Louann Schwager Tung


Louann Schwager Tung, a former Lab engineer, died July 20. She was 64.

Born in Springfield, Illinois, on June 25, 1955, she was raised by nurturing parents Mary and Wilson Schwager in Granite City, Ill.

She achieved a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and moved to the Bay Area. There she earned her doctorate in nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She raised a son, Marcus, to whom she was totally devoted. Her professional life as an engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory focused on nuclear fusion as a power source and later on magnetic levitation systems. She worked on many environmental and other issues and was the driving force behind the creation of the Granada Native Gardens in Livermore. She obtained funding, assembled volunteers and put in countless hours to help make it happen. She was also heavily involved in the Friends of the Arroyos, and in the fight over the proposed Garaventa Ranch development.

Tung is survived by her son Marcus, her mother Lou Ann Grady, her brother Wilson Schwager II, and many friends and relatives who showed their great love for her during her life and in her final months. The family wishes to express gratitude to all those people who lent Louann emotional, financial and spiritual support during trying times.

A celebration of life will be held Aug. 25, 4-6 p.m. Park at 2157 Teagarden Common, Livermore. Participants will meet there and walk to Garaventa Wetlands for a picnic-style potluck. Please confirm attendance by calling (650) 318-1707. Please confirm potluck dishes by calling (415) 637-6876.