In Memoriam

William (Bill) Ruvalcaba

William (Bill) Ruvalcaba

Feb. 2, 2023 - William (Bill) Ruvalcaba died Jan. 6. He was 85. After graduating from Wichita State, with a mechanical engineering degree, Ruvalcaba went to Boeing and became a vacuum systems engineer. He then went to work at EG&G in 1968 where he designed…

Albert Ronald Thiessen

Albert Ronald Thiessen

Jan. 30, 2023 - Albert Ronald Thiessen died Dec. 27. He was 90. Thiessen passed away after a long battle with dementia. He was born to Albert and Dorothy Thiessen on February 21, 1932, in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950 and…

Charles Gaston, Jr.

Charles Gaston, Jr.

Jan. 25, 2023 - Charles Gaston, Jr. died Dec. 30. He was 51 years old. Gaston started in the waste management industry in 1989 working for DECON Environmental in Hayward.  In 2002, he came to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as a contractor supporting…

Alfred Goldberg

Alfred Goldberg

Jan. 23, 2023 - Alfred Goldberg died Dec. 17. He was 99. Goldberg was born on Oct. 2, 1923, in Montreal, Canada, son of Mary and Morris Goldberg. During World War II, and while attending college, he was a member of the Canadian Reserve Army. After graduating from…

Robert Ray Bennett

Robert Ray Bennett

Jan. 17, 2023 - Robert Ray Bennett died Dec. 7.  He was 88. Bennett left his hometown of Buffalo, Missouri at the age of 18 and headed west. He began his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 1957; he retired in the fall of 1991 after 34 years of…

Jess Thomas Silva

Jess Thomas Silva

Jan. 17, 2023 - Jess Thomas Silva died Dec. 14. He was 79. Silva was born Oct. 6, 1943, to Jess and Pauline Silva in Alameda, California. He attended two years of city college. In 1965, he went to work for Addressograph-Multigraph. He started in the mail and…

Cleve A Gunderson

Cleve A Gunderson

Jan. 12, 2023 - Cleve A Gunderson died Nov. 1. He was 93.  Gunderson was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and moved to Oakland, California in 1943.  He joined the U.S. Army in 1948 and served during the Korean War. He was hired at the Livermore Radiation Laboratory in…

Roger Allen Cunning

Roger Allen Cunning

Jan. 11, 2023 - Roger Allen Cunning died Jan. 3. He was 74. Cunning was born in Toledo, Ohio to Clifford Charles Cunning and Hester Louise Cunning on April 22, 1948.  He had one sibling, Gerald (Jerry) Charles Cunning. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree…

Darleen Cracchiola

Darleen Cracchiola

Jan. 3, 2023 - Darleen Cracchiola died Dec. 16. She was 49.  Cracchiola was born in San Bernardino, California in 1973. She began her career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2002 serving for the next 20 years in a variety of technical, contracting, and…

Jack Park Montgomery

Jack Park Montgomery

Dec. 19, 2022 - Montgomery was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He was raised in Hanford, California. He graduated from Hanford High School then later from California Polytechnic College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1971 and was a Vietnam veteran. He worked in…

Maximo Bergonia

Maximo Bergonia

Dec. 13, 2022 - Maximo Bergonia died Nov. 19. He was 64. Bergonia was born in Bolinao, Philippines. He was a graduate of the Guzman Institute of Technology in the Philippines. Shortly after graduating, he worked building engines as a machinist in Doha, Qatar. He then…

Elliot Dick Giroux

Elliot Dick Giroux

Nov. 8, 2022 - Elliot Dick Giroux died Oct. 2. He was 95. Giroux was born in Columbia Falls, Montana. He graduated in 1950 from Montana State University, Bozeman.  After a brief career in teaching, he was hired at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a…

James Arvid Loftis

James Arvid Loftis

Nov. 7, 2022 - James Arvid Loftis died Oct. 26. He was 83. Loftis was born in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 4, 1939, to Cristina Adams and James Loftis. He worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory until he retired. He is survived by his two sons, George and Shawn…

Beth Elaine Bosserman (Jacobs)

Beth Elaine Bosserman (Jacobs)

Oct. 31, 2022 - Beth Elaine Bosserman (Jacobs) died Oct. 15. She was 93. Bosserman left her birthplace and hometown of St. Paul, Nebraska with her husband Orville Dean Conley in 1947 for opportunity and to raise their family in the Bay Area. She was a loving mother to…

Jeanette Hermann La Mar

Jeanette Hermann La Mar

Oct. 13, 2022 - Jeanette Hermann La Mar died Sept. 2020. She was 56. La Mar was born in Sacramento, California to Walter and Isabelle McMurtrey Hermann. After high school she moved to San Diego where she met and married Ken Earnest in 1987.  In the late 1990’s she…

Shiela Marie Dixson

Shiela Marie Dixson

Oct. 12, 2022 - Shiela Marie Dixson died Sept. 2022. She was 52.  Dixson was born Aug. 28, 1970, to Clifford Dixson and the late Natalie Dixson.  She was educated in Kanawha County Public Schools, in Charleston, West Virginia.  She graduated from Charleston High…

Benjamin B. Snavely

Benjamin B. Snavely

Oct. 10, 2022 - Benjamin B. Snavely died Sept. 2022. He was 86. He received his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in 1957, master's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1959, and Ph.D. from Cornell University in engineering physics in…

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Craig Mitchell Tarver

Oct. 6, 2022 - Craig Mitchell Tarver died Sept. 22. He was 79. Tarver was born in Syracuse, New York to Carl and Shirley Tarver. He spent his childhood in Syracuse and attended Central Tech High School where he played football and baseball. After graduating high…

Paul Kempel

Paul Kempel

Oct. 5, 2022 - Paul Kempel died Sept. 24 from complications of a stroke, at home in Tracy, California. He graduated from St. Joseph's High School in 1971 and graduated with honors in architecture from University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He landed his dream…

Theodore (Ted) B. Midtaune

Theodore (Ted) B. Midtaune

Oct. 4, 2022 - Theodore (Ted) B. Midtaune died Sept. 23. He was 83. Midtaune, of Livermore, passed away in his home with family at his side. He was born on Jan.12,1939, in Faribault, Minnesota, to Theodore and Harriett (Jacobson) Midtaune. He graduated from…