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Laurence Neil Harnett

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January 7, 1943 - April 23, 2015 Larry was a scientist, an athlete, and a loving family man with a good heart and a great sense of humor. He loved reading, running early in the mornings, fixing things around the house, and being a caring and involved father and grandfather with a "dadly" sense of humor. He learned to camp, backpack, and ballroom dance. He enjoyed trips with friends ranging from bicycle trips to cruises, and even began to enjoy being a passenger with his wife as pilot. He was willing to try new things, but only after painstaking research and investigation (which was all part of the fun). He loved his children and took pride in the way they enjoy and succeed at life. Larry was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 14 and became a U.S. citizen in 1964. His family was very poor, but they worked hard to send him to college. He excelled academically and attended U.C. Berkeley earning his B.A. in Engineering Physics. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, earning his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences in 1969, also at Cal, with an NSF fellowship and a working wife. He began his professional career at TRW Systems and retired in 1998, but continued to work as a consultant for several companies. His work spanned such projects as a meteorology unit for Viking Mars lander and a nephelometer for Pioneer Venus probes. His work continues here and on other planets. Predeceased by parents, Daryl and Edna Harnett, and sister Cheryl Zubel. Greatly missed by his wife of 51 years, Lenna; daughters, Cindy (Chris) and Susan (Brian), and four grandchildren (Kaitlyn, Ryan, Alexandra, and Sophia). Passed away in San Pedro after a long valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. We would like to thank his oncologist, Dr. Hool, and home nurse, Steve Morris, for their skill and compassionate care.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 6, 2015
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