Calvin Henry Gillespie

Calvin Henry Gillespie

Calvin Henry Gillespie died Nov. 30. He was 82.

Gillespie was born in Medford, Oregon, to Dick and Bernice Gillespie. He graduated from Crater High School in Central Point, Oregon. He served eight years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. Gillespie earned an associate of applied science degree in mechanical technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology (OTI). He moved to Livermore in January 1959 to join the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. 

His 42-year career at LLNL was filled with creation, innovation , and achievement. Starting initially as a machinist, he was drawn to the design and fabrication of optical instruments, which led him to numerous inventions, technical papers and a drive for continuing education that earned him advancement to a full engineer position.

He is survived by his wife, Lidwina; sons, Brent of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Walter, of San Diego; and his grandchildren, Booker, Lincoln, Kyle, Joshua and Rachel.

A memorial mass will be held at a future date when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.