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Judith Delsman Robinson

Court rejects petition on aircraft noise issue

May 1, 1941-Dec. 25, 2016 Atherton, California Judith Robinson, at her Atherton home in the presence of her beloved husband of more than 50 years, Walter J. Robinson, and her two cherished daughters, Katherine Delsman Robinson and Anne Wylde Robinson, passed away on Christmas morning. The cause of death was cancer. Judy was born in 1941 in Seattle, Washington. Along with her dear brother, Alan Delsman, of Brooklyn, New York, she was raised by her parents, Mark and Marjorie Wylde Delsman in West Seattle. Judy spent leisurely childhood summers in a cabin on Hood Canal, Washington, with her extended family including her dear cousin, Cicely Wylde Oubrerie. Many bullheads were caught and nightly campfires blazed. She graduated from West Seattle High School with high scholastic honors and from the University of Washington magna cum laude. While studying at the UW as a history and a romance language major, she received several academic honors, including being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Judy was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, where she served as scholarship chairman; her nightly plea was for “Quiet hours!” to encourage good study habits among her fellow members. They did earn all-campus scholastic recognition! Following graduation from the UW, Judy entered graduate school at the University of Florida where she earned an MA in Latin American history. With her master’s degree in hand, she returned to the UW briefly as a Spanish instructor. The low grades she gave some of the athletes in her class drove her Huskiesloving family crazy. In December 1964, she married the love of her life, Walter Robinson, another UW grad, who was attending University of Chicago Law School. While residing in Hyde Park in Chicago, Judy taught in a high school and then a middle school in the southern suburbs. In 1966, when her husband began teaching at Stanford Law School, she began her teaching career at La Entrada Middle School in the Las Lomitas School District, where she taught until the birth of her second daughter in 1978. She lived in Atherton for 45 years where she and her husband happily raised their family. Judy loved life, her family and friends, literature, travel, the arts, gardening, and Duke basketball. With her husband, she attended the American Conservatory Theater for 49 seasons and the San Francisco Ballet for many years. Judy also was involved with the Contemporary Collectors Circle at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center.

Reflecting her interests in history and in other cultures, she and her husband took pleasure in planning trips and traveling to many parts of the world. An involved community volunteer, she was active in the Junior League of Palo Alto and in her daughters’ schools. Judy was co-president of UMA, a student and parent schoolwide organization at MenloAtherton High School. She tutored freshman students who needed support in their advanced standing classes at that school. She was a Girl Scouts leader and introduced the Art in Action program to Phillips Brooks School. As a former English teacher, she was a stickler for grammar and made certain that her children were well versed in the proper use of “I” and “me.” Judy loved her Atherton neighborhood, Lloyden Park, and spearheaded celebrations there including an annual Fourth of July party and Christmas caroling. The Robinson family thanks Judy’s loving friends for their kind thoughts and deeds during her illness. Their ongoing support was a gift to her and to her family alike. In addition to her immediate family, Judy is survived by her sons-in-law, Todd Rose of Menlo Park and Kevin Moriarty of Washington, D.C., and her four grandchildren, Caroline Rachel Rose, Lucia Delsman Rose, Charles Robinson Moriarty, and Graham Wylde Moriarty. She is also survived by her deeply loved brother, Alan Delsman, sisters-inlaw Barbara Delsman, Marcia Robinson, Mary Ann Robinson, brother-in-law Dale Robinson, and several dear cousins, nieces, and nephews. A celebration of Judy’s life will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017. A reception will follow at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Judy’s memory to the Judith Delsman Robinson Fund at Stanford Medicine in support of Dr. Jonathan Berek for uterine cancer research. Gifts can be made by check or on-line. Checks must be made payable to Stanford University. Please indicate “The Judith Delsman Robinson Fund” on the memo line. Mail checks to: Stanford University, 3172 Porter Drive, Suite 210, Palo Alto, CA 94304. To make a gift online go to: goto/medgift. Please (1) note on the Special Instructions, “Gift to support Dr. Berek for The Judith Delsman Robinson Fund” and (2) check in “Honor/Memory” and list “Judith Delsman Robinson.”

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boundaries of what they expected us to do,” said committee member and Portola Valley Councilwoman Ann Wengert. “We didn’t necessarily accept that their ideas of feasible were the only possible solutions. Their feasible solutions were limited.” The deliberations elicited activism and thoughtful commentary from well-informed members of the community, Ms. Wengert said. “It was incredibly intense,” she said, adding that “it was a ton of work in a very short time.” The most common emotion she experienced, she said, was frustration over “not being able to make an immediate change to give people relief. ... There’s a great sense of anger and frustration and hopelessness (in the public) that was transferred to us. It increases your desire to make as many substantive changes as you could and particularly changes that are going to stick, that are going to be lasting changes.”

One recommendation affecting Portola Valley, Woodside and Ladera: that pilots and air-traffic controllers comply with the 8,000-foot minimum altitude when crossing the Santa Cruz mountains above Woodside, as specified in a 2001 agreement between the FAA and Ms. Eshoo. The FAA hasn’t even been following its own agreements, which undermines its credibility, Ms. Wengert said. “How can we believe they will do what they say?” she asked. The committee paid special attention to night flights, Ms. Wengert said, because it’s at night that new flights will be added to the mix. It will be up to the FAA to cooperate with the communities, and it will probably require congressional oversight, she said. Asked if she thought the committee and the FAA were on the same page, she said it was hard to tell. “They’ll never say ‘Yes’ to anything,” she said. “I think we were all impressed with the amount of time they put into it. They certainly invested time like I’ve never seen them do.” A

Mary Joanne Gainer December 7, 1937 – December 26, 2016 Joanne Gainer passed away at age 79 peacefully on Dec. 26, 2016. Born Mary Joanne Gainer at Palo Alto Hospital on Dec. 7, 1937 to Mary Regina Harrington and Thomas Francis Gainer. She grew up in Menlo Park attending St. Joseph’s elementary, then Sacred Heart and finished her college education in teaching at San Jose State University. She earned her teaching credential and taught at La Honda Elementary School for over 20 years. Joanne retired from teaching at age 55. After retirement, she had more time to pursue her passion for gardening and floral arranging. Joanne was an avid gardener, cook, and crafter enjoying all of these activities throughout her life. She also loved to travel and continued exploring new destinations. Joanne’s joyful approach to life will be dearly missed by family and friends. Joanne is survived by her sister Mary Marcia Gainer of Menlo Park, CA and cousins Barbara Walczykowski of Alexandria, VA, Mary Ellen Harrington of San Mateo, CA, Richard J. Harrington of Menlo Park, CA, Thomas V. Harrington and Kristoffer V. Harrington of Las Vegas, NV. A Mass celebrating Joanne’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2017 at Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025. The rosary will proceed the mass at 10:45 a.m. and a reception will be held after mass in the O’Hare Center directly behind the church. Donations are requested in Joanne’s name to the Oakwood Rest Home, 140 Valpariso Ave., Atherton, California 94027 or the Boys and Girls Club-Peninsula, 415 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. PAID


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