The Palo Alto photographer was a regular presence on the Stanford Medicine campus, capturing images of faculty, students, staff and patients. He died Dec. 4 at the age of 59.
December 9, 2016 - By Susan Ipaktchian
At 6 feet 4 inches tall and with a camera slung around his neck, Norbert von der Groeben was hard to miss. And yet somehow when he was taking photos, he managed to become part of the background.
For nearly 10 years, von der Groeben was a regular presence on the Stanford Medicine campus, taking shots of faculty members, staff, students and patients. The freelance photographer was deeply familiar with the campus’ buildings and grounds, and could find just the right spot to match the tone of the story his photo would illustrate. His laidback demeanor and quick laugh instantly put people at ease, allowing him to produce portraits that captured their personalities.
On Dec. 4, von der Groeben died at his Palo Alto home of an apparent heart attack. He was 59.
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