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Pauline Stuber Pauline passed away on Sunday, April 19th with her family by her side. Pauline Louise Sumner was born August 4, 1944 in Pendleton, Oregon, the eldest of 3 children. She moved to San Francisco in 1963 to pursue a career in civil engineering. She studied civil engineering at Blue Mountain College in Pendleton, Oregon and later attended St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA, receiving a bachelor's degree in Business Management. For the next 10 years, Pauline served with several engineering companies, including Towill, Kennedy, Brown and Caldwell, Warren Nute, and Murray and McCormick. From 1973 to 1990, Pauline was active in founding and serving as co-owner of Stuber-Stroeh Associates, Inc. She served as Vice President prior to the firm's merger with CSW Consultants in 1990, forming CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group. In 1974, Pauline became a charter member of Soroptimist International of Novato and continued as a member for over 40 years. She served as club president from 1979-80 and again from 2009-10 and held many board positions throughout the years. She served 8 years as chairperson of the annual fundraiser, a luncheon and fashion show, and chaired the silent auction committee for most of the past 40 years. She also served on the Women's Award Committee as well as the Scholarship Committee. Pauline was very dedicated to women's issues and was engaged in a workplace campaign to end domestic violence. Soroptimist International of Novato named Pauline "Woman of Distinction 2004." In 1987, Pauline became a member of the Rotary Club of Ignacio, becoming only the second woman to join such club. During the next 28 years, she served the club in many capacities, including as a member of the board of directors and club president from 1993-1994. In addition, she managed the Wilburn High School Graduate Scholarship Program from its inception. She became the director of the club's World Community Service Committee, a position she held for over a decade due to her love for this area. Her commitment to helping those in need resulted in her leadership of numerous worldwide humanitarian projects in foreign countries, including the Philippines, Nepal, Columbia SA, Jamaica, Panama, Mexico, and Bali. Pauline was involved in Project "Build Hope", which provides funding for students and chaperone volunteers to travel and build homes for the homeless in Mexico. She was the recipient of many Rotary awards from her own club and Rotary International, and was a Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor. In 2008 Pauline received the prestigious Rotary International Service Above Self Award, an award given to very few Rotarians worldwide. In 1989, the Marin County Board of Supervisors appointed Pauline as the North Marin representative for the Commission on the Status of Women. She held that position for 3 years and continued to support the Commission as it evolved into the Marin County Women's Commission. Pauline served as a member of the Marin Homeless Shelter Committee, and was appointed to the Marin County Blue Ribbon Homeless Working Group, later the Marin County Commission on the Homeless. The Marin County Board of Supervisors expressed their deepest gratitude to Pauline for her leadership, enthusiasm, and tireless commitment to others by Resolution adopted May 24th, 2011. In 1993 she founded and co-chaired Help for the Heartland to aid those in the Midwest after the devastating floods that year. She solicited donations of supplies, building materials and cash from service organizations and private individuals in Marin County. She persuaded Southern Pacific Railroad to donate 4 boxcars and 3 rail lines to provide transportation from Novato to St. Louis where the donations were given to the Salvation Army. Pauline was involved in supporting Novato's schools and chaired the Wilburn Scholarship Committee, providing scholarships for graduating high school students. In addition, she was part of the Novato High School's Job Shadowing Program and served as chair on the Affirmative Action Committee in Novato Unified School District. The city of Novato recognized Pauline's commitment and involvement in 1989, naming her Novato's Citizen of the Year. Pauline was involved in many charitable events for the City of Novato including the Novato "Adopt an Island" program, the Novato annual "Clean and Green" day, as well as environmental cleanup projects. She also provided volunteer services for numerous city functions including the Novato Art and Wine Festival, the Novato Streetscape and Maintenance Coalition Committee. Pauline was a team captain for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the Wheelchair Foundation fundraiser, and the Novato Youth Center Holiday Toy Drive. She served on the board of the Novato Human Needs Center for 6 years and chaired the construction of the Thrift Shop expansion. She was also a board member for the North Bay Children's Center. Pauline is survived by her husband of 39 years, John Stuber; her sister, Marilyn O'Gorman; her brother, Paul Sumner; stepchildren, John E. Stuber, Janet A. Robideaux, Michael A. Stuber, and Karen I. Long; 13 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. They have all known her to be there for them throughout the years at countless birthdays, baptisms, first communions, and graduations showing her dedication and commitment to her family as well as her community. May this very committed, selfless and caring woman who left an indelible mark on the Novato Community and the world at large, rest in peace. Services will be held at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato on Wed May 6th at 11am. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to The Rotary Club of Ignacio Foundation at P.O. Box 5013, Novato, CA 94948; the St. Vincent De Paul Society at Our Lady of Loretto at 1806 Novato Boulevard, Novato CA 94947; or the Novato Soroptimist Club at P.O. Box 1267, Novato 94948. Arrangements ~ Keaton's Redwood Chapel of Marin
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Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 30 to May 3, 2015
Varney, Norma B.  
