Dr. Anthony Paul "Tony" Trujillo

Dr. Anthony Paul "Tony" Trujillo Obituary
Dr. Anthony "Tony" Paul Trujillo

June 29, 1926 - Nov. 12, 2017

Dr. Anthony "Tony" Paul Trujillo passed away peacefully on November 12, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years old, (June 29, 1926 in New York City) and lived a full life. He is survived by children Clair Trujillo (husband C. Rob McCormick), Laurel Trujillo (m. Dennis MacBain), Alan Trujillo (m. Sandy), and Linda Trujillo Cayabyab (m. Andrew), and 9 grandchildren: Meghan Main, Kyle McCormick, Ross and Cameron MacBain, Karl and Eva Trujillo, Lela Galea, Alana and Aaron Cayabyab. He is also survived by 3 great-grandchildren (Emma Marriott, Angelina Galea, and Vincent Galea), as well as an older brother and sister (George Trujillo and Rosemary Cain of Lindenhurst, NY). He was predeceased by his wife of over 60 years, Ann Stratton Trujillo on March 11, 2011.

After a childhood complicated by illness and poverty, Tony felt very lucky to attend Cooper Union University, the country's only free private university, which was within walking distance of his home on the lower east side of Manhattan. During college in New York City, he had a chance meeting with Ann Stratton, whom he had first met the year before at summer camp in Vermont, and began a loving relationship that really was "until death do us part." He graduated from Cooper Union in 1950, and they married that June. His children are thankful for the lessons their parents taught them about the importance of family, which enrich their lives today. A big fan of education, Tony completed a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master's degree in Education, and a PhD in Chemistry. He taught college chemistry at San Joaquin Delta College for 33 years, teaching more than 10,000 students during his career. Tony also put his beliefs about giving back into action by funding scholarships for two Delta College chemistry students each year for over 25 years. He believed in fairness and justice, and worked actively for these causes as President of the teacher's union at Delta College, member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, and as a board member for Planned Parenthood.

Tony always seemed to be the life of the party, even in his final years at O'Connor Woods, where he often led the dancing. He even led a conga line at his 90th birthday party. He was warm, engaging, and funny, with a twinkle in his eye that accompanied any joke or play on words, and will be dearly missed.

A celebration of his life will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2737 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204 on Saturday, November 25 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the San Joaquin Delta College, Trujillo Scholarship Fund, Attn: Financial Aid Office, 5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA, 95207, or the First Unitarian Church of Stockton at the address above.
Published in The Record from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2017
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