Raymond Johns Davis Egan

Raymond Egan 102319 onlineOn Wednesday, October 9, 2019, Raymond Johns Davis Egan, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at age 88. Ray was born on August 22, 1931 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Florence Carter and Raymond Davis. As a boy in Hawaii, he observed the bombing of Pearl Harbor from a hillside. As a result of the outbreak of WWII, his family moved to the Yukon Territory, where his step-father, James Egan, worked on the Alcan Highway. Ray served in the Air Force during the Korean War as a raido operator at March Air Force Base. After completing his military service, he earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1960. Ray began his career at the Electronics Research Labs at Stanford, researching the physics of radio wave interaction with the ionosphere. He soon moved to Granger Associates in Santa Clara, where he was Vice-President of Research and Development. Before his retirement he worked at NEC America, where he served as Vice President and General Manager. His engineering work required extensive travel to many countries as well as many remote locations around the world. He worked in the field of telecommunications for over 35 years.

Rosa Dieffenbach

Rosa Dieffenbach 102319 onlineRosa (Trumler) Dieffenbach, 84, peacefully passed away on July 10, 2019 in Poulsbo, WA, after complications from Alzheimer's. Rosa was born in Gleisdorf, Austria on August 17, 1934 to Josef and Maria (Wilfling) Trumler. She grew up in war-torn Austria, the fifth of seven children. After WWII, at age 16, she left home to find work in Switzerland. She became a governess for an American family, who later sponsored her, allowing her to emigrate to the United States. Arriving on the Queen Mary, she embarked on a courageous adventure, working first for the sponsoring family, then later in the cafeteria of Gallaudet University before finally heading west, to San Francisco, CA. On an outing with the Northern CA Swiss Club, she met her future husband, William Dieffenbach.

Wedding: Emma Cummings and Cooper Hitchcock


Emma Cummings and Cooper Hitchcock

Emma Cummings and Cooper Hitchcock were married June 29 in San Luis Obispo.

The bride is the daughter of Sue and Clyde Cummings of Mountain View, and the granddaughter of the late Bob and Marion Grimm of Los Altos.

Dean Lewis Johnson

Dean Johnson 101619 onlineIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dean Lewis Johnson of Los Altos on October 4, 2019. Dean was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on June 8, 1929. He was the firstborn child of George Lawrence Johnson and Lillian Alice Lewis Johnson. His family moved to Robbinsdale, Minnesota when he was very young. His favorite birthday present was his sister (Alice) Joy who was born on his fifth birthday. Dean’s lifelong enthusiasms were driving, flying and Dixieland Jazz. He took his first solo flight in 1946 at Crystal Airport and graduated from Robbinsdale High in 1947. He joined the Air National Guard, serving in Wichita and Santa Maria, California, graduating from the University of Minnesota, College of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in 1952. His first job was at Cessna where he was proud to have helped design the Cessna 620. He then moved to the Bay Area to work at Lockheed Missiles and Space, where he was employed for the next 30+ years. He married Patricia Lamb of San Francisco in 1961. They moved to Los Altos with their daughter Kathleen in 1967.


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