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1919 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Harry Press Obituary
Harry Press
September 18, 1919 - February 6, 2013
Resident of Palo Alto
The Celebration of his Life will be on Sunday, May 19th, at 2pm, at Stanford's Sunken Diamond. For details, please see: http://knight.stanford.edu/harry-press
Given his last name, perhaps it was no surprise that Harry Press was a lifelong journalist, from the Stanford Daily to newspapers in Anaheim, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. In 1966 he left his city editor position with the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin to return to Stanford, where he worked until 1989 as editor of the Stanford Observer, and managing director of the Knight Journalism Fellowships Program.
He met his wife, Martha - also a college journalist - when they both served in the United States Army during World War II. They married in 1944 and had three children, Lindi, Tina and Tony. Martha died in 1999. In March 2001, Press married Mildred Hamilton - herself a retired San Francisco journalist -and they enjoyed almost 10 years together until her death in 2010.
After 46 years in the Palo Alto home he loved, he lived his last year at The Birches Residential Care Home - also in Palo Alto - where he appreciated loving care to the day he died.
He is survived by two of his children, daughter Tina, of Fayetteville, N.Y., and Tony, of Brisbane, Calif.; four grandchildren, Jessica, Patience, Katie and Andy; and four great-grandchildren, Keith, Clark, Finn and Georgia. His daughter Lindi died on December 31, 2012.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 7, 2013
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