Richard E. Skavdahl, Sc.D.
November 24, 1934 - July 15, 2014
Dick died of cardiac arrest during surgery. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Patti; daughters Kristen and Karen; son Eric and daughter-in-law Synthia; foster daughter Maria Lombardi; grandsons Brian, Steven and Shane; granddaughters Sofia, Samantha and Shelby.
Born in Michigan, Dick grew up in Dearborn where he excelled academically as well as in baseball and basketball. He earned his Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at MIT for which he also played baseball and basketball. He earned his Master's degree in nuclear engineering at the University of Michigan
, and in 1962, his Doctorate of Science degree in nuclear engineering at MIT.
With his growing family he moved to Richland, WA where he began his career with General Electric at the Hanford Nuclear Project. In 1966 he and the family moved to San Jose where he worked in the nuclear energy business for GE until he retired as General Manager of Engineering Services in 1994.
Dick loved the game of golf and volunteered in leadership positions for both the Northern California Golf Association and his home course, Almaden Country Club.
A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, August 2 at 2 p.m. at the Almaden Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose. In honor of Dick's love of MIT and U of M, please feel free to wear the colors of these schools - red, gray, navy blue, and yellow.
Gifts may be made to MIT in memory of Richard Skavdahl '56 for the Patricia W. and Richard E. (1956) Skavdahl Fund, acct. no.3663410 to provide support for assistant coaches, or to a
. Checks for MIT may be mailed to Bonny Kellerman, Director of Memorial Gifts, 600 Memorial Dr., W98-500, Cambridge, MA 02139.