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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 pancreatic cancer.
From: Gail (Amers) Aardappel Class of 1959



Died from accidental, self-inflected, gun shot wound while cleaning his gun.


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 -
PRESS-TELEGRAM Published on 08/05/1995
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

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.
From: David Gilchrist '60 Lakewood,  Posted 10.2.14  If you have any additional information or picture of him, please contact the webmaster.

  Mary Morris 1959  Mary Morris 1959_2 
If anyone has any information on Mary's passing, please contact Tricia Munson Marra (Patricia) at as she was a good friend of hers and would greatly appreciate it.
Posted 10-24-15




Heart failure in 1997

 Eirik Rutlin, 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 fine wine.

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
in future.

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
Posted 7.8.08

   Ed 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)

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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

Ed 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.

 Orange Empire Railway Museum (photo by Paul Prosise  2010) 

In 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 many years.
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 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.




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

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