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Mary Rose Kirkpatrick, widow of physicist, dies at 91
STANFORD -- Mary Rose Clark Kirkpatrick, widow of Stanford physicist Paul Kirkpatrick, died of cancer Thursday, July 15. She was 91.
Kirkpatrick was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 16, 1902. She attended the teaching college that later became the University of California at Los Angeles, and then graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1926.
She met her future husband on a ship traveling from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands, where both had arranged teaching jobs. Her husband of 67 years, a pioneer in the use of X-rays for scientific purposes, died last December at age 98. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1931 and retired in 1958.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick was an accomplished pianist and teacher of music. She was active with the music group of the Stanford Faculty Women's Club, and was a longtime volunteer at the Palo Alto United Nations Association store.
Kirkpatrick is survived by two daughters, Pauline Abbe of Santa Barbara and Nancy Morrell of Brunswick, Maine. A third daughter, Josephine Welborn Robinson, died in 1991. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Granddaughters include Bay Area residents Jenny Abbe of Palo Alto, Martha Salzman of Berkeley and Jessica Abbe of La Honda.
The family will gather for a private memorial observation later this summer. The family prefers donations to: Vivamos Mejor, 58 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae, CA 94904; MidPeninsula Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 105, Mountain View, CA 94040; or The League to Save Lake Tahoe.
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