Obituaries

Pet Rock

Bay Area Man Who Invented Pet Rock Dies In Oregon

The Bay Area man who invented the Pet Rock, a collectible that became a short-lived fad in the mid-1970s, died this week at the age of 78.

03/27/2015

Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a neurologist at Stanford University, died of lung cancer on March 9, 2015. He is pictured with his daughter, Cady. (Stanford University)

Stanford Neurosurgeon Dies Of Stage-4 Lung Cancer At 37

A Stanford neurosurgeon who’d recently completed his residency and become a first time father died of lung cancer Monday at the age of 37, according to a statement issued by the journal Stanford Medicine.

03/11/2015

Charles Townes. (UC Berkeley)

UC Berkeley Nobel Laureate, Laser Pioneer Charles Townes Dies At 99

Charles Hard Townes, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor who invented the laser and won the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics, died Tuesday at the age of 99.

01/28/2015

Pearl Harbor survivor Herb Louden during the 2013 Petaluma Veterans' Day Parade. (CBS)

Pearl Harbor Survivor, Grand Marshal Of Petaluma Veterans’ Day Parade Dies Shortly Before Event

A Pearl Harbor survivor who was supposed to be this year’s grand marshal at the Petaluma Veterans’ Day Parade died shortly before the event.

11/12/2014

Ronald Reagan

Reagan Astrologer, Joan Quigley, Dies At 87 In San Francisco Home

Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan’s schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.

10/24/2014

Robin Williams

Robin Williams’ Ties To Bay Area Go Back Decades

Actor and comedian Robin Williams, who was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Marin County home on Monday, has had longstanding ties with the Bay Area dating back to his teenage years.

08/11/2014

Bob Welch #35 of the Oakland Athletics pulls back for the pitch against the Boston Red Sox during a game in the 1991 season. Bob Welch played for the Oakland Athletics from 1988 to 1994. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Former A’s Pitcher Bob Welch, Member Of 1989 World Series Championship Team, Dies At 57

Bob Welch, the 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner of the Oakland Athletics and the last major leaguer to win at least 25 games in a season, has died. He was 57. He died Monday night in Seal Beach, California, of unknown causes, the team said Tuesday.

06/10/2014

Tourists stroll from Fisherman's Wharf to Pier 39. (John Medina/Getty Images)

SF’s Legendary, Terrifying ‘Bushman’ Street Performer Dead At 60

Troy Campbell, executive director of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District says Jacob’s death is a loss to the area’s rich culture of street performances. He was a fixture at the wharf for 30 years who usually sat in front of the Anchorage Building on Jefferson Street.

02/27/2014

Shirley Temple’s special temporary Hollywood Walk of Fame star (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Shirley Temple’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star In Storage

The timing of Temple’s death has forced a change in Hollywood tradition…

02/11/2014

Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black Remembered By Fellow Woodside Residents

The iconic child star Shirley Temple – who passed away Monday at the age of 85 in Woodside – was remembered Monday in the Peninsula town where she had lived for decades.

02/11/2014

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