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Community Pulse - January 25, 2013


Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton was born in South Dakota and died in early December in Palo Alto, where he lived for more than 50 years.

He was a skilled woodworker and demanded of himself as a craftsman. The part of his childhood he most fondly remembered was in Idaho. Born the fourth child of Lee and Inge Hamilton, he was a brother to his older siblings Gladys, Viola and Merlin, all of whom preceded him in death, as did his younger sister Leanne. His sister Jean survives him.

At the age of 17 he volunteered for the Marine Corps, lying about his age so he could accompany his 18-year-old best friend into the military. They volunteered one week before Pearl Harbor. In addition to the standard Marine Corps training, he volunteered and trained as a parachute trooper. He served two tours of duty in the Pacific theater, one in Choiseul and the second at Iwo Jima, where he was wounded and earned a Purple Heart.

After the war was over, he became a serious student, graduating from Scripps University with a bachelor's degree in experimental psychology. He then worked for 11 years at the Navy Electronics Laboratory, giving him the chance to do research as a deep-sea diver specializing in acoustics. He then worked for many years in the aerospace field as a human-factors specialist and was particularly valued as a writer and editor. Later he returned to the field of psychology, and received a master's degree in clinical psychology, after which he and several colleagues opened a low-cost counseling clinic in San Jose.

A staunch Democrat, he took pride in his participation in the civil-rights movement when he was young, remembering sit-ins at lunch counters to lend solidarity to blacks in their struggle for equal rights.

While still in the Marine Corps, he married Joanie Duryee, with whom he parented two children, Brad and Penny, both of whom he cherished. Between them they produced many grandchildren: Minka (who died in 1995), Alpin, Moses, Koa, Caleb, Ian, Forest and Satchel. Several of these have had children of their own, and he became their proud great-grandfather. Later in life he married Dorothea Rubinstein, becoming stepfather to her three children, Marion (married to Jonathan Salzedo), Teddy and Francis (married to Antoinette Gathy).

Towards the end of his life he converted to Judaism, a choice that proved deeply meaningful to him. He was a devoted husband to Dorothea and a father to her three children and two grandchildren, Simon and Laura.

Pierino "Paul" Robbiano

Pierino "Paul" Robbiano of Menlo Park, Calif., died Jan. 6 surrounded by family. He was 91.

Born Oct. 19, 1921, in Palo Alto, Calif., he was an active ham radio operator, "W6PKM," since the age of 16 and recipient of an electronics engineering degree from Stanford University in 1943. A retired employee of Varian Associates in Palo Alto following 33 years of service, he contributed much of his free time serving in the local St. Vincent de Paul group.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann; three children, Kathleen, Paul and Angela; two grandchildren, Vincent and Joseph; and great-grandchild, Henry. He will be greatly missed.

A vigil service was held Jan. 11 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church and a funeral mass was held Jan. 12 at the church followed by committal at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park.

Ted Wellings

Ted Wellings, a longtime resident of Woodside Hills, died at his home Jan. 5 of heart failure. He was 87.

He was a family man, golfer, retired Navy man and businessman.

He was born in Boston, Mass., to Timothy F. and Antoinette Wellings. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1946. After serving 20 years in the Navy and living several places, he settled in California and started his own CPA business.

He was a partner with his son, Bruce, and a financial adviser in Menlo Park. He continued to work up until March. When he wasn't working, he and his wife Peggy loved to travel and play golf.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Peggy Gills Wellings; son, Bruce Wellings of Redwood City; daughter, Cindy Wellings Hayes of Sacramento; and son, Tim Wellings of Spring Branch, Texas. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held at Skylawn on Jan. 11. Donations may be made to the Menlo Park Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 876, Menlo Park, CA 94026; USNA foundation, 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401; or the American Heart Association.


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