Norma B. Varney Former Novato Resident Died in San Rafael on April 27th, 2015 after suffering for many years from Alzheimer's disease. She was 93 years old. Norma was born and raised in Everett Washington and was active in drama, glee club and radio guild, while attending Everett High School where she graduated in 1940. She worked at the Everett Pulp and Paper Company as an executive secretary and married Bernard K Varney whom she helped put through the University of Washington where she also attended. Moving to Millbrae California in 1955, Norma became active in the PTA at Millbrae Meadows School where her two young sons attended. 1n 1963, the Varney family moved to the Marin Country Club Estates in Novato where Norma was a member of the ladies 9 Holer Golf group as well as the Garden Club. When her husband Ben retired in 1984, both as VP of Finance for CSAA'S Inter-insurance bureau and as treasurer for CSAA, the couple traveled extensively, visiting Europe, Australia, Croatia, Mexico and Hawaii among other vacation destinations. Norma loved spending time with her family and was an avid vocalist, singing in church and in other choruses, the last of which was the Chorus at Villa Marin in San Rafael where she lived for the last twenty years of her life. People often commented on her angelic voice that allowed her to hit high notes out of range for many of her contemporaries. Before becoming a patient in the skilled nursing department, Norma was a regular volunteer, helping the sick and elderly at various times throughout her stay at Villa Marin. She was a very giving person with a kind heart, often found in the service of others. Norma and Ben Varney had 51 wonderful years marriage before Ben passed away in 1997. Norma will be greatly missed by her two surviving sons, Mark Varney of Alturas, CA and Mike Varney of Novato; and her two grandchildren, Matthew and Claire Varney of Hubbard and Silverton, Oregon respectively and by many others who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada 2290 North First Street, Suite 101 San Jose, CA. 95131. Friends are welcome to attend a service in Celebration of her life this Saturday May 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato, Ca. 94947.
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 2, 2015
Zaroff, Dr. Lawrence I.  
Dr. Lawrence I. Zaroff The medical world lost a great innovator and teacher with the sudden passing of Lawrence I. Zaroff, MD, PhD. Beloved by his students at Stanford University, family, friends, and former patients, Larry Zaroff will be greatly missed. Raised above his family's grocery store in Washington DC, Larry earned his M.D. from George Washington University in 1956 and received his training in the emerging field of cardiothoracic surgery under Dr. Dwight Harken at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. During his many years of surgical training, Dr. Zaroff was active in research, helping to pilot the use of the intra-aortic balloon pump, a life-saving device used to support patients critically ill from acute heart failure. Much of his research focused on the development of the implantable cardiac pacemaker. After completing his training, Dr. Zaroff spent 29 years in cardiothoracic surgical practice in Rochester, NY, successfully performing coronary artery bypass and valve replacement surgeries on thousands of patients. During these years of practice, Dr. Zaroff mentored many cardiothoracic surgery trainees from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. At the age of 53, Larry decided to retire from surgical practice and focus his considerable energy into his passion for mountaineering. He moved to Colorado and spent 9 years climbing the high peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. His years of mountaineering culminated in a first ascent of Chulu West, a 22,000-foot peak on the Nepal-Tibet border. At the end of his years in Colorado, Larry decided to pursue further academic studies. Working with his usual passion and drive, he received his Masters in English from the University of Colorado. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Larry enrolled at Stanford University and earned his PhD in History in 2000, at age 68. After earning his PhD, he was appointed a Senior Research Scholar with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and also a Consulting Professor in the Stanford Department of Anesthesiology and the Program in Human Biology. In this capacity, Larry thrived as a teacher and mentor to the undergraduates and medical students of Stanford. He taught many courses, including the core classes for Stanford Medical School's Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities scholarly concentration. Larry was the rare college teacher who used the Socratic method in his classes, demanding verbal participation from every student. His courses required many non-fiction and fiction writings from his students and he truly enjoyed critiquing their work. His excellence as a teacher was recognized when he was voted Teacher of the Year by the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU). Larry was completely devoted to his students at Stanford, spending countless hours mentoring and advising them. He was especially eager to support his students as they grappled with decisions about whether or not pursue careers in Medicine. Recently, these efforts were acknowledged by his receipt of the Stanford Human Biology Award for Excellence in Faculty Advising. While at Stanford, Larry also continued his scholarly activities, writing columns for the Science section of The New York Times and publishing numerous articles in Pharos, Pulse, Atrium, and The Hektoen International Journal. Larry will be greatly missed by his wife of 60 years, Sausalito artist Carolyn Rein Zaroff, their three children, Susan Z. Breyer of Woodside, CA, Dr. Wendy Z. Davis of Mill Valley, CA and Dr. Jonathan G Zaroff (Victoria) of San Francisco, CA. Larry leaves eight grandchildren -Emily, Daniel, and Theodore Breyer of Woodside; Jackson Davis of Mill Valley; Sam, Leo, Eliza, and Roxanne Zaroff of San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the AXIS Dance Company of Oakland, CA at .
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Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 3, 2015
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