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Dan Dykwel
March 31, 1952 - Nov. 6, 2014
Palo Alto, California

Dan Dykwel -- beloved husband and father, sincere friend and devoted community leader -- passed away Nov. 6 at Stanford Hospital, surrounded by his family. Dan believed in Palo Alto and committed himself to making our community a better place. He served children and our public schools as president of the district-wide PTA Council, president of the Paly PTSA, member of the PAUSD Program Review Committee for the 20-year Facilities Master Plan, founding member of Project Safety Net and fundraising co-chair for Youth Community Service, among many activities. In 2009, he received the PTA's Golden Oak award for exemplary service to youth. He also served the community on the board of Midpeninsula Media Center, as president of Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and as member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for the Palo Alto Public Safety Building. Working together, Dan and his wife Sunny resurrected the Black and White Ball, as well as helped organize many additional efforts to raise funds for public needs, including campaigns for the school bond, parcel tax and library. Indeed, Dan and Sunny were a dynamic pair who drew people from around town to work together on building our community. Th...

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Steve Freese
June 3, 1948 - Nov. 12, 2014 San Juan Capistrano, California

Steve Freese was born on June 3, 1948, and died on Nov. 12, 2014 from complications due to lung cancer. His wife, Laura Smyth Freese, and daughters, Corine Freese, Shauna Freese and Alexa Freese Wiley were by his side, along with other friends and relatives. He grew up in Palo Alto, attending Cre...

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Philip G. Hodge
Nov. 9, 1920 - Nov. 11, 2014 Palo Alto, California

Professor Philip G. Hodge Jr., member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards in his field, died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2014 in Sunnyvale, California, with his daughter and granddaughter by his side. Professor Hodge was a key contributor to plasticity theory and publi...

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George M. Liddicoat
July 10, 1958 - Nov. 9, 2014 Mountain View, California

George Matthew Liddicoat, son of Mary Jo and George Liddicoat, passed away suddenly Sunday evening, Nov. 9. Matt was a longtime resident of Palo Alto and attended Wilbur Middle school (now known as JLS) and was a Cubberley graduate class of '77. He went on to University of California at Santa Bar...

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Douglas D. Naylor
March 30, 1944 - Nov. 9, 2014 Port Hueneme, California

Former Palo Alto resident Douglas Daniel Albert Naylor, 70, passed away on Nov. 9, hours after he was struck by a car while crossing Pacific Coast Highway by Big Rock in Malibu. He was born on March 30, 1944, in Keswick, Iowa. After the death of his mother the family moved to their Uncle Tiny's r...

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