In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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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...

Everett B. Guthrie

Jan. 16, 2015 - Everett B. Guthrie, formerly of San Ramon, died Jan. 12. He was 67.Guthrie was born March 4, 1947, in Blackburn, Missouri to George Guthrie and Frances Green Guthrie. He grew up in Blackburn and was educated at Lincoln University in Jefferson City,...

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William H. (Bill) Burke

Jan. 16, 2015 - William H. (Bill) Burke of Visalia died Monday, Jan. 12.Burke was a graduate of BYU, was active in the LDS church throughout his life and taught Sunday school for many years, both in Hawaii and California. Burke was a Vietnam veteran and served as...

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David F. Geer

Jan. 6, 2015 - David Frank Geer of Modesto died Dec. 28. He was 72.Born on June 26, 1942 in Newport News, Virginia, Geer was the first child of Frank Leander and Doris Applegate Geer.  He married Patricia Lovieno and together they had two children, Jason David and...

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Robert Kendrick

Jan. 5, 2015 - Robert Christian Kendrick died Dec. 18. He was 82.Kendrick was born Jan. 14, 1932, to Eva and Richard Kendrick in Oakland, California and was the youngest of four children. His sister, Ruth, and his two brothers, Richard and Bill, preceded him in...

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Michael John Balun

Dec. 29, 2014 - Michael John Balun died at home in Livermore, California on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. He was 74.Balun was born May 30, 1940, in Monterey, California, and graduated from Monterey Union High School in 1958. After studying drafting at Monterey Peninsula...

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Michael “Mick” Werve

Dec. 29, 2014 - Michael “Mick” E. Werve, a resident of Forest Grove, Oregon, died Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro. He was 61.He was born July 22, 1953 in Brawley, California, the son of the late Eugene V. and Lorna R. (Ralphs) Werve...

Barbara Judith Foudy

Dec. 15, 2014 - Barbara Judith Foudy of Livermore died Nov. 28. She was 71.Barbara Judith Foudy was born to James and Adele Kinavey on Dec. 7, 1942, the first anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Foudy was born in San Francisco, the oldest of six children. She spent her...

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Bret Knapp

Dec. 8, 2014 - Bret E. Knapp, 56, a dedicated family man with a dry wit and wry welcoming smile, died Nov. 18 after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Knapp is survived by his wife, Sheryl, and two sons, Cameron and Trevor. He also is survived by two brothers...