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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Farewell to my Favorite Father-in-Law

Robert Stanley Carey
May 10, 1927 - February 26, 2014

Robert S. (Bob) Carey passed away in Portola Valley, peacefully at home after a short illness. Bob was a beloved husband of more than 66 years to his wife, Myrtle (Myrt) Ciprian Carey. He was a loving father and mentor to his five children (and their spouses), Robert (Vance) of Watsonville, Kent (Theresa) of Palo Alto, Dawn (Stephen Schaniel) of Los Gatos, Paul (Natasha) of Mountain View and Glen (Lynn) of Palo Alto.

Bob was much loved by his 10 grandchildren and two step-granchildren, Kyle (Kelly), Kenneth, Colleen, Kate, Stephanie Schaniel, Stacie Schaniel, Clay, Kristen, Philip, Elizabeth, Nick Tuosto (Sarah) and Jessica Tuosto. He was a devoted brother to Dorothy Howe.

Bob was born in Kansas City, Mo. and raised in Chicago, Ill., where he met Myrt in their early teens. Myrt and Bob married in November 1947 and moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where in 1952, he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Metallurgical and Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Bob moved from Michigan to California to work for Union Oil as a refinery corrosion engineer shortly after graduation. In 1958, he became involved in the aerospace industry at Aerojet, first in San Ramon and then in Southern California to participate in the Space Race. When Voyager didn’t see life on Mars, Bob turned his engineering talents to the medical research instruments industry, working at Beckman Instruments in Palo Alto as Chief Metallurgical Engineer and moving his family to Ladera in Portola Valley.

Bob had a passion for reading, playing racquetball and golf, traveling the world, watching Giants baseball and attending college football games. He also enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s many activities, including numerous sports, performances and plays. He was head umpire for Alpine Little League in the late 1960s. Bob was an Elk from 1976 through 2004. After retiring in 1991 from Beckman, he spent many pleasant Tuesdays as a golf marshall at the Stanford Golf Course until last year.

Foremost, Bob was a loving, lifelong companion to Myrt. His legacy is that of a mentor with a strong moral compass, who led by example with warmth and grace.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 2PM on Saturday, March 15, at Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley CA 94028.  There will be a reception in Peabody Hall following the service. 

Donations in Bob’s honor may be made to The Canary Foundation (, or to the Ladera Community Church Endowment fund by check.  The Endowment Fund makes sizable donations each year to local organizations fighting poverty. 

Posted by twcarey on 03/01 at 12:36 PM
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Senior Games Athlete Bio

I qualified in two track events (100m, 200m) and a team sport (volleyball) for this summer’s Senior Games, which will be conveniently held at Stanford.  Most of the senior athletic events in which I participate involve a plane ride and a hotel stay, so it’s nice to contemplate one that will be local. 

The Palo Alto Weekly is running bios of some local athletes in various places.  Here’s the one they have on me:

They edited out two people who are hugely helpful in my efforts to stay in shape:  Wayne Lacroix, my personal trainer at the Riekes Center, and Mary Kline, who gives me an orthopedic massage (Hendrickson Method) nearly every week.  I couldn’t do this without you! 

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Success at the Huntsman Senior Games

I thought I would pass on to my InvestorBrainiacs a press release just issued by the Huntsman Senior Games. 

For Immediate Release - Theresa Carey Wins Silver and 2 Bronze Medals at The Huntsman World Senior Games

In sports, often times extra effort pays off in dividends.  That was true for Theresa Carey from Palo Alto, who took home a SILVER Medal and two Bronze Medals in the Track & Field competition at the Huntsman World Senior Games on October 8th, 2008.

When asked about Theresa’s experience, she said “I am so inspired by the athletes in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s who stay healthy so they can continue to compete.  Seeing them excel gives me something to look forward to and a great reason to stay in shape.” Theresa is a columnist for Barron’s, the Dow Jones weekly.  Also, Theresa coaches the Stanford Men’s Volleyball Club.

The Huntsman World Senior Games is a world-class, Olympic-format, international sporting event for athletes ages 50 years and older.  Founded more than 20 years ago, the Games currently hosts over 9,500 athletes annually.  Each October, for two weeks, the event is held in colorful St. George, Utah, less than a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, Nevada.  At the 2008 Games, athletes will compete in 25 different sports. 

“One of the things that makes this event so unique is that it is more than just a collection of sporting events,” says Kyle Case, Huntsman World Senior Games CEO.  “The Games is a total experience, so much more than just another sports competition.”

Case says the participants enjoy the Parade of Athletes, Opening Ceremonies, Concert and Celebration, Social Events, Banquets and Free Health Screenings, to name only a few of the additional activities that enhance the athletic experience.  The Huntsman World Senior Games is truly a celebration of life after 50!

The 2008 Huntsman World Senior Games will host approximately 9,700 participants from all 50 of the United States and 20 foreign countries.  The majority of the participants are male – about 66% - and the average age is around 64 years “young.” While almost all of the athletes’ first trip to the Games was prompted by the athletic competition, by their third year, many of the participants list social aspects such as “meeting new friends” and “renewing acquaintances” as their primary reason for attending the Games.

“We’d like to invite athletes of all skill levels, from the elite to the novice, to experience this amazing event,” says Case.  “Once you experience the Games, we know you’ll have a great time and we’ll be seeing you for years to come.”

For additional information on the Games, call 1 (800) 562-1268 or visit the web site at

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