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Julia Buck Kringel

1927 - 2016 Notice Condolences
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Julia Buck Kringel passed away August 12, 2016 at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, CA. She was 89. Julia was born in Baltimore, Maryland May 28, 1927. Raised on Overhill Road in Roland Park, Maryland, she was the third child of George Grafflin Buck and Julia Cochran Buck. Her father was the CEO of the Buck Glass Company, a company later known for inventing the square milk bottle, which became the industry standard. Julia attended the Calvert, Bryn Mawr, and St Catherin's Schools, where she excelled in field hockey, basketball, and tennis. At school, she established life-long friendships with a group of girls known as the "Fruitsies" (each girl having a fruit-related nickname, hers being "Pear-Pearkins"). Some of the Fruitsies toured Europe together after college and they had regular reunions. Julia attended Wells College in New York where she majored in English Literature and established more life-long friendships. At Wells she played on the varsity basketball team and served as Student Body President. In 1953, Julia married Robert Mozley, a physicist at Stanford University, and settled in Portola Valley, California. At Stanford she worked as a secretary in the Departments of Political Science and Anthropology, where she was a strong advocate for graduate students. She married Alan Kringel, a psychiatrist, in 1968. Julia was an adventuresome world traveler, with trips to Nepal, Morocco, Egypt, Thailand, and other exotic locations. In 1978 she made an overland journey from London to Kathmandu, mostly by bus. Shortly after passing though Iran, the country fell into chaos, culminating in the 1979 revolution, and after leaving Afghanistan the Soviets invaded. Julia was jokingly given credit for precipitating these dramatic world events. She was a skilled photographer and chronicled her trips with photographs, some of which were exhibited in a show at Stanford entitled "Brief Meetings". Julia lived by the values she so strongly believed in and was an inspiration and model for those who knew her. She will be remembered for her wit, integrity, generosity, and as a loyal friend. She loved her friends and family, and keeping in touch with them was a great priority for her. She also loved hiking and went on many backpacking trips. Julia was preceded in death by her husband Alan Kringel, her parents, brothers Richard and John Buck, and her younger son John Mozley. She is survived by her son Peter Mozley, daughter-in-law Janette Thomas, grandsons William and Samuel Mozley, and by her nieces and nephews, including Gabrielle Bennett; Bayly, George, Gordon , John, Laura and Ron Buck; Cindy Cardin; Linda Halper; Ken and Bruce Friedricks; Pamela Bank and Raye Leith. There will be a celebration of Julia's life on October 2 starting at 11:00 am at Channing House (850 Webster St., Palo Alto, CA), where she lived in recent years and made many dear friends. Memorial donations may be made to Amnesty International.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Sept. 4, 2016
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