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Class of 1959
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Geraldine ("Jeri") Chitwood Jensen Lupton passed
away on December 2, 2009. She had been a life-long early
childhood development instructor, lived in Ventura, CA, and passed from
From: Gail (Amers) Aardappel Class of 1959
(DAMBRAUCHAS) TALLEY '59
DONALD HILL '59
Died from accidental, self-inflected, gun shot wound while cleaning
| JAMES HOARD '59
JAMES (JIM) KNOPP
James (Jim) Knopp passed away on January 19, 2001 from cancer.
His wife Renata passed away several years ago also from cancer.
His brother Tom Knopp was class of 60. Jim resided in Norwalk.
Information from: Diane (Yager-Lehner) Willeford '60 &
Carolyn Older Salk '60 -
|KATHERYN LYNES '59
PRESS-TELEGRAM Published on 08/05/1995
CHUCK MALLORY, 54, WAS A BIG-TIME FAMILY MAN, FISHERMAN
HE LOVED PLAYING TRICKS AND WAS ACTIVE WITH UNION.
Even at his visitation on Friday, Chuck Mallory's kids were learning
things about their dad, who died on Tuesday at the age of 54.
''Now when Pat starts talking about dad, don't let him tell people
that he was dad's favorite,'' daughter Frances told her sister.
Jeff William Milledge died
in Santa Clara sometime in 1981. I am attempting to find out how and
when and what happened with his sisters who, I think, also went to
Millikan. I believe he was in Special Forces.
From: Bob Shelley '59
JAMES EDWARD MINNIS '59,
Information from David Gilchrist - He may have relocated to Millikan for his senior year from Lakewood (no picture in Millikan or Lakewood
yearbooks). Assuming it is, I wanted to share with you the fact
that he was killed in an automobile accident in the summer of
1968. I don’t have the details nor do I recall the exact date or
month, probably June or July. All I remember is the telephone
waking me in the middle of the night and my mom sadly telling me that
he had died that same night in an accident. He was survived by
his mother and father.
David Gilchrist '60 Lakewood, Posted 10.2.14 If you have
any additional information or picture of him, please contact the
MARY (MORRIS) MATSON '59
If anyone has any information on Mary's passing, please contact Tricia Munson Marra (Patricia) at firstname.lastname@example.org as she was a good friend of hers and would greatly appreciate it.
SUZANNE RENEE PHILLIPS '59
PAT (PRICE) EDWARDS '59
Heart failure in 1997
Millikan’s AFS foreign exchange student from Norway, (class of
1959), passed away from a rare form of colon cancer on 9 May 2000, just
shy of his 60th birthday (12 June 1940). The irony is that Eirik
had gone on to medical school upon his return to Norway, eventually
specializing in gastroenterology (diseases of the digestive
tract). I suspect he is remembered by many of his classmates as
he was ever the gentleman and well-received by all who knew him (in
particular members of ΑΘΧ). Eirik lived with my family and me for
the year he was at Millikan, and we remained close for the next 40
years of his life, exchanging visits with him and his wife Anne many
times over the years, both here in the U.S. and in Norway. In
fact, I took my then 17 year old son to Oslo in March of the year Eirik
died, knowing the end was near and wanting to say good-bye. By
then he had become quite the collector of fine wines, and at the end of
that, our final visit, he presented me with the “crown jewel” of his
collection (a bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, for those who
have an interest in wines). Needless to say, it has maintained
the premier place in my modest collection, more as a commemoration to
Eirik and our long friendship than because of its intrinsic value as a
From: Patrick J. Haney '60
Pagosa Springs, CO
Linda Ann (Shomaker) Carpenter Class of 1959
Lake County suffered a great loss on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, with the
sudden passing of Linda Ann Carpenter, chair of the Lake County Arts
Council's Gallery on Main Street in Lakeport.
Linda was instrumental in the positive changes taking place in the
Gallery in the months that she was in charge. Her high energy and spirit
brought in many people to join the Gallery Committee, including her
husband Bob, to help change the Gallery to what it is today, and will be
A talented oil painting artist, Linda was also a member of the Konocti
Plein Air Painters, and had shown at the Main Street Gallery and at the
Small Moments in Time show recently held at the Soper-Reese Community
Theatre in November and at a number of other venues.
