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Jerry Carlson resigns from Atherton council By Renee Batti

60 days of Mr. Carlson’s effecerry Carlson has made it offitive date of rescial: He will step down from ignation. the Atherton City Council No appointon July 1 after serving for seven ment can be and a half years. The council on made before June 19 will discuss whether to July 1, Mr. RodJerry Carlson appoint his successor or call for ericks said, but a special election. an open house Mr. Carlson, whose term may take place before that date. expires in December 2014, Mr. Carlson was appointed to announced in April he plans the council in January 2006 to to move out of town and resign replace Bill Conwell, who died from the council. He now in office the month before. He serves as vice mayor, and at the successfully stood for election Wednesday meeting, the coun- in November 2006, and was recil will appoint another council elected in 2010. member to fill that post. In April, he said that he and The council must decide by his wife, Shirley, were putting July 12 whether voters should their house on the market. choose Mr. CarlAlthough they plan son’s replacement to move from town, if the election is family-care matters The council to be consolidated make it likely that with the Nov. 5 elecwill continue may appoint a they tion, according to a to live on the Pensuccessor or insula, Mr. Carlson report by City Manager George Roderlet the voters told the Almanac. icks. Also on the choose. If the council June 19 agenda, the decides to appoint council will review a council member and vote on the instead, Mr. Roder2013-14 fiscal year icks said, there are two options: budget. The proposed general Independently agree on a can- fund budget ref lects revenues didate, and appoint that person; totaling $10.8 million, with or, host an open house, invit- $10.4 million in operational ing candidates to participate, spending. then conduct interviews before The meeting begins at 7 p.m. making an appointment. Under in the Council Chambers at 94 both options, the council must Ashfield Road, in the Town make the appointment within Center. Almanac News Editor


Robert W.F. Jones June 23, 1935 – June 7, 2013 Robert W.F. Jones died at his home in Menlo Park from complications associated with leukemia. Bob was predeceased by his mother Lura, father Tom and infant son Thomas. He is survived by his wife Ellen; children Marcus (Jean), Aïda and Lura; grandchildren Cassius, Griffin, Calvin, Nora, Leland and Annette. Bob’s early years were spent on the road: he was born in Columbia, South Carolina, moved to Hollywood as a toddler, then to New York City and eventually Westfield, New Jersey. During his stint in the Army they sent him to the North Pole. At this time his love of music blossomed and he became an accomplished guitar and piano player. After the Army, Bob graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. He then headed west to graduate school at Stanford where he supported himself by slinging burgers at the Oasis and betting on the horses at local race tracks. In 1960 he accepted a student teaching position at Menlo School. It was love at first tutelage: upon earning his Master’s Degree, Bob joined Menlo’s faculty and did not leave until his health forced him into retirement in 2000. At Menlo, Bob became the Dean of Studies while coaching Track, Football, Golf,

Wrestling, Basketball, among other sports; he taught a variety of subjects including Latin, English, Spanish and Creative Writing; and, for many years he led the Drama Club, the annual Ugly Man Contest and was the faculty advisor to the student paper. “Bob was and remains a legend in the Menlo community. Even today when graduates reminisce about what made their experience so memorable, Bob Jones tops the list. He was a brilliant teacher whose dedication to his students literally knew no bounds,” wrote Norm Colb, Menlo’s Head of School. Generations of young men and women were inf luenced by Mr. Jones. His erudition, love of learning, friendship, sport and family inspired all who met him. Bob was also a golfer, musician, avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and dogged collector of pretty bad horror movies. “We live in an age that doesn’t believe in heroes and makes fun of people who do. Mr. Jones was my hero,” added Paul Guay, Menlo School class of 1975. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday June 29th. Details will be posted on https://www.facebook. com/people/Robert-Jones/640378950 PA I D



Rick Cary DeZur (“the Rock”)

Rick Cary DeZur (“the Rock”), born February 3, 1948 to Richard DeZur and Betty Hanks DeZur, died unexpectedly at this home in Saratoga, California on May 20, 2013. Rick was born in Illinois and move to Menlo Park, Ca. In 1955. Rick attended local schools, graduating in 1966 from Menlo Atherton High School, attended Arizona State University and later graduated from San Jose State. He loved sports

and was active in Menlo Park Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball as both player and coach who was much loved by his players. Rick is survived by his sister-in-law Colleen and two nephews, Ben and Nick, as well as a host of friends. He leaves behind a legacy of friendship and loyalty to those who knew him. A memorial service is being planned. Contact Bob Budelli ( or Dave Crawford (ccc-drc@ for details. PA I D


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