Transitions Births, marriages and deaths
June Thompson June Thompson, a longtime Palo Alto teacher, died on May 16. She was born on Feb. 8, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1947 and then moved to New York City. She earned her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Columbia University in 1951. She first taught in Bellflower, Calif., then in Palo Alto from 1953-1970. She spent her sabbatical year in London, 1962-1963, studying at the Montessori Training Organization and the St. Nicholas Training Centre. She earned an additional Montessori diploma from the College of Notre Dame in 1966 while directing a pilot program under its auspices for children of diverse backgrounds that led to a permanent Montessori school. She then moved to Alaska to become founding director of the Fairbanks Montessori School. Two
severe injuries impelled her to return to Ohlone School in Palo Alto, where she met her lifelong partner, Bill Thompson. They were married in 1970. She was also a docent at the Stanford Museum from 1971-1975, specializing in the Rodin collection. She served as curator of the permanent art collection of the City of Palo Alto through the Cultural Center. In 1980, she decided it was time to come to terms with living in the nuclear age and embarked on research and study that continued to her death. Her first action was at Vandenberg Air Force Base in 1983, protesting the MX missile. In June of that same year, she was arrested at Livermore Lab and held for 11 days. Some of her experiences are recorded in her book, “Missouri Mandala: Observations of an AntiNuclear Activist.” She is survived by her stepchildren Christopher Thompson, his wife, Toni, and their children Xochitl Andrade, Christopher Jr., and Daniel; Cynthia Wise, her husband, Larry, and their daughter, Nicole; Scott Thompson and David Thompson.
Margaret Gilles memorial service Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ann and Harry Hogan, Margaret Gilles died in Palo Alto on May 28. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul and daughter, Anne Kennelly. Margaret and Paul were longtime residents of Menlo Park,
Calif. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Ave., Menlo Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.
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Tsung - Chai Koo Resident of Mountain View, Ca April 7,1926 - May 21, 2013 T. C. died unexpectedly but peacefully at Stanford Hospital on May 21, 2013. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, T.C. immigrated to the Bay Area in 1976. He is survived by his loving wife Mary of 59 years and children Agnes (George), Louis ( Angie) and grandson George. Memorial Service for T.C. Koo will be held at: St. Albert the Great Church, 1095 Channing Ave. in Palo Alto. Viewing starts at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Alta Mesa Funeral Home in Palo Alto. PA I D
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Births Valentin Gonzales and Naomi Granados, Menlo Park, May 15, a girl. Brian Gilmer and Zhanna Sardaryan, Menlo Park, May 17, a boy.
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Dennis Lee McCroskey August 25, 1945 - March 28, 2013 Beloved husband, father and brother, Dennis McCroskey died at home on March 28, 2013 in Palo Alto, California after a 5-year battle with prostate cancer. Dennis faced his disease progression with stoicism and resolve and without complaint. His quiet strength and unique sense of humor delighted his family and all who knew him. We will miss him terribly. Dennis was born in New York City to the late Paul and Ingeborg McCroskey. He excelled as a student and enjoyed wrestling at school. He was also very active in his Scout troop, participating in many long weekend treks, earning the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. After graduating from Pearl River High School in New York in 1963 he enrolled at Cornell University and entered ROTC (Reserve Ofﬁcers’ Training Corps). He served as an ofﬁcer during the Vietnam War on the USS Bugara SS-331, a diesel submarine, and deployed to the Western Paciﬁc (WestPac) in January 1968. Upon the Bugara decommissioning, Dennis was assigned to the prestigious Navy command CINCUSNAVEUR London, England where he served over two years as a brieﬁng ofﬁcer. It was a joyous time for Dennis. He lived in South Kensington Chelsea in London with fellow ofﬁcers and brought to his household Windsor, his golden retriever. It was during this time that he perfected his skiing by getting weekend passes to Switzerland, often accompanied by his faithful companion, Windsor. While in England, Dennis obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations from USC through a correspondence program offered to him. Following his discharge from the navy and some travels around Europe in a van with Windsor, he returned to the US where he earned his MBA from the Stanford Business School in 1975. He always dreamed of being an entrepreneur and embarked on many entrepreneurial endeavors
over the years. In 1988, he married his wife, Pam, after becoming re-acquainted with her after losing touch for 13 years. They were engaged within a few weeks of reconnecting. Together Dennis and Pam raised their two children, Cory and Paulette, doting and encouraging them in everything they did. He was always cheering from the sidelines at his children’s soccer and tennis games, and enjoyed surﬁng with them. In his late 50s Dennis decided to switch from skiing to snowboarding with his kids, thoroughly enjoying himself despite the bumps and bruises. He also fancied himself as his son Cory’s tennis coach, but Cory did correct him on that one. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Dennis worked at Applied Biosystems as Web Manager of Global Finance Systems and his specialty was SAP security. Dennis was a trustworthy colleague and a diligent employee who took pride in his work during the 14 years he was employed at Applied Biosystems (later to be purchased by Life Technologies). Yet the most important achievement in Dennis’s life was having his loving family by his side. He cherished family summer vacations in Yosemite Valley, surﬁng in San Diego and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe with his family. Dennis is survived by his wife, Pam, his two children Cory and Paulette, and two sisters, Patricia (RJ) and Paulette (John) and a half brother Phil (Charlene) and half sister Sheila. Additionally he is survived by his father-in-law, Oleg Sherby, along with his three brothers-in-law Larry (Diana), Steve (Ann) and Mark (Maria) along with numerous nephews and nieces and grand nephews and grand nieces. A private memorial will be held at a later date this summer. Donations can be made to http://www. yosemiteconservancy.org/gifts-memory PA I D
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