Richard Hull M.S. ’70 was born on Sept. 28, 1933, in Oxnard, California, and very proud to be a fourth-generation native of California. He was the son of Richard Harry Hull and Lorine Staples. Richard had a traumatic childhood, losing his mother when he was only 10 years old. He grew up without many friends, and did not do well in school. The only thing he did like about school was playing the violin in the orchestra—he was very good at that. He left school during the 12th grade and joined the Army in 1951. He spent a year in Korea as a radio operator in the 5th Regimental Combat Team. When he returned from Korea in 1954, he had a much different outlook on education. After marrying his next-door neighbor, Diana Mary Mallory, he jumped back into school; he finished high school, completed his first two years of college at Pasadena City College, then entered Stanford University, receiving his B.S. in electrical engineering, and going on to earn his M.S. in electrical engineering from SCU. He always joked that he would have gone on to get his doctorate, but his wife told him it was time to get a job. He and Diana had three children, then divorced in 1972. It was during that time he developed his love of sailing and skiing. He met Geraldene (Gerri) Steele (a fellowdivorcée) while both were officers in the San Jose chapter of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (she had learned to sail on White Rock Lake in Dallas.) They decided to join forces in 1974, and the marriage joined both families: his three children and her four. They owned a Columbia 28 sailboat and raced it on the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Gerri learned to ski, and they traveled and skied in the U.S. and Canada for several years. When Gerri had to hang up her skis, they decided to go cruising in their boat. They sold the Columbia and bought a beautiful Rafiki 37 sailboat they named Tranquillity, with plans to sail to Tahiti and places far and wide. They didn’t get to Tahiti, but did have a wonderful cruise to Canada, the San Juan Islands and the British Gulf Islands, and Victoria and Vancouver, Canada, with their able-bodied crew of Tim (12) and Wendy (10). After working for Sylvania during the Cold War, Richard retired from TRW in 1992. He became very active in the worldwide ham radio community and spent many years extensively researching the genealogy of both his and Gerri’s families. In 2001, they retired to Sun City Lincoln Hills in the little town of Lincoln, California. They sold Tranquillity (after 26 years) and decided to go land cruising. Richard continued to ski for a number of years with new friends. He and Gerri went cruising in the “big” boats and travelled all over the U.S., Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, and the Panama Canal. They joined and were baptized in the Lincoln Hills Community Church and had many great years there. In 2000, Richard was in a serious auto accident and began his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2017 and early 2018 he entered the later stages of Alzheimer’s and finally slipped peacefully to rest on June 14, 2018. He and Gerri had a full life together with their great family and many friends. Richard leaves brother Bradley Wayne Hull of Austin, Texas; half-sister Sandra Jeanette Findley of Tucson, Arizona; half-brother Gilbert Hull of Pasadena, California; son Timothy Richard Hull of Florida; daughters Janet Diane Bridges of Fremont and Wendy Lynn Hull of San Ramon; wife Geraldene of Lincoln; stepchildren Charles Paul Steele of Austin, Sharon Kay Domingo of Santa Clara, Teresa Lynn Petersen of Dallas; and 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Richard will be missed.

08 Nov 2018