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William Delap Green


1936 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
William Delap Green Obituary
July 16, 1936 - December 27, 2015 Born in Boston, MA, died in Escondido, CA after an 8-month battle with lung cancer. Having earned a degree in geochemistry from Tufts University, he then attended the University of Arizona where he graduated with a Master's degree in Geology. Bill will be remembered as a geochemist who, in the 1960's, conducted some of the earliest research using isotopes to date rocks. This technique is now commonly used by laboratories around the world. He was also involved at various times in rocket science, astronomy, meteorology, deep sea diving, and also headed the team that developed the fraud-resistant currency Americans, Brits, Canadians, and Australians now carry in their wallets. After retiring from industry, he taught physical sciences at both San Fernando High School and Glendale Community College. A big heart was buried beneath a sometimes gruff exterior, his wry and playful sense of humor abundantly present until the end. He loved his Boston Red Sox, Mad Magazine, long walks in nature, and telling stories about his myriad adventures. There was no better traveling companion, a man knowledgeable and fascinated about everywhere he went. BillDad will be sorely missed by his children, Deanna, Anne, Jimmy, Nathan, Ken and Lauri and his four grandchildren, Xochitl, Cole, Khloe and Logan, as well as his life partner, Gwyn and her family, his loving dog Seci and cats, Ember and Kataiya. Bill's final request was to have his ashes deposited into the Cascadia subduction zone off the Oregon coast so that he will blast millions of years hence from a volcano and circle the globe on high altitude air currents. A perfect farewell for a geologist! Safe travels, Bill. Now you can chase solar eclipses to your hearts content! Remembrances in his name may be sent to the Wilderness Society, National Resources Defense Council, Union of Concerned Scientists, the Nature Conservancy or a . Services are pending.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2016
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