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2023: Stanford remembers

Members of the Stanford community remember those who have passed away in 2023.


John Dorman, MD, director of Stanford’s Cowell Student Health Center from 1973 until his retirement in 2017, died Feb. 26 in Menlo Park.

Paul Berg, PhD, the Robert W. and Vivian K. Cahill Professor of Cancer Research, Emeritus, a biochemist who won the 1980 Nobel Prize in chemistry for creating the first recombinant DNA molecule, died Feb. 15 at Stanford.

Wilbur Erskine Mattison, MD, clinical faculty emeritus at the School of Medicine and a founder of the Charles Armstrong School for children with dyslexia, died Feb. 9 in Ellijay, Georgia.

Rodger Scott Rickard, AM ’68, EdD ’70, who coached basketball and tennis at Stanford before turning to real estate and who helped launch the Positive Coaching Alliance, died Feb. 8 in Woodside.


Bill Meehan, MBA ’78, longtime lecturer in strategic management at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a prolific volunteer for a host of Stanford organizations, died Jan. 26 in Palo Alto.

Bin Shen, director of the Stanford Medicine cyclotron and radiochemistry facility, died Jan. 25.

Paul David, professor emeritus of economics, best known for his research on technological change and how it affects social and economic behavior, died Jan. 22 in Palo Alto.

Krishna Shenoy, the Hong Seh and Vivian W. M. Lim Professor in the School of Engineering, a professor of electrical engineering and, by courtesy, of bioengineering, of neurobiology, and of neurosurgery, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on how the brain creates movement in the rest of the body, died Jan. 21 in Palo Alto.

Ronald “Ron” Lyon, professor emeritus of applied Earth sciences and a vanguard geologist to use satellites to study mineral formations on Earth, the moon, and Mars, died Jan. 17 at Stanford.

Marilyn Hohbach, AB ’51, who in 2006 received a Governors’ Awards for volunteer service to the university and whose generosity through the Harold C. and Marilyn A. Hohbach Foundation funded the creation of Hohbach Hall and endowed the Silicon Valley Archives program at Stanford Libraries, died Jan. 8 in Atherton.

Sally Hines, the first person hired when Niels Riemers created Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing in 1970 and manager there for 44 years, died Jan. 7.