

Bill Williams, '49 (mechanical engineering), of Seattle, August 19. He was a member of the baseball team. He worked as an engineer for Boeing from 1949 to 1989 and consulted there until 2006. He was chief project engineer and chief adviser to new airplane programs. In 1985 he was recognized by the editors of Aviation Week and Space Technology for outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace. He held several patents for his work on the 737. With his wife, Gladys, he was involved with several civic and social organizations. Gladys died the day after Bill. Survivors: one daughter, Terryll; one son, Mark; and two granddaughters.

1950s

Kemp Berner Doersch, '51 (biological sciences), of Carmichael, Calif., August 24, at 77, of pneumonia. He earned his medical degree from Cornell U. in 1955 and trained in surgery at Stanford before serving for two years in the Air Force. He was chief of surgery at Vance Air Force Base during that time. In 1962 he started a general surgery private practice in Sacramento. After 32 years, he retired from full-time work at age 65. In 1977 he was chief of surgery at Sutter Community Hospitals. He was a clinical professor of general surgery at UC-Davis Medical School and director of a surgical residency program for the school and Mercy and Sutter hospitals. He was active in civic and cultural groups, including serving as an executive board member of the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and as president of the Camellia Symphony Orchestra in 1968 and 1969. In 1991 he was recognized for five years of volunteer service to the Stanford Alumni Association. Survivors: his wife, Carol; one son, Todd, '79; one daughter, Ann, '84, MA '85; and two grandchildren.

John A. Ertola, '51 (political science), of San Francisco, September 10, at 80, of Lewy body dementia. He was a former San Francisco supervisor and Superior Court judge. He served in the armed forces during World War II and earned his law degree from the U. of San Francisco in 1954. In 1964, while working as an attorney, he was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, replacing his father, who died in office. During his term, he was appointed president of the City's fire commission. Three years after being appointed, he was re-elected with more votes than any candidate running for any office. He became president of the board and served until 1970, when he became a Superior Court judge. He was on the bench for 20 years, eventually serving as presiding judge. He was a member of numerous civic organizations and served on the California Veterans Board. Survivors: his wife of 58 years, Shirley; one son, Chad; one daughter, Jill Shustoff; and four grandchildren.

Leroy “Lee” Jack Kubby, '52 (undergraduate law), JD '54, of Menlo Park, August 24, at 77. He was a founding member of Congregation Beth Am and a member of the Los Altos Hills Town Council. He was predeceased by his wife, Elena (Heller, '54, MA '65). Survivors: two daughters, Raychel Kubby-Adler and Lisa; one son, Joel; and four grandchildren.

Virginia Anne Bell Andrews, '54 (speech and drama), of Van Nuys, Calif., August 30, at 75. She was a member of the women's tennis team.

Thomas Reid Mitchell, '55 (history), JD '59, of La Jolla, Calif., June 14, at 73, from complications of leukemia and lymphoma. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. After law school, he joined the firm Hervey & Mitchell, remaining with that firm and its successor firms until 1992, when Gov. Pete Wilson named him to the Superior Court bench. He was a judge for 11 years, primarily handling probate issues. He was the fifth and final judge assigned to the probate case of Mary Birch Patrick, a philanthropist whose probate lasted 15 years. After retiring in 2003, he became a mediator for JAMS, The Resolution Experts. Survivors: his wife of 40 years, Mary “Mickey”; two sons, Clayton and Robert; two daughters, Elizabeth Barber and Marcia; and six grandchildren.

Bruce Martin Smith, '58 (biological sciences), of Homer, Alaska, September 21, at 71, in a plane crash. He was the first family member to sue Libya after the 1988 bombing of Flight 103, in which his wife was among 270 people killed. In 1966, he became a commercial airline pilot, and he worked for Pan Am for 25 years. After the terrorist attack, he began a campaign to expand a federal program that offered rewards for information leading to the arrest of terrorist suspects. He persuaded airline trade groups to establish a parallel reward program. It now offers more than $4 million for tips that lead to the arrest of terrorists plotting to destroy airliners, and helped in the capture of the 1993 World Trade Center bomber, who was convicted of plotting to destroy U.S. airliners. After his first, failed suit against Libya, he lobbied Congress to amend the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act so that families of victims could sue state sponsors of terrorism in United States courts. Eventually Libya paid $2.7 billion to the families of Flight 103. Survivors: his wife, Galyna; three sons, Scott, Rodney and Bradley; two daughters, Kristie Smith and Robin Ladue; four grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers.

