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1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Alan Culbertson Obituary
Alan Culbertson
Sept. 11, 1924 - June 30, 2014
Resident of Woodside
On June 30 2014 Alan F. Culbertson peacefully passed away at the age of 89 at his home of 45 years in Woodside, California.
Alan was born to Leo and Talitha Culbertson in Evansville Indiana on September 11, 1924. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years Patricia Culbertson a daughter Julie See of Hoonah, Alaska and son Philip and daughter in-law Carolina of Sunnyvale, California. Four granddaughters and one grandson and two great grandsons.
Alan graduated with an EE from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana in 1945. After that Alan served as a Navy Communication Officer on the USS Anna Arundel at the end of WWII.
Alan worked for AT&T long lines department in Chicago, Illinois then in May of 1952 he and Patricia moved to San Carlos, California to start a career in telecommunications. He worked for GTE Lenkurt Electric in San Carlos as VP of Engineering for 19 years then started his own company Culbertson Industries in the mid seventies. Later on in his career Alan served as a consultant to the minister of communications in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Egypt. He was a long time IEEE member and chairman.
Alan and Patricia enjoyed travel, the most memorable were to China, Viet Nam and Malaysia and a boat trip up the Danube River in a Ukrainian boat. They also enjoyed trips to Mexico, Alaska, Canada and Hawaii. Alan loved to hike and camp, he was an Eagle Scout. At the age of 72 Alan climbed Mt. Diablo. In the sixties Alan got his private pilot license and flew around the west coast.
Alan volunteered in his community, for over 11 years he took care of the antique clocks at Filoli estate in Woodside. He sung in the choir at Woodside Village church. He also loved to play the piano.
Services at Woodside Village Church are pending.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 6, 2014
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