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Cecilia A. Larsen Mar. 15, 1917 - Oct. 19, 2013 Resident of Livermore Cecilia was born in and lived her entire life in Livermore. Her parents, John and Mary Azevedo both emigrated from Portugal and owned a small general store for many years. She had two sisters, Mary and Margaret and a brother, Richard. Cecilia attended St. Michael grade school and Livermore High school. She went on to graduate with a B.A. from Dominican College in San Rafael under a full scholarship. She attended the University of California, Berkeley receiving an M.A. in History and a General Secondary Teaching certificate as well as a Technical Writing certificate. Cecilia also attended the University of San Francisco receiving a certificate in Music. She was a lifetime member of St. Michael Catholic church and a longtime member of the church choir. Cecilia was widowed in 1943 with two small children to care for. She held many jobs to support her children and widowed mother. They included a telephone switchboard operator, a baker, a cannery worker and high school teacher. In 1951 she was hired as a "Girl Friday" for a small University of California branch office in Livermore. After an internship at the Lawrence Laboratory in Berkeley she went back to Livermore as one of the first seventy-six employees, the first woman and the first Livermore resident to start up the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Cecilia spent the first years working with Edward Teller, Ernest Lawrence, Duane Sewell, Sid Fernbach and Herb York. She helped start up the lab's first computer center and was sent to Philadelphia to learn to run the Univac, the lab's first computer. Cecilia remained in the Computation Department for the remainder of her 40 year career at the Lab, retiring in 1991. Cecilia was one of the founders of the LLL Women's Association and served as president for two years. She also was a founding member of the Stanford Computer Museum History Center. She was also named the Lab's Woman of the Year 1982, and also received the first LLLWA Special Award in 1987. Cecilia Larsen is survived by two children, Kirsten Alderson and Stephen Larsen; her sister, Margaret Roemer, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. A visitation/vigil will be on Monday, Oct. 28th at 5PMat St. Michael church, 458 Maple St., Livermore. A mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 29th at 11am with burial to follow at St. Michael cemetery. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider a donation in Cecilia's name to the Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901. Holy Angels FD1974 (925) 455-9696
Published in Contra Costa Times on Oct. 25, 2013
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