Dennis Lee McCroskey
Aug. 25, 1945-March 28, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Submitted by Pamela McCroskey
Beloved husband, father and brother, Dennis McCroskey died at home on March 28 in Palo Alto, Calif. after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. Dennis faced his disease progression with stoicism and resolve and without complaint. His quiet strength and unique sense of humor delighted his family and all who knew him. We will miss him terribly.
Dennis was born in New York City to the late Paul and Ingeborg McCroskey. He excelled as a student and enjoyed wrestling at school. He was also very active in his Scout troop, participating in many long weekend treks, earning the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. After graduating from Pearl River High School in New York in 1963, he enrolled at Cornell University and entered the ROTC officers training program. He served as an officer during the Vietnam War on the USS Bugara SS-331, a diesel submarine, and deployed to the Western Pacific (WestPac) in January 1969. Upon the Bugara decommissioning, Dennis was assigned to the prestigious Navy command CINCUSNAVEUR London, England where he served over two years as a briefing officer. It was a joyous time for Dennis. He lived in South Kensington Chelsea in London with fellow officers and brought to his household Windsor, his golden retriever. It was during this time that he perfected his skiing by getting weekend passes to Switzerland, often accompanied by his faithful companion, Windsor. While in England, Dennis obtained a Master?s Degree in International Relations from USC through a correspondence program offered to him. Following his discharge from the navy and some travels around Europe in a van with Windsor, he returned to the US where he earned his MBA from the Stanford Business School in 1975. He always dreamed of being an entrepreneur and embarked on many entrepreneurial endeavors over the years. In 1988, he married his wife, Pam, after becoming re-acquainted with her after losing touch for 13 years. They were engaged within a few weeks of reconnecting. Together Dennis and Pam raised their two children, Cory and Paulette, doting and encouraging them in everything they did. He was always cheering from the sidelines at his children?s soccer and tennis games, and enjoyed surfing with them. In his late 50?s Dennis decided to switch from skiing to snowboarding with his kids, thoroughly enjoying himself despite the bumps and bruises. He also fancied himself as his son Cory?s tennis coach, but Cory did correct him on that one. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Dennis worked at Applied Biosystems as Web Manager of Global Finance Systems and his specialty was SAP security. Dennis was a trustworthy colleague and a diligent employee who took pride in his work during the 14 years he was employed at Applied Biosystems (later to be purchased by Life Technologies). Yet the most important achievement in Dennis?s life was having his loving family by his side. He cherished family summer vacations in Yosemite Valley, surfing in San Diego and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe with this family.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Pam, his two children Cory and Paulette, and two sisters, Patricia (RJ) and Paulette (John) and a half brother Phil (Charlene) and half sister Sheila. Additionally he is survived by his father-in-law, Oleg Sherby, along with his three brothers-in-law Larry (Diana), Steve (Ann) and Mark (Maria) along with numerous nephews and nieces and grand nephews and grand nieces. A private memorial is planned at a later date during the summer. Donations can be made to the Yosemite Conservancy Fund.