Daniel Steven MacGregor – Obituary

Dan MacGregor, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away on September 1st, 2020.
Dan was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and went to Georgia Tech on a baseball and basketball scholarship, then got a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from USC.
He met and married his wife Judy in 1958. Dan worked at JPL from 1966-1976 and then he and Judy opened MacGregor Realty at 845 Foothill Blvd. MacGregor Realty closed when Dan and Judy retired in 2010. Dan was a long time resident of La Cañada, living here for over 50 years. Dan was loved by the real estate community and he loved them back.
Dan’s wife Judy passed away two years ago, and now they can be together. Dan is survived by his daughter Sherise and son-in-law Scott, his son Steve, brother Brian and brother Jim, and his grandchildren Grayson, Raine, Rowan, Zarina, and Luke.

Obituary- Angus Duncan McRonald

Angus Duncan McRonald

Angus Duncan McRonald was born on July 23, 1928, in Peterculter, a suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland, and died of natural causes at his home in La Cañada Flintridge on June 5. His parents were Alexander Kelly McRonald and Mary Jane (Shepherd) McRonald, and he was one of seven children.
Angus excelled at school, earning high marks and scholarships. Still at school when World War II broke out, he did five years’ service in the U.K. RAF Volunteer Reserve as a student pilot, learning to fly before he could drive.
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Local JPL Physicist Joins Pandemic Fight by Creating Life-Saving Device

Photo courtesy Arbi Karapetian
Arbi Karapetian, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and JPL scientist, works from his makeshift home office to help create VITAL, a new ventilator tailored to treat COVID-19 patients.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory made headlines recently after announcing its scientists — in just 37 days — have developed a high-pressure ventilator prototype tailored for coronavirus patients which was given the green light by doctors at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, one of the epicenters of the disease in the United States.
JPL, based in La Cañada Flintridge, is well-known as home base to many local engineers, physicists and researchers who work there, and one resident in particular served as a critical member on the JPL team that created the life-saving device, called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally). The device has been created to free up the nation’s limited supply of traditional ventilators with the intent they may be used on patients with the most severe COVID-19 symptoms.
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Life Takes Quite a Turn for LCF’s Nobel Winner

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Oct. 3, said she enjoys sharing it with the people who’ve worked with her at Caltech.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Oct. 3, said she enjoys sharing it with the people who’ve worked with her at Caltech.

Lately, everybody wants to pick the brain of La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold.
That’s what can happen when you win the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Arnold, a professor of chemical engineering at Caltech, said this week that she has been stopped on the street in front of her home since her Oct. 3 win, sharing the prize with two other researchers.
“I’m on the front page of newspapers all over the world, so people who don’t know me are stopping me. But the ones who do know me send many notes — lovely notes — and congratulations,” Arnold said. Continue reading “Life Takes Quite a Turn for LCF’s Nobel Winner”

Local Veteran, 100, Enthralls With Adventure Tales

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
Joe Giocomarra (center), a World War II veteran of the Merchant Marine who turned 100 on Monday, rode in this year’s Fiesta Days parade after introducing himself at the Memorial Ceremony in the park beforehand.

For the past couple decades, over glasses of wine or the occasional margarita, Joe Giocomarra has regaled his pal Tom Caulfield with tales of his fascinating, improbable life.
Giocomarra, one of only about 558,000 World War II veterans still living, turned 100 on Memorial Day.
“I have the privilege of reaching 100,” Giocomarra said. “That’s a privilege a lot of people don’t [have]. And, I don’t know, I really shouldn’t be here.”
Giocomarra retains vivid memories of the war, when he served with the U.S. Merchant Marine, a collection of ships populated by civilian volunteers transporting materials, supplies, equipment and troops to help fight and win World War II. Continue reading “Local Veteran, 100, Enthralls With Adventure Tales”

JPL Hosts ‘Inspiring Visit’ by VP Pence

Photos courtesy NASA/Bill Ingalls
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gives commands to a rover nicknamed “Scarecrow” as (from left) NASA Mars Exploration manager Li Fuk, Mars Curiosity Engineering Operations team chief Megan Lin, JPL Director Michael Watkins and daughter of Mike Pence, Charlotte Pence look on Saturday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in the neighborhood Saturday, touring Jet Propulsion Laboratory before heading to a series of stops elsewhere in Southern California.
After his visit to the NASA campus, Pence tweeted: “Inspiring visit to Jet Propulsion Laboratory! Thanks to the team at @NASAJPL for your leadership in unmanned space exploration since 1957! Under @POTUS Trump. America is leading in space again!” Continue reading “JPL Hosts ‘Inspiring Visit’ by VP Pence”

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.

 

LCUSD Reaches for the Stars

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Jeffrey Nee, a representative of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory education department, welcomes visitors to the JPL Dome during last week’s Family STEAM Night at Palm Crest Elementary School.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Jeffrey Nee, a representative of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory education department, welcomes visitors to the JPL Dome during last week’s Family STEAM Night at Palm Crest Elementary School.

Billed, appropriately, as a star-studded event, the district’s Family STEAM Night last week at Palm Crest Elementary school wowed 150 attendees, including 4th-grade science fan Aaron Kang, who came to build on his already flourishing astronomical expertise.
“Yeah, this is cool,” he said. “Stars are really cool.”
He and his brother, 1st-grader Elias Kang, spent the evening at school because they wanted to check out telescopes, an iPad stargazing app and, definitely, the JPL Dome stationed inside the school’s multi-purpose room.
Jeffrey Nee, a representative of the JPL education department, led the galactic tour inside the dome — a blown-up tent inside which a projection of space offered 30 stargazers at a time a far-out ride. Continue reading “LCUSD Reaches for the Stars”

Obituary: Robert Emmet Ryan

Feb. 8, 1934-Oct. 4, 2017

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.