Harold D. Tenney J.D. ’77 was born on June 20, 1931, to Viola and Harold D. Tenney Sr. in Berkeley. He lived in San Leandro until the age of 12, when he and his father moved to Sacramento following the death of his mother. He graduated from Sacramento High School in 1949 and enrolled in Sacramento Junior College, joining Kappa Alpha Pi fraternity, resulting in many lifelong friendships. In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict on the USS Hitchiti until 1955. He valued the friendships he made during those years and furthered them through his active participation in NAFTS, the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors. Following his military service, Hal graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, as an electronics engineering major in 1958. He began his career as an engineer at Melabs in Palo Alto. His entrepreneurial spirit and interest in all things new and cutting edge drew him to two small startup companies; he was a founding member of Western Microwave Labs and Kinetic Technology. Hal later earned a J.D. from SCU to further support his interest in startups. This entrepreneurial spirit remained strong over the years, and eventually led him to dedicate the last 15 years of his career to the expansion of 5G technologies with another startup, VIDA Products, in Santa Rosa. Hal retired at the age of 76. He shared his passions for technology, higher education, entrepreneurship, fishing, piloting his Cessna 182, Kings basketball, the U.S. Navy, Cal Poly, and his Tenney Family heritage with his friends and family. It brought him great happiness and pride when the passions of his children and their spouses and grandchildren and their spouses intersected with his. Hal passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family at his home on March 6, 2018, at the age of 86. He leaves behind a legacy of family who love him. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marilynn; children Debbi Holmerud (Mark), Mark, Scott (Laura), Dave (Sandy), and Ken Browand; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his first wife, Marilyn Lammers.

08 Nov 2018