William R. Guntrum

Feb. 13, 2014

William R. Guntrum (BS Elec Egr ’51) of Livermore, Calif., died Jan. 22, 2014, following a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 92.

Guntrum was born in DuBois, Penn., on Aug. 7, 1921, and attended elementary and high school at Girard College in Philadelphia, where his favorite baseball team was the Philadelphia A's (now the Oakland A's).

He entered the U.S. Air Corps in 1943.

He met Doris, his wife of 69 years, when he was stationed in Alva, Okla., with training missions throughout Oklahoma and Texas. After military service, he returned to Rochester, N.Y., to his job at Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.

Guntrum entered Michigan State University in 1947 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1951. He accepted employment with Sandia Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., and transferred to Livermore in 1958 and worked there until retiring in 1984.

He was a 56-year member of Our Savior Lutheran Ministries, serving as a Sunday School teacher and on the Church Council as treasurer; he coached Little League and he enjoyed golf, traveling and playing bridge.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, daughter Patricia, son Michael, and brother Marshall. Memorial services were Feb. 1, 2014, at Our Savior Lutheran Ministries in Livermore. Memorial gifts may be made to the church.