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Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - May 17, 2013

Deaths

Henry Martin Blume

A memorial service for Henry Martin Blume Jr. will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at All Saint's Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St. in Palo Alto.

He died on May 2 at his home in Palo Alto after an extended battle with Parkinson's disease and leukemia. The former Portola Valley and Menlo Park resident was 82.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisc., he attended Fox Point School and Country Day School (now University School of Milwaukee), and graduated from Yale University in 1953 with a degree in economics.

He attended Officer Candidate School and served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander. He was supply officer on a tanker for a year in the Mediterranean, later remaining active in the Naval Reserves until 1991.

After earning a master's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1959, he was drawn to California, where he found work at Fairchild Semiconductor, seedbed for the semiconductor industry. He would design microchips at companies, including Intel Corp, for the rest of his career.

He led the team developing the 8748 and 8048 microcontrollers, which were among Intel's "hottest products" in the late 1970s. In 1970 he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Always an athlete, he skied, played football, tennis and rugby. He went on to become a tennis official with the U.S. Tennis Association, refereeing matches on both coasts, his family said. For 40 years, he rarely missed his Saturday tennis doubles game at Alpine Hills Tennis Club. In addition, in high school, he won the state chess championship and, as an adult, became a life master in bridge.

He is survived by his second wife, Mary Burt; daughters, Ann Blume and Frances Richards and two grandsons. Donations in his memory may be made to the Infusion Center, Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Palo Alto.

Diana Barry Owen

Diana Barry Owen, born on July 14, 1954 in San Francisco, Calif. died on March 27.

She lived in Palo Alto for the first year of her life with her older brother, David. She then moved with the family across the country to Pittsburgh, Pa., where her father started a new job with Westinghouse Atomic Power. Six years later, the family moved back to Southern California, where she attended grammar school. The family was active in the First Baptist Church of Woodland Hills. While in Southern California, she spent time at her grandmother's beach house in Newport Beach.

Back in Palo Alto, she attended local schools. After Palo Alto High School, she went to and graduated from Foothill College. She then studied at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where she graduated with a major in history. She traveled to the Middle East and later Europe with her history professor and members of her senior history class from Westmont. In addition, she and her mother drove a VW Beetle across the country to deliver the car to her older brother, who was in the army on the East Coast. She also enjoyed trips to Mexico and Hawaii.

After working at various high tech firms, she attended San Jose State, where she earned a Master's Degree in Library Science. She then worked for a few years until she was married. She had no children in her 16-year marriage. She and her husband were both active in Baptist churches in Santa Clara and Campbell.

For the last seven years, she lived at home, volunteering at the Palo Alto Main Library and taking care of her aging parents. She was active in many women's groups at the Peninsula Bible Church and also with a local divorce recovery group. Her other activities included taking long walks and short car trips, knitting, baking bread, reading books and furthering her interest in vintage movies.

She had an unexpected, massive stroke on the evening of March 25. She was put on life support for two days at Stanford Hospital but never regained consciousness. She died during the evening of March 27, surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by both of her parents, Richard and Lorraine Barry; her brother David A. Barry, his wife Joanne, and his family of four children and five grandchildren; and many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Diana will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at the Peninsula Bible Church, 3505 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

It is requested that donations be made to the Peninsula Bible Church, 3505 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306 or to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Ave. South 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016-8804.

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