1960s

Miklos Tottossy, '61 (education), of Virginia Beach, Va., September 6, at 80. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Born in Hungary, he was an athlete before being imprisoned under false charges of spying for the United States and the Vatican. He was freed in 1956 and became a freedom fighter for his country. He later came to the United States as a political refugee. He headed the physical education department at the Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley while attending Stanford. He participated in four Olympic Games as either athlete, coach or translator, and coached several U.S. World Championship teams in wrestling and kayaking. He earned a PhD in biomechanics and physiology, and was a professor at Queens College in New York, at Catholic U. in Washington, D.C., and taught at the U. of New Mexico. He also worked as a consultant in biomechanics and authored numerous articles. Survivors: his wife, Aniko; two sons, Brian Motes and Joszef; one daughter, Christina; five grandchildren; and one sister.

Philip L. Judson, '63 (international relations), of Highlands Ranch, Colo., August 11, at 65, of acute myeloid leukemia. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He served as a first lieutenant in the Army and earned his law degree in 1969 from Hastings College of the Law, where he was an editor of the Hastings Law Journal and was elected to the Thurston Society. He was a trial lawyer and a partner in the firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro for nearly 30 years, and later joined Skjerven Morrill LLP before going to Winstead PC of Austin, Texas. He retired in 2004. He was active in civic organizations, including as a founder of St. Mark's School in San Rafael, Calif. He and his first wife, Dorothy Lebohner, divorced in 1995. Survivors: his wife, Danielle; one daughter, Wendy; two sons, Philip and Michael; four grandchildren; one brother; and one sister.

1970s

Kirk Wilson Klemme, '70 (general engineering), of Kansas City, Mo., June 15, at 61, of an accident at home. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He worked in packaging research and development and was employed by Boise Cascade, Composite Can Division from 1970 to 1987. In 1988, he became director of the Packaging Technology Center for Sealright Co. He retired in 1999. Survivors: his wife of 22 years, Barbara; one daughter, Karen McDonald; one son, Kevin; three grandchildren; and a brother.

John Patrick Healy, '73 (speech and drama), of Santa Clara, August 26, at 55, of complications from a fall and head injury. As a teenager he was the youngest musician in the San Jose Symphony, and started the Cabrini Community Theater—the predecessor of the San Jose Children's Musical Theater (now the Children's Musical Theater of San Jose and the largest youth theater in the country)—at age 17. After serving as the head of the organization for 12 years, he left the musical theater in 1982. Recently, he was head of the Theater Arts Department at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Survivors: his wife of 26 years, Dee Dee; three sisters; and one brother.

David Wright Eagle, '74 (economics), of Phoenix, September 3, at 54. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned an MBA from Arizona State U. and a law degree from the U. of Arizona. He practiced law in Phoenix. Active in Democratic party politics, he served as vice chair of the state party and subsequently as legal counsel for the party. During the late 1980s, he was the party's nominee for the state senate in the 19th District. Survivors: one son, Matthew; one daughter, Mallory; one grandchild; his parents, Donald and Dorothy Eagle; and a sister.

BUSINESS

Fred Thomas Sommer, MBA '78, of Foster City, Calif., August 16, at 62, of kidney cancer. He earned his bachelor's degree from Yale U. and a master's from the U. of Minnesota. He worked for Standard Oil, Chevron, Raychem and Metcal/OK International. Survivors: his wife, Elaine; one stepson, Stephen King; and one brother.

EDUCATION

Marceta Joan Seavey Thomas, EdD '59, of Hayward, Calif., September 30. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Oregon and served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and the Army during World War II. She worked as dean of women and dean of students at the Oregon College of Education for 12 years before coming to Stanford for doctoral studies. In 1962, she became dean of women at CSU-Hayward (now CSU-East Bay) and later was associate dean of students. She retired in 1985, after helping launch women's study and re-entry programs, services for disabled students and a nursery for students' children. She was a member of numerous civic organizations. In 2003, she received Hayward's Lifetime Achievement Award. Survivors: her husband of 40 years, John; two daughters, Suzanne Lawlor and Mary Thomas Weiss; and one son, George.

