Graham Sommer
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth:  May 17th, 1946
  • Place of birth:
    Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Date of passing:  October 2nd, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Stanford, California, United States
Find Joy In The Journey
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Graham Sommer, 70, born on May 17th, 1946 and passed away on October 2nd, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Candle lit by  Donna Bouley  on October 13th, 2016

Graham was a long time collaborator and friend. He was by far my favorite person (of all the amazing people at Stanford) that I got to work with. So positive, so appreciative, he made me feel valued, and whatever small part I played - made it seem important. Graham was the "King of sabbaticals" and inspired me to also take them to re-energize my life and career. Will miss you, xxxooo

Candle lit by  Denise Leclair  on October 14th, 2016

Graham was my friend for over 20 years.  Then he became my husband.  Every minute with him was precious. He was generous, and kind and brilliant and had a sense of whimsy that I simply could not resist.  He did not want to die and showed such courage throughout the progression of his disease.  I know those long legs are carrying him again to all those places he loved.

Candle lit by  Ruth Krasnow  on October 16th, 2016

My fondest memory of Graham is hearing him play at Filoli.  He looked so handsome all dressed up and sounded womderful on the grand piano in the ballroom.  Then he was so gracious to come hear my very amateur singing group, the Clef Hangers, and actually applaud. Will miss him so much.  Love, Ruth

Candle lit by  Denise Leclair  on October 28th, 2016

I feel very sad to say good-bye to Graham, a loyal and thoughtful friend, an amazing man so talented and brilliant in so many ways. I feel fortunate that he touched my life.
Written by Denise Leclair for Marilyn McCurrach (See more in Stories)

Candle lit by  Arturo Gamboa  on January 7th, 2017

I met Graham when I was a grad Student at Stanford.
I learned quite a bit from my interactions with him. He was a great mentor and also I got to know him as a person. He was gentle and generous. I loved his personality
After Stanford I enjoyed when he invited us to his home. He was a genial host. Rest In Peace gentle friend.

Candle lit by  Linda Fellingham  on January 8th, 2017

I met Graham when he first came to Stanford and I had just finished my Ph.D. and was doing ultrasound research in the cardiology department. We collaborated on ultrasonic tissue characterization research and had a wonderful time doing so. Even writing grant proposals could be fun with Graham!  I will miss him very much.

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