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Date: Friday, 21 November 2014, at 12:15 a.m.

Henrietta Greer
Henrietta went home to be
with the Lord, on August 2, 2009,
at the age of 101. Her family was
at her side.
She was born January 1, 1908.
Henrietta was raised on the family
farm in the Olema, CA area
near Petaluma. She attended a
one room schoolhouse, in Nicasio,
CA. Henrietta graduated
from Tamalpais High School in
Mill Valley. She was the longest
living graduate.
In 1926 Henrietta came to
Livermore, to care for her ailing
grandmother; who was partially
paralyzed from Polio. In 1932 she
met the love of her life; Tom, they
married. In 1936 they moved to
Henrietta’s Grandparents’ ranch
in Livermore and became owners
of Greer Dairy on Patterson
Pass Road.
During WWII, Tom and Henrietta
were active in the USO.
Tom and Henrietta loved square
dancing; Tom was the “caller”
and Henrietta made sure all the
single ladies attended. Henrietta
and Tom were lifelong members
of the First Presbyterian Church
in Livermore; they were also
involved in 4-H, the Clipper
Club, Old Ironsides and the
Heifer International. They were
very active in the annual Heifer
Carnival at the First Presbyterian
Church Fundraising event. For 25
years Tom and Henrietta were the
coordinators for the Christmas
Eve dinner at the church. Most
famous for their Thanksgiving
dinner, that always included at
least 25 close family and friends.
They were a compassionate
couple, who cared greatly for
their elderly family members.
Henrietta was an avid gardener,
growing and caring for
her vegetables and fruit trees,
canning every year. Henrietta
loved raising Drop-calves.
Henrietta is preceded in death
by her beloved husband Tom, in
1996 and by her brother Boyd
Stewart in 2004, he was 101,
1 month, 1 day (Henrietta was
101, 7 months and 2 days). Henrietta
is survived by her adopted
family Jeff and Chris Rodgers
of Livermore, Jerame Rodgers
of Salem, OR, Amber Rodgers
of Livermore, niece Jo Ann
Stuart of Olema, CA, and grandniece
Amanda (Casey Campbell)
Wisby of Olema, CA, great
grandnephew Stewart Campbell.
Henrietta is also survived by
many nieces and nephews from
the Greer and Nissen families, all
of whom were very dear to her.
Friends and family are welcome
to come and visit with
Henrietta on Thursday, August
6, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. at Callaghan
Mortuary Chapel, 3833
East Ave., Livermore. Funeral
services will be held on Friday,
August 7, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the
First Presbyterian Church, 2020
Fifth St., Livermore, with a private
burial to follow at Memory
Gardens Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, the family
respectfully request memorial
contributions to the Tom and
Henrietta Greer Scholarship
Fund, c/o The First Presbyterian
Church, 2020 Fifth St.,. Livermore,
CA 94550.

Duane Sewell
Physicist Duane Sewell, a
“founding father” who helped
shape the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory for more
than four decades, died Wednesday,
Oct. 22, 2008 in Livermore.
He was 90.
Sewell began his Livermore
career in 1952 as director of scientific
operations, a position for
which he was hand-picked by
Lab founder E.O. Lawrence. He
went on to hold a number of senior
management positions, retiring
in 1993 as a director at
large. He also served as an assistant
secretary of energy as well
as a consultant to the U.S. Department
of Energy and private
industry in the fields of nuclear
energy and weapons.
“Ernest Lawrence and I depended
on Duane Sewell to make
the Laboratory work, and that is
what he did for most of his life,”
said Herb York, who served as the
Lab’s first director from 1952-58
and hired Sewell.
Sewell served seven successive
Laboratory directors, including
York, Harold Brown, Edward
Teller, John Foster, Michael May,
Roger Batzel and John Nuckolls.
Sewell involved himself in
every aspect of Lab operations
and planning, as well as programmatic
activities. He and York
sketched out the design for the
Laboratory’s first computer
building, what would become
Bldg. 231, on a yellow legal pad.
Appointed the first assistant
secretary for DOE Defense Programs
by President Jimmy Carter
in 1978, Sewell is credited with
improving nuclear safeguards
and security throughout the
weapons complex, an accomplishment
that earned him accolades
from Congress. He served
in that position until 1981.
Sewell began his 52-year career
in science as a physicist at
Lawrence Berkeley in 1941. During
World War II, he worked on
the Manhattan Project developing
a process to separate uranium-
235 from its other isotopes.
“We are very saddened to hear
of the death of Duane Sewell.
Duane was one of the Lab’s
founding fathers, and during his
more than 40-year Laboratory
career he served in a number of
high-level management positions
at Livermore and DOE,”
Director George Miller said.
“Duane was a tireless advocate
for integrating mission and operational
excellence and for constant
vigilance where safety is
concerned. Duane will be remembered
as a man of action and integrity,
with a true love for
Lawrence Livermore.”
A memorial tribute will be
held at a date to be announced.

Jerry Eldon Bireley
After a valiant struggle with
cancer, Jerry Eldon Bireley
Passed away on Wednesday, October
29, 2008 at his home, with
his family by his side.
Jerry celebrated his 70th birthday
on October 24 surrounded
by family and friends. He was a
lifetime Livermore resident; born
at St Paul’s Hospital in 1938,
graduated from Livermore High
School in 1956, and received his
AA from Auburn Sierra College
in 1959. He was an Airman Second
Class in the Air Force Reserves
until discharged in 1965.
His younger years were full of
adventures, riding his Harley
across the US; and as an extra in
the movie “The Greatest Story
Ever Told” just to name a few.
His first business was a Boat
Launch and Sales in Bethel Island
and then as an Owner/Operator
of JEB Drayage Trucking
Co. Having found his calling as
a truck driver he spent his years
until retirement on the road, with
his arm out the window and the
wind in his hair. Longtime Livermore
Business Owner, he enjoyed
restoring the Family Station
on Portola Avenue built in
1923 to its original state.
His hobbies in his latter years
included a fishing boat at the
Berkeley Marina, annual trips to
the Bonneville Salt Flats Speed
Week, the Classic Boat Show in
Lake Tahoe and as an active member
of the Livermore Heritage
Guild. He was a member of the
Livermore Rotary Club and
helped to organize and run the
Livermore Rodeo Parade.
He is survived by his sister
Kathleen, his children Charlotte,
John (Mary), William, Jerrod
(Daniela) and his grandson
Vaclav. He had a great love for
his family and was surrounded
by his children at the “K Street
Funeral service for family and
friends will be held on Tuesday,
November 4th at 1 p.m. at
Callaghan Mortuary Chapel,
3833 East Ave., Livermore with
burial to follow at Memory Gardens
Cemetery, 3873 East Ave.,

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