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2021: Stanford remembers

Members of the Stanford community remember those who have passed away in 2021.


Lee D. Ross, the Stanford Federal Credit Union Professor and professor of psychology, world-renowned for his work on biases in decision-making, died May 14 in Palo Alto.

Laure Aurelian, PhD, senior advisor in the School of Medicine Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, who mentored countless Stanford faculty, died May 5.


Mae Sato, document control administrator for Gravity Probe B, died April 30 in Mountain View.

Marjorie Chauvel, lecturer in harp for over 45 years in the Department of Music, died April 25 in Los Altos.

Karolyn “Kay” Gaskin, who had a 35-year career with Stanford, retiring in the mid-1990s as a manager in the food service department, and who was a passionate follower of Cardinal Football, died April 23 in Rocklin, California.

Bill Busse, AB ’52, AM ’53, an architect who was the lead designer for Tresidder Memorial Union and who designed other significant buildings on campus, died April 19 in Palo Alto.

The Rev. Russell J. Roide, S.J., who served as director of campus ministries at Stanford from 1984 to 1992, died April 13 in Los Gatos.

Robert “Robby” Beyers, BS ’80, MS ’82, PhD ’89, a materials scientist and patent attorney well known on campus as the unofficial photographer of the incomparable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band, died April 12 in Menlo Park.

Jack Remington, MD, professor emeritus of infectious diseases at Stanford Medicine, who devised a test that saved babies’ lives by showing whether they needed immediate treatment for a parasitic disease called toxoplasmosis, died April 8 in Menlo Park.

Dion Aragon, who worked in the Preservation department at Stanford University Libraries over two decades as a specialist in binding and finishing, died April 7.  


Gerald Dorfman, senior fellow emeritus and a former associate director for research at the Hoover Institution, and a retired courtesy professor of political science at Stanford University, an authority on British and European politics, including the European Union, died March 15.

Robert “Buzz” Baldwin, PhD, professor emeritus of biochemistry and a founding member of the department at Stanford University School of Medicine, died March 6 in Portola Valley.

Marion Lewenstein, teaching professor emerita of communication, academic secretary of the Faculty Senate from 1991 to 1994, and one of the first journalists to cover what would become known as Silicon Valley, died March 6 in Palo Alto.


Ernlé William Dyer Young, PhD, professor emeritus of medicine and co-founder of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, died Feb. 14 in Ashland, Oregon.

George Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor emeritus at Stanford Graduate School of Business who served three American presidents and played a pivotal role in shaping economic and foreign policy in the late 20th century, died Feb. 6 at Stanford.


Merritt Ruhlen, PhD ’73, a linguist who worked on the classification of languages and was a lecturer in anthropological sciences and in human biology, died Jan. 29 in Palo Alto.

David Katzenstein, MD, professor emeritus of infectious diseases and global health, who spurred advances in diagnosing, treating and preventing AIDS, died Jan. 25 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Deborah Rhode, the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, director of the Center on the Legal Profession and an expert on legal ethics, died Jan. 8.