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STANFORD -- Gertrude Naylor, a long-time Menlo Park resident who worked 29 years at Stanford - most of it at the News Service - died Friday, Oct. 28, at her home of congestive heart failure. She was 93.
Around campus, Naylor was legendary for working long past normal retirement - she was 81 when she was laid off during university budget cuts in 1982.
Naylor joined Stanford in 1953, working in the alumni records division of what is now the Office of Development. In 1956, she joined what was then called News and Publications Service.
In the early 1960s, she became lead operator on a small offset printing press the department purchased for use in duplicating news releases and the Faculty-Staff Newsletter, one of the predecessor publications to Campus Report.
She gloried in maintaining the press impeccably, and on special occasions she added additional color - requiring extra press runs - to the newsletter. Forced by regulations then in effect to retire in the late 1960s, she returned to work part time on production of Education Digest, a compilation of newspaper and magazine articles about higher education distributed weekly to senior administrators and many faculty.
Outside the university, Naylor was active in St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Menlo Park and worked on behalf of many Republican political candidates.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Pavack of Milpitas, and two grandchildren, Kevin and Debbie. Her husband, George, died in 1978.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 31. The family prefers contributions to the building fund at St. Raymond's Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025.
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