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Eleanor Jane Doty
Sept. 3, 1926 - Dec. 1, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Eleanor Doty died of natural causes surrounded by loving family in her home at the Vi in Palo Alto. She was 91. She was born Eleanor Jane Baker on Sept. 3, 1926, in Hudson Falls, New York, the daughter of Harry and Charlotte Baker. She graduated from Hudson Falls High School in 1944. She was captain of the cheer-leading team, was active in numerous organizations, and was voted the “most popular girl” in her class. She became engaged to her high school sweetheart, Andy Doty, and corresponded with him throughout his service in World War II and their college years. They married on July 29, 1950, and raised three daughters. The family lived in in Canton, New York, Baltimore, Maryland, and Ann Arbor, Michgan before settling in Palo Alto, California in 1963. Eleanor will be remembered for her great zest for life, her deep love of family and friends, and her adventuresome spirit leading to treasured hikes and explorations in Yosemite and the Sierras, Point Reyes Seashore, the Italian Dolomites, England’s hill and dale, Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness and the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She and Andy held season tickets to theater companies in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo A...

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Bruce William Liedstrand
Aug. 11, 1933 - Dec. 1, 2017
Mountain View, California

Bruce William Liedstrand passed away on December 1, 2017, at the age of 84. Bruce was born on August 11, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest child of Roy Marvin and Alice Dorothy (Sandin) Liedstrand. His father was a co-founder of the Dearborn Stove Company in Chicago and Dallas. Bruce attended public schools in Chicago and Dallas, where the family moved in 1945. After the family moved back to Chicago in 1949, he attended high school at North Park Academy, from which he graduated in 1951. After one year at Michigan State College, he came to California to attend Stanford University and then Stanford Law School. Bruce graduated from Stanford Law in 1956 and passed the bar exam that fall. The U.S. Army immediately drafted him, and he was posted to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) office in Frankfurt, Germany. His wife, the former Lois Peterson, whom he married in 1954, joined him in Frankfurt and their first son, John, was born there. When Bruce was discharged from the Army, the family moved to Turlock where he was a principal of the law firm Coffin and Liedstrand and where he served on the Turlock City Council from 1964 until 1968. He and his growing family then relocat...

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Robert Leroy Knight
Dec. 4, 1922 - Nov. 18, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Robert “Bob” Knight, a 66-year resident of the Barron Park neighborhood of Palo Alto, California, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Nov. 18, 2017. Born in the small town of Randall, Minnesota, Bob took an interest early on in the field of engineering and would soon go on to graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He then served from July 12, 1943, to March 1, 1946, in the U.S. Army as a captain in the Signal Corps. Once home, his love of engineering would lead him to a successful 30-year career with Bechtel Corporation, traveling the world with his wife of over 71 years, Therese. Bob enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, golfing, traveling, building furniture and camping with family and friends. He was an involved neighbor, never short of good advice or the energy to help build new additions or re-wire their homes in his spare time. But more than anything, Bob was a devoted family man. Together, he and Therese would raise six children and build the family cabin at Donner Lake, which served as the site for many a gathering -- summer and winter. With all six children and their families living just a short distance ...

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Bob Saldich
June 7, 1933 - Nov. 9, 2017
Palo Alto, CA

Bob Saldich, retired CEO of Raychem Corporation and former chairman of The Commonwealth Club of California and the American Electronics Association, has died in Palo Alto. Bob’s leadership abilities surfaced early. His mother said that he was president of his class every year through elementary school, a claim he modestly neither confirmed nor denied. He was born in New York City in 1933 into a prosperous Russian Jewish family, the son of Bertha and Alexander Saldich, the youngest of 26 first cousins. His grandfather emigrated in 1896 and formed the Royal Table Company. Pieces of the company's furniture still exist. Bob’s mother was the first child of the family born in America. When in 1948, Bob’s father followed a job to Shreveport, Louisiana, Bob was not at all sorry to leave New York, because in Louisiana you could drive at 15! He quickly established himself at Byrd High School on the debate team and was selected for Boys’ State. His unbending integrity made him stand out and he was sent from there as a delegate to Boys’ Nation, the highlight of his young life being meeting President Truman in the Rose Garden. He went on to Rice University in Houston, T...

