Community Members Who Made a Difference

Remembering Jim Thurber and Clyde Noel


LACF would like to remember and honor former board members Jim Thurber and Clyde Noel who recently passed away.

By all accounts both men had illustrious, fulfilling careers - and served their country, Jim in the Foreign Service and Clyde in the Navy, before devoting themselves to volunteering in our community.

Both were incredible volunteers and contributors. Jim was mayor, served on several commissions and numerous nonprofit boards.  During his four terms on the LACF board, he was involved in several committees and helped with the refurbishment of the Community House. Despite his many leadership roles, Jim was a hands-on and down-to-earth person, as documented in many LACF photos, where he can be seen planting trees or wielding a paintbrush.

Clyde was a long-time member of Los Altos Rotary and was known for his photography, "Sidewalk Interviews," and financial columns in the Los Altos Town Crier. He served two terms on the LACF Board and assisted with style and flourish on the events committee.

When interviewed as the Town Crier's 2015 Los Altan of the Year, Clyde said: "that Los Altos has changed over the years for the better."

I agree with his statement and we thank Jim and Clyde for all they did for the Foundation and for our community.

I also speak for the entire Foundation when I say we'll miss them both.

Joe Eyre
Executive Director, Los Altos Community Foundation