Next talk: "Architects Birge and David Clark, and Pediatrician Esther Clark in early Stanford, Palo Alto, and Los Altos Hills", a presentation by Dean, Birge, and Malcolm Clark

Follow-up discussion: The future of Los Altos Hills Historical Society by Martin Bernstein, LAHHS President (see letter below)

Time: Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 3:00 PM

Place: Council Chambers, Los Altos Hills Town Hall; 26379 Fremont Road; Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Talk Summary:

Birge (1893-1989), David (1904-44), and Esther (1900-90) Clark were the children of pioneer Stanford Professor Arthur Clark and his wife Grace Birge Clark. They grew up in College Terrace and on the Stanford campus and graduated from Palo Alto High School and Stanford. Birge, and later with his partner David, designed many residences, schools, and buildings, mostly in Palo Alto, but also elsewhere, including Stanford, and what became Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Esther Clark, MD, was the first pediatrician in the mid-Peninsula, was one of 4 original physicians of what became the Palo Alto Medical Clinic (predecessor to Palo Alto Medical Foundation), and was the founder of The Children's Health Council. Birge lived in Palo Alto; Esther and David in houses next to what is now Los Altos Hills.


Dean, Birge, and Malcolm Clark are the sons of Birge and Lucile Townley Clark. They grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from Palo Alto High School.

entered the US Navy at 17 in 1943. He attended UCLA while in the Navy and then served on a destroyer in the Pacific. He later graduated from Stanford and its Medical School. He has lived in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills since 1956. Dean practiced as a general surgeon in Los Altos from 1956 to 2013. He and his wife Linda live in Los Altos.

Birge entered the US Air Force in 1951 after attending Menlo College for 2 years. He flew aerial tankers for 3 years in the Air Force before graduating from Menlo School of Business in 1957. He spent most of his carreer in sales and marketing in the animal health and veterinary products field. He and his wife Prudy live in Fair Oaks, near Sacramento.

Malcolm entered US Air Force in 1953 after attending Stanford and Columbia Universities for 4 years. He then flew fighters for 4 years in the Air Force and California Air National Guard, and earned degrees in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley and geology from Stanford. He was a Research Geologist at U.S. Geological Survey from 1967-97, studying earthquakes and glacial geology. He and his wife Laurie live in Los Altos Hills.

Our Society Directors:

President: Martin Bernstein.
Treasurer: Les Earnest
Web Manager: Lana Ralston

Los Altos Hills Historical Society

Martin Bernstein, President
POB 1739, PALO ALTO, CA 94302


I hope February is treating everyone well. As our organization moves into its 41st year, we on the LAHHS Board of Directors met and discussed possible next steps for our Historical Society. Our discussion is summarized below. We look forward to hearing your comments at our General Meeting on Sunday 23FEB2014, 3pm at Los Altos Hills Town Hall as we discuss these ideas to help guide the Board's decisions for upcoming years.

Continuation of Los Altos Hills Historical Society:

As previously announced, John Ralston has resigned as Program Director. The wonderful speakers and successful and educational programs presented at our meetings has been the direct result of John's enthusiastic efforts of contacting future presenters and confirming future programs. If Los Altos Hills Historical Society is to continue offering these exciting programs, we are now in need of our next Program Director to join our Board of Directors. I look forward to hearing if you or if you know of a member who would like to volunteer as Program Director.

Our next program and presenter is confirmed for our 23FEB2014 Meeting at Los Altos Hills Town Hall. You will be receiving a formal invitation for this meeting. Currently, we are without subsequent programs for the remainder of 2014 and beyond.

Our continuing and growing list of members has been the direct result of Lana Ralston's efforts as Membership Coordinator and Web Master. Our finances are being carefully attended to by Les Earnest, Treasurer. I look forward to continue serving as President.

Collaboration with Los Altos History Museum:

I met with Los Altos History Museum Director Laura Bajuk and Los Altos History Museum President Jane Reed to discuss the idea of collaboration with Los Altos History Museum. If Los Altos Hills Historical Society continues as a separate organization without our own Program Director, one option is to invite the Program Director of Los Altos History Museum to organize our programs. Under this option, Los Altos Hills Historical Society would remain a separate organization as it currently is, including keeping our current membership dues schedule. Los Altos History Museum would need to agree to this arrangement, as well as having access to each member's mailing address.

Formal closing of Los Altos Hills Historical Society:

Under this option, Los Altos Hills Historical Society would agree to formally close. Members would be free to apply for membership to Los Altos History Museum or any other organization of interest.

I look forward to hearing your responses to these various ideas, including receiving additional ideas and options for our review and comment. Hearing from you by mid-March will be best for our planning purposes.

Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions.








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