Ed Ames was born in 1908 in San Angelo, Texas. He graduated from Stanford in 1932 with a B.A degree in Journalism-Political Science and became a real estate and insuranc broker in Palo Alto. A member of the Palo Alto Planning Commission for two years, Ames has been a resident of Palo Alto since 1950. In 1964, he received the Distinguished Service Award for service on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Hospital Center. Ames is a member of the "Founders' Club" of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and a character member and a past president of the Peninsula Kiwanis. As a member and past president of the Palo Alto Real Estate Board, Ames is now an Honorary Life Member of the California Association of Realtors and an honorary board member of the Palo Alto Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Born in Poland in 1909, Adolph Baller was already giving piano recitals in Central Europe at the age of eleven. In addition to the piano, he studued conducting at the Vienna conservatory. Baller arrived in the United States in 1938 and became the accompanist to Mr. Yehudi Menuhin for fifteen years. During this time he founded the Alma Trio, which is named after Mr. Menuhin's estate in Alma, California. At present, he is concertizing and teaching piano and chamber music at Stanford University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 1980 he received the Norman Fromm Citation. During the same year he performed with the Guarneri String Quartet. In 1984, the Adolph Baller Scholarship was established in the Stanford Music Department.
Birge Clark was born 92 years ago in Palo Alto. He graduated from Stanford University in 1914 and from Columbia University in 1917. In 1922, Clark opened an architectural office in Palo Alto. He is responsible for designing many of Palo Alto's notable buildings including: the Post Office on Hamilton, the old Police/Fire building on Bryant (now the Senior Center of Palo Alto), The Lucie Stern Community Center, the homes of both Lucie and Ruth Stern on Cowper Street and most of the stores on Ramona Street between University and Hamilton. In 1953, Clark was made an AIA Fellow and later was decorated for his work on the Norris Residence.
Esther Clark graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1925. After specializing in pediatrics for two additional years, she opened an office in Palo Alto, making her the first pediatrician in this area. Dr. Clark is one of the original founders of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic. In 1953, she founded the Children's Health Council, a non-profit clinic that treats children with learning disabilities on an outpatient basis. Dr. Clark is a lifetime member of The American Academy of Pediatrics.
Born in 1899, Una Hanbury studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts with such teachers as Sir Jacob Epstien, the March Brothers and Frank Calderon. Addtional studies of t he plastic art traditions of Thailand, India, Nepal and China influenced her artistic style. The diversity if her work flows from a background if early years in England, Italy, and France, followed by long residence in Washington D.C, and finally Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work can also be found in numerous churches, hospitals and libraries, public parks, gardens and buildings in such varied settings as Yugoslavia, Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia and Arlington, Virginia.
Charles A. Taylor
Chuck Taylor graduated from Stanford University in 1943. That same year, Taylor was selected as a first team member of the All American football team. He received his masters degree from Stanford in 1947 and from 1947 to 1950 Taylor was Stanford's Freshman Football Coach. In 1950, Taylor served one season with San Francisco 49ers as Assistant Coach under Head Coach Buck Shaw. Taylor returned to Stanford in 1951 as Head Varsity Coach. That same season the team went to the Rose Bowl and Taylor was selected Coach of the Year. In 1958, he was appointed Assistant Director of Athletics at Stanford in 1961, Taylor was appointed Director of Athletics. In 1984 Taylor was inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame.
Harriet Doerr was born in 1910 in Pasadena, California. She attended Smith College in 1927 and completed her B.A requirements in 1977 at Stanford University. Doerr began working in the Graduate Fiction Program in 1978 and was named a Wallace Stegner Fellow in 1980. Doerr has received the TransAtlantic Review Henfield Foundation Award and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Doerr's novel, Stones for Ibarra, was the 1984 recipient of the American Book Award for first fiction. She also received the Bay Area Book Award and an award from the Commonwealth Club of California.
Frank Duveneck was born in 1887 in Massachusetts. He was a man with many title: humanitarian, philanthropist, rancher, mechanical engineer and a physics professor. In 1930, Duveneck started the first youth hostel on the Pacific Coast. His Hidden Villa Ranch was opened as an interracial summer camp in 1945 and now attracts in 16,000 students a year. In 1977, he donated 430 acres of land to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and also started the Hidden Villa Environmental Project which started the Hidden Villa Environmental Project which acquaints school children with nature. Duveneck worked for the Democratic Party and his Hidden Villa Ranch Spawned many other clubs, including the Sierra Club's Loma Prieta Chapter. Frank Duveneck will be remembered for sharing the land he owned, either by giving it away or inviting the community to Hidden Villa.