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Allan, James - San Carlos  
James William Allan James William Allan, 73, Retired SFFD firefighter passed away April 16, 2015. A Hawaiian themed tribute to his life will be held at the Redwood City Elk's Club at 938 Wilmington Way, Emerald Hills at 11:00am on Friday April 24th.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 22, 2015
Amituanai, David Elmer - San Francisco  
David Elmer Amituanai 1957 – 2015 David Elmer Amituanai, 58, passed away from this life and entered into Eternal Life with the LORD on Sunday, April 12th, 2015. David was born in Ft. Riley, Kansas on February 26th, 1957. He grew up in Daly City, California. He attended public schools in Daly City and graduated from Serramonte High School. He completed some college work at City College of San Francisco as well. David served in the United States Army as an enlisted soldier for 3 years. Upon completion of his military service, he worked with Social Security as a Samoan translator, and then as a journeyman electrician. He became a San Francisco Firefighter in 1993. He was very proud to be a firefighter and loved his job along with all of his new found brothers and sisters. David loved people and devoted himself to helping others. He enjoyed meeting people of all walks of life and made every attempt to engage with anyone he met. He was honored to serve on the San Francisco Firefighters' Cancer Prevention Foundation following his first bout with cancer. He also devoted himself to the San Francisco Firefighters' Toy Drive Program of which he served as a very jolly and merry Polynesian Santa Claus. He delighted in being a part of a local paddling crew of whom he came to embrace as family. David is survived by his devoted sisters; Sina Cooper, Elaine Amituanai-Parry (George), Neva Amituanai-Malili (Poto), nephews and nieces; Lyle Cooper, Jr., Christopher Cooper, Michelle Edgtton (Terry), George Parry, Jr. (Kristen), David Parry, Daniel Malili (Sherrie), Fa'amaile Jacob Malili (Lehua), Salamo Malili, Naomi Malili (Jordan), and their families. He is also survived by his godson, Miles. He was the son of the late Reverend Fa'amaile Amituanai and the late Tautala So'osemea Taeleifi Amituanai. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a score of supportive caring friends. It is with heartfelt thanks that we recognize the members of the SFFD both active and retired, in addition to Dr. Alain Algazi, Dr. Nancy Allen, Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND and Staff, dear friends and family, for their kindness and continued loving support of our brother, David. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the San Francisco Firefighter's Cancer Prevention Foundation, the San Francisco Firefighters' Toy Drive Program, or to St. Robert's Catholic Church. Visitation will begin at 4 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:30 pm, Friday, April 24th, a Funeral Service will be celebrated Saturday, April 25th at 10 am, all at St. Roberts Catholic Church, 1380 Crystal Springs Rd., San Bruno, CA. Interment with Military Honors, Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2015
Arnovick, Peter - Los Altos  
Peter G. Arnovick July 26, 1934 - March 24, 2015 Resident of Los Altos May his spirit continue to exist in our hearts and all that surrounds us. Peter was truly one of kind. He was a wonderful father and grandfather as well as a devoted professor at Menlo College for 38 years. Peter leaves behind his daughter Katy, son Brandon, granddaughter Juni, Grandson Tristan, ex-wife Jane plus many more of his amazing extended family. His legacy shall forever live on. "Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop some where waiting for you."Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 19, 2015
Arras, John - Charlottesville, Va  
John Dyer Arras August 25, 1945 - March 9, 2015 John Dyer Arras, a pioneering bioethicist and University of Virginia professor, died of a sudden stroke on Monday, March 9, 2015, while on vacation with his family. He was 69. John was born on August 25, 1945, in San Mateo, CA. He attended Serra High School, received his bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University. He loved cooking, fly-fishing, drinking good wine, reading and talking about movies. John is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Emrey; their two daughters Marina Wright and Melissa Emrey-Arras; sons-in-law Jeffrey Wright and Mark Hickernell; and five grandchildren--Luke, John and Grace Wright, and Gabriel and Alex Hickernell. He also leaves behind his brother Ernest Arras, Jr. M.D., sister Barbara Scruggs, sister-in-law Kay Arras, nephew Phil Arras, Ph.D., nieces Lise Carney and Catherine Scruggs, and great-niece Aoife Arras. He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest Arras, a general contractor and Margaret Dyer Arras, a homemaker. Dr. Arras was the Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Philosophy and Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he directed the Undergraduate Program in Bioethics. He authored scores of articles and several books on bioethics, focused on such issues as death and dying, public health ethics, and international research ethics. John was known for his charismatic teaching. In 2005 he was honored with the University of Virginia Alumni Association's Distinguished Professor Award for teaching, research and contributions to student life. And in 2006 he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education for his work with students. Prior to moving to Virginia in 2005, John was an Associate Professor of Bioethics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College and was chairman of the Philosophy Dept. at the University of Redlands. John was also a long-time Fellow and former Board Member of the Hastings Center. John was also known for his public service. He and his wife Elizabeth were Peace Corps volunteers in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He was a member of President Obama's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and he also regularly consulted at the National Institutes of Health. He served on the National Ethics Committee of the March of Dimes and he was a founding member of the Ethics Advisory Board of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He previously served on the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law-Governor Mario Cuomo's Bioethics Commission. A memorial service was held in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 19, 2015
Austin, Norman - San Francisco  
Norman A. Austin December 7, 1924 – April 10, 2015 Norman Alfred Austin died peacefully on April 10, 2015. He was 90 years old. Norm was born on December 7, 1924 in Woodland, California. He grew up in Placerville, California, where his father C. Lloyd Austin was an iris hybridizer and ran the Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens business with Norm's mother, Gladys Easter Ingraham Austin. Norm met his wife, Phyllis Jean Roach, at a USO dance while he was in the Army during World War II. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in France and was awarded a Purple Heart. When he returned from the war, he and Phyllis were married in Eugene, Oregon. After Norm finished his B.S. at Oregon State and earned a master's degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University, they lived in California where their daughters, Melissa and Suzanne, were born. In 1960, the family lived in Roskilde, Denmark, meeting life-long friends, Jens and Bente Lebech. Upon returning, Norm and Phyllis built their home in Los Altos Hills where they lived for 50 years. With a successful career as an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley, Norm always enjoyed being on the "cutting edge" of technology. In the 1960s, he worked at Varian Associates where he helped develop the first radiation machines for cancer therapy. Subsequently, he joined several companies, including ETEC and CIC, and formed his own company, AB Networks. As a devoted husband and father, Norm always supported Phyllis and her artistic talents, including framing her oil paintings and assisting with her interior design business. He assisted Suzanne and Melissa in obtaining degrees at Stanford and encouraged their careers. Despite his injury during the war, Norm was always athletic. He especially enjoyed tennis and taught Melissa and Suzanne to play at an early age. He was a good skier, golfer, and swam daily until near the end of his life. Norm is predeceased by his wife, Phyllis Jean Roach Austin, and is survived by his daughters Dr. Melissa A. Austin of Seattle and Dr. Suzanne M. Austin of Los Gatos, his sisters Sylvia Osman and Jewell DeLapp, and many nieces and nephews. A mass and reception will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Los Altos, located at 473 Lincoln Avenue, on April 29 at 10:00 am. Donations in Norm's memory can be made in support of Stanford Engineering, Stanford University, PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2015
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