Dudley Bradstreet Killam Jr. of La Cañada Flintridge, father, husband, veteran and engineer, passed away on Thanksgiving at the age of 70 from a heart attack, surrounded by family. Born Oct. 15, 1947 in Reading, Massachusetts, to Dudley and Flora Killam, he attended high school at Haverhill High School near Atkinson, New Hampshire. He obtained a bachelor’s in chemistry and mathematics from the University of New Hampshire as an ROTC distinguished graduate and then completed master’s degrees in applied statistics and image science at Rochester Institute of Technology, also studying meteorology and analytical chemistry at Texas A&M. Dudley was truly a lifelong learner. He served for 30 years in the Air Force, rising to the rank of colonel and managing satellite programs, including the $4.3 billion Defense Support Program, which tracks missile launches via infrared imaging. He earned the Legion of Merit in acknowledgement of the crucial expertise he brought to this project and many others. Continue reading “Obituary: Dudley Bradstreet Killam Jr.”
David John Milbrodt, 72, passed into God’s arms on Nov. 12 surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Walter and Gladys Milbrodt, David moved with his family to Ohio when he was 9 months old. He graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1962 where he was class president and played football and basketball. He attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, majoring in mathematics. He continued his education at Ohio State University where he received a master’s degree in computer science. He married and accepted a job in Washington, D.C., with the National Security Agency after graduation. Continue reading “Obituary – David John Milbrodt”
Mushtaq Ahmed was born in the independent state of Hyderabad before Indian independence. He came to America in 1965 on a student scholarship. It was in the fall of 1965 when he experienced his first Thanksgiving. It was that experience, on a middle-of-nowhere farm in the Midwest, where his love affair with his adopted land began. This love lasted all the way until even after his passing.
Right before going to urgent care for flu-like symptoms, Mushtaq signed and sent his vote-by-mail ballot. Upon arrival, he was sent to the emergency room and eventually to the ICU for an unrelated and previously undetected illness. He never awoke, and unexpectedly passed away on the morning of Nov 2. The state recorded his mailed vote on Nov. 6 in the local La Cañada Flintridge election. It was his last official act. For a man who spent the late 1960s volunteering on voting rights campaigns and on Bobby Kennedy’s presidential campaign, there could be no more fitting a final act. Continue reading “Obituary: Mushtaq Ahmed”
Carol Sawyer Hollen passed away peacefully on Oct. 26, in Glendale, California, surrounded by her family. She was 80 years old.
Carol was born to Iona and Walter Sawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she spent most of her childhood. She later moved with her family to Pasadena and attended John Muir High School and Pasadena City College. She was proud of the fact that she was a flag twirler in the Tournament of Roses Parade while in school, and watching the parade as an adult was one of her greatest joys. She worked in the banking business for many years, both at Security Pacific and Glendale Federal. Continue reading “Obituary: Carol Sawyer Hollen”
Glenn M. Perrin, long-time community member and educator, passed away after a courageous battle fighting esophageal cancer. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Charlotte, son Jeff, sisters Bess and Georgia, brother David and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Gilbert Edwin and James, and sister Ruth.
Glenn was born in Berry, Kentucky, to Gilbert and Hallene Perrin. The family soon moved to Tucson, Arizona. As a teenager he played on the Catalina High School basketball team that took the state championship his senior year. He then received a basketball scholarship to the University of Arizona, where he played as a freshman. Upon moving to California, he attended Pasadena Nazarene College, where he met his future wife, Charlotte. He received his master’s degree from Cal State L.A. Continue reading “Obituary: Glenn M. Perrin”
Cleve Van Dyke Traughber, 80, of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on Oct. 14 after a short battle with cancer.
