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Members of the Stanford community remember those who have passed away in 2018.


Rita Jean Bonneau Taylor, former librarian at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, co-founder and first director of the Stanford Savoyards and a long-time force in supporting music at Stanford, died Dec. 13.

Harold L. “Hal” Kahn, a professor emeritus of history and a specialist in 17th- and 18th-century Chinese history, died Dec. 11 in San Francisco.

Eleanor Maccoby, the Barbara Kimball Browning Professor of Psychology, Emerita, recognized for scholarly contributions to gender studies and child and family psychology, died Dec. 11 in Palo Alto.

Shoucheng Zhang, the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor in Physics, whose research on the quantum physics of many interacting electrons led to the predictions of new phenomena and exotic states of matter, died Dec. 1.


Timothy Josling, a professor emeritus at the former Food Research Institute known for his encyclopedic knowledge of international agricultural policy, died Nov. 27 in Davis, California.


Ming Kou Chan, PhD ’75, visiting scholar at the Center for East Asian Studies and a former research fellow at the Hoover Institution, died Oct. 29 in San Francisco.

Carol Margot Osborne, who served as associate director and chief curator at the Cantor Arts Center for 15 years, retiring in 1993, died Oct. 15 in Vacaville, California.

Herbert S. “Herbie” Lindenberger, the Avalon Foundation Professor in Humanities, Emeritus, who founded Stanford’s Department of Comparative Literature, died Oct. 1 in Portola Valley.


Corrine Nelson, godmother to hundreds of John S. Knight Journalism Fellows and their families while at Stanford, died Sept. 29 at her home in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

James G. March, who held professorships at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Education, and School of Humanities and Sciences, died Sept. 27 in Portola Valley.

William Kays, former dean of Stanford School of Engineering and professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died Sept. 9 in Palo Alto.

Burton “Burt” J. McMurtry, MS ’59, PhD ’62, a highly regarded Stanford leader, volunteer and philanthropist, died Sept. 2 in Palo Alto.

John “Jack” Smart Lynd began his career as an architect as the only full-time employee of the Stanford University Planning Department. He became associate director and was involved with the tremendous growth of the campus from 1954 to 1969. He died Sept. 2 in Los Altos.


Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, professor emeritus of genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine, who helped create the field of genetic geography and was one of the founders of cultural evolution, died Aug. 31 in Belluno, Italy.

Zohar Manna, professor emeritus of computer science who pioneered theoretical computer science techniques that today help form the basis for artificial intelligence and for reliable software, died Aug. 30 in Netanya, Israel.

John “Jack” Farquhar, professor emeritus of medicine and of health research and policy at Stanford University School of Medicine, a pioneer in cardiovascular disease prevention, died Aug. 22.

Leon Cain, a rising third-year graduate student at Stanford Law School, died Aug. 19 in Washington, D.C.

John C. Y. Wang, the Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies, Emeritus, in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and an eminent scholar in the study of classical Chinese literature, died Aug. 3 in Stanford.


Robert Rouse, professor emeritus of pathology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and former chief of pathology and the laboratory medicine service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, died July 28.

Kevin Malott, clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, 2014 recipient of the H. Barrie Fairley Excellence in Teaching Award, died July 26 in San Mateo.

Harold A. “Hap” Wagner, BS Mechanical Engineering ’57 who played basketball for the Cardinal, and former chairman and CEO of Air Products, died July 26 in Woodside.

John H. “Jack” Bunzel, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution who specialized in current political and educational issues and frequently wrote and lectured on issues of public policy, died July 19 at his home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Burton Richter, the Paul Pigott Professor in the Physical Sciences, Emeritus, former director of the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in physics, died July 18 in Palo Alto.

Bruce Baker, the Dr. Morris Herzstein Professor in Biology, Emeritus, who helped elucidate the connection between genes and behaviors in fruit flies, died July 1.


Nicholas Donatiello, MBA ’86, a lecturer in management at Stanford Graduate School of Business, died June 26 in San Francisco.

James Breedlove, curator for the Latin American & Iberian Collections at Stanford Libraries from 1968 to 1993, died June 12 in Menlo Park.

Joan Loftus, former government documents librarian at Stanford Libraries, died June 10 in Mountain View.

Richard H. Bube, professor emeritus of materials science and of electrical engineering, who was an expert in photoelectronic materials, died June 9 in Santa Clara.


Robert Eustis, the Clarence and Patricia Woodard Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, and an expert in thermodynamics, died May 24 at his home on the Stanford campus.

Stanley Falkow, professor emeritus of microbiology and immunology at the School of Medicine who is considered by many to be the father of the field of bacterial pathogenicity, died May 5 in Portola Valley.


Per K. Enge, professor of aeronautics and astronautics who was best known for his work on global positioning system technologies, died April 22 in Mountain View.

Allan McCulloch Campbell, professor emeritus in the School of Humanities and Sciences and one of the world’s foremost experts on bacterial viruses, died on April 19 in Palo Alto.

David J. Schurman, MD, professor of orthopedic surgery, died April 2 at Stanford.


Richard F. Staar, senior fellow emeritus at the Hoover Institution and a pioneering scholar of Russia and Eastern Europe, died March 27 in Portola Valley.

Eric Shooter, professor emeritus of neurobiology at the School of Medicine and founding chair of the Department of Neurobiology, died March 21.

Andrew Marshall, a graduate student in computer science, died March 16 in Mountain View.

Charles Yanofsky, the Dr. Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology, Emeritus, and one of the world’s most influential geneticists, died March 16.

Christopher “Tripp” Zanetis, a 2017 graduate of Stanford Law School, an active Air National Guard member and helicopter pilot, as well as a fire marshal for the New York City Fire Department, died March 15 near the border of western Iraq and Syria when his U.S. military helicopter crashed during a troop transport.


Richard Taylor, Nobel Prize-winning particle physicist who carried out experiments that led to the discovery of quarks, died Feb. 22 at his home on the Stanford University campus. He was a professor emeritus of physics at Stanford and at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Gerald “Jerry” Reaven, MD, an endocrinologist and professor emeritus of medicine who gained international recognition for coining the term Syndrome X — now known as metabolic syndrome — died Feb. 12 at his home on the Stanford campus.

Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson, philanthropist and art collector whose family made their collection of postwar American art available to the world through the gift of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, died Feb. 7 in Atherton.


Ira M. Friedman, MD, a clinical professor emeritus of pediatrics and former director of Vaden Health Center and its predecessor, Cowell Student Health Center, died Jan. 12 in Belmont.

Juergen Willmann, MD, a professor of radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and international scholar who dedicated himself to advancing cancer detection imaging technologies, died Jan. 8 in Palo Alto.