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Gottfried Besenbruch

1936 - 2014 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Besenbruch, Gottfried ESCONDIDO -- Gottfried Besenbruch, 77, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was born to the late Alfred and Ilse Besenbruch, May 15, 1936 in Trachenau, Germany. Gottfried received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Rice University, Houston, Texas. Gottfried worked at General Atomics as a chemist for over 45 years. He was a brilliant scientist who was passionate about his work, family and the great outdoors. He was an amazing athlete who was the Southern German Master in Pole Vaulting. He was an excellent handball player in Germany; enjoyed tennis, running and rock climbing; and won many tournaments playing ping pong. He loved the great national parks, spending time in Yosemite, Alaska and Yellowstone. He was a wonderful and generous father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend. Gottfried is survived by his two daughters, Susanne Besenbruch of Frederick, Md.; Angelika Nederlof of Escondido, Calif.; his two grandsons; a brother and a sister. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Alhiser-Comer Mortuary in Escondido. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 1, 2014
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