Robert N Janopaul
June 22, 1929-Dec. 5, 2012
Portola Valley, California
Robert N. Janopaul
June 22, 1929 - December 5, 2012
Robert Janopaul passed peacefully, surrounded by his family.
Born in El Monte, CA, and raised in Modesto, California, Bob graduated in 1951 from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He received a master's degree from the University of Illinois in 1952 and returned to UC Berkeley for post-graduate studies.
He served in the U.S. Navy Corps of Engineers from 1954 to 1958, seeing duty in the Philippines and at Port Hueneme, CA.
In 1958 Bob joined Tudor Engineering Company in San Francisco. Some of his earliest projects were the Salazar (now 25 de Abril) bridge in Lisbon, Portugal -- at the time the world's deepest piers -- and the Exchequer Dam on the Merced River, the tallest dam at the time of construction. He retired from Tudor as president and CEO in 1994.
Bob served on many boards and committees, including the UC Berkeley Engineering Alumni Society Board and the UC Berkeley Class of 1951 reunion committees. He also served on the boards of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Graduate Theological Union, the Friends of the Bancroft Library, and Sons in Retirement, Branch 51.
He was a longtime active member of the Holy Trinity Menlo Park and St. Mark's Palo Alto Episcopal churches. Bob and Beth were long time residents of Atherton and moved to The Sequoias in Portola Valley three years ago.
In retirement Bob was an avid traveler and enjoyed time with his family near and far.
Bob is survived by Beth, his devoted wife of 58 years, their three daughters and their families: E.V. Janopaul and Robert Messick, Alex and Elena of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Nina Janopaul and Bart Naylor, Elizabeth and James of Arlington, Virginia and Margi Janopaul and Marc Michel of Atherton, California. He is also survived by his brother Richard Janopaul of Yukon, Oklahoma. He was predeceased by his brother Peter, Jr. and his sister Elizabeth (Betty).
A celebration of Bob's life will be held on Jan. 19, 2013, at 2 PM at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice.