Richard Bell was one of Los Altos’ premier volunteers, and his untimely death left behind a town in deep mourning. Bell was raised in Los Altos, and committed himself to its well-being.

He served two terms on the Mountain View/Los Altos (MVLA) High School District Board of Trustees, and wrote scores of recommendations for young people seeking college admission. In particular, he devoted countless hours counseling young adults and teens in conflict with, or alienated from, their parents, the school, and society in general.

After his death, his two sons, along with his many admirers and friends, created the Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship as a tribute to his energetic work with youth, and each year, one or more students with profiles similar to Rick’s (bright students, graduating from MVLA Union High School District, from a family of modest means) will receive college scholarships.

The recipients of this year’s Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship are two fortunate students, both from Los Altos High School: Barbara Garcia and Salvador Chavez. This fall, Barbara will attend Clark University, where she will major in Psychology, and Salvador will continue his education at Dominican University in Occupational Therapy. Congratulations to Barbara and Salvador!