Great-grandfather, longtime UCC minister and Claremont resident
Reverend David M. Held died peacefully in his home at Pilgrim Place in Claremont on May 10. He was 97 years old.
Mr. Held lived in Claremont for 44 years. In his capacity as a minister he served in United Church of Christ churches for more than 40 years.
Grandmother, homemaker, devout Catholic
Betty Jane Rensch died quietly in her sleep on May 6. She was 90 years old.
Born Elizabeth Jane Dooley on June 10, 1927 in Ramona, South Dakota, she was the youngest of Patrick and Bertie Dooley’s five children and was the valedictorian at her high school graduation in 1945.
Albert J. “Jack” Mallinckrodt died peacefully on March 2, 2018. He was 91.
Born April 24, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, young Jack joined the Navy in 1944 and was chosen for the V-12 Navy College Training Program, which sent him to Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, and then to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
At Stanford, he met and married Louann Wallace in 1947 and subsequently earned his PhD in electrical engineering with an emphasis on radio wave transmission, propagation and reception.
Harriette Jean Schneider, 78, died peacefully at her Claremont home on April 20.
She was born April 5, 1940 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan to Donald B. and Stella R. Patterson. She was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and graduated from Columbia, Missouri’s Stephens College in 1960, and from the University of Michigan in 1963 with a degree in music and history.
A longtime resident of Claremont, Ralph Henry Miller, 73, died peacefully on April 19 following a long battle with a rare genetic strain of cancer, with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law at his side.
The recent recipient of Claremont Graduate University’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Evaluation “was a humble man of integrity,” his family shared.
Dr. William Henry Gordon, Jr., 89, of Upland, died peacefully at his home on April 22.
He was born June 14, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan and from Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell Medicine). Following his service as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy and an internship at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Gordon and his family moved to Southern California.