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Community Pulse - June 26, 2009


Lawrence "Larry" Neil Hill, a resident of Alamo, died June 18 at the age of 60.

He was born Sept. 10, 1948, and grew up in Rolling Hills. He was a graduate of Stanford University in political science and Union Theological Seminary. For the past 30 years, he worked in international corporate real estate for Bank of America, Barclays Global Investors, Jones Lang LaSalle and AsiaPac Int'l. His wife and two sons will miss his kindness, love and daily stories as well as his devoted guidance and appreciation of music.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27, at Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd.

Karl G. Mangold, M.D., a resident of Diablo, died June 3 at the age of 71 after a six-year battle with bone marrow cancer and a 40-year battle with a rare neurodegenerative disease.

He was born in White Plains, N.Y., the eldest son of immigrants from Bavaria, Germany. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame (1959), where he met his future wife, and Cornell University Medical College (1964). He completed an internal medicine internship (1965) at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, and an emergency medical fellowship at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital (1969) in Boston. In later years, he received an MBA from Pepperdine University (1989), and a Master's of Arts in management from JFK University (1991) in Walnut Creek.

He was a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service assigned to the medical facility at the Coast Guard training base in Alameda. He was trained as a flight surgeon at the Army aviation school, Fort Rucker, Ala., and Navy aviation in Pensacola, Fla. He was assigned to the Coast Guard Air Station in San Francisco.

After the military, he began his clinical practice in the emergency room of San Leandro Memorial Hospital and made it 24 hours per day, an innovative idea at the time.

He was a charter member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 1977-78. He also was a founding member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, a member of the Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Society, the California Medical Association, the American Medical Association, a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) and Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Management (1998). He often said that of all of his accomplishments he was most proud of his 14 years as a practicing emergency physician.

In his retirement, he was an avid reader of philosophy, psychology, medicine, history, economics, sports, business, biology, nature and five daily newspapers. He had an abiding love of nature, gardening and life in all its forms. He treasured his fellowship in the seniors' golf group at Diablo Country Club and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.

He is survived by his best friend and wife of 46 years, Jan (Unser) Mangold; sons Paul C. Mangold, PT of Danville and Peter J. Mangold, DVM of Alamo; brother John H. Mangold of San Francisco; four grandchildren; numerous cousins here and in Germany; and his loving in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Inurnment was private. Following his wish that there be no formal service or funeral music but rather a party, family and friends are invited to gather for sharing from 2:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 11, at Diablo Country Club. Memorial donations can be sent to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health for Dr. Gregory Enns Research Fund, 400 Hamilton Ave., Suite 340, Palo Alto 94301.

Mavis Ann Willing, a resident of Danville, died June 12 at the age of 60 after a two-and-a-half year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born Nov. 18, 1948, in Yankton, S.D., to parents Herman and Helen Potts. She had three older brothers, Vernon, Richard and Ronald. After her mother passed away in 1950, she was raised by her Aunt Anna and Uncle Adolf in Fordyce, Neb. She attended elementary school in Fordyce and attended high school in Yankton, S.D. In 1968, while attending the University of Nebraska, she met her future husband and they were married Aug. 22, 1970.

She received a master's in speech pathology from the University of Nebraska. After leaving Nebraska, her family lived in Beaverton, Ore., for nine years and San Antonio, Texas, for three years before coming to Danville where they have resided for the past 22 years. She was a highly respected speech pathologist and her patience, kindness and love for her work allowed her to connect with all her students in a special way. She enjoyed life's simple pleasures and had a strong faith based in the Catholic Church. She loved gardening with her husband, reading, taking photos, cooking with her family and walking the Iron Horse Trail and Osage Loop with her friends. She loved traveling, especially to Costa Rica, where she enjoyed sipping ice cold michiladas while rocking her grandson on the veranda.

She is survived by her husband, John Willing; her two daughters, Vanessa and Cammy; and her grandson, Rylan. She is predeceased by her mother Helen Potts, Aunt Mary, Aunt Anna, Uncle Adolf, brother-in-law Richard Willing, father-in-law Thomas Willing, her father Herman Potts and father Ken.

A vigil was held in her honor June 16 and a Memorial Mass celebrated her life June 17 at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon.

Daniel Keith Bird, a resident of Danville, died June 13 at the age of 92. He was known by his middle name Keith.

He was born June 8, 1917, and grew up on a farm in Barton County, Kan. He loved aviation and eventually became an aeronautical engineer, receiving his master's degree at Wichita State University. He served in the Army during World War II and settled in Wichita following his discharge. He moved his family to the Seattle area while working for Boeing and later moved to Ohio to work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He moved with his second wife to California in 1983 and lived for the rest of his life in Pleasanton and Danville. He was an avid sports fan, loved traditional jazz (Dixieland) and dancing. He was a longtime member and officer of Toastmasters International and founded the Pleasanton Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ella in 1978; his wife Dorothy (Dottie) in 2006; and his brother Homer in 2008. He is survived by four siblings; six children: Michael, Rick, Judy, Joan, Mary K. and Greg; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were held June 18 in the Wesley Center at San Ramon Valley Methodist Church in Alamo. Memorial donations may be made to the Danville Library at 400 Front St., Danville.

Paul J. Burke, a resident of Alamo, died peacefully June 14 at the age of 90.

He was born Sept. 2, 1918. He was a native of New York City and a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in education at Columbia University. He was a veteran of World War II, where he saw combat in France. He was a lifelong teacher and he always described himself as a teacher first. He had a distinguished career as a professor of education at the City University of New York and after moving to California, became a professor at St. Mary's College in Moraga, where he founded the School of Education and became its first dean. He retired in 1997 to fish, travel and enjoy his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Mary Burke. He is survived by his children Bob Burke of Alamo and Lorraine Burke Hood of Fairfax; five grandchildren; and daughter-in-law Sharon Burke.

At his request, no services were held, but a Memorial Mass will be scheduled later in the summer. For those who wish to remember him, his favorite charities were the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and St. Mary's College.


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