Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - January 31, 2014

John S. Traynor

John S. Traynor, 88, a former Palo Alto resident, died on Jan. 11 while on a business trip to Visalia, Calif.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1925, in Santa Cruz, Calif., the son of Lee J. and Edith D. Traynor. He was raised in Palo Alto and attended Sherman and Mayfield grammar schools, Jordan Jr. High School and Palo Alto High School. He graduated from Paly in 1943, starting his college education that spring at Stanford University. His education was interrupted when he joined the Army Air Corps, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant. After the war, he returned to continue his education at Stanford and received a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1950 and the next year, a master's of science in mechanical engineering with an aeronautical engineering option. Subsequently, he was employed at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, Calif., but after several years he decided to attend Los Angeles Art Center School to study industrial design. He was issued several patents and had a life-long interest in diverse scientific fields. He formed ADCO (Advanced Design Company) and established and was president of Cellnor Corporation.

He returned to Palo Alto to take care of real estate interests owned by his family until the properties were sold in the late 1980s. He and his sister jointly owned or participated in several real estate investments subsequently and at the time of his death.

He is survived by his sister, Joyce Traynor.

A memorial service will be held at Alta Mesa Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto on Monday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. The burial will follow the funeral service.

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