She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1925 to Solomon and Pauline Sokolow, who had emigrated from Russia along with their young son, Samuel. Following the death of her father, she immigrated to the United States at the age of 11 with her mother and brother. They settled in Los Angeles, where she attended Los Angeles High School and University of California, Los Angeles.
In 1947, she married Louis Bogart, a war veteran who was studying physics at the California Institute of Technology. The couple moved to the Bay Area in 1952, both eventually going to work for Stanford University. She was a librarian in the university's Law Library until her retirement in 1987.
She and her husband traveled extensively following their retirement and were both actively engaged in progressive political causes throughout their lives. In 1948, she worked on the presidential campaign of Henry Wallace of the Progressive Party and personally collected a large campaign contribution from film star Edward G. Robinson. In 1969, she served on Stanford's low-cost housing (Moulton) committee, reporting on the need for low- and moderate-cost housing in the Stanford area. She was also involved in the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s and a lifelong, vocal supporter of the rights and dignity of all.
In retirement, she was a member of the senior center of the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center, where she served on a number of committees and participated in arts programs and current-affairs groups. She met and befriended many recent arrivals from the East Coast and Russia and volunteered for many years at the South Palo Alto Food Closet.
At the Moldaw Residences senior-living community, where she was one of the first residents and lived from 2009 on, she continued to serve on numerous committees and played an active role in welcoming new residents.
She was an avid lover of music and theater, and she particularly enjoyed opera and classic films. She was a part of the Moldaw Singers and a longtime member of the Wagner Society of Northern California. She held season tickets to the San Francisco Opera, the Lamplighters and West Bay Opera, for which she never missed a performance.
She is survived by her children, Richard Bogart and Judy Bogart-Hyde, both of Palo Alto; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2005.
A memorial service will be held on April 22 at 2 p.m. at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Memorial donations may be made to the Community Tuesdays concert program at the JCC (paloaltojcc.org/Donate).
Mischa Nee (Mikhail Erickson Nee), 20, of Palo Alto died on March 22 in a hiking accident in Deia, Spain, on the island of Majorca.
He was born in Palo Alto on Aug. 1, 1998. Since early childhood, he embraced the circus arts, quickly excelling in juggling, unicycle, aerials and slackline. He was a proud alumnus of Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp in Laytonville, California. He was also an avid skimboarder, a skill nurtured during summers with extended family at the Jersey Shore.
At Palo Alto High School, from which he graduated in 2016, he spent much of his time in the Media Arts Center, serving as editor-in-chief of The Campanile, the Paly newspaper, and assisting with other publications. In 2014, he co-founded Camp MAC, a journalism program for rising eighth and ninth graders that continues to operate today. He was a member of the Paly debate team, the junior varsity lacrosse team and the varsity cross country team.
He also participated in the service organization Amigos de las Americas and spent two months working in the Dominican Republic when he was 15. He received the President's Volunteer Service Award/Gold, was a Gold Key winner for critical essay in the Scholastic Writing Awards and was a National Merit finalist.
He entered Stanford University in September 2016, quickly discovering computer science as a new passion and winning the Programming Methodology Graphics Contest that year. At the same time, he rediscovered the fine arts, studying art history and sketching and painting as an artist himself, an interest he had put aside after elementary school. At Stanford he joined the jump rope team. He also participated in Stanford Dance Marathon, not only as a 24-hour marathoner but also serving as dorm captain, event coordinator and graphic designer.
He studied in Madrid, Spain, in 2018 and in Florence, Italy, in 2019 as part of Stanford's Bing Overseas Studies Program, becoming fluent in both Spanish and Italian.
He worked as a computer-science tutor through Breakout Mentors in Palo Alto and held computer-science internships at Infosys in Bangalore, India, Zeal Learning in San Francisco and Breakout Mentors. He also worked as a graphic-design intern at Opinno in Madrid.
He loved to travel. He wanted to see the world, and in his short lifetime, he visited nearly 30 countries beyond the United States: Aruba, Austria, the Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom. He went beyond casual tourism; he was proud that he had lived (by his definition, a stay of more than two months) in five countries besides the U.S.: the Dominican Republic, France, India, Italy and Spain.
His family remembers him as kind, loving and happy, with a unique gift of connection and a talent for finding and nurturing friendships with a wide variety of people. He never let himself be limited by labels or definitions.
He is survived by his parents, Tekla (Perry) Nee and Eric Nee of Palo Alto; and his siblings, Nadya Nee and Alex Nee of Los Angeles. Funeral services and a celebration of life were held this week. A memorial fund has been created in his honor to support the mission of Camp Winnarainbow, a place that helped shape him. More information on the fund and his life can be found at mischanee.com/memorial-fund.
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