David Robert Nethaway


David Robert Nethaway died July 17. He was 88.

Nethaway was born "at home" in San Diego on Aug. 6, 1929. The "at home" part was important to him because it was not until September of 2005, at the age of 76, that he spent his first night in a hospital.

Nethaway lived in San Diego until he moved north to Berkeley at the age of 18 to start college at the University of California. He majored in chemistry and later he was employed as a nuclear/radio chemist. He received his doctorate from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. He worked at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory from 1955 to 1991 and retired at the age of 62. He went back to work at the Lab part time until the age of 80. He loved his job.

Nethaway also loved running, fishing, making wine, traveling with his wife and family vacations.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Sally, and his children: Starr, Sharon and Robert. He also will be fondly remembered by his three grandchildren: Jessica, Isaiah and Charity; and great grandson, Titus; and nieces, Mary Ann and Christina.

Donations in memory of Nethaway can be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America or Vitas Hospice, 355 Lennon Ln., Ste. 150 Walnut Creek, California 94595.