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George Roy
Sept. 20, 1924 - May 8, 2018
Chico
George M. Roy, passed on in his beloved Canyon home in Chico, May 8.
George was a memorable character of great accomplishments; keen competitiveness; ingenuity and curiosity; teacher and patriot. Yet he was ever humble and saw the good and potential in others.
George grew up in Iota, LA; graduating from Tulane University in Electrical Engineering at age 19. He served as Lt. Jr. Grade, Boiler Room Engineer aboard the Troop Transport USS Mellett carrying 4th Division Marines to Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Roy received a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1947; taught Engineering at Cal Poly SLO; then onto Hanford WA where he solved the "Heat Differential Formula" for plutonium production. In 1951 he was promoted to Design Analysis Group Manager. In 1954 he lead a team to design GE's first commercial nuclear reactor; later managing the Nuclear and Fuel Design for Dresden I and Senn (italy).
Having conquered design, GE Atomic Energy Facility, San Jose moved him to Marketing, where his honesty and candor made him a favorite with power customers in Europe and US. As an expert in Energy, he started Roy & Associates in 1979, completing 50+ contracts including an South Korean Energy Needs Analysis for World Bank and decommissioning Rancho Seco.
George wrote 3 books, "Energy and Environment"; "Common Sense NONSENSE and Making Sense" and "Wise up Kids" for his grandkids.
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 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and his wife Jean. His children: Shellie Roy of Aptos; Cindy Heliker (Steve) of Chico; Sharon Aby (Steve) of Los Gatos and Becky Blaine Callas (Jim) of Chico.
A Memorial Mass will be held Friday May 25th at 1:00pm at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church, 566 E. Lassen Ave., Chico.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 16, 2018
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