Thomas Russell Bell
March 21, 1926 -
January 16, 2014
Thomas R. Bell, 87, died peacefully at home from heart failure on January 16, 2014. A longtime resident of San Gabriel, he was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death.
Born March 21, 1926 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, Tom was the only child of Russell and Hazel Bell. He attended Wilkinsburg High School until his family moved to South Pasadena in 1944. Tom graduated from South Pasadena/San Marino High School in 1945, and served in the U.S. Army
in Germany as a member of the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) during the Nuremburg Trials. After graduating in 1954 from the University of Southern California with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Tom joined Kaiser Steel before moving to Nalco Chemical Company as a water treatment specialist for many years. For the last 21 years of his career, he served as a Water Safety Engineer for the State of California Water Quality Control Board, retiring in 1993.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Doreen, and his three children: Jane Lindsay (Mark), Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Sarah VanDerHeyden (Eric), Tustin Ranch; David Bell, Pasadena; and his six beloved grandchildren, Annie, Matthew and Catherine Lindsay, and Benjamin, Madelaine, and Jack VanDerHeyden.
Tom, a life-long Trojan, story teller, and a dogs' best friend (especially Springer Spaniels), was a loving and caring
husband, father, and grandfather, and will always be in our hearts. A graveside service will be held at Live Oak Cemetery, January 25, at 2:30p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Huntington Hospital or