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John Reynolds Van Atta


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John Reynolds Van Atta Obituary
May 16, 1939 - April 15, 2017 John Reynolds Van Atta, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away after battling Lewy body dementia and Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife Pamela, his daughters Dena Van Atta and Amy Van Atta Slater, and his three granddaughters Megan, Alyson and Jordan Slater. Dr. Van Atta was born in Winchester, MA, May 16, 1939. He was married to his lifelong love, Pamela Kreis Van Atta, in Beverly Hills in 1960. Their love story began at Emerson Junior High in West LA and they dated throughout their high school and college years. After graduating from UCSB in 1962, he went on to the University of Michigan where he earned his Ph.D. in BioPhysics (1967). After moving to Pacific Palisades from Michigan, he began his career at Carnation where he held leadership positions in research and development. Dr. Van Atta was admired by his co-workers and known for his mid-day volleyball games in the back lot of the research lab in Van Nuys. Following his successful career at Carnation, he joined Quaker Oats and relocated to Kenilworth, IL in 1987. At Quaker Oats, he was a member of the executive leadership team where he ran research and development. After an 8-year stay in Illinois, he retired and returned to California to spend his remaining years with his wife in Santa Barbara. Passionate about golf, piano playing, and wine making, he was one of five neighbors who created the wine label Los Cinco Locos. In addition to enjoying good wine, John loved music, dancing, and traveling with his wife. He lived life to the fullest with the glass overflowing and will be missed by all that knew and loved him. A Memorial Service will be held in Los Angeles in a location to be determined. Any donations can be made in his memory to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (https://www.lbda.org/donate).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 20 to Apr. 23, 2017
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