by Deanna Dechaine
Art Mendonca (Chem B.S. 1925) passed away just before his 98th birthday, in January 2000. After graduating from Cal, he spent several years at the State Food and Drug laboratory in California before finding his niche at F.E. Booth Company in San Francisco. During his 36-year tenure there, he rose through the ranks, becoming production manager, vice-president, and in 1951, its president. While there, he established and managed a biological lab performing vitamin D assays on sardine oil, and he was instrumental in the pharmaceutical development of vitamin D and A supplements. He is survived by two children, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Ambrose Nichols (Chem B.S. 1935) passed away February 4, 2000 in Santa Rosa, CA. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Nichols taught at San Diego State University until 1961, with one- or two-year interruptions in his service there to work in the U.S. Navy Electronics Lab, the California Radiation Lab, the Oak Ridge National Lab, and the Brookhaven National Lab. He then served as founding President of Sonoma State University from 1961 until 1970, and Professor of Chemistry there from 1970 until his retirement in 1976. He was known for his support of student rights and free speech at Sonoma, and he also served as northern California director of Elderhostel for ten years. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, three children, and two grandchildren.
Forrest Jay Watson (Chem B.S. 1935) died June 5, 2000. He was a chemist with Shell Development Company and later at McClellan Air Force Base.
Richard N. Burnley (Chem B.S. 1936) passed away April 8, 1999. A Shell retiree, he had lived in Montgomery, TX, with his wife, Rose Marie, who survives him. He was a generous donor to the College.
Roy C. Siem (Chem B.S. 1937) passed away in July 1999, at the age of 83. Most of his career, except for five years on active duty in the army during WWII (he was R.O.T.C. at Cal), was at Shell Chemical Corp. in Pittsburg, CA, where he was chief chemist and earned two patents for catalysts. After retiring from Shell, he set up a new venture at Pacific Refining in Hercules. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Maryl.
John W. Stout (Chem Ph.D. 1937) passed away December
16, 1999, at the age of 87. Professor emeritus of chemistry at
the University of Chicago, he specialized in magnetism, thermodynamics,
and cryogenics. He edited the Journal of Chemical Physics from
1959 to 1985 and served as consulting editor until his death.
Survivors include a son, John, and four grandchildren.
John Andrew Perona (Chem B.S. 1942) passed away January 13, 2000. Born August 16, 1911, he did not finish high school originally, but returned and received his degree via night school. He worked on synthetic rubber as a research chemist at Shell Development during the war. Subsequently, he worked at both Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley labs in their patent departments. After retiring in the early 1970s, he did lapidary work. His wife died in 1985, but he is survived by his daughter, Dawn Scott, and his son, John.
Ross Coleman Bean (Chem B.S. 1946, Ph.D. 1954, Comparative Biochemistry) passed away July 1, 2000, at the age of 76. He was born in Thatcher, AZ and was raised in Honolulu and Berkeley. He lived for the last 37 years in North Tustin, CA. Following an appointment at UC Riverside, Dr. Bean was a principal research scientist at Ford Aerospace and Communications, Aeronutronic Division, from 1963 until his retirement in 1990. The author of some 30 articles in biophysics and biochemistry, he was elected to the American Society of Biological Chemists, was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and also belonged to the American Society for Plant Physiology, Biophysical Society, Signa Xi, and the Pacific Slope Biochemical Conference. He had a lifelong interest in swimming and was captain of Cal's swim team and water polo teams; later, he coached champion synchronized swimming teams. He is survived by Dawn, his wife of 51 years; his brother, Philip; and his daughters Kevis Brownson of Alameda, Avilee Goodwin of Richmond, and Lea Bean of West Los Angeles.
Robert L. Burk (Chem B.S. 1948) passed away in June 1999. He is survived by his wife, Patricia.
Roger Batzel (Chem Ph.D. 1951), the longest serving
director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1971-1988),
passed away July 29, 2000, after a massive heart attack. Joining
the Lab in 1953, its second year of operation, Batzel headed the
chemistry, nuclear testing, space reactors, and biomedical research
directorates. He went on to play a key role in the facility's
transition from a defense and nuclear lab to a multi-program institution.
Batzel received his bachelor's degree at the University of Idaho
and served as an Air Force navigator during World War II before
undertaking graduate work with Glenn Seaborg at Berkeley. He was
a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the AAAS, and
a recipient of one of the Department of Energy's highest awards,
the Distinguished Associate Award.
James C. "Jay" Carroll (ChemE B.S. 1952) passed away on December 14, 1999, following a brief illness. Actively involved in power generation with PG&E for 35 years, he had subsequently served two terms on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, sons Andrew and Peter, and three granddaughters.
Ralph McLaughlin (Chem M.S. 1954) died on January 14, 2000, at the age of 72. A native of Sacramento, he lived in Kensington, CA, with his wife of 46 years, Patricia. McLaughlin was retired from his 45-year career at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, which he joined as a graduate student in 1952. He spent his first 20 years in the Nuclear Chemistry Division (now known as Nuclear Sciences Division) and then moved to the Energy and Environment Division (now the Environmental Energy Technologies Division). In addition to Patricia, he leaves his brother Charles, three children-Kathryn, Patrick and Andrew-and three grandchildren.
Howard Wayne Anderson (ChemE M.S. 1956), a principal consultant for DuPont, passed away in the summer of 2000.
Saul Vela (ChemE B.S. 1961) passed away January 1, 1998. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1964, he went on to a career exceeding 25 years at the Exxon Exploration Company in Houston, TX. He was also active in the Hispanic Genealogical Society of Houston, through which he established a competitive scholarship program based on students' essays on genealogical research of someone older and meaningful to them. Among his survivors are his wife, Mary Lou, his daughter, Patricia, and his son, John.