Cortlandt Van Rensselaer
Jan. 13, 1924 - Aug. 22, 2014
Portola Valley, California
Cort Van Rensselaer, 90, passed away peacefully on August 22 after battling prostate cancer for many years. He was our beloved father and grandfather and spent his last few weeks surrounded by family and close friends. Cort is survived by his children Steve Van Rensselaer (Judy), Amy Scrivner (Dan) and Rick Van Rensselaer (Missi), and his grandchildren, Eric and Matthew Van Rensselaer, Karen and Julie Scrivner, and Sara and Kyle Van Rensselaer. The son of Eleanor and Maunsell Van Rensselaer and the brother of Patricia Wilson, Cort was born in Berkeley, CA and grew up in Santa Barbara where he developed a passion for radio broadcasting and photography. After graduating from Stanford University, with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1944, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy until 1946. He then returned to Stanford and earned his MBA in 1948. After meeting Jean in Idlewild, CA, Cort bought a horse to woo her in the summer of 1946. They married the next year and moved to Los Altos Hills. During the majority of their marriage, they lived on the Peninsula and spent the past 49 years in Portola Valley. They had a long, happy marriage until Jean passed in 20...
Stephen D. Bellumori
Jan. 19, 1949 - Aug. 14, 2014
Menlo Park, California
Born on January 19, 1949 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Steve was the third of four children. He was president of his Coughlin High School class, for which he still organized class reunions, and editor of the class yearbook while attending King's College. In 1970 he volunteered for the Peace Corps and taught adult literacy in Ghana, West Africa. Following his Peace Corps commitment, Steve moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he began his real estate career in 1974 with Pantano Realtors in Menlo Park. He married Darline Cowley, a Peace Corps colleague, in 1979 and they later had two sons, David and Thomas. As his sons progressed through the local public school system, Steve became very involved in supporting the schools they attended. He was an early Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation Board member and remained committed to supporting economically challenged students long after his own sons graduated. Steve was very active in many real estate associations throughout his four decades as a real estate professional, and served as president of the Menlo-Atherton Board of Realtors in 1983. He spent his entire real estate career in Menlo Park, later working for Seville Properties and m...
Robert T. Schimke
Oct. 25, 1932 - Sept. 6, 2014 Palo Alto, California
Robert Tod Schimke, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Stanford University, died on Sept. 6, 2014, at age 81, following several months of declining health. Born in Spokane, Washington, he received A.B. and M.D. degrees from Stanford University, followed by residency training for two years at the Mas...
Fernando G. Vescia
Nov. 1, 1926 - Sept. 2, 2014 Palo Alto, California
Dr. Fernando Vescia, dear husband, father, grandfather and treasured friend, passed away at his Palo Alto home on Sept. 2, 2014, at the age of 87. Fernando was deeply loved by his family, who were with him when he died. During his long life, Fernando was always fascinated by history and had a pr...
Oct. 23, 1951 - Aug. 29, 2014 Palo Alto, California
Gregory Douglas Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 23, 1951. The son of KRON News Anchorman Art Brown, he was moved to Palo Alto at an early age, and at age 13 began an apprenticeship with Italian painter Roberto Lupetti, who taught him techniques of tromp l’oeil ("trick of the eye"...
June E. Lee
Aug. 6, 1922 - Aug. 26, 2014 Seattle, Washington
June was born and raised in the International District of Seattle, Washington. June's family ran a store and restaurant catering to Americans and hosted banquets for the Chinese community. In 1933, June, then 11, and her mom accompanied her dad to China where he soon after passed away. There she met...