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Members gather for Menlo Park reunion

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 550 current and former members of the Menlo Park California Ward reconnected at a reunion held Saturday, July 10, in Salt Lake City.

Among those who attended were Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Sister Ruby Haight. From 1951-63, Elder Haight was president of the Palo Alto California Stake, which included the Menlo Park Ward.

Other former Menlo Park members were Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve, and his wife, Kathleen, who spent their early married years in the ward. (They did not attend the reunion.) Elder Ronald E. Poelman, emeritus General Authority, and his wife, Anne Osborn Poelman, formerly of the Sunday School general board, attended. Sister Poelman was baptized in the Menlo Park Ward while attending Stanford Medical School in the 1960s.

The Menlo Park Ward, created from the Palo Alto Ward about 1953, attracted many scientists and educators because of the educational and scientific facilities within its boundaries.

Former members journeyed from throughout the United States and Canada, and from as far away as Australia, said reunion organizer Dave Hunt, now of Dimple Dell Park Ward, Sandy Utah Granite Stake.

"Although many had not lived in the Menlo Park Ward for 30 to 40 years, we all still feel as though Menlo Park is our 'home ward'," said Brother Hunt. "The warmth and friendship we still feel amongst our Menlo Park friends causes the many years of being apart to instantly melt away."

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