Obituaries for March 6, 2003


Robert 'Bob' Alford

April 18, 1928 Feb. 14, 2003

Robert "Bob" Alford, 74, a former resident of Angels Camp, died Feb. 14 in New York.

Mr. Alford was born in Stockton and grew up in Angels Camp.

He earned a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, he took a job at the University of Wisconsin.

He became the director of the sociology program at University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1974. After doing research in New York, he moved to Manhattan in 1988 and became a professor of sociology at City University of New York graduate center.

He published many papers and books during his career and won awards for his efforts. His friends said music was his first passion, though a congenital ear defect rendered him deaf as he grew older.

A gifted teen-age pianist himself, he hitchhiked from Angels Camp to San Francisco just to hear Vladimir Horowitz play. He would still talk about Horowitz's piano-playing technique many years later.

Mr. Alford is survived by his partner, Noll Anne Richardson of New York; three children, Heidi Alford of Portland, Ore., Jonathan Alford of Oakland and Elissa Alford of North Hampton, Mass.; two grandchildren, Kelsey Alford-Jones and Eli Alford-Jones of Portland, Ore.; his former wife, Gloria Alford, of Santa Cruz; a brother, David Alford of Avery; and a sister, Dorothy (Alford) Walker of Berkeley.

A celebration of his life is planned at the family ranch in Avery on the weekend following July 4. For information about the celebration, call Elissa Alford at (413) 587-9954. Cremation has taken place. Gramercy Park Memorial Chapel, New York, handled arrangements.

Faith A. McCutchan

Oct. 2, 1918 March 4, 2003

Faith A. McCutchan, 84, of Murphys died Tuesday at a San Andreas hospital.

Mrs. McCutchan was born in Iroquois County, Ill., where she grew up and lived until 1981. She had lived in Murphys for the past 21 years.

She was a homemaker, an artist and seamstress and enjoyed painting, crafts and making quilts and clothing.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, James and Patricia McCutchan of Farmington, Ill.; a daughter and son-in-law, Jaci and Rex Payton of Angels Camp; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Olin McCutchan, in 1993.

No service will be held at her request. Inurnment will be private. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donations can be made to a favorite charity.

Albert G. Mickow

April 10, 1906 March 2, 2003

Albert G. Mickow, 96, of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora care home.

Mr. Mickow was born in Chicago to Herman and Anna Mickow and lived in Indiana during his early years. He had lived in Sonora for the past seven years.

He worked for 34 years as personnel director for the Army Corps of Engineers. After he retired in 1962, he owned and operated Car-Al Christmas Tree Farm in Sebastopol. His favorite pastimes were fishing, boating and traveling in his recreational vehicle.

He was an avid baseball and football fan and was interested in current events. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Sonora.

Mr. Mickow is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ray Mickow of Santa Rosa and Martin and Catherine Mickow of San Jose; a daughter and son-in-law, Maywin and John Zwengel of Sonora; two grandchildren, Mike Mickow of Sacramento and Al Vega Mickow of Los Angeles; and a great-granddaughter, Kristina Mickow.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Caroline Mickow, and his second wife, Lucille Mickow.

A memorial service was to be held at 1 p.m. today at Parent-Sorensen Mortuary, Sebastopol.

Donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Association-Hospice of Sierra, P.O. 4805, Sonora 95370-1805; American Printing House for the Blind, Box 6085, Louisville, Ky. 40206; or Salvation Army, San Joaquin County Chapter, 747 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton 95203.


SMALL Stoddard Small, 92, a former resident of San Andreas, died Feb. 26 in La Crescenta, Los Angeles County. Arrangements were handled in La Crescenta.

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