ENGINEERING

Merle Gordon Waugh, MS '48 (mechanical engineering), of Millersville, Md., August 27, at 82. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1949 and earned his bachelor's degree from the California Institute of Technology. After graduating from Stanford, he worked for Ames Aeronautical Laboratory before joining Lockheed as a design engineer on the F-104 fighter. He did aerodynamics research at the Naval Air Missile Test Center at Point Mugu, Calif., prior to joining NASA in 1961. There, he managed research and technology in the manned space flight program. He contributed to the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Before retiring in 1974, he was special assistant to the director of advanced missions for program control. He was active in religious and social organizations. A son, Thomas, died in 1992. Survivors: his wife of 43 years, Dorothy; one daughter, Carolyn Mariano; and three grandchildren.

Arthur W. Hesse, MS '55 (electrical engineering), of Temple Hills, Md., August 10, at 84, of leukemia. He joined the Army Air Forces in 1941 after briefly attending the U. of Wisconsin. During World War II the military sent him to study at Reed College and Yale U. He transferred to the Air Force in 1947 and graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio, then taught mathematics there for several years. He helped design weapons for the Air Force, directed research in satellite communications and headed a program for developing electronic intelligence devices. He retired from the Air Force in 1975 as a colonel with decorations, including the Legion of Merit. He joined the Prince George's (Md.) County government as chief electrical inspector and worked there for 18 years. From 1993 until 2006, he was chief electrical inspector in Laurel, Md. He served as a vice president in the Oxon Hill Lutheran Church. Survivors: his wife of 62 years, Charlotte; one son, Scott; two grandsons; and a brother.

F. J. Suellentrop, MS '62 (aeronautics and astronautics), of Sunnyvale, July 26. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from Kansas State U. in 1958. Survivors: his wife, Joan; two daughters, Constance Mitchell and Judith Schwede; and two sons, John and Thomas.

Wanda Ramona Anderson, Gr. '86 (electrical engineering), of Mountain View, August 30, at 54. She earned her bachelor's degree from Grambling State U. and worked as a systems programmer analyst. She was involved in religious organizations, including as a member of Stanford Outreach for 23 years, and served in various religious and civic positions. Survivors: two sisters; and one brother.

HUMANITIES & SCIENCES

Mildred Frances Roof Shepherd, MA '42 (music), MA '42 (education), of Arlington, Va., August 26, at 94, of a stroke. She earned her bachelor's degree from San Francisco State U. and served in the Naval Reserve during World War II. In 1951, she organized and trained a girls' choir in Southern Maryland that sang at the inaugural ceremony of Gov. Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin. She taught conversational English to Japanese naval officers at their academy in Yokosuka. She became a restorer of porcelain, ceramics, glass and ivory, and was a national competition judge for proper paint colors and stripping of antique Ford vehicles. Survivors: her husband of 62 years, John; one son, James; one daughter, Janet; and two grandchildren.

Michael J. Barclay, PhD '86 (economics), of Rush, N.Y., August 16, at 50, in a seaplane crash. He earned his bachelor's degree from Colgate U. He joined the Simon Graduate School of Business at the U. of Rochester after completing his PhD. Later, he was appointed alumni distinguished professor of business administration, professor of finance and area coordinator of finance. His research in corporate finance, the role of large-block shareholders in public corporations and market microstructure appeared in numerous scholarly journals. He served as an advisory editor of the Journal of Financial Economics and as an associate editor of three other journals. During a leave of absence in 1995-96, he taught at the U. of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He was honored with 11 Simon School MBA Superior Teaching Awards and, in 1994, was ranked by Business Week as one of the top 12 business professors in the nation. He served as chair of the Nasdaq Economic Advisory Board. Survivors include his wife, Laura Thurner.

LAW

James T. Danaher III, JD '58, of Palo Alto, August 21, at 77, of a heart attack. He earned his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth in 1951. He worked for the Central Intelligence Agency before attending law school. After graduating, he worked briefly for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles before starting a practice in Palo Alto, where he eventually specialized in family law. He was active in public service, including representing civil rights demonstrators in Mississippi in the 1960s. He served as president of the Palo Alto Bar Association and the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and was a member of the Los Altos Planning Commission and later, the city council. He was recognized by the Stanford Alumni Association for 10 years of volunteer service in 1989. Survivors: his wife of 29 years, Kathleen; five sons, Steve, Mike, JD '80, Jim, Peter and Tom; one stepson, Blaine Rogers; four grandchildren; and a brother.

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