Born to Reginald and Ramona Pulford in Detroit, Michigan, on June 22, 1922, he grew up to become an outstanding swimmer and scholar. He was president of the senior class at Highland Park High School and was awarded a scholarship to Brown University. Following his graduation from Brown, he entered Medical School at the University of Michigan, where he swam on the renowned University of Michigan swim team under coach Matt Mann. During his years on the team, he won six NCAA medals: four gold, one silver and one bronze.
In 1945, Dr. Pulford married his high school sweetheart, Florence (Atwood) Pulford. She taught school in Ann Arbor while he attended medical school. After he graduated in 1948, they moved to Oakland for his residency at Highland Hospital, and then moved again to Travis Air Force Base where he served as a Captain during the Korean War.
The couple had been eager to live in California ever since the duo's first trip west in 1946 to work as camp counselors at Camp Trinity on the Bar 717 Ranch in Trinity County. They loved the ranch and it became an important part of their, and their children's and grandchildren's lives.
Upon completion of Dr. Pulford's military service in 1953, they moved to Palo Alto. He joined the then small pediatric staff of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic (now Foundation) where he practiced pediatrics for more than 40 years. During his tenure at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, he also served several years as its president. He was an excellent, respected and deeply caring physician and is still fondly remembered by his patients and their families for his gentle manner and the orange plastic sand pail in which he carried his stethoscope and medical equipment.
In 1963, the Pulford family moved to Los Altos Hills where they lived for more than 60 years.
During his retirement, he volunteered as a nature docent at Filoli for over 20 years and loved being a member of the backwoods "Bandana Brigade." He continued sailing, hiking, making mosaic tile artwork and swimming. He swam a half-mile a day until he was 92 years old. He had a great love of literature and hosted academic lectures in Palo Alto for more than 20 years.
Dr. Pulford was predeceased by his wife, Florence, in 1989. He is survived by children: Shelley Ries of Corvallis, Oregon; Gurdon Pulford of Watsonville; Marlaina Vance of Fremont; Ann Wilson of Los Gatos; and Sarah Zweng of Los Gatos; and grandchildren, Kevin, Andrew, Kristina, Charlie, Stephie and Holly.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto.
Marilyn Cordon Lowe
Marilyn Cordon Lowe, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died on Jan. 7 in San Francisco. She was 86.
Born in Berkeley on Feb. 29, 1932, to Royal and Lisle (Hubsch) Lowe, she graduated from Albany High School and later went on to major in music at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated in 1954. She taught at elementary schools in the Bay Area during the early 1960s, as well as in Berlin, Tokyo and Brazil. She also worked for Capitol Artist Management, Inc. (CAMI) as an advance person for the summer concert series in the Rocky Mountains.
She loved teaching young children and created several children's story books.
An ardent traveler, Marilyn visited many countries and promoted world travel. She was an observant Christian Scientist and loved cats.
She was a kindred spirit who will be missed by many whose lives she gently, sweetly and kindly touched.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Joan Small and is survived by: nephews Howie (Cindy) Small and Robbie (Dottie) Small; second cousins Randolph (Donna) Koch, David (Marla) Koch, and Rolland (Janice) Koch; and grand nieces and grand nephews.
No service is planned.
Michel Joseph Lateur
Michel Joseph Lateur died on Dec. 23 following a brief and sudden illness. He was 89.
Born in San Francisco on Dec. 25, 1929, to Gaston Leon Joseph Lateur of Belgium and Josephine De Poot of France, he graduated from Sequoia High School in 1947 and immediately enlisted in the Air Force, where he served for four years. He worked at American Standard for 10 years and at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center for 27 years, during which time he made notable contributions to the SLAC 20 GeV spectrometer, Mark I and Mark II detectors. Mike lived his life with energy and curiosity. He enjoyed tinkering with his inventions and was especially proud of his patents. He constantly dreamed of ways to better the world. He loved fixing houses and was never too busy to help a neighbor or a friend. All this is embodied in a gentle soul who never said no to a request for help. He found joy in traveling the world with his wife, Carmen. He was an outgoing person, who maintained life-long friendships while making new ones. He loved family gatherings and seeing his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. Mike is predeceased by his oldest son, Charles Leon, but his spirit will be carried on by his wife of 34 years, Carmen Carvalho Lateur, his children Steven Michael, Michelle Jeanne, Paul Joseph, and Giselle Marie, and his eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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