He was born on Dec. 3, 1935, in the small town of Botelhos, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Early in his childhood his family moved to the state capital, Belo Horizonte, where he completed his high-school education at the prestigious Collegio Arnaldo in 1954. He went on to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine at the Federal University of Minas Gerias.
He was an enthusiastic student, serving as president of the student body and playing on the university's competitive soccer team. After graduation in 1959, he switched gears to follow his interest in public health and medical research, eventually earning master's degrees from the National School of Public Health in Rio de Janeiro, Tulane University and Stanford University.
In 1978 he moved his family from Brazil to Palo Alto permanently and completed his PhD in immunology at Stanford. During his 25-year career as a senior scientist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, he worked on a broad-based research program with emphasis on the immunology, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infections that cause tragic diseases in humans.
He became recognized both nationally and internationally for his contributions to both science and medicine. He was also a respected mentor and friend to the many fellows, research technicians and visiting scientists with whom he collaborated.
He had many interests outside of his scientific endeavors. He was known for his enthusiasm for sports, participating in volleyball tournaments and playing in pickup soccer games well into his 40s. Through friends at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, he also discovered a love for hiking and camping, which revived an early interest in photography. After his retirement in 2003, he was able to fully pursue this passion, and became an accomplished amateur photographer, trekking all over California to capture the beauty of locations such as Yosemite, Death Valley, the Sierra Nevada and the Pacific Coast. He was a dedicated member of the Palo Alto Camera Club and won numerous awards for his photos, including first place in the 2008 Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest.
He will be remembered for his integrity, his appreciation of the beauty of the natural world and his commitment to his family. He is survived by his wife, Irene of Palo Alto; daughters, Flavia Araujo Trento of San Francisco and Marcia Araujo of San Jose; siblings, Vera Flora Araujo Cruz of Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, and Carlos Cesar de Araujo of Ouro Preto, Brazil; and several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Yosemite Conservancy or a charity of choice.
Ronald Thomas Beeson, 66, a former resident of Palo Alto, died May 14 at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City surrounded by family and friends. He was a respected entrepreneur and resident of Redwood City for more than 40 years.
He was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1944, so of the late Jean and Joseph Beeson. He grew up with his two brothers in Los Altos and later moved with his family to Palo Alto, where his father worked as a school administrator.
He attended both Los Altos High School and Palo Alto High School, graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1962. He briefly served in the military after high school. He was best known for his automotive business, San Carlos Service, which he owned and operated in San Carlos for many years. During that time he made many lifelong friends and business associates. After he closed San Carlos Service he continued to pursue his first love, real estate and development, which he excelled at.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Helen Marin of Redwood City, and her three children, John, Sherri and Wayne; his twin brother, Don; brother, Rick; and many friends.
Larry Simon, professor emeritus of Medicine at Stanford, died in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 22, 2011. He was 70 years old.
He was educated at Williams College where, in 1962, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude. He received his M.D. from New York University Medical School in 1966 and completed his internal medical training at University of Miami School of Medicine. From 1969 to 1972 he did a fellowship in pulmonary disease funded by the National Institute of Health and completed at Stanford.
In 1973 he joined the department of medicine at Stanford University where he held many positions including Director of Medical Critical Care and Chief of Medical Service at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Palo Alto. He was a respected and accomplished physician serving as Associate Director of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Stanford University. He retired from Stanford in 2001. In 2005 he completed a master's degree in Public Health at the University of Arizona. Friends and family will remember him for his quick wit and engaging conversations.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Roberta; two children Susan and David; and four grandchildren.
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