He was born in East Orange, N.J. He graduated with honors from Cooper Union School of Engineering, New York City, in 1941 with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked at Sperry Gyroscope Company during WW II, where he improved the accuracy of gyroscopic ship compasses for the U.S. Navy and helped develop RADAR. In 1948 he joined the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., where he managed complex studies on strategic air defense for the U.S. Air Force.
In 1960 he joined the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, Calif., where he was vice president and general manager of the engineering division leading engineering studies on missile and satellite systems for the U.S. Air Force and NASA. In 1968 he was recruited by Varian Associates in Palo Alto to serve as vice president of the instrument division and later manage the R&D department.
He was a charter member of the National Academy of Engineering and served for many years on the Report Review committee of the National Research Council. In the 1960s he was recognized by the city of Los Angeles for his work in the civil rights movement, and also by NASA for his contribution to returning the Space Shuttle to flight after the Challenger disaster.
He was married to the late Barbara Thompson Barlow.
He is survived by his children Jim, Anne and John. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 10, at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Juliana Hwang, 85, a resident of Palo Alto, died March 6 following complications from abdominal surgery.
Raised in Thailand and China, she immigrated to California in 1956 and settled in Palo Alto in 1961. She retired from Stanford University after 25 years of service, mostly in the genetics department of the medical school. She traveled to China, Great Britain and Italy on behalf of the department, and spoke four languages. Loved ones will remember her generosity, sense of humor, and zest for life.
She is survived by a son, Herbert Hwang of San Mateo; daughter, Tina Madison of Redwood City; and five grandchildren, as well as numerous other relatives around the world. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hwang, and son, Gerald Hwang.
Melvin C. Kelm, 79, a resident of Palo Alto, died March 12.
He grew up in Washington, graduated from the University of Washington (where he met his future wife, Miriam) and then worked for Boeing Corp. He moved to the Bay Area in 1957, where he worked for Ampex Corp. before joining Hewlett-Packard in 1965, where he worked for 30 years.
He was an active member of his church, All Saints Episcopal in Palo Alto, where he served on the vestry, was a lay minister and was a founding member of the Healing Prayer ministry.
Other interests included genealogy, photography, poetry and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam (Zoe) of Palo Alto, sons Mark Kelm of Sunnyvale and David Kelm of San Jose; and many friends and other relatives.
A "celebration of life" memorial will be held April 17 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Donations may be made to the Community Working Group.
Robert Derald Martin, 89, a former Palo Alto business owner, died March 28.
He was born in Bend, Ore. He was a member of the National Guard (1934-1942), and received a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University, majoring in forestry. Already a pilot, he trained in Pensacola, Fla., and became an instructor.
He was in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific and European theaters during World War II. He married his wife, Betty in 1943. After the war, they moved to Palo Alto and owned the T & H Building Supply for 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Palo Alto; his sons, Galen of Nevada City and Tom of Chico; his daughters, Ann Allen of Capitola and Claudia Snow of Rocklin; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Discovery Shop of the American Cancer Society, 2376 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn CA 95603.
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