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GEORGE ROY George Melvin Roy, age 93, passed on, in his beloved Butte Creek Canyon home in Chico, CA. on May 8, 2018. George was a remarkable and most memorable man of great accomplishment; keen competitiveness; ingenuity and curiosity; a teacher and a patriot. He was extremely humble and saw the good and potential of others. George was born September 20, 1924 in Iota, LA; graduated from Tulane University in Electrical Engineering at age 19. As a newly commissioned Lt. Jr. Grade, he finished his naval training in NYC at Columbia Univ., then assignment aboard the Troop Transport USS Mellette, Boiler Room Engineer. His ship landed, and evacuated the wounded of the famous 4th Division Marines on Iwo Jima, and later Okinawa. Instead of invading Japan as anticipated, George was able to watch the signing of peace December 2, 1945, thru binoculars in Tokyo Bay. As George often told his family, WWII opened up the world to a small town boy. He received a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1947; and taught Engineering & Mathematics at Cal Poly SLO; then onto GE in Hanford Washington where he solved the 'Heat Differential Formula' for plutonium production. By 1951, he was promoted to Design Analysis Group Manager. In 1954 he lead a team to design GE's first commercial nuclear reactor to generate electricity, later managing the Nuclear and Fuel Design for Dresden I and Senn (Italy) power plants. Taping into Roy's curiosity and innovation, GE Atomic Energy Facility, San Jose, used his talents first in design, then in marketing where his honesty and candor made him a favorite with power customers in Europe and the US. As an expert in energy sources, he started Roy & Associates in 1979, completing 50+ contracts including an Energy Analysis of South Korea for World Bank and decommissioning Rancho Seco. George wrote three books, "Energy and the Environment;" "Common Sense NONSENSE and Making Sense" and for his grandkids he wrote his last book, "Wise Up Kids." George was a passionate athlete, playing golf and tennis. Jogging before it was popular and bicycling 80 KM on his 80th birthday. George is survived by an adoring family of four daughters, nine grand-children, two great grandchildren and his wife Jean of 22 years. His children, Shellie Roy Harper of Aptos, Cindy Heliker (Steve) of Chico, Sharon Aby (Steve) of Los Gatos , Becky Blaine Callas (Jim) of Chico. Grandchildren; Sabrina Harper Lundberg, Bryan B. Harper; Brett Roy Heliker, Haley Heliker Arkley, Stephanie Heliker; Maddy Aby, John Spence Aby; Kelsey Blaine and Shannon Blaine. Great grandchildren: Krister George and Julie B Lundberg. And his daughter's mother, Connie Gainer A Memorial Mass will be held Friday May 25th at 1:00 pm at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church, 566 E Lassen Ave., Chico. Burial services are entrusted with Bidwell Chapel.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from May 16 to May 20, 2018
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