In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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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...

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Sam DiGiallonardo

Feb. 26, 2015 - Sam DiGiallonardo of Pleasanton died Feb. 22. He was 81. DiGiallonardo was born on Jan. 26, 1934. He was raised in Frederick, Colorado, near Denver, and started his career at Dow Chemical, in Rocky Flats, Colorado in 1952. In 1962, he moved to...

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Ken Rhodie

Feb. 23, 2015 - Update: March 11, 2015Kenneth B. Rhodie of Discovery Bay, a devoted husband, father and grandfather who created the first comprehensive internal communications program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, died on Feb. 2, 2015 following a nine-...

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Arthur Franceschi

Feb. 23, 2015 - Arthur Franceschi died Jan. 4. He was 83.Franceschi was born on Aug. 19, 1931, in Antioch to Arthur and Elena Franceschi.  He grew up in Nichols, California, a small company town, and graduated from the College of Arts in Oakland. He married soon...

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Max Stanley Leap

Feb. 23, 2015 - Max Stanley Leap of Dobbins, California, died Feb. 6. He was 87.Leap was born Nov. 27, 1927 in Ajo, Arizona, to Raymond and Lois Leap. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the army where he served two years. After his discharge he...

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Carol Tomlin

Feb. 20, 2015 - Carol Tomlin of Citrus Heights died Feb. 9. She was 74.Tomlin was born in Evansville, Wisconsin on Oct. 21, 1940. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a teaching credential and was an elementary teacher until she started her family....

J. Philip "Phil" Diaconoff

Jan. 28, 2015 - J. Philip "Phil" Diaconoff of Livermore died Jan.17. He was 88.Diaconoff earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and went on to work for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. While there, he acted as program manager in B Division and as a...

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John H. Ericksen

Jan. 28, 2015 - John Henry Ericksen of Castro Valley died Jan. 20. He was 92.Ericksen was born on Aug. 4, 1922 in Oakland and graduated from University High School. He was a World War II veteran and served in the Army Air Corps. He retired from the Lawrence...

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David H. Wood

Jan. 28, 2015 - David H. Wood, longtime resident of Livermore, died Nov.  4. He was 83.Wood was born in 1931, in Berkeley to George and Maevis Wood. He was raised on the family’s ranch in Danville and attended Danville Grammar School and San Ramon Valley High...

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Jack Dennis Robson

Jan. 26, 2015 - Retiree Jack Dennis Robson, a resident of Livermore, died Jan. 16. He was 73.Robson was a senior associate mechanical technician at the Lab. He retired in 2001 and often said he could never have found a better job.Robson was born in Denver, Colorado...

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Greg Greenman

Jan. 23, 2015 - Greg Greenman, a long-time member of the B-Division Computational Physics group, died the first week of January. He was 60.Greenman came to LLNL in 1986 from Argonne National Laboratory where he worked on advanced nuclear reactor design. He received...

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Dolores (Dee) L. Weidman

Jan. 20, 2015 - Dolores (Dee) Lorraine Weidman of Livermore died Jan. 10. She was 87.Weidman was born on Jan. 8, 1928 in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, to Gertrude and Robert Herman. While living in Quakertown, she met her husband to be, Walter L. Weidman Jr. They were...

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Charlotte Elise Keller

Jan. 20, 2015 - Charlotte Elisa Keller of Pleasanton died Dec. 30. She was 75.Keller was born on May 6, 1939 in San Francisco. After the death of her parents in 1952, she and her brother Milton Kubicek moved to Pacheco to live with an aunt and uncle. She is a...