Bernhard Gustav Roth


Bernhard Gustav Roth, a former Lab engineer, died Aug. 30, 2018. He was 82.

Roth was born in Jamaica, New York on May 18, 1936. In the mid 1950s he moved with his parents, Carl and Elizabeth Roth, to San Diego. After marrying his wife Julia in 1958, he graduated from college with a mechanical engineering degree in 1959.

His first job was at Convair Astronautics in San Diego where he tested missiles and launch equipment. This was followed by a position at Hamilton Standard. After two years he accepted a diagnostic engineer position with the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. He remained there for the next 30 years, eventually becoming the nuclear test director. Upon retirement, he moved to Fallbrook, with Jo Ann Rego, whom he had met at the Lab.

He enjoyed outdoor projects and was constantly building or repairing things. He maintained a garden and helped his kids with livestock projects for 4-H. He was known for his quick wit, sense of humor and sharp mind.

He is survived by his brother, Theodore Roth; his wife, Julia Roth, and his three daughters Catherine Roth, Donna Taylor and Terri Roth, and grandson Zachary Taylor. Rego remains at the Regency Fallbrook where they moved in July 2017.