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Updated on: 7/11/2017
Obituaries

2011

October 2011:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Lynn G. Bellenger, a partner of Pathfinder Engineers & Architects LLP. Mrs. Bellenger is remembered not only as a leader in the field of energy engineering, but as a compassionate, caring and committed friend.

Mrs. Bellenger died on October 19, 2011.

Mrs. Bellenger was a founding partner of Pathfinder, which was established in 1998. Mrs. Bellenger and her three business partners founded the firm to share with clients their passion for design and analysis. During her tenure with Pathfinder, Mrs. Bellenger provided energy engineering and energy modeling services to clients in New York, and across the country. She was a leader in developing energy modeling software, techniques and standards that are common to industry practice today.

She was active in several organizations, most significantly the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Throughout her career, Mrs. Bellenger served ASHRAE at the local, regional, national and international levels. From June 2010-June 2011, she served as the first female president of ASHRAE’s board of directors, on behalf of the 55,000 members worldwide. This was the fulfillment of a long-held goal for Mrs. Bellenger, who with her husband Neil, traveled to dozens of states in the US and to nearly 20 countries including India, Egypt, Japan, and Brazil.

Mrs. Bellenger's professional career began after graduating from Principia College with a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics and from Rutgers University with a Master’s Degree in environmental science. She began working at Xerox Corporation with a focus on energy conservation. While at Xerox she began her studies to become a Professional Engineer and was licensed in several states – a challenging course since her education was not in engineering. In 1977, she and Donald McGeddy, who began the energy program at Xerox, left the company to form a consultancy providing energy studies and analysis to firms nationwide. They worked together until 1991, when Mrs. Bellenger joined the former Sear-Brown Group.

She is survived by her husband, Neil, two sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Together, they shared a commitment to faith, a love of family, kayaking, geo-caching and family travel.

Funeral arrangements are private.

September 2011:

It is with great sadness and deep sense of loss that we are informing you of the sudden passing of Jay Tantiwong.

He passed away from a heart attack while waiting for the train in Germany.

Our Heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues.

April 2011:

Former ASHRAE Member, William Jih-Sheng Yang has passed away. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues. We commemorate him and his great years of service to SoCal ASHRAE Chapter and the engineering industry. He will be missed.



2010

May 2010:
Agnes Leung from Chevron Energy Solutions passed away a couple of months ago.

Sunday, Oct 26 10:25 PM:
Frank M Ivanick

October 17 2010:
Raymond Taix dies at 85; owner of L.A. landmark French restaurant

The original family restaurant was founded downtown in 1927 and lives on in Echo Park.
By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times

Raymond Taix, who owned one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, the French establishment Taix that his family has run since 1927, has died. He was 85. read more.



2009

July 9, 2009:
Charles Brooks - Former ASHRAE SoCal Chapter President (1979)

PASSING of a PAST of CHAPTER PRESIDENT (1979)
By Clay Lampman

BROOKS, Charles Chester (Chet) November 18, 1920-July 9, 2009 Chet passed away peacefully in the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Prescott, Arizona. Chet was the 1979 Southern California Chapter President and Life Member. He remained an active reader of SOLAIR following of chapter activities even after his 1994 retirement and his moving to Prescott, Arizona.

He is survived by his second wife Audrey, sons Charles Chester Jr., Lawrence and his wife Carolyn, and Jeffery and his wife Ellen Brooks, daughter Lisa Brooks, brother Earl Brooks, granddaughter Leanna Grant, great-grandson Tanner Grant, stepsons Robert, Michael, and John Gorham, stepdaughters Christine and Susan Gorham, and step grandchildren, Andrew and Julie Bowles, Erik and Michelle Emmermann, Shawna Anderson, Sonia Smith, and Matthew and Jessica Gorham.

Chet was born in St. Louis, Mo. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Harris Jr. College in St. Louis and Oregon State University.

He was assigned to the Corps of Engineers while serving in the army in Europe during WW II.

Chet practiced engineering in St. Louis until 1959 when he moved his family to Los Angeles where he worked as a Mechanical Engineer and vice president of the firm of Nack and Sunderland Engineers. Chet worked on many major projects such as Orange County Performing Art Center that utilizes one of the first ice on coil thermal storage system and low temperature air distribution.

Chet will be remembered for his witty sense of humor and inquisitive nature. He will be deeply missed by all.

Memorial services were held August 16th at Prescott’s Granite Peak Unitarian church.

April, 2009:
Philip Weaver, Weaver & Assoc.

February 15, 2009:
Former ASHRAE SoCal Chapter President and National President, John L. Harnack



2008

July 2008:
Ed Gray
David MacCulloch


Kim W. Gregory, President / CEO
Hansen Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
March 23, 1950 ~ September 2, 2008

It is with great sadness and a tremendous sense of loss that we are informing our friends, collages and business associates of the sudden passing of Kim Gregory, President / CEO of Hansen Mechanical Contractors, Inc. He passed away Tuesday evening, September 2nd of renal failure at The Ronald Regan Medical Center at UCLA after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early August.

Memorial Services will be held for Kim Gregory Thursday, Sept 11, 2008 @ 4:00 PM ~ Red Rock Casino. Resort .Spa 1101 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135 in the Charleston Ballrooms. A reception will immediately follow in the Pavilion Room @ the same location.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made in the name of Kim W. Gregory to Stop Cancer - LA.

Stop Cancer
2566 Overland Ave, Suite 790
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tel: 310-841-2600
Toll Free: 866-662-4200
www.stopcancer.com

Also, for all out of town guests there has been a block of rooms reserved @ the Red Rock. Please contract Kari Gregory @ Kgregory4@gmail.com for more information.
April 18, 2008
With great sadness, we are sharing this news that Mrs. Joann Burke, wife of our President-elect Mr. Mike Burke, passed away this morning due to ailment. Joann was integral part of our chapter providing her support in many ways. May God bless her soul and family with eternal peace and courage.



H. Gwinn Henry

Joseph Drown died 4-03-07

Louis Horsefield

Hugh Weber