Archive for the ‘In Memoriam’ Category

Campus remembers Phillip James Falcon; memorial service planned for Feb. 6

January 19th, 2010

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PHILLIP JAMES FALCON of Stanford, Calif., and Marion, Iowa, died of respiratory failure Jan. 4, 2010, at Stanford Hospital. He was 48 years old.
Falcon was born in Boston on July 19, 1961. After spending his early years in Lexington, Mass., he moved with his family to Stanford in 1972 and continued to live with his parents, LAURA AND WALTER FALCON, on Stanford’s campus and on their Iowa farm until his death.
Falcon’s family remembers him as someone who approached life with good cheer and a sense of adventure and who faced his medical challenges with courage. He completed the special education program in the Palo Alto school system and had a long association with HOPE Services. He traveled extensively in Asia with his parents, and he especially loved the farm in Iowa. He also was one of Stanford’s most loyal football fans.
In addition to his parents, Falcon is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lesley and Michael Hammond, of Aurora, Neb.; and his brother, sister-in-law and their children, Andrew, Mary, Hallett and AJ Falcon, of Upland, Calif.
A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Bechtel Room in Encina Hall. A burial service will be held in the spring in Marion, Iowa. The Phillip Falcon Memorial Fund (c/o his parents) has been established to assist young people with special needs.

Cancer research fund established in memory of Patrick Swayze

January 11th, 2010
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Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi Photo courtesy of Lisa Niemi

While battling pancreas cancer, Patrick Swayze courageously made his disease public and spoke out in support of cancer research. In this spirit, the Stanford Cancer Center has established the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund to support research that leads to more effective treatments for pancreas cancer patients.  Gifts to this fund will support studies to increase understanding of pancreas cancer and develop new therapies and technologies that can be applied to improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention. “Our goal is to apply a multidisciplinary approach to the study of pancreas cancer and the care of patients afflicted with the disease,” says GEORGE FISHER, associate professor of medicine-oncology.

- Stanford Cancer Center

1994 grad was among fallen Americans saluted by Obama

November 30th, 2009
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Michael Weston (DEA Photo)

When President Barack Obama made his overnight trip to Dover Air Force Base late last month, one of the fallen Americans to whom he offered a somber salute was 1994 Stanford graduate MICHAEL WESTON, an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who was killed along with two other colleagues in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Oct. 26.  Weston attended Harvard Law School after graduating from Stanford with an AB in economics and an BS in computer science. According to a story on NPR, he joined the Marines after his first year of law school and trained during breaks. He served as a military lawyer in Iraq, and later became a DEA agent. Weston was 37 and leaves his widow, Cynthia Tidler.

President Barack Obama attends a ceremony at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., Oct. 29, 2009, for the dignified transfer of 18 U.S. personnel who died in Afghanistan. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder attend a ceremony at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., Oct. 29, 2009, for the dignified transfer of 18 U.S. personnel who died in Afghanistan. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Andrea Lewis, 2008 Knight Fellow, radio personality, dies

November 20th, 2009

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Andrea Lewis

ANDREA LEWIS, a long-time broadcast and print journalist best known for her co-anchor roles on KPFA radio, died Nov. 15 of an apparent heart attack. She was 52. Lewis spent the 2007-08 academic year on Stanford’s campus as a Knight Journalism Fellow. “In my mind she was just a real sweetheart, a good person whom I liked enormously and one whom I’m going to miss enormously,” JIM BETTINGER, director of the Knight program, said in a KPFA obituary.  While at Stanford, Lewis studied the role of alternative journalism in contemporary American culture and democracy, Bettinger added. “She took intensive Spanish classes, fiction and non-fiction writing workshops, as well as classes in virtual reality and sound art. She also made strong connections at the Stanford Women’s Community Center, which was in keeping with her deep commitment to gender issues.”

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612.

Photo: John S. Knight Fellowships