Obituary: Gunnar F. Lindal

March 24, 1936 – Jan. 17, 2018

Gunnar F. Lindal

Gunnar F. Lindal passed away on Jan. 17 at the age of 81 due to natural causes.  He was born on March 24, 1936, in Oslo, Norway.

Gunnar came to the U.S. in 1961 to attend Stanford University on a scholarship. In 1964, he received his doctorate’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked at Stanford as a post doctoral fellow from 1964 to 1969. From 1969 to 1992, he worked at JPL as a senior research scientist and lived in La Cañada Flintridge. Gunnar participated in unmanned space missions, including the Voyager Grand Tour, and received two gold medals from NASA for his outstanding contributions. After he retired from JPL in 1992, he and his wife moved to Malibu.

Gunnar was dedicated to his family and his work. He is fondly remembered for his intelligence and brilliant mind. Gunnar F. Lindal is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wendy Lindal of Malibu; his son, John Lindal of La Cañada Flintridge; and his granddaughter.


Obituary: Adam Carmeli

Adam Carmeli

Adam Carmeli, 29, of San Diego, died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, Dec. 30. He was born in October of 1988 in Santa Monica, the son of Cynthia Gates and Israel Carmeli. He attended the La Cañada Flintridge schools and upon graduation, he went to the Marshall School of Business at USC in Los Angeles, and graduated in 2011. During his tenure at USC, he spent a semester abroad at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Adam has been employed by Expeditors International for the past six years, most recently as Air Export Manager in the San Diego office.
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Obituary: Bryan Louis Herrmann

Bryan Louis Herrmann
Dec. 19, 1935-Dec. 31, 2017

Bryan Louis Herrmann, 82, longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family at dawn on New Year’s Eve.

Bryan Louis Herrmann

Born Dec. 19, 1935, in Los Angeles to Carl and Henrietta Herrmann, he was a true and proud example of a wonderful Southern California life. He made many friendships over the years, attending schools in Glendale, Notre Dame and graduating from Hoover High School, where he loved playing football. There, he would also meet Carol Hutt, who would become his future wife and to whom he would be married for almost 60 years.
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Jeane Edwards – Obituary

June 3, 1925-Dec. 26, 2017

Jeane Edwards
Jeane Edwards

To say that Jeane Edwards was “one of a kind” is an understatement. Her tremendous style, humor and sense of fun were legendary among her friends and family. She was the life of every party and dressed to the nines with a margarita in hand.
The longtime San Marino resident died peacefully on Dec. 26 at the age of 92, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Jeane Winslow Rowe was born to Sara and Edgar Rowe in Richmond, Virginia June 3, 1925, but was raised in San Francisco. She and her sister Carter were the vivacious belles of the city. But Mom was not to remain single for long. At the age of 19, she married Capt. Andrew Ray “Bunny” Edwards on Feb. 7, 1945.
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Philip Vernon Swan – Obituary

March 25, 1929 — Dec. 7, 2017

Philip Vernon Swan
Philip Vernon Swan

Philip Vernon Swan of Pasadena passed away peacefully on Dec. 7. He was 88 years old.
Phil was born on March 25, 1929, in Pasadena. He grew up in San Marino, lived in South Pasadena for 54 years, and most recently was a resident of Pasadena. He was a graduate of Pomona College and Stanford University School of Business. Phil had a successful career as an investment counselor and entrepreneur, eventually founding his own investment counsel firm in Pasadena, now Clifford Swan Investment Counselors.
In the 1970s he co-founded Books on Tape, which made it possible to listen to books while driving. Phil continued working into his 80s as a private trustee. In addition to his professional life, Phil was extremely active in the community. Over the years he gave his time and leadership skills to the South Pasadena Community Redevelopment Agency, the Oneonta Club Scholarship Committee, Oneonta Congregational Church, Los Angeles Rotary, the Economic Roundtable, the Huntington Library Board of Overseers, the Braille Institute and Forest Lawn Boards of Directors and Scripps College where he served on the board of trustees.
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Roy Willard Reeves Jr. – Obituary

June 19, 1933 — Dec. 11, 2017

Roy Willard Reeves Jr.
Roy Willard Reeves Jr.

Roy Willard Reeves Jr. peacefully passed away at his Pasadena home on Dec. 11, with his wife of 59 years, Elaine, at his side. Born June 19, 1933, at Pasadena Hospital (Huntington Memorial), Roy was the youngest child of Dorothy and Roy Willard Reeves Sr. Roy grew up in Altadena, attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a bachelor’s in business/agriculture. He proudly served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Upon his return from service, he fell in love with Elaine Stewart and they were married in San Luis Obispo in 1958. Roy then received his MBA from USC, where he became an ardent Trojan fan for life. His affiliation with USC created a network of life-long friends with whom vacations, weekend get-togethers and football tailgate parties would be greatly cherished by him and Elaine.
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John F. Watkins – Obituary

May 21, 1925 – Dec. 9, 2017

John F. Watkins
John F. Watkins

John Francis Watkins, who spent a 40-year career as a senior executive and board member of Los Angeles-based Jorgensen Steel before committing more than 30 years of exemplary service to numerous Southern California nonprofit institutions, died peacefully at home at the age of 92.
Watkins was the fifth of seven children of Edward Francis Watkins and Louise Ward Watkins. Watkins was the last surviving member of that generation. Born at home in Alhambra on May 21, 1925, Watkins moved to the Linda Vista area of Pasadena in 1930. He attended Polytechnic School, Loyola High School and Loyola College for one year before entering the Navy for the waning years of World War II in the Pacific Theater. While serving as a naval ensign, he was part of the Navy flotilla that assessed the damage caused by the “A” bomb that the United States dropped on Bikini Atoll.
Watkins’ dedication to the Navy did not end with active duty. Watkins remained committed to the Navy and veterans through the rest of his life. His service on the national board of the Navy League, activities with the USS Pasadena Foundation, and assistance with countless placements of individuals at Annapolis and recruiting allowed him to serve our country with distinction as a civilian. Watkins was honored in the opening ceremonies of the 2017 Rose Bowl representing the Navy with other veterans from the other military branches, which was a wonderful recognition to a life of service to the Navy. Continue reading “John F. Watkins – Obituary”

Obituary: Dudley Bradstreet Killam Jr.

Dudley Bradstreet Killam Jr.

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.
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Obituary – David John Milbrodt

David John Milbrodt
David John Milbrodt

(Dec. 3, 1944-Nov. 12, 2017)

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.
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Obituary: Mushtaq Ahmed

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.

Mushtaq Ahmend

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”