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Joanne Theresa Seward
Nov. 6, 1931 - Oct. 11, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Joanne Theresa Gayring Seward passed away last Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, in the company of her family and caretaker. Beautiful, tender and kind; intelligent, witty and brave. Joanne sought and created beauty in her life, and she treasured the humanity of friends and strangers, and the loveliness of passing moments. Joanne was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, the only child of Leona (Coughlin) and Herbert M. Gayring, surrounded by her extended Irish-American family. She graduated at 16 from Eastwood High School in Syracuse, and excelled as a pianist fond of Chopin. Joanne was the first in her family to attend college, and graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a major in political science and international relations. She was a proud member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. Joanne later earned a master’s degree from the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Administration, Syracuse University. While working as a city planner for Syracuse, Joanne was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency and moved to Washington, D.C. At the height of the Cold War, she served as an intelligence officer for the CIA in the Soviet Uni...

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John Freidenrich
May 6, 1937 - Oct. 11, 2017
Atherton, California

John Freidenrich passed away on October 11, 2017. He was 80 years old. Born and raised in Palo Alto, John was the middle son of Edith (Schermer) and David Freidenrich, and brother to David Jr. and Dennis. He held a deep commitment to the betterment of his community with his many causes and generosities. His lifelong commitments to Stanford University, his alma mater, spanned 4 University presidents and more than 40 years of dedicated service. His good deeds are far reaching and will grow because of all the seeds he planted and all the people and causes he supported. John was co-founder of the Regis Management Company. He began his career as a lawyer, starting the law firm of Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper). He also founded the venture capital firm, Bay Partners, and led the firm for over a quarter century. He received his bachelor’s degree and L.L.D. from Stanford University. John is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 54 years, Jill; his children Gail Marks and Eric Freidenrich, their spouses Andrew and Amy; his brothers David and Dennis Freidenrich; and his beloved 6 grandchildren; Jacqueline, Danielle, Theodore, Lucille, Beverly and Sylvia....

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Hans Morawitz
Feb. 6, 1935 - Sept. 5, 2017
Portola Valley, California

Hans Morawitz passed away peacefully on Sept. 5, 2017. Born in Austria in 1935, he came to Stanford University on a Fulbright Scholarship and left there with a BS, summa cum laude (1956), and a PhD (1963) in Physics. As a theoretical physicist, he spent his working life at the IBM Research Division in San Jose, with stints of teaching and lecturing in Melbourne, Australia, and both Ulm and Bayreuth, Germany. He also conducted experiments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC). A gifted athlete, he played soccer and tennis throughout much of his life. Lunchtime at IBM was more commonly a soccer game, and the backseat of his car always had tennis racquets and balls at the ready. He loved Ladera (lived on Dedalera Drive for 25 years), open space and community service (served on the board of the Ladera Community Association (LCA), Ladera Recreation District (LRD), and the Committee for Green Foothills), coached both tennis and soccer, and worked hard to try to keep Ladera's public school open. He is survived by his sister, Christ’l Kustermann, his 2 children and 3 grandchildren: Werner (his wife Laura, and their children Keene, Peter and Audrey of Ketchum, ID) an...

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Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in t...

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Phyllis Reed
April 6, 1928 - Oct. 7, 2017 Mountain View, California

Phyllis L. Reed, 89, of Mountain View, California passed away on October 7, 2017. Funeral Services will be held on October 13, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos. Spangler Mortuary of Los Altos is handling th...

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Carolyn A. Clarke
Oct. 22, 1954 - Oct. 7, 2017 Menlo Park, California

Carolyn Clarke, 62, a 20-year resident of Belle Haven, Menlo Park, died Oct. 7, 2017. She was born Oct. 22, 1954 in Belize City, Belize. She moved to the Bay Area in 1979 and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She worked in the private secto...

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Joan Deaton
Oct. 4, 1931 - Oct. 2, 2017 Palo Alto, California

Joan was born in Ord, Nebraska and was the daughter and only child of Joseph and Anna Sedlacek. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics. While in college, she was a member of the golf team. In 1954, she married Perry Deaton, an electronics ...

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