HOLMES, Dr. John R. Loving husband, father and grandfather has died in Los Angeles. Dr. Holmes died of natural causes on July 7th , 2013 . He is survived and his memory cherished by his wife of 60 years Ella Mae, children Janet (Al), Robert (Gail), John (Sandra) and Elizabeth (Greg) and his grandchildren Hannah, Anthony, Keagan and Kiora and Cousin Jane Long, of Carmel Valley. John Ryland Holmes was born in Santa Monica California in 1932, near the beach he loved so much. Like many men of his generation, Dr. Holmes served capably in the military, working as an intelligence analyst in post war Germany. He married Ella Mae Sheesley in Santa Monica in 1954. John attended UCLA where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees, receiving his Doctorate in chemistry in 1960. John and Ella and their young family left California for the New Jersey countryside where he worked in private industry for several years before returning to UCLA to resume research and teach. He left UCLA in 1968 for the California Air Resources Board. Shortly thereafter Dr. Holmes was appointed by then Gov. Jerry Brown to be the first Director of Research for the ARB. Dr. Holmes became a renowned pioneer in the field of atmospheric science regarding photochemical smog and the effects of both indoor and outdoor air pollution. Over a span of three decades he and his research collaborators presented and published numerous papers and articles. Dr. Holmes gave critical testimony at state and federal hearings regarding air quality issues, before retiring in 2001. His work and spirit are fondly remembered by his many colleagues at the California Air Resources Board, the California Environmental Protection Agency and other state and national agencies. Dr. Holmes was honored with the inaugural Haagen-Smit award in recognition of his decades of research and leadership in his field. John and Ella enjoyed their years of retirement with friends and family in Los Angeles and at their family vacation home in Lake Tahoe. Dr. Holmes was predeceased by his brother Richard, brother in law Edward Golden, Cousin Calvin Long and dear friend and Lake Tahoe neighbor Shay Gilmore; if there is tinkering done in heaven, John, Ed, Cal and Shay are busy spirits indeed. A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, August 5th at Santa Monica Methodist Church at 11:00 AM. Remembrances can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 1, 2013