Dr. Inge Harding-Barlow was the fifth and youngest child of a judge and, by descent, a quarter Dutch, a quarter North German and half English. She grew up in South Africa and was from babyhood a champion of the "underdog." By the age of 23 she had three degrees from Cape Town University, at that stage ranked among the top 30 universities in the world. She came to the U.S. as one of the nine American University Women's Overseas Postdoctoral Scholars of 1961 and later lectured for them in Texas, Louisiana and California.

The subjects of Inge's scientific research have been wide-ranging and have included laser microprobe analysis, toxicology, nutrition and aspects of them as applied to cancer, heart disease and the environment. She even worked on the first moon rocks at NASA, Ames.

Inge, who has been an independent consultant in toxicology for over 20 years, has worked at the local, state, national and international levels in many aspects of pollution and toxics control. Her work has allowed her to travel widely and also "meet the people," not as a tourist. Africa, Asia and Australia hold as much charm for Inge as Europe. She has family in all of these places as well.

At home, she admits to at least two passions. Firstly, a love of all animals, wild and domestic, with dogs her favorites. She often greets dogs and other animals, before their "people," [owners] because, she says, "they need it more!" Her second passion is world history and genealogy. She and a friend, John Gleed, are currently in the middle of a 20-part lecture series on English genealogy and history. About 40 fans of this duo attend faithfully each Saturday at a library in Menlo Park (call Inge for details, 493-8146).

Inge was one of the first graduates of the Palo Alto Citizens Police Academy and will help staff the new South Palo Alto Police sub-station. She has lived in Barron Park for 30 years and has been a member of the BPA Board of Directors for the past ten. Thank you, Inge for your time and commitment to the community!


Jack Paddock is retired from NASA-Ames Research Center where he served for 24 years as a Research Engineer. Earlier, he taught at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. He holds three degrees in Electronic Engineering from Stanford.

After retiring from Ames Research Center, he worked for five years as bookkeeper at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. Also, he is database manager and treasurer for Northern California Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences.

In addition, he is an amateur radio operator, currently Assistant Emergency Coordinator and past Treasurer for the Ames Amateur Radio Club ARES/RACES program and holds an appointment as a Santa Clara County Radio Officer.

Jack was a paratrooper in WW II, and is a graduate of the PAPD's first Citizens Police Academy.

You can email either Jack or Inge at (their last name)

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