Dr. Joseph P. Callinan

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Dr. Joseph P. Callinan

LOS ANGELES, CA: Dr. Joseph P. Callinan, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, passed away at home on February 24, 2014.

Joe was born in 1934 and grew up in Lancaster, Ohio. His family moved to Downey, California in 1949. In 1956 he earned his BS degree in engineering from Loyola University of Los Angeles. In 1957 he married his beloved Lynne and together they raised eight children. He and his family were residents of Westchester from 1958 to present. Joseph earned his MS and PhD degrees in engineering from UCLA in 1961 and 1968 respectively. Professor Callinan taught engineering at Loyola Marymount University from 1958 until he retired in 2002. During his tenure at LMU he received numerous recognitions for his contributions in science and education, including the Outstanding Educators of America Award. In 1981 he became the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at LMU until 1990 when he returned to teaching. For three terms he served on the LMU Alumni Board of Directors. Dr. Callinan, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering, will be inducted into the LMU Faculty Hall of Fame. In his community, Joe served on the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Council of Westchester Playa del Rey and was a member of the Rotary Club of Westchester. At age 70, Joe walked and completed his first LA Marathon. A member of the LA Leggers, he trained and finished eight total. Joseph had an infectious attitude that inspired and encouraged all of us to live in the moment - Carpe Diem. He will be missed by all whose life he touched.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Lynne; children, Paul (GeorgeAnn) Callinan, Christine Odom, Susan (Dane) Harrison, Marguerite (Greg) McCurley, David (Darrien) Callinan, Elizabeth (Jeff) Owens, and Michael (Imelda) Callinan; 15 grandchildren; and siblings, Gavin Callinan and Ann Byers. He was predeceased by his son, Peter (2010) and son-in-law, Scott Odom (2007).

Services occured on March 8 at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Loyola Marymount University.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Joseph Callinan Scholarship for Mechanical Engineering. Contact: Lynn Witherspoon, 310.338.7856, LMU University Relations.
Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Mar. 16, 2014
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