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The Perplexed Historian (#46589271)
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Bio Photo Hello everyone, my name is David. After more than 10 years as just "David," I decided to change my public name, as I am a perplexed historian. I may go back to David, but for now I am enjoying the change. I am a professor of history and have always loved to research my family history, and to pay tribute to my lost loved ones. Find A Grave is a great way to keep your family history alive. Please check out the memorials for my three departed grandparents. Marian Seymour (1915-2001) My beloved grandmother meant the world to me and I am glad she has this tribute, and My three grandfathers Harold Seymour (1913-1997), Raymond Dominic Stallone (1910-1993), and the man who was my closest grandfather my Opa Richard Shields (1930-2015). Also check out the tribute to my Great Aunt because I made her a promise she would never be forgotten Pauline Burke (1922-2003).

2015 was a year of great loss, it started with the death of my second favorite person on earth my grandmother's best friend
Mickey Robinson (1923-2015) and ended of the death of my grandfather my "Opa"Richard Shields (1930-2015). The presence of these people are associated with my happiest memories, please remember them. As well as their dear friend, Gretel Dzierla (1927-2012).

Please visit the memorial of my good friend Marilyn:
Marilyn Borden (1932-2009).

Please leave me a message if you want to contact me, I no longer will give out my personal e-mail as they are never positive e-mails only complaints. I cannot help on famous memorials I have added, but if you feel you are a relative of mine or you have info I am lacking in one of my memorials, please feel free to leave a message.

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Doris Van Kirk Swanson
I see you have added a photo of Doris since I added the one of her brother Rolla and her in 2014. Are you a relative of the Van Kirks or the Swansons? I am a Van Kirk descendant.
Added by prairiegems on Oct 04, 2017 7:30 PM
Always & Forever
Sandra Tovar Medeiros photo
This photo doesn't show up as a grave photo. Will you fix this, please? Thank you!
Added by Always & Forever on Oct 02, 2017 11:54 AM
Suzanne Martin
Barney Martin
Where exactly is Barney laid to rest? Is there a stone or plaque? Curious.

Suzanne Martin
Barney's niece
Added by Suzanne Martin on Sep 27, 2017 10:47 AM
Always & Forever
Robert Brown
What a gifted, caring man we had amongst us! I'm honored to place his memorial in your care.

Added by Always & Forever on Sep 15, 2017 9:06 AM
Katy Pace Byrd
Elizabeth Patterson
I am a grand-niece of Mary Elizabeth Patterson, known as Aunt Mary to her family. We appreciate your creating the page at findagrave! I met her in 1963 (I was 11 years old), when my mother, Betsy Patterson Pace and her sister, Mildred F. Patterson took us from North Carolina on a marathon trip across the country to California to meet various relatives out there.

Our family, all descendants of Aunt Mary's father, my great-grandfather Edmund DeWitt Patterson, is planning a reunion in Redlands, California in the fall. I have been preparing the flyers and reminders that we are sending out to all the cousins, and the one for July will focus on Aunt Mary. I wanted to ask if I might use the photo of her as Mother Willoughby (the one with the top hat) in my flyer. Or, if you are not the original owner of this photo, perhaps you could point me to that person. I believe this picture is posted in a number of places online, but still wanted to check with you.

Thanks for your help.
Katy Pace Byrd
Added by Katy Pace Byrd on Jul 16, 2017 2:40 PM
Cory Cooper
Robert Augustus Zeigler
Would you mind if I put a photo of Robert when he played Baseball at Pettisville HS on his memorial?? He is a distant cousin of mine.
Added by Cory Cooper on Jul 11, 2017 10:04 AM
Ann Goddard
Fredolf Hamlow
Thank you for your bio of Fred Hamlow. I found it while doing research for my father, who turns 90 next week. He survived teenage years locked in a TB sanitarium. You wrote that you hoped that one of Fred's students would see your page and remember him for the caring person he was. I want to tell you that I have shared the page with my father, who could be said to have been one of Fred's closest students. He lay in the bed with TB at Ahwahnee next to Fred when Fred died; they had a close friendship and Fred was probably the most meaningful mentor he ever had. He has a framed picture of Fred in his house (he has a few pictures of their time at Ahwahnee). Dad speaks fondly of the education that Fred gave him while he missed 3 years of high school. No library would lend their books to the TB patients, so my father's love of reaading is entirely attributable to Fred's lending his own books to him. No doubt that helped a great deal as Dad got better, went back for his senior year of high school, graduated, and went on to get a Masters in Social Work at U Cal Berkeley. He had a great career of public service (while at Ahwahnee he dedicated his life to helping kids who were institutionalized), became a great public speaker (both of which he attributed to Fred's mentorship), and leaves a legacy with his granddaughter heading a public health division in Illinois. I guess I have something to thank Fred for, as well. As my research is my father's day gift to Dad, as well as a birthday gift, I hope that you too share in the merit that Fred had. One should always remember that kindnesses can be conferred, even by the sick and dying, which have profound reverberations for society.
Added by Ann Goddard on Jun 17, 2017 1:02 PM
Death of Larry and Linda Runyan
It was their graduation night when this horrific tragedy happenened, not their prom night as you stated.
Added by DJR on Jun 06, 2017 3:15 PM
Janice Anzalone
location of graves
Hi I am coming to California in a few weeks and am trying to locate some graves.
The graves for the most part have only a cemetery location but no section or grave marker info.

Can you assist me? Or point me to someone who is able to help?

Added by Janice Anzalone on Jun 06, 2017 12:27 PM
Ted Thiel
Herman(Ted)Theodore Thiel Jr. and Marilyn Borden Thi
Hi, this is Ted, Herman(Ted) Thiel's only son. My daughter Shawna has said that you still got some of my dad's stuff. No telling what Marilyn left me. If you still have them please call me, 270-872-3743.
Thank you, Ted Thiel.
Added by Ted Thiel on Jan 03, 2017 4:22 PM
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