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