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2020: Stanford remembers

Members of the Stanford community remember those who have passed away in 2020.


Zach Hoffpauir, BA ’17, assistant football coach at the University of Northern Colorado, a two-sport standout at Stanford who earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system, died May 14 in Arizona.


Fuad Shennib, PhD student in marketing at Stanford Graduate School of Business, died April 30 in Oakland, California.

Eavan Boland, the Melvin and Bill Lane Director of the Creative Writing Program and the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in Humanities, a pioneering figure in Irish poetry who was treasured at Stanford for her transformative teaching, died April 27 in Dublin, Ireland.

Barbara Van Deventer, MA ’80, a social sciences and government documents librarian at the Stanford Libraries from 1976 to 1988, died April 22 in Cayucos, California.

Donald Kennedy, Stanford University President Emeritus; the Bing Professor in Environmental Science, Emeritus; and senior fellow, emeritus, of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; a neurobiologist who became the eighth president of Stanford in 1980 and helped set the stage for its transformation into one of the nation’s top research universities during his 12 years in office, died April 21 in Redwood City.

Barbara Babcock, the Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, a pioneering attorney who was instrumental in the establishment of today’s Public Defender Service before becoming the first woman to serve on the faculty at Stanford Law School, died April 18 at Stanford.

Stuart Macmillan, MS ’80, PhD ’84, a long-time lecturer in sustainable energy technologies at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, as well as an advisor to the Precourt Institute for Energy, died April 9 in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.

Langston Wesley, an undergraduate student majoring in art practice, died April 4 in San Jose.


Chitra Dinakar, MD, clinical professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, and founder of Stanford Health Care’s first allergy, asthma and immunodeficiency clinic for adult patients, died March 27 in Mountain View.


R. Gene Brown, a former member of the accounting faculty and dean of admissions at Stanford Graduate School of Business, died Feb. 23.

Leslie Zatz, MD, professor emeritus of radiology at the School of Medicine who envisioned the framework behind some of today’s most advanced practices in radiology and AI-powered diagnostics, died Feb. 21 in Palo Alto.

Athena Milatovich Cherry, PhD, professor of pathology and of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory for over 20 years, died Feb. 4 at Stanford.


Eitan Michael Weiner, sophomore planning to major in history, died Jan. 17 at Stanford.