Born July 29, 1937, in Hollywood to parents Frank and Mildred Traughber, Cleve began life with a bang as Hollywood’s highest paid actor for his 30-second role opposite Greta Garbo and Charles Boyer in the Academy Award Nominated “Conquest.” Moving from the glitz and glam of Hollywood, the 3-year-old and his family settled in nearby Flintridge (today La Cañada Flintridge), where he was later joined by his younger brother John. Cleve attended La Cañada Elementary School, John Marshall Junior High and La Cañada Middle School, where he met several life-long friends. Continue reading “Obituary: Cleve Van Dyke Traughber”
Robert (Bob) Emmet Ryan passed away peacefully at his home in La Cañada Flintridge on Oct. 4, 2017, at 83. Bob was born in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 8, 1934, to Thomas Raymond Ryan III and Lucille Margaret (Roulo) Ryan. He was the youngest of four children, with Eleanor, Mary, and Thomas.
Bob graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1952 and attended University of Detroit’s College of engineering and science. Bob earned an associate’s degree in Engineering Design from Glendale College and later a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from California State University Los Angeles. Bob joined JPL in 1956 and joined the Navy. Bob’s career highlighted a span of countless rocket and deep space missions including Pioneer 10 and 11 and Voyager 1 and 2, but was best known for his work as mission manager on the Stardust Mission. Stardust became the first spacecraft to successfully return cometary and interstellar dust particles to the Earth.
Bob and Kay Campbell married on June 21, 1958, and moved from Sunland to La Cañada Flintridge in 1963. They had four children; Rob, Margaret, Kathy and Tom, and nine grandchildren. Kay passed away in December. Bob and Kay are together again with God.
Mass will be held with the Rev. Tony and the Rev. Ed, followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Cañada Flintridge. Bob will be interred at Mission San Fernando Cemetery.
Mayfield Marshall Jr. survived a wonderful boyhood in Des Moines and Okoboji, Iowa.
He saw both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at 17 years old, compliments of the U.S. Navy, which also provided the World War II GI Bill and paid for his degree from Grinnell College.
During those college years he married the bewitchingly beautiful Carolyn Root and shared with her three children and countless adventures for the next 49 years. After college, he joined the “Mad Men” in New York in 1957 and an even madder group in Los Angeles in 1962. He moved to La Cañada Flintridge then, and was active in civic affairs, serving on the planning commission during the early days of cityhood.
He also built the Flint Canyon Tennis Club. A lifelong interest in cars was rewarded with 17 years with Datsun (Nissan) and the charismatic Mr. Katayama, who generously shared a wealth of experiences.
Travel and fun started a new chapter when he married Sarah Kniering. His wife, Sarah, and his children Karen Schroeder, Bob Marshall and Annie Mayfield Stone survive him.
Michelle Margaret Kaye wanted so much to fight through large B-cell lymphoma. She retired from the Burbank School District in June of 2017, imagining she would have more time to spend with her three boys. She wanted to plant more roses in her garden and she planned to volunteer extensively in her retirement as a trauma counselor and with teen suicide prevention programs.
Michelle, the daughter of Margaret and Arthur Kaye of La Cañada Flintridge, was born in the Glendale Adventist Medical Center in 1956. She attended Palm Crest Elementary, Foothill Intermediate School and La Cañada High School, graduating in 1974. Michelle swam competitively throughout her youth and for USC. She graduated from USC with a master’s in education in 1979. Continue reading “Obituary: Michelle Margaret Kaye”
Theodore (Ted) Ernest Johnson, age 82, went to be with our Lord after a fun-filled life and final day doing what he loved: helping friends on a construction project and having a great dinner filled with his typical jokes and lots of laughter with close friends and his beloved wife, Denise.
Ted was born April 8, 1935 in Monterey Park to Theodore and Sarah (Tourigney) Johnson. He graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale in 1953 and attended virtually all of the high school reunions that were held quarterly for the last several years. Ted would often joke that he went to HKU (Hard Knocks University). He began work as a framing contractor and worked his way up to be part-owner of Wier Casady Company, a construction company in Glendale, from 1970 through 1981. Wier Casady built many restaurants throughout the United States, including El Torito Mexican Restaurants, Womphopper’s, TGI Friday’s, Farrell’s and many more. Continue reading “Obituary: Theodore “Ted” Ernest Johnson”