In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Bruce Griffing

Aug. 1, 2016 - Bruce Griffing of Livermore died July 22. He was 73. Griffing was born in Billings, Montana, the eldest son of Richard Whitney Griffing and Mary Louise (Thorne) Griffing. As a young boy, he worked on their small family farm alongside his two...

Rudolf Wilhelm Bauer

Rudolf Wilhelm Bauer

July 26, 2016 - Rudolf (Rudy) Wilhelm Bauer, a longtime resident of Livermore and resident of Rossmoor and retired Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LLNL) physicist, died June 11 following a difficult struggle with end stage Parkinson’s disease. He was 87. Bauer was...

John White

July 14, 2016 - John White of Livermore died Feb. 1, 2016. White dedicated his life to his three loves: science, sports and family. Professionally, he made significant contributions to nuclear physics, science education and the science of the perfect baseball swing...

 Scott David Elko

Scott David Elko

June 24, 2016 - Scott David Elko of Bend, Oregon died June 12 after an eight-month battle. He was 60. Elko was born to Edward and Edna (Brouillette) Elko, on March 24, 1956, in Pasadena, California. He attended college and earned his bachelor's degree in...

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John Edward Mellor, Jr.

June 22, 2016 - John Edward Mellor died May 29, after a nine month battle with brain cancer. He was 84. Mellor was born Sept. 8, 1931 in San Francisco, the eldest of two children of Florence and John Mellor. His youth was spent in the Bay Area where he battled a...

Henry McDonald

June 21, 2016 - Henry McDonald of Danville died June 2. He was 87. McDonald was born July 2, 1928 to Henry and Edith McDonald in Long Beach, California and moved to Glendale, California in 1932. He graduated from Hoover High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S....

James Stephen Johnson

June 9, 2016 - James Stephen Johnson of Tracy died peacefully on June 4 with his family by his side. He was 66.Johnson was born in Paris, Texas and grew up in Idabel, Oklahoma,before moving to California where he attended high school and college. After college he...

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Vernon D. Fisher

May 31, 2016 - Vernon D. Fisher of Anderson died May 16. He was 45.Fisher was born Aug. 25, 1970 to Kathy and Frank Fisher in Hayward. He began his 20 year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a contractor. He worked as a Laboratory employee from...

Wayne Gartside

May 18, 2016 - Wayne Gartside, a LLNL retiree and long-time Livermore resident, died May 13 at Bonnie Lane Care Home in Pleasant Hill, CA. He was 82.Wayne, and his twin brother Duane, were born in Lebanon, Illinois on Aug. 24, 1933, to Elmore and Mabel (Nee Burk)...

Cathy Groth

Cathy Groth

May 12, 2016 - Cathy (Carpenter) Groth died April 24 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 55.Groth was born March 9, 1961 in San Luis Obispo, California to Bill and Gail Carpenter. She spent her childhood years in New Hampshire, Guam, before finally...

Shea Gardner

Shea Gardner

May 10, 2016 - Shea Nicole Gardner of Oakland died Feb. 21 after a 15-month battle with metastatic lung cancer. She was 46.Gardner was born in Fontana, California and grew up in Bellingham, Washington, graduating in 1987 from Sehome High School as her class'...

Victor Hugo Hendricks

Victor Hugo Hendricks

April 25, 2016 - Victor Hugo Hendricks of Tracy died April 13. He was 83.Hendricks was born in Morrilton, Arkansas on June 24, 1932. He graduated from Conway High School in three years and had one year at Conway Teachers College. He moved to Vallejo, California and...

Richard Carlos

Richard Carlos

April 19, 2016 - Richard Carlos died March 25. He was 69.Born in Stockton on May 27, 1946, Carlos lived in Tracy for 57 years before moving to Minden, Nevada in 2003 after retiring from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after 25 years of employment.His hobbies...

Ralph Burkett

Ralph Burkett

April 12, 2016 - Ralph Edward Burkett, a Livermore resident for 51 years, died March 25. He was 97.Burkett was born Jan. 18, 1919, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 35 years. Most of his federal...

Emilio Ramirez

Emilio Ramirez

March 30, 2016 - Emilio Ramirez of Livermore died March 19. He was 91.Ramirez served in the Army during both WWII and the Korean War. He married Mary Esther in 1949 and moved with his bride from San Antonio, Texas to California. He worked during the day as a...

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R. Thomas Westfall

March 24, 2016 - Raymond Thomas "Tom" Westfall, of Seminole, Florida, died March 16. He was 71.Westfall was born on Sept. 28, 1944, in Clarksburg, West Virginia to Raymond G. and Margaret R. (Banks) Westfall.At age 18 Westfall joined the U.S. Navy and in 1964 he...

Margaret Cecilia (Peg) Bockover

March 17, 2016 - Margaret ‘Peg’ C. Bockover of Livermore, a former 911 dispatcher for Alameda County Fire, died March 7, following a brief illness. She was 55.Bockover was born on Nov. 14, 1961 in Phoenix, Arizona to Gerald and Norma Caldwell.She is survived by her ...

Frank Beckett

March 15, 2016 - Frank Beckett, of Susanville, California, died March 7. He was 66.Beckett was born on June 24, 1949, in Grand Junction, Colorado, to Jeanne Horning Beckett and Franklin Clark Beckett. He attended Longmont High School, where he was an avid member of...

Ruth Anderson

March 10, 2016 - Ruth P. Anderson died Feb. 26. She was 86.Anderson was born July 27, 1929. She worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 29 years as a nuclear chemist and gamma spectroscopist. She retired in 1991.Anderson was a trailblazer in the running...

Edward Floth

Edward Floth

March 3, 2016 - Edward Floth died Feb. 15. He was 91.Floth worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Site 300 as a refrigeration engineer for 31 years until he retired in 1989. He also worked as a vocational teacher at San Joaquin Delta College. Floth, along...