Always active and enthusiastic about life, Linda's talents naturally
turned her towards children and education. She was twice named teacher
of the year, once in California and once in Georgia. She also received a
grant in California for her Nature Trail and Butterfly Garden Program
directed towards educating children about the habitat.
Her plans for the gallery included knocking out a wall to increase the
space for daytime and summer programs directed towards children, the
mentally and physically challenged and Hospice patients and will be
completed in the next few months.
Always the educator, Linda had recently contacted the Native American
Education Center to teach in two of her passions, English and art and
was enthusiastically accepted.
Under Linda's direction and with the support of the Gallery Committee,
the gallery started their First Friday Fling evening, with a successful
and fun opening on Friday, Dec. 2.
On Friday, Jan. 6 the Main Street Gallery will host the second First
Friday Fling as well as feature the artists of the new three month show
at the Gallery.
Among a host of friends, she leaves her husband, Bob; sons, Eric and
wife, Stephania, and Erin and fiancee Stephanie; her brother, Allen and
wife, Jan; brother-in-law, John and Daria and their children, John and
Chris; brother-in-law, Greg; and sister-in-law, Michele Shomaker and
many other family members.
She is sorely missed.
Published in the Lake County Record-Bee on 12/13/2005.
From: Clarence L. Woodcock
Vandeventer Class of 59'
I recently heard from a neighbor of mine that Ed Vandeventer
(Millikan--Class of 59) had passed away a few months back. If
you need to verify this information you probably should contact
his wife, Phyliss.
From: Donna (Osborne) Stafford (Class of 60)
* * *
Below update: from Doyle Flock with a major assist from Susan Phifer. Posted 6.14.2010
Ed Vandeventer Led SCRTD Rail Operations During Metro Blue Line Startup
‘Father of the Renaissance of Rail in Los Angeles’
From obituary of Southern California Rapid Transit District intranet
Vandeventer, who led the Rail Operations of the Southern California
Rapid Transit District from 1985 through the mid-1990s – including the
early days of Metro Rail subway and light rail planning - died
Thursday, June 5, 2003, from a heart attack while in the hospital.
Mr. Vandeventer, who suffered from the complications of diabetes,
was 61 years old.
Mr. Vandeventer is survived by Phyllis
Vandeventer, his wife of 37 years, and three sons, Robert, 32; Peter,
24, and Michael, 17. He is also survived by his father, Owen
Vandeventer, of Apple Valley.
the years that followed his departure from the MTA, Mr. Vandeventer
remained active in his interests. His life-long love of rail kept
him a member of the Orange Empire Railway Museum,
where he had previously served as superintendent of railway operations,
vice-president of museum services, and as a member of the board for
Born Jan. 21, 1942, in Denver, Colorado, he arrived in
Long Beach with his parents at the age of one. He graduated from
Millikan High School in 1959, and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil
engineering at the University of Southern California in 1964. He
continued his studies while employed by the California Division of
Highways, now Caltrans, and earned his master’s in civil engineering in
1966 at USC.
LOUIS WALLACE '59
Louis was a Los Angeles Sheriffs Deputy and was killed while
making a rountine traffic stop in 1970.
New information from: Bob Shelley '59
Deputy Louis Wallace was shot and killed after he and his partner made
a stop of a suspicious person. As they were patting the suspect down
over the hood of their cruiser the man suddenly produced a .32 caliber
handgun from the crotch-area of his pants and opened fire, striking
Deputy Wallace, and his partner in the knee.
Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Wallace was able to return fire
and kill the suspect. He told responding deputies to transport his
wounded partner to the hospital first. Deputy Wallace died while en
route to the hospital.
BETTY (WHISNAN) GILMAN '59
| LINDA (WILKE) BROWN '59
William Jeffery Marskell '59
Jeff passed about five or six years ago, I can find out the year and will do that. He was the Dad of my nephews.
From: Sally Gray Clausen
Note: This list is open to all
Millikan classmates, but I only have yearbook photos for '57,
'58, '59, and '60.
you have any information regarding a student who graduated from
Robert A. Millikan between the years 1957 to the present please
send a copy of that information to Paul at: email@example.com
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