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Dorothy Ersted
June 20, 1926 - Oct. 25, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Dorothy Ersted a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died peacefully at 91 years on Oct. 25, 2017. She was the granddaughter of Charles M. MacGregor, the renowned architect and builder of over 1,500 homes in Albany, California. Born in Piedmont, she attended Stanford University and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1948. After a career in teaching and sales she married the love of her life, Woodrow Ersted, in 1957. Settling in Atherton in 1959 they moved to Palo Alto in 1972. Together they teamed up to purchase real estate in the Bay Area, including with other families as partners, a former Naval Auxiliary Air Station. She was an avid reader, great bridge player and loved old, classic movies. She was a fabulous home chef and hostess, holding many fun parties. Honored for her fundraising efforts by Stanford University in the early 1960s, she later volunteered for a number of causes. She and her husband, Woody, were active members of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and original members of Sharon Heights Country Club on Sand Hill Road. Retiring in 2005 with her husband to the Vi retirement community in Palo Alto, they were together until his passing in 2014. ...

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David Russell Wells
April 26, 1931 - July 29, 2017
Palo Alto, California

David Russell Wells, 86, died peacefully at home on July 29, 2017. David was born and raised in Palo Alto and remained a lifelong resident. He attended Lytton Elementary School (1938-1944), Jordan Middle School (1944-1947), Palo Alto High School (1947-1950) and Menlo College (1955-1956). David was in the U.S. Navy 1951-1954. He was in UA-125 Air Squadron at NAS Miramar. His squadron was deployed on the USS Oriskany and the USS Boxer during the Korean War. David was the son of James Bertrand Wells, a professor of engineering at Stanford University and also a graduate of Palo Alto High School (1907) and Claire French Humphries. David was the fourth of five sons -- Ted, Jack, Alan and Richard. David worked 34 years for Hewlett Packard as an experimental machinist in HP Labs. He retired in 1990. David was an avid automobile enthusiast. He raced his Chrysler 300 at the local drag strips and was a chief mechanic for a car that participated in the SCCA San Francisco Region. He owned nearly 50 cars in his lifetime and was often seen over the years driving around town in his 1941 Plymouth Business Coupe. David loved spending time at his cabin in Lake Tahoe and for many years ...

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Susan B. Wilson
Feb. 2, 1933 - Nov. 23, 2017 Boulder, Colorado

Susan (Sue) Barbara Wilson, formerly of Palo Alto and Portola Valley, died peacefully of natural causes in Boulder, Colorado, on Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2017, at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late Ronald Wilson, Sue is lovingly remembered by her four children, Rick Wilson, Wayne...

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Daniel Levine
July 21, 1920 - Nov. 21, 2017 Mountain View, CA

Daniel Levine, age 97, of Moldaw Residence passed away Nov. 21 at home. Dan was born in Brooklyn, New York, son of Samuel and Ida (nee Halpern) Levine. He attended the University of Michigan, interrupted by a stint in the Army Air Corps in China and the Pacific during WW II. His service during Ko...

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Carolyn C. Killefer
June 20, 1922 - Nov. 19, 2017 San Francisco, California

Carolyn Clothier Killefer died peacefully on Nov. 19 at her home in San Francisco. She was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on June 20, 1922, to William Jackson Clothier and Anita Porter Clothier. She attended Shipley School, Mills College and the University of Pennsylvania, from which she receiv...

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Charles H. Keyser
Sept. 26, 1935 - Nov. 18, 2017 Emerald Hills, California

Charles "Charlie" Keyser, 82, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November 18, 2017. Charles was born in Palo Alto on September 26, 1935, to the late Charles M. and Katherine Keyser. He grew up in Redwood City, raised his family in Portola Valley for two decades, and enjoyed his...

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