In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Jesse W. T. Meadows

April 29, 2015 - Jesse W. T. Meadows, formerly of Livermore, died April 13. He was 89.Born May 2, 1925 to Jesse and Blanche Meadows, the fourth of five children, he spent his earlier years in Chicago, Illinois and Las Vegas, New Mexico. After high school he enlisted...

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Lee Edward Davies II

April 29, 2015 - Lee Edward Davies II died April 5. He was 71.When he wasn't busy working hard for the Livermore Lab and EG&G/Bechtel Nevada, he loved to go fishing and camping in Stockton and Bridgeport with his family. He said he was the one who always caught...

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Michael Meltzer

April 28, 2015 - Michael Paul Meltzer died Feb. 8. He was 68.Meltzer was born Dec. 19, 1946, to Harold and Henrietta Meltzer, and grew up in Fresh Meadows, New York. He had a zest for life, a child's enthusiasm for learning and a tremendous love for family and...

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Nathan Hale Steele

April 28, 2015 - Nathan “Nate” Hale Steele died April 15. He was 88.Born Sept. 26, 1926, in Ada, Oklahoma, Steele was one of 14 children born on a small farm. At age 17, he joined the Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Cornell in the South Pacific in WWII. After...

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Dorothy Barbara Branum

April 28, 2015 - Dorothy Barbara Branum, a native of Fresno and a resident of Livermore since 1955, died April 17. She was 90.Branum is a member of the Eastern Star and White Shrine, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Ward #2 of...

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Tom Maxwell

April 28, 2015 - Tom Maxwell died March 30. He was 63. Maxwell was born Oct. 6, 1951. He grew up in Santa Maria, California, where he gained a love for “off-roading” on the local beaches.After high school, he joined the Navy where he learned what would become a life...

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Clark L. Hanson

April 27, 2015 - Clark L. Hanson of Ashland, Oregon, died April 16. He was 90.Hanson was born in Laporte, Minnesota on June 12, 1924. He was a WWII veteran who served in the Navy. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural...

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Norma Holder

April 27, 2015 - Norma Holder of Livermore died April 17. She was 90.Holder was born Dec. 14, 1924, in Denver, Colorado, the youngest of three children and the only daughter of Claude Kindig, a train conductor, and Lillian (Heath), a homemaker. Holder graduated in...

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Keith M. Sheirich

April 27, 2015 - Keith Mershon Sheirich of San Ramon died March 13. He was 47.Sheirich was born in Oakland, California, on April 1, 1967 to Stephen Sheirich and Mary Cushman. He attended El Cerrito High School and continued his education at the University of...

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Ian D. Hutcheon

March 30, 2015 - Ian D. Hutcheon, PhD, (Physics, UC Berkeley, 1974), group leader of the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures Group in Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division and deputy director of the Glenn Seaborg Institute, Physical and Life Sciences Directorate,...

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Kenneth Olsen Sr.

March 23, 2015 - Kenneth Olsen Sr., of Livermore, died March 12. He was 82.Olsen was born on June 18, 1932 to Bertel and Mae Olsen. He worked as an electronic technician/coordinator for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.He enjoyed family, humor, baseball,...

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John Rodrigues Neto Jr.

March 18, 2015 - John Rodrigues Neto Jr. died March 16. He was 81.Neto was the son of Portuguese immigrants and was born Nov. 23, 1933 in Oakland. He grew up in Hayward, California as was instrumental in helping his parents adapt to a new country. Neto worked...

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John R. Hiskes

March 16, 2015 - John R. Hiskes, formerly of Livermore, died Feb. 19. He was 86.Hiskes was born in Chicago on May 30, 1928, to John and Alice Hiskes. He was raised in Chicago and following high school he served in the Coast Guard as an electronic technician,...

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Robert P. Avila

March 16, 2015 - Robert P. Avila, a longtime Tracy resident, died March 4. He was 91.Avila was born in Anaheim and had lived in Tracy 41 years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces military police during World War II, reaching the rank of corporal.Avila worked six...

James F. Smith

March 11, 2015 - James F. Smith died Feb. 28 surrounded by his family.Among his many accomplishments in life Smith spent an abundance of career (from 1962 to 1987) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.In addition to being a loving husband and father, Smith...

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Gary Collins

March 10, 2015 - Gary Collins died March 5. He was 65.Collins was born on Aug. 11, 1949, in Oakland, California. He began his career in Alameda at the Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP Alameda) in 1968 as a maintenance electrician apprentice. He worked as a journeyman...

Gary S. Bales

March 5, 2015 - Gary Steven Bales died Feb. 27. He was 51.Bales was born Aug. 22, 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from Cathedral Christian Academy in 1981, received his bachelor’s at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1985, and his master’s and...

Michael (Terry) T. Moran

March 4, 2015 - Michael T. “Terry” Moran of Las Vegas died Feb. 21. He was 82.Moran was born July 16, 1932, to Viola and Mike Moran in Great Falls, Montana, and moved to Anaconda, Montana as a child. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean...

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Marlene (Diane) Draghi Kelly

Feb. 27, 2015 - Marlene (Diane) Draghi Kelly of Livermore died Feb. 19. She was 74.Kelly was born May 27, 1940. She was a lifelong native of Livermore and a graduate of Livermore High School in 1958. She worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 26...

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Christine Helen Rapp

Feb. 27, 2015 - Christine Helen Rapp of Livermore died Feb. 23. She was 66.Rapp was born on March 6, 1948 in San Francisco, California to Paul and Helen Gallegos. The Gallegos family moved to Fremont in 1963, where Rapp attended Washington High School. Later in...