was born on March 26, 1913 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Los Angeles
Polytechnic High School. After graduation he went to work for the Metropolitan
Water District. He worked his way through UCLA where he studied Geology.
He was drafted into the Army in 1942. In 1943, he was sent to the University
of Tennessee, where he was trained on Atomic Warfare Survival. In 1944,
he went to Europe. On December 19, 1944 during the Battle of the Ardennes,
the Nazis captured him. He was sent to a P.O.W. camp in Czechoslovakia,
where he spent six months.
the war ended in 1945, he returned to work and went to USC where he got
a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Public
Administration. He then went to work for LA Water & Power Co. He worked
there for 36 years doing everything from field engineering to being an executive
of the company.
1973, he and his wife built a summer home in Idaho where they lived during
the summer and collected rocks for 25 years. After his retirement in 1976,
they moved to Leisure World. He took up lapidary under Russ Hind and was
Bill Grundke's assistant in the shop, helping to maintain all of the equipment.
He made his commesso